Monday, March 25, 2019

An All About Strings Blog Hop is happening this week

This is my entry for the All About Strings Blog Hop happening this week. The hop runs all week and several bloggers will be highlighting their take on string quilts. My blog has a tutorial on how to make this particular design and other bloggers links can be found through my blog post. Piecefully, Joanne

Friday, February 1, 2019

2019 Strings

My first string project of 2019!
String quilts are very popular this winter, being shared all over the internet world, 
and I was motivated to participate. 

My inspiration was this photo of a vintage string quilt: 

 … from this book:

It's been added to my to-be-quilted basket, and will become a donation quilt.

I already have an idea for my next string quilt -- it's going to be a productive year!


Monday, January 28, 2019

Red String Blocks

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2019 is working on your Red scraps this month. My reds are in good shape, sorted, many blocks made last year. But I did not get my Red string blocks done till this Saturday. I got 14 half red blocks done. 

I am using white string down the middle of each block. 

You can see my map of my quilt. I am not half done yet. I slowly work on each colour each month. I missed a few months, so hope to get back to the string quilt. 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Back to Basics

I haven't posted on this blog in literally years. I'm sure any of us who have been quilting for many years have recognized the ebb and flow of interest in patterns and techniques, even in our own work. So after a hiatus I have returned to some string piecing.

There are so many different ways to work with strips and/or strings! I'd cut width-of-fabric strips from older yardage a few years back in an effort to clear out and update my stash a bit. But then I found I wasn't using a lot of those strips. I tend to work with specific size patches rather than long strips or strata. Or at least that's what I've been doing most recently.

I was inspired to cut my long strips into 8.5" lengths by a post over on Confessions of a Fabric Addict. I do love a Chinese Coins style quilt! And now I have this basket full of strips all the same length but in varying widths:

I'm sewing the strips together randomly, up to about 12-13 inches long so I have rough blocks to work with. When I have the number I figure I'll need for the quilt I'm building I can arrange and rearrange them before sewing them into columns, and then the columns into a flimsy. Here's what I have so far:

I didn't really expect to get this far this quickly! My basket still seems pretty full. I may very well have enough strips for two good size quilts. 😀

Magpie Sue

Monday, January 7, 2019

My First String of 2019

Happy New Year Everyone!!
A friend challenged me to get started in this new year. So I thought to make a string quilt because it's easy.
Here's what I've accomplished so far.
I used a type of tissue paper as a foundation. That's the white area you can see.

 I like all the gray fabrics and was happy to use as many as possible in this project.

I'll need to make 3 more blocks to finish the top then add borders. The blocks are 9.5 inches unfinished.
There's more to see on my blog and the story behind these fabrics.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Humble Quilts Strings QAL

Did you know that Lori over at Humble Quilts
is hosting a Strings quilt along?

Go check our her latest post HERE.

Lori also posted about it HERE.

I plan to participate with at least two quilts.

I also plan to share photos here on this blog.


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Rectangular strings sewn together

Popping in to show off my completed string top.
I added piano key borders top and bottom.
It now measures 60 by 65 inches.
I'm basting and quilting it this weekend.

Some people left comments saying they prefer using paper foundations instead of fabric.
I hate tearing off paper,
and because these fabric foundations are 1/4 inch smaller all around than the block,
I don't have the extra bulk in the seams allowance.
I think both paper and fabric have their advantages.
I'm machine quilting this, so I'm not worrying about the extra layer.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Rectangular strings

I've been playing in the string bin again recently,
turning out rectangular blocks that finish at 6 by 9 inches

When they go together they make large diamonds.
I have a few rules for these instead of going entirely scrappy.
I'm using brights on the inside diamonds, and darks on the outside.
I've got lots of variety going here to give it more energy
and I'm trying to stay away from muddy colours on both sides.

This is my technique: I cut 6 by 9 inch foundations from an old sheet,
and ironed the diagonal  crease into them.
With rectangles, I need half of them to go left to right, like the one above,
and the other half to go right to left.
I cut 1.5 inch strips of a couple of beige prints, 
ironed them right sides together lengthwise,
and they laid the crease of the beige strip into the crease of the foundation.
I top stitched it in a matching thread right down the crease so the strips don't shift.
I want these strips to match up and make diamonds,
although I don't care if the other strips are various sizes or a bit wonky.

I'm cutting these 6.5 by 9.5 inches, so I make sure the strip is longer than the background.

Then I sew the brights onto the right side of the beige strips 
until I've completely covered the foundation, 
and trim the blocks from the back to 6.5 by 9.5 inches.
Repeat for black strips.

I've finished 16 blocks,
and have to sew black prints onto 32 more.
I may make this one row or one column bigger.

With 12 diamonds, it measures 48 by 54.
I would like it to finish at a throw size, 
so it's either more blocks,
or using up black strips for a piano key border.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Scrappy Half Log Cabin Stashbuster

I just finished this scrappy half log cabin top with the goal of emptying a bag of strings that had been lollygagging around for a long time.  The blocks began with 2" light squares, and were built out to 10" using random width strings.The light fabric used for the corner squares and inner borders consumed an odd less-than-a-yard chunk from my stash.  I used several different leftover ends of red solids to tie everything together.  

No particular destination for this quilt -- it was just a scrapbuster.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Spotted Winkel Quilt is Finished!

My quilt named The Spotted Winkel is finished!

Lots of string pieced circles and more.

Come visit my blog to see lots of photos
and learn the story behind this one-of-a-kind quilt.