To my American friends I would like to say: there is hope. Really, there is. ;-)
In the mean time I am working on my happy quilt. Sorted out colors, sorted out strips. So after all that sorting, I decided it would be a simple happy quilt. No difficult cutting, blocks, no nothing. Basics. And yes, I can do fine applique. And yes, I can do 20 stitches on an inch, upside counted all regular. And yes, I can do many quilting things more. This time I want a simple machine quilt that makes me happy. No pattern to follow. No fuzz. Period. End of story.
So here we go!
I cut from all the colored strips the selvages. Not from the white ones. Not necessary. Tell you in the next steps why.
All selvages off (see upper right on this picture)
Next step: cutting the white strips somewhere in the middle in two pieces. Doesn't matter where. I decided to do that somewhere within 5" around the middle of the strip. As the strips are folded double on a roll, the fold is for me considered to be my center. Don't do everything exactly the same length!!!! NO FUZZ!!! This is a happy quilt!!!!! And no, the selvages don't need to be cut off of the white ones. They will end up at the side of the quilt and will be cut off when I start defining quilt size and adding the binding.
Make sure you keep the left and the right part of the strip with each other. The length of a strip is 42", and both parts of a strip should add up to that 42". So strip 1 is cut into 1A and 1B, and 1A and 1B stay together. I pinned them. Cut as many white strips as you have colored strips.
Here you can see how some strips are cut left of the middle, some right, and no measurement, but a straight cut..
Here comes the fun part. Take your strip 1A, pin that with the cut side to one side of the colored strip (good sides together). Then take strip 1B and pin that with the cut side to the other side of the colored strip, again, good sides together. The total strip is now built up of White A, Colored full strip and White B, total length of about 80 inch.
Above are the full pinned strips (white and colored pinned together, middle are the colored strips, and below in the picture are the white strips, A and B per white strip pinned together.
And then it's sewing on the machine! All the white strips that were pinned to the colored strips are now sewn together. Chain sewing is a great invention.
This is what my sewing table looked like...
And here's the chain, with whites and brights together.
And when that chain is on the floor, it looks like this:
So I cut the chain, and as I left the numbering pinned on, it was easy to stack the whole bunch together again. In working order, number 1 on top, to prepare for the next steps.
This was it for today, show you what I have done later. Now it's too beautiful weather outside to stay inside!
Have fun quilting!