Saturday, November 10, 2018

Rectangular strings sewn together

Popping in to show off my completed string top.
I added piano key borders top and bottom.
It now measures 60 by 65 inches.
I'm basting and quilting it this weekend.

Some people left comments saying they prefer using paper foundations instead of fabric.
I hate tearing off paper,
and because these fabric foundations are 1/4 inch smaller all around than the block,
I don't have the extra bulk in the seams allowance.
I think both paper and fabric have their advantages.
I'm machine quilting this, so I'm not worrying about the extra layer.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Rectangular strings

I've been playing in the string bin again recently,
turning out rectangular blocks that finish at 6 by 9 inches

When they go together they make large diamonds.
I have a few rules for these instead of going entirely scrappy.
I'm using brights on the inside diamonds, and darks on the outside.
I've got lots of variety going here to give it more energy
and I'm trying to stay away from muddy colours on both sides.


This is my technique: I cut 6 by 9 inch foundations from an old sheet,
and ironed the diagonal  crease into them.
With rectangles, I need half of them to go left to right, like the one above,
and the other half to go right to left.
I cut 1.5 inch strips of a couple of beige prints, 
ironed them right sides together lengthwise,
and they laid the crease of the beige strip into the crease of the foundation.
I top stitched it in a matching thread right down the crease so the strips don't shift.
I want these strips to match up and make diamonds,
although I don't care if the other strips are various sizes or a bit wonky.

I'm cutting these 6.5 by 9.5 inches, so I make sure the strip is longer than the background.


Then I sew the brights onto the right side of the beige strips 
until I've completely covered the foundation, 
and trim the blocks from the back to 6.5 by 9.5 inches.
Repeat for black strips.

I've finished 16 blocks,
and have to sew black prints onto 32 more.
I may make this one row or one column bigger.

With 12 diamonds, it measures 48 by 54.
I would like it to finish at a throw size, 
so it's either more blocks,
or using up black strips for a piano key border.



Sunday, September 30, 2018

Scrappy Half Log Cabin Stashbuster


I just finished this scrappy half log cabin top with the goal of emptying a bag of strings that had been lollygagging around for a long time.  The blocks began with 2" light squares, and were built out to 10" using random width strings.The light fabric used for the corner squares and inner borders consumed an odd less-than-a-yard chunk from my stash.  I used several different leftover ends of red solids to tie everything together.  

No particular destination for this quilt -- it was just a scrapbuster.

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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.


Quiltdivajulie


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.

Quiltdivajulie

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!


Quiltdivajulie




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.