Thursday, July 30, 2015

a bit psychedelic

Admittedly, it has been forever since I've posted here (let alone on my own blog - LOL). I sew with strips all the time, as you probably know: but string quilts are a rarity for me. 

Been busy teaching and traveling and recently got home from teaching at the South African National Quilt Festival in KwaZulu Natal --- and very influenced by the colors and patterns of Africa (not to mention the fabrics!).

I was blotto from the time warp, but happy to be back at my sewing machine after watching my students sew for a week.  About the only thing I could do was to finish the string quilt I had started before I left for a new baby my daughter's good friend had recently.

Finally got it together and quilted, but when I took a photo to post on my blog I was a bit taken aback on how totally wonky it really was.  But hey, string quilts are supposed to be wonky - right? And when you cut and sew without a ruler, that's what happens.

By the way, I might pass along something I finally figured out as I was sewing these strips down to the paper.  I realized that I only needed to sew one seam to the paper: set the first one down and put one on top of it, as usual.  Sewed the two to the square of paper and folded the paper back. Then I just sewed one strip to another without the paper, used the paper to trim when I was done, and only had one seam to rip. OTOH - maybe that's why this looks so wacko.

Cheers, everybody!  Enjoy.
warm regards,

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Red and Green Strings in Rectangular Blocks

I prepared a red and green string quilt as a project for our Possum Town Quilters.
Using an old algebra book for foundations we placed a yellow strip diagonally in each block with
red on one side and green on the other side.

Carla, Lawana, and Carol sewing strings.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

String quilt

I finished a string quilt this week.

String quilts are my favorite kind of quilt!

These were hand me down scraps.
Someone else's trash became MY TREASURE!

More about this quilt on my blog here

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

String block layouts

We are doing a scrappy string block swap at my guild, and I have made a few suggestions on how this type of blocks can be stitched together. I first posted them on my blog Mrs Moen and Brenda thought some of you would like to see them too, so here they are.



 Vertical zigzag

Horisontal zigzag

On point

Adding solid fabrics will calm down and tie all the colours together. This will also make it easier to piece the blocks together with regards to all the seam allowances. 
 Diagonal with sashing

 Straight with setting squares

Diagonal with setting squares

Have fun:)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Bright diamond strings finished!

We finished this quilt in record time.
I don't have a shot of the whole quilt,
but here you can see the sashing and borders.
It is straight line quilted in the sashings and tied within each block.
head over to my blog to take another look.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Talkin' Turkey

It has been some time since I posted here. I did some string blocks last winter. It is Bonnie Hunter's pattern. Hers was all in reds, I went a bit more scrappy with my version and busted a lot of stash!  I have made six queen size quilt tops  over the winter months. Have a lot of quilting ahead of me.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Last minute strings

After languishing in a box for months,
yesterday a pile of diagonal string blocks
made by my guild 
and supplemented by me
became 20 diamond blocks
each finishing at 12 inches.
Just some sashing and borders and then they're a flimsy!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Little Strips

This little piece will be donated to the Beaufort County Arts Council for their annual "Little Art Exhibit".  8" x 10" canvases are handed out and each artist returns a finished piece to be sold during the fundraiser.  

I rounded up a little collection of batiks and cut some strips.  Working on top of a piece of fusible fleece, cut slightly smaller than the canvas I wove the strips together and ironed it when I was happy with the arrangement.  I zigzagged between the strips with "smoke" invisible thread and around the outer edge with purple thread.

The canvas was spray painted with glossy enamel paint.  Then my piece was glued on and the whole thing went under a pile of books to keep it all flat while the glue dried.  I think it's done.  But it doesn't have to be turned in for two more weeks, so some embellishment might happen.