I love string quilts, and I've made a couple over the past few years. The first one I made was for Heartstrings. I threw everything but the kitchen sink into it! I sent it to Mary, and she quilted and donated it for me. I didn't have a blog at that time, but she posted a picture on hers, which can be found here.
A couple years ago, I was inspired by a photo of a vintage quilt and decided to make one like it, a double pinwheel string quilt. I posted a tutorial for it on my blog, which you can find via that link. Feel free to check it out sometime (and if you make one, please share a photo!).
Since then, I've bookmarked a lot of string quilts for the bucket list. Funny how that bucket list just keeps filling up, isn't it? Recently, I was inspired by another vintage quilt photo in Gwen Marston's Liberated String Quilts book, and that project is what I will be working on for the String Thing-Along. You can read about how I got started on it here.
The first block that I made was a test, but I liked how it turned out and made it into a wall hanging. Then I decided I might make one block per month, and by the end of the year I'd have a quilt. Now that I've joined this group, I may have to kick it into gear and move that plan up a bit!
Here is the block I worked on this week. I don't have the center added or it appliqued onto a background yet.
The way I've been making them is to make four or five different strata, or layers of strings, trim to 6-1/2 inches, and then use the Easy Dresden ruler to cut the wedges.
There are 20 wedges in each ring, and by varying the fabrics in the different strata, I can get some interesting scrappy variety. But I'm trying to keep the color scheme to cream, gray, blue, red, and green. Might seem strange, but I think it's going to work, and besides, I like all those colors! I also like to mix vintage fabrics with contemporary, and even throw in some recycled plaid shirts. I think the eclectic mix adds interest.
Thanks for the opportunity to share my plans and progress with you. I'm looking forward to seeing how everyone's projects turn out!