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.


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Guild Comfort Quilt

I joined a new (to me) guild this year, and they like to make Comfort Quilts which are given away to various projects.. I like the generous spirit. This year they are making coins which are just strings set in columns, right? I made this one, with strings set vertically in rows instead of horizontally in columns and with an added surprise in each row.
Carol E.

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Spotted Winkel

This is my newly-completed quilt top
for the current Ad Hoc Improv Quilters'
Playing With Scale challenge.

Inspired by my grandson's Winkel baby toy,
it features lot and lots of string pieced circles.

There are more photos on my blog -
CLICK HERE to visit.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

String Quilt Gift for Habitat for Humanity

Our Possum Town Quilt Guild from Columbus, MS was finally able to gift the latest habitat house quilt recipient. She seemed very pleased and was going to put it on her bed as soon as she got home.

You can see us working on this quilt here and here.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Still Part of The String Thing Gang

In the fall of 2016 I attended AQS Chattanooga Quilt Week
and made an evening side trip to visit SPOOL.
(a truly marvelous LQS that was closed by the co-owners
so they could move on to other aspects of the quilting universe)

These two bundles of Cherrywood fabrics came home with me -- 
and since then I've used them to virtually design 
at least a few dozen (!) different kinds of quilt tops.

As part of my preparation for Lynette's 18 in 2018 challenge,
I chose to listen to my heart and go with some sort of string quilt.

This one by Amanda Jean Nyberg is named Slopes
and comes from her latest book No Scrap Left Behind.

I've liked the design since the first time I saw it.

Time to quit pondering and start cutting/sewing!

Here is a work in progress photo
showing the 25 inset strip blocks in the foreground
and the remaining 56 blocks sorted using my plate system.

(I also added a splash of plaids and near-solids to the ten Cherrywoods)

In this photo all 80 blocks has been sewn together
with about 1/3 of them pressed.

At some point this quilt's name made itself known.

Groundhog Day

(could that have been influenced by the repetitive - but oh so soothing - 
stitching together of string after string after string?)

CLICK HERE to see how these blocks look now on the design wall!


Friday, December 29, 2017

How do we keep stringing along?

I've been playing with wide wool strings
from a box of goodies I got from a friend of a friend of a friend's mom.
You can read the whole story here.

I only squared off fabric bits and used dark spacers.
The nature of the tweeds and twills makes the pieces curve a bit

It's beautiful in the subtle variations and I've already had several naps
under the finished blanket.
which I have yet to photograph.

Here's the top out on my snowy front lawn.
I've since quilted it and bound it.

But my question is do we keep stringing along here in blogland,
or move the whole string thing along over to Instagram?
I know there are less people reading blogs
and more heading over to other social media.

Now that Instagram allows you to follow hashtags, 
I was wondering if we can move our celebration of string quilts over there
by using the hashtag #stringthingalong.

Let me know what you think.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Veterans & Strings

Back in August, I set a goal for myself to make quilts for the Veterans who attend our local Seniors Center. Below are three of nine that I made, quilted and presented to the Vets. They were very pleased to receive each a quilt.
Here's a link to the rest of the story.  LINK
 This one is a simple fractured diamond star design and I added the white stars to make things interesting.
 This is also fractured diamond star but I left out one portion of each diamond star to frame an eagle in the center.
This last one was made from strips of fabric I had left over from some other project and the bargello bottom was also from a previous project.

Making String Blocks at Magnolia Sewing Circle

Our Magnolia Sewing Circle made string blocks this week.

This is the table with all the fun activity.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Arranging Strings Differently

There are other ways to arrange strings. Lately I've been exploring a few of them with Chinese Coins which are basically columns of narrow strings with or without sashing. Over the summer I made this quilt for my niece .

Pflugerville Coins
It started with small amounts of fabric instead of true scrap strings. The fabrics were paired before they were cut into 8-inch WOF and then hand cut into strings/coins. As the pairs ran out, I inserted some real scraps or the beginning of the next pair to segue from one set to the next. However, the quilt could easily be made of scraps.

Coins are easier for me when I sew smaller sets, like sheets of paper, and only sew the column at the end. You can adjust the seam allowance to straighten out wiggles.

The quilting is basic straight lines with the walking foot across the surface.

Quilting detail on Pflugerville Coins

The sky blues are soft and summery to me. More information on my blog. Also, Rachel posted another Chinese Coins quilt here a few years ago. And Wanda has a glorious version where the Coins/strings are vertical. And Brenda posted a scrappier one here.