Tonight, I finished the 80 string pieced sashings. I pieced these on phonebook pages. I like using phonebook pages for the foundations. The lines and columns make it easy to keep the fabrics lined up and the paper tears away so easily. I had some already pieced, but getting them to 6 1/2" long caused some problems. Most of my strings are very narrow, so much so that cutting one in half and allowing a seam allowance didn't leave any fabric! I was doing more ripping and strategically adding strings than I was obtaining 6 1/2" units. So, I decided to just cut foundations at 3 1/2" x 6 1/2". That went very well and the last 40 sashing pieces went together quickly.
Here's a preview of what the quilt will look like when it's done. It's designed to come out to about 63" x 76". I will decide on borders once the quilt it together. I'd like something that will keep it gender neutral. And if it something that I have in my stash, all the better!
I still have the green Double Irish Chain on the long arm and I haven't finished assembling the scrappy Double Irish Chain yet. I need to be able to lay out the quilt and then pick it up and bring it to the machine to sew the rows together uninterrupted. I don't have a lot of sewing time on weeknights, so those bigger projects are better for weekends.