I had a productive weekend, certainly dealt with that pesky drawer of strips!
There's a few strips left, that I know I want to use in other projects, but all the rest was chopped up and will become leader-enders for the forseeable future. It's a good feeling to know those bits that have lingered on for years are finally going to be used for something.
I sorted them into colours first, making a pile of all the dingy and muted ones that I seem to pass over every time;
There was a bunch of red and cream strips, and I decided to cut them into 6.5" rectangles;
or they can be sashing for small blocks; if I wanted to I could make Rail Fence blocks with them. I'll decide later, but for now, they are out of the drawer.
I consulted Mereth's Tutorial for cutting 9 patches, and then cut up all my dark blue, dark green and shirting scraps into 9 patches.
The bulk of the strips were cut into 4.5" rectangles,
and I have plans for a quilt that Mereth designed, Doors and Windows. (Instrutions here) It's a lovely simple block, I'm looking forward to combining the colours.
Now I just have to tackle the 1.5" strip drawer!