Thursday, July 17, 2014

Strata

Even though these probably aren't official string blocks, they end up looking like them.  This is what I made after a very enjoyable workshop taught by Scott Murkin.  The wall quilt is approx 27' x 32" and the title is "Growth Rings". In the close up you can see the rings.




Monday, July 14, 2014

Here and There



Introducing Here and There,
the finally-finished second string quilt from last year.




That's the Mississippi River in the background.

(Photos taken at Mud Island River Park in Memphis)




This is the other string quilt named Moving Right Along.

It was gifted to an expectant grandmother earlier this year.
(Her first granddaughter is due this month)

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There are more strings in the near future!!


Quiltdivajulie

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Joining the Fun ~ My Diamond String Blocks





Hello!

I have just joined in this fun String Thing Along!


I love scrappy quilts,

Strings are my kind of thing.

The blocks above are some I collected in 2010.
This was a swap on the old, now defunct,  Block Central Forum.
I made a lot of friends and quilts on this forum and
hope to do the same here on the String Thing Along.


For these blocks we each chose our own color for the center strip 
and followed this tutorial ... 


I love the scrap patterns on this site.
I chose green for my center strips.
I love all the scrappy greens in these blocks and each one reminds me of the friend who made them.
I have 56 of these string blocks and they are not sewn together yet.
That needs to change.
I need to get sewing the top together.

I also have a big box of strings that needs some pressing and piecing.

Thanks to Vickie @ More Stars In Comanche for leaving a thread trail 
to this string thing along fun.

Thanks to Brenda for hosting and letting me join in.

Thanks to all who have posted all the eye popping string candy and how-tos.

I am hoping to have a pretty green Diamond String Quilt to show you soon!

Have a happy quilty day ... :) Pat

<3

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Making Progress



In avoidance of numerous other quilt projects that need attention, I managed to finally find some fabric and get borders on this quilt top.  It has been languishing in my quilt studio for a while now.  I still need to make the binding and the backing, but now I have to go back to the projects that I've been avoiding!

When finished, this will go to a local facility for seriously ill and/or fragile children.

Just for fun

These Halloween strings were done just for fun. Black centre on a square 10" foundation. I was gifted with quite a few Halloween scraps and thought that some youngster would probably like this. It has been donated to my local outreach group the Scrapbag Quilters. I remember my son years ago being distressed because his class got orange for colour day and "no one has anything orange to wear" His teacher brought orange ties for all the boys. She was a wonderful teacher. Piecefully, Joanne

Monday, June 23, 2014

3 Fractured Diamonds




I was motivated to sew this past week and pumped out 3 fractured diamond quilt tops. More info can be found on my blog.
All strips are from my stash which now has a dent in the pile.
When quilted these quilt little quilts (36" sq) will be given to my helping hands group. 
I'll be machine quilting each one on my Janome.
I hope everyone enjoys their week. It's raining here in central Texas which is very unusual in June but we are not complaining one little bit!!



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TUESDAY PROGRESS


My pieced-on-paper strings and strips are morphing into this...the blocks are 18" (4 with two-sided borders--then sewn together in pairs and pairs again).  I have enough to do 3 more blocks and will need to "string-up"                                      { (;--))) }
enough for two more after this.
















A closer looksee at all those scrappy strings and strippies.....can you find "Santa Claus" up there--
It has turned out to be a sort of "I Spy" String quilt because of all the novelty fabrics.

Here are the next two laid out on my cutting table ..................hmmmm no beach today!!














As I close my sewing room door I take a last glimpse from the side,,,, more on my   blog
Yes, I think I like them like this...hugs, Julierose, La Blageuse

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Scrappy quilt by Katell



Note: I am posting this on behalf of Katell.

I am about to quilt a big quilt, well not really a string quilt since all pieces are cut 2 1/2 x 4 1/2. Yet it is a genuine scrappy top with many Japanese fabrics. I found my inspiration in this book :


I began to cut and piece :



​Well, d'accord, let's go on !
​I showed the top to my Bee Amies last Friday. It will be a bedspread (200 x 240 cm)
I have to quilt it now : I will offer it to my sister​ by the end of the month for her 40th birthday.
So it will not be on my blog before because I want her to be surprised!

Katell, France

Monday, June 2, 2014

SEA GLASS STRIPPY FINALLY GOING TOGETHER

Hello fellow strip piecing lovers out there--I have gotten my blocks together (I had strip pieced them on telephone book paper which I cut into 8 1/2 " x 2 12" strips to use up a lot of scraps and strings I had leftover) and I am now auditioning fabrics for my borders. 

This has been such a fun project; I started it after seeing Bonnie Hunter's video on using up scraps this way.  I also have about 27 dark colored strip pieced blocks for the reverse--it will be a lap quilt for me; my own lap quilt is really wearing thin. 
What do you think about the colors for the borders? 
 i also auditioned two other colors here:



But they just didn't seem to fit as well --altho' there are a lot of these colors in the blocks also....



Here is a closer look at the blocks and the two colors--I especially like that purpley blue...I will  post when I get the back together.....in the meantime, in between time
you can see more about this on my blog...see ya'll hugs to you all  Julierose, La blageuse


Autumn Strings

It has been forever since I've posted anything here! I just finished this top though, and had to share. :- )


This began as an effort to use up some of the older batiks in my stash. At the same time, I needed a project to sew that wouldn't require a lot of mental effort. I chose to use the layer and cut and shuffle technique to create the 9" blocks. Both Karla Alexander and Gwen Marston talk about this technique in their books. Karla has devoted whole books to it!

Here's a detail shot:


You can read the full story on my blog if you like.

Magpie Sue