Monday, March 16, 2015

Boxing up the Strings

 I had started with a tonne of scraps and this doesn't include all the scraps from years gone by. I had wanted to get onto it for quite sometime.
and boxed up the strings into one block. I've got lots of strings!

In this quilt, I am cutting strips from the scraps I have or just using those scraps that were just hanging around.

I start with 5 inch squares of backing and batting. So this little quilt is quilted when each block is squared off with the rotary cutter as seen.

I layer the scrap strips onto the batting with the backing fabric behind. I must do a little tute for this or just go here to watch how the quilt as you go method works. Unfortunately, this is not using the string method, but you'll get the idea.

Have fun, happy quilting,


Friday, February 27, 2015

Lost in String Land

I spent some quality time with my Bernina this week . . . 

stitching together a large pile of 1.5" strings.

(pre-shortened to 15" lengths)

After more quality time with my iron,
it was time to trim the foundation-free 
strip sets into twenty-four 8.5" squares.

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Friday, February 20, 2015


As you can see above here are the latest of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge 15 little Eye of God blocks.

Each "EYE"uses four little squares that have been string pieced on 3.5:" squares of old telephone book paper... My favorites this month are the two that use Toile in the centers...
I L O V E toile...


You can see more about my project for the year over at my blog here

I hope you are all staying warm during this unusually cold and stormy Winter...
Is anyone else out there "Stringing Along"??? Earth to String Piecers.....
Hugs Julierose

Monday, February 9, 2015


When I joined RSC15 I decided that I wanted to make a string quilt in a rainbow of colors.
I LOVE the "Eye of God" pattern--and I decided to pick randomly in each month's color depending upon how many scraps and Strings I have....February is PINK  ................

AND JANUARY was blue:

I am keeping the center diagonals in orange-dark/ mauve as I have a lot of strings left in those colors.

Here is a closer view of some of those blues


(Here you can see the darker mauve on the diagonal...)

Here are close ups of the pink colorways--all bits and pieces of leftovers and funny shaped pieces....
What fun!!

Some pretty old fabrics and some newer ones.........

Some are repeated and all just randomly picked out....

We will see how this goes together as the months go by...
I am so enjoying piecing these on little 3 1/2"  squares of old telephone book papers.

I will remove the papers just before sewing the blocks together in groups of four....

hugs to you all on this snowy and frigid Monday
Julierose, La Blageuse
P.S.  Hoping to see many more of your projects here this year.....;--)))

Friday, February 6, 2015

One More Finish!

This string quilt is sort of serendipity as I used up some stripe fabric that I just didn't know how to use.  When the idea hit of trying it in a string quilt, I could hardly wait to see it all come together.
I'm not one to measure each set as I am cutting the 10 inch squares into 9.5 inch blocks, so the corners seem a bit wonky.  I am a happy wonky quilter that loves the process and the excitement of sewing the blocks together.

This one is unusual for me as often I choose bright colors, but it's restful and I do love the grey with it.  The binding is some fabric I purchased for another quilt and didn't use.  It was absolute heaven to use.  I wish all fabric was so easy to sew into the binding.

This is the quilt I purchased the grey fabric for, not knowing how much I'd use.  It's a quilt I put together for a friend from pictures I found on the internet and I started with a pineapple paper pieced block in the center. 

by Pattilou

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Blue for January

I just finished a string quilt I'd finally gotten around to.  I completed the top in January.  The strings were stored in a plastic shoe box.  They have been from two or three previous projects. 

I have to say, I always love the blues and purples and the turquoise is a bonus color for me.  Dang, I wish I had a place for this, but it will be a donation quilt.

 The quilting was free form and I found myself making little swirls where the corners met!  It's been awhile since I finished a quilt!

The top before quilting:

This was the last one I completed.  It was for my granddaughter and started with the strings left over from a project a year ago. 
Added by pattilou

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Inspired by Carla

I was inspired by Carla's post yesterday to try some string pieced arcs.
I have a set of Double Wedding Ring templates I've been wanting to use,
so I traced the arcs on copy paper
and string pieced bits of hand dyed fabrics
from a goodie bag my mother gave me.

Here are four arcs waiting to be trimmed.

I've made 13 so far
and I've got lots of hand dyed strings and strips left to use.

Thanks for the inspiration!

I've been wondering if it is time to wrap up this blog,
but it seems we just had a long holiday break.

Thanks to all of you for stringing along.
We have room for more blog contributors,
so if you see some great string quilts out there,
ask their makers to check us out
and send me an email at strings[at]mts[dot]net to join.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Last one for the year

Sharing a final string quilt for this year.
I just finished assembling this top over the weekend, as part of a Rainbow Scrap Challenge year-end report.  I'll get back to layering and quilting it in the next month or so.  Onward to 2015 and more quilts!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

when did I make this string quilt??

Came across this photo today of what looks like a baby quilt made, maybe a decade ago? Who knows?  But typical of me, nothing lines up or matches. That's the beauty of string quilts - right??!! I'm thinking I should do another one...
 Happy holidays, everyone!