Today, I did not put one toe out of the house aifter I retrieved the newspapers from the driveway. I sewed.
String squares: the original paper piecing.
A friend of my mother's showed me how to sew strings to newspaper squares a full decade before I made my first quilt. She was not a quilter - just had a lot of sraps and was making summer coverlets. I thought it was fun, but I was newly married and forgot about string quilts for about 40 years. Then I discovered that they made fun baby quilts -- and made some for gifts. Then, forgot about them again when my kids' friends took a break from having babies.
1. Lay two strips down and sew them to the paper.
2. Flip the top one so it's face-up. Then flip down the rest of the triangle so it is out of the way.
4. Add a few more and flipped the triangle back up for a minute, just to see what length the next strip needs to be. They get shorter as you go along -- no need to waste long ones as you get closer to the top of the triangle!
Because the stitches are so small, it rips away easily.
Done! Now, on to the next one.