It has been a busy week with not much sewing time, so I haven't had much quilty information to post. I have been working away in small bits of time on step #4 of Good Fortune.
I frustrated myself and wasted some precious sewing time by trying to get one of my vintage machine working. "Singer Sue" is a Singer 15-91 born in 1936 that I accidentally acquired last summer. I forgot that the needle was bent so the first thing I did was try to run the machine, and snapped the needle in half, and nearly scared myself to death! Despite lots of oiling and cleaning, and TLC, I just couldn't get it running right. I haven't given up on her yet, but decided to sew on a different machine for this week.
I switched over to sew Step #4 of the Good Fortune mystery on "Ethel" a short bed Singer 301 from 1953, and it was a delightful sewing experience! Bonnie gave several methods of string piecing and regular piecing to complete this step and for the first time I decided to try her idea of piecing on phone book papers.
I truly didn't think I would like the feeling of sewing my soft scraps of fabric onto crunchy papers. But surprisingly, I did like it! Just goes to show... you just never know what you might like until you try it! I cut my phone book pages into pieces slightly larger than needed, strip pieced several blocks at a time, and then trimmed them to the correct size. I could get 4 blocks from each phone book page. I am using gold scraps instead of orange for this step.
There are still several more blocks to finish up, but I just had to show some of my blocks with Bonnie's new book String Frenzy which came in the mail this week. I'm so excited to read it and start some new string piecing projects in the new year!
Hop over to the Step #4 link up and see all the blocks being stringed this week.
(Can I actually use "stringed" as a verb?)
Linking up to Let's Bee Social over at Lorna's.