I made six 8.5" string blocks, which should have brought my total blocks so far to eighteen.
But I discovered that I had trimmed one block a whole 1/2 inch too short. I have a new ruler with the half inch guide on two sides and it got turned around more than once as I trimmed. Usually I notice when I've switched the 1/2 inch to the flip side of a block but I didn't catch that in time to save one block. I think I can save this one by slicing it through the centre stripe and adding in another fabric through the middle.
I've also discovered the really skinny strings are more trouble than they're worth when making string blocks - it takes a lot of them to get across the foundation block, which bulks the whole thing up with seams. I pulled the strings that are less than an inch wide out of the box and put them aside, reducing my string stash by half. Keeping strings that small seems like one of my dumber ideas. Maybe I'll try fabric knitting or crocheting with them. I see a rag rug in my future. And if that doesn't work out, I'll use them as stuffing in a pillow. The last time I sat down to make crumb blocks, I dug some skinny strips from the crumb bin and started joining them into strips sets about 6.5" long. These strips are about the size of an adhesive bandage. They measure 1" wide and range in length from 3" to 6".
When I've joined enough to measure at least 6.5", I iron the heck out of them, then subcut them into 1.5" wide strips. I've made a small stack of these and find them to be a good mindless leader n' ender task.
As the strings from my string blocks get trimmed off, I put the short bits in with the subcuts. It's going to be months before I have enough to work with, but I've got my next crumb quilt in planning all lined up and a new leader n' ender to keep me chain piecing. It's inspired in part by Tonya's Lego Blocks project, Riel's Random Rail Fence project and my recent crumb-along piecing, and it's going to give me a good reason to dig into my 1.5" strip stash, which by-the-way, is going to be my new minimum string size.
Tomorrow is going to be devoted entirely to making Crumb-Along blocks. Maybe my next word block too. I'm thinking dance or laugh are good candidates for words to live your life by.