Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sliced and diced

It's ages since I last posted!
I have had lots of things going on and haven't got back to my Pineapple string quilt just yet but I did have a play a few weeks ago after reading a couple of sections of the book by Rayna Gillman.
I had three 12" blocks left over from my Fractured quilt below

and decided to slice into the first one and see what happened, I enjoyed the process so much I carried on and did the same to the other two

"City Garden"

This shot above was taken while these small pieces were hanging in an exhibition and the hanging system is terrible for textile works, the small rod at the back had to have string tied at the two ends and then hung on a huge picture hook which comes down from a clear tape - can't get the works to hang straight, having said that the one above is cut on an angle at the top and on both sides but the hanging doesn't do it any favours!

The one below was taken at home on my design wall and if you do a zoom you will see two tiny white marks - forgot to remove two white flower head pins!

"Bridge to Nowhere"

Now I need to carry on reading her book and get busy making more quilts!

Friday, March 14, 2014

This is Number 5

Yes, I'm officially addicted.  I have finished five free-form quilts a la Rayna and see more in the future.  Now I have a "selvage stash" AND a separate "skinny strips" stash!

Big news:  I have been asked to be guest artist for the month of April at a local gallery.  All of the free-form quilts will be in attendance!  Yay!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Scrappy Christmas Strips top assembled

The blocks are finished and the top is assembled. Sometimes a string quilt is just what is needed to provide some sewing time with limited stress. There are 48 blocks in this top and each one is identical. Our Community Outreach group was given these "off cuts" of Christmas scraps and I wondered if they would work. I used a simple red centre and started sewing. Each block was cut at 10" and I used 1/2" seams to sew the blocks together. Piecefully, Joanne

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Another Rayna Workshop

I finally finished a small quilt from Rayna Gillman's workshop last August. What a wonderful teacher she is! All the participants had such different visions and were largely self-directed. Rayna spent the day walking in a circle consulting with each of us in turn. She demonstrated modules, encouraged our ideas and offered alternatives when we ran into a wall.

Mine took so long because I was trying to use everything. Once I pared the modules back it fell into place. Hopefully, like Lori, there will be more in the future. Lots of ideas running through my head.

Thanks, Rayna!


Saturday, February 15, 2014

For Margaret's Hope Chest

Someone gave me some scraps and among them were thin strips of novelty fabrics. I started sewing them together and then kept adding more from my own stash. It all grew into this top. I didn't have borders on yet, when I went to visit my sister. She gave me two huge bags of scraps and blocks. Some already-cut borders were included, so I added them to this quilt. The quilt wouldn't exist without the help of several people... and then another person offered to quilt our tops for quilts going to Margaret's Hope Chest! YES! True collaboration wins again! carol e.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Christmas Strings (either early or late?)

Our community outreach group was given outcuts from a Christmas line of fabric. I have wondered if I could make a string quilt with them and finally got going on them last week. I used a red centre string and then have used the same fabric in the same relative position in each block. I put the first four blocks down on the design floor to see how they would look. I am happy with the outcome. Just 44 blocks to go.  Joanne

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Log Cabin

Would you call this a string quilt? It's not like the others but it's my "final gasp" before actually throwing a string away. Unlike most string quilts, all the logs finish the same 1/2" width. Any string 1" or larger works. I used to cut the strings to the appropriate width before sewing but now just sew them on and trim back.
Dark fabrics ranging from black to red, blue and green compose one side of these log cabin blocks. The light side ranges from white through pastels.
Log Cabin of 1/2" finished strings
I started making the blocks when my scrap bag was overflowing. Now, it's a habit. When a quick quilt is needed, these blocks are on hand. And my scrap bag is still full. Go figure.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Check out these string quilts

Life may be a bit quiet at this blog
but I've seen some great string quilts out there in blogland.
Check out Wanda's string blocks layouts at Exuberant Color
where she is playing with string blocks in soft batiks.

And while you're out there,
see what Marit at Quilt It just finished
from her scrap basket.

How are the rest of you doing with stringing along?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

From UFO with Love

This quilt is made from strips of fabrics I had sewn into tubes, cut into 2 1/2 inch be
 un-sewed, if that's even a word and sewn into some other project.......that was two years ago. I found the tubes the other week when clearing out a UFO box. I know that no one else has ever had that happen!!
I immediately stopped clearing out things and got down to un-sewing, designing, then sewing the rows together. Of course there was not enough to make a good sized quilt so I added the green fabrics and the rest of the tubed strips. When I stood back, I
 thought that the quilt still needed something.
Since this little project was going to my helping hands community project, I decided to add
ABC in artistic letters....someone is really going to love this little lap quilt.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Another Rayna-Influenced Quilt

No string is too small!  A friend gave me these after she trimmed down a jelly roll (!)

I've played with them on and off since October and I'm finally finished.  I hand appliqued the circles just before quilting.  It is #5 since I took Rayna Gillman's workshop in June and the circles were my way of adding my own twist to the project.  The size is 24 1/2" x 30". 

After some email discussion with Rayna, we believe that the better orientation is this: