It All Started with Twine?

So has everyone seen the fabric twine? It must be on Pinterest, because it is so cute. I saw it on The Quilt Show website. The first time I saw it I thought, Ooh, pretty! But the second time I saw it I was hooked. They used it to make a little rug! So I clicked over to the tutorial. I needed strips of fabric. I do believe I have a box of strips somewhere. 

I found the box of strips, and soon I was MAKING TWINE. Now, to be fair, she did warn that it was a little hard on the hands. Oh yeah. That twisting motion was very hard on my hands. I made this much, and knew that twine making was not in my future.

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That made me a little mad, so I went back to the box of strips. There were plenty in there. I could make another knitted rug. I really do like these rugs. I have two in my kitchen, and they are nice and cushy to stand on. Plus, they are easy to wash. And free. And they use up a lot of fabric that I would otherwise be donating to the thrift store.

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Okay, so I got that rug started. The strips in the box were mostly neutrals, both darks and lights. I liked that idea, and decided to add just a few sparks of color once in a while.

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So about a week later I went into the studio with the intention of cleaning up. There were still some strips leftover in that box. I was thinking I would just toss them. I made the mistake of actually LOOKING into the box. There were three squares that I had started on a few years ago. They were from a fabric panel that had old inn signs on it. I really did like those signs, and I liked the way I had outlined them with the strips. Oh, plus, for some reason, there were two paper-pieced blocks in there. Maybe I should use these strips up and make a little quilt.

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ONE WEEK LATER, (and of course, with lots more strips cut out) I finished another WAY TOO BIG quilt top. It was very fun to work on this quilt, and it was a nice break from using my hands so much (machine piecing instead of hand work.) But 72″ X 72″? That’s gonna be a lot of dang quilting.

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6 thoughts on “It All Started with Twine?

  1. Debby, I get so many great ideas from reading your blog. Someday I might even use your ideas to do something. I did knit a rug using T-shirt strips using an Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern.

    • The t-shirt strips are probably a lot more pleasant to work with, since they have some stretch in them. I might have to try that sometime.

  2. I smiled about the fabric twine – I had the same experience – too hard on these old hands. I LOVE your knitted rug! I would have these scattered all over the house just for the joy of knowing that I used up scraps not to mention how colorful they are. Your new quilt is beautiful. I can’t wait to see how you will quilt it.

    • Oh how funny! We seem to have similar tastes. I LOVED the fabric beads on your blog this morning, and sent a link to my friend.

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