Here is some information about the Strip Tube Ruler some of you were asking about.
You can find the instructions for using it at Cozy Quilt. I picked mine up at a LQS and it sort of got lost on my sewing table until recently. Very easy to use by making a "tube" of fabric strips by sewing your fabric, right sides together, on the top and the bottom (see the link).
Then rotary cut your HST. This ruler can also be used to square up HST's that aren't first sewn into a tube (which is what I did for mine and I didn't need to "math" my way to figure the size I wanted).
Progress continues on the Metro Rings Quilt.
Currently sewing all the pieced arcs (there are 96 of them!) together to form the 48 blocks. Decided that the dark Kona gray I originally was going to use just wasn't working for me and opted for this fun, aqua polka dot. The next step after sewing all the "arcs" into sets is to cut the setting triangle fabric. These will go at the "top" and "bottom", as oriented here, of these pieces.
Cutting out the fabric was a bit of a challenge and a little bit tedious to someone who likes a more meandering and less organized approach to piecing a quilt top. You cut strips the WOF (width of fabric) to cut your pieces out for the background and setting triangles. Once that is done and you have your "arcs" sewn...it gets a lot better!
When the Swoon craze was going around, I downsized the pattern on my own with some wailing and gnashing of teeth. Camille Roskelley has since come out with a mini pattern for this much loved block. Four of her pieced blocks will make a 19" x 19" mini quilt.
My blocks (these photos date September of 2011!) ended up 11" x 11" sq.
Four of them are sewn together using a scrappy sashing...but since these are the next WIP to be finished, I will probably take that off. I've had suggestions of a table runner, but I have plenty of those right now, so I might take a page out of Thimble Blossoms book and make a mini quilt.
Hoping today finds you sewing, even just a little bit!
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