Monday, October 5, 2015

Joining String Quilt Blocks

You know I love Sujata's book Cultural Fusion. And as I've been working on various UFO's and writing my new book on crazy quilting, I used the Hourglass left blocks from Burkley's Baby Quilt.

These photos are of the start of a freeform quilt that will be machine quilted and assembled with QAYG methods.

So while this is not a 'traditional' string quilt, I think that Sujata will applaud my bold experimental style, using her left over Hourglass Blocks from Burkley's Baby Quilt in this new piece, I think they kind of liven up the strings.

I used these little blocks for a tutorial on how I join prequilted blocks to form a finished quilt.

Plus, I'm writing up a series on E-Book Publishing if anyone is interested in learning how its going for me and my new book on crazy quilting.

Pop over to Good Earth Quilting to read about my journey as an e-book publisher.
Happy Quilting!

Until next time,


Friday, October 2, 2015

Strip piecing, finally used.....

I had a drawer full of strip piecing made in 2008.  I took them out and looked at them many times but just couldn't decide what to do with them.

More strips and below these some light blue and many other shades of green.

I decided to use a diamond Accuquilt Studio die to cut them.

I started out just putting the diamonds up on the design wall in no particular order.  I filled in with diamonds cut from batik prints. 

My two sewing friends came over on Wednesday and gave me opinions on the placement of the diamonds.  One of them sat across the room and watched me put them up and from there she could see things that needed to be moved that my other friend and I couldn't see while close to it.  I cut half diamonds from batiks to fill in on the edges.  

I will leave it open to the viewer's interpretation of what it is, a light shaft, or a waterfall, forest or mountains or anything else the viewer might see.  It is 37.75" x 64.5"


My eldest  grandson, Steven, will be going away to college in 2017--canNOT believe that one--I am olde!!

So, this is the start of his quilt to warm him in the dorm.

His favorite color is orange...and he is a math wizard and plays 1st  alto and soprano sax in his high school jazz band and 4-piece combo.

 Sooo, the stars (kite shaped) are  either math or music inspired prints and the first round of strings are all oranges.  The challenge here is making this quilt "masculine" enough and not baby-ish....

Here are my small 5" strings mostly free cut from charm packs and leftovers that I have on hand in my sewing set up near my machine: I see that I will need to be purchasing more oranges (ahem!! geeze, that's really a shame, right??? hahaha)

And here is the fabric that I feel would be apropos for the back of this quilt....

You can find out more at Julierose's.

hugs to you all on this (finally) rainy Friday  Julierose

Ripple Effect

This half-square triangle ripple quilt
is sort of a string quilt.
I pieced leftover strips and bits into blocks
and then cut them into large HST with my Go! cutter.

See more about this quilt over at my blog.

How are you playing with your strings these day?

Friday, September 25, 2015

A pressing matter of strings

My guild is putting together 8.5 inch square string blocks in brights
for a group quilt.
The organizer asked for 1.5 inch white strips on the diagonal.
She suggested drawing lines marking where that first strip could go,
but I used my iron instead.
I pressed each of  foundation blocks diagonally,
and then pressed by white strips lengthwise, right sides together
I nested the strip into the valley of the foundation piece
and sewed on the first bright strip.

Here are the 16 I made for the group quilt.
I stupidly trimmed them from the back,
so in some of the blocks the diagonal isn't in the centre.

Hope the rest of you have fun stringing along.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Four basic string quilt styles

I am giving a basic string quilt workshop at my quilt guild in a couple of weeks. In the morning we will look at the basics. My samples are ready. The starter is the top of the picture the light blue centre blocks. The my personal favourite the diamond string block (the black centres), then a two colour, or two value block and finally the sort of a spider web thing.
After lunch I am going to give them some ideas about were to go for inspiration so will definitely be including this blog. So there will be nothing wonky for my workshop but the afternoon inspiration will include some wonky ideas. Thanks to all who share here. Joanne

Monday, August 24, 2015

Busy Making Strings

July and August have just flown by. I've been busy making string quilts and attempting to get rid of diminish my stash.
This one was easy except for the piano keys I decided to add to use up more scraps. It took me longer to make that border than it did to make the blocks. Go figure!!

The fractured diamond came from all my green scraps, which BTW have doubled. How did that happen??
I love watching this particular design develop. Depending on whether you use a specific color to outline the "kite" shape and if you place one color as the "last sewn" such as the gray fabric I used, the possibilities are endless and awesome. This quilt was quilted by me...can you believe it!!! I'm taking a long-arm class and I can quilt on anything that I want. OMG, I can't wait to quilt another quilt top soon!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Improv String or Chinese Coins

We formed a small book study to work through The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Wood. Her second "score" is strings. Here's my first top.

Improv String #1
We discovered we have much more to say and chose to spend another month on this topic. More details on my blog.

Enjoy the day!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Annette's String Quilt

This beautiful scrappy string quilt was made by Annette. Notice how she changed the center strings of each block from orange to golden yellow for the border blocks.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A couple of antique string quilts

These two beauties are in my collection and I thought it was time to give them some air!  This one is a top that I have never quilted because I thought it would ruin the value.  My late husband fell in love with it as much as I did; we bought it at an antique show, but I can't remember where.  In any case, I have been told that it is clearly an African-American work of art because of the way the strips are laid out. Isn't this wonderful? It is a top that I would estimate is late 19th-very early 20th.

This one is very heavy, big stitches, backed with homespun (with a few mouse holes) Strings - same vintage.  I bought this in Florida and it came from an estate in one of the Carolinas.

Now that I have been in Africa, it is obvious to me that these are African-American made. Strips are a traditional recurring motif in many of the crafts.  These are just a couple of examples.

So that's my antique string story.  Enjoy!