In spite of that, I did recently learn how to make a string block and have been using some batik left over from making Paul's quilt.
I am making these blocks using 10" foundation paper. They are great fun, but the tearing of the paper after the sewing is through is not fun at all. My sister, who introduced me to string blocks, sews only the first string to the paper, and after that pins one string to the next and sews, with the paper folded out of the way. When she has all her strings sewn together and ironed, she uses the 10" paper as the cutting guide. I'm going to make my next block that same way.
I also made a clothespin bag, re-purposing a grubby old apron. Dave installed a clothesline here at the lake, and for the first time in many years, I am hanging out the laundry to dry. The laundry line is easily accessible from the room where our laundry closet is located, and it is a delight to once again be hanging clothes on a line. The ritual of hanging out the laundry onto a line is one that I love. I don't know if it's the ecology of it, or the orderliness, or perhaps the memories it evokes, that make it an activity I so enjoy... but I do. And, I am happy with my clothespin bag, as it hangs on my shoulder at just the right height for me to reach in and grab a pin. Such a simple pleasure!!