Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Last one for the year

Sharing a final string quilt for this year.
I just finished assembling this top over the weekend, as part of a Rainbow Scrap Challenge year-end report.  I'll get back to layering and quilting it in the next month or so.  Onward to 2015 and more quilts!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

when did I make this string quilt??

Came across this photo today of what looks like a baby quilt made, maybe a decade ago? Who knows?  But typical of me, nothing lines up or matches. That's the beauty of string quilts - right??!! I'm thinking I should do another one...
 Happy holidays, everyone!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Just stopping by to share a couple of string quilts I finished this year.  The lighter blue/green quilt was completed in late spring, and the darker one just recently.  Both have been donated to my guild for use as comfort quilts.
Thank you for your string inspirations this year.  I'm hoping to be much more productive in 2015. 
Have a joyful holiday season!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New to the group.

I found this group while participating in the Canadian Blog Hop. Love all the work you are all doing, and I love string quilts. Here are a couple that I have made.
 This is the first one I ever made. It was a Gwen Marsden technique, crooked strings and very small.
 My cousin and I made this one for our 87 yrs old Aunt. Just scraps and she loved it.
I made this one from a swap that I did. Love the border fabric, purchased it at my local quilt store.
I look forward to participating in your Group. Happy String Sewing :) 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Vintage String Quilts

I took these photos at our local quilt show this past October, and I thought you might like to see them here.  I have more explanations and photos on my blog Indigo Threads.

Both of these quilts had older quilts inside as the "batting".  They are very heavy quilts.  I think these qualify as pretty much the ultimate in scrap quilting!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Two Christmas Gifts - Done

My granddaughter is now in kindergarten and has to great teachers. She wants to gift them something special and asked me to "make something special." How could I not after that request. I asked each teacher what their favorite colors were and went to work.
The first is of course a lion. The favorite colors are orange & white which are the school colors & the lion is the mascot. It measures 20" square.
The second favorite colors are red & black. I added a grayish fabric to jazz it up. This one also measures 20" square.
Now if I can convince my granddaughter to wait until the class Christmas party.....laugh out loud! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

String Quilt Top Finished

Party Hat Optional  --  53" x 73" 

This quilt top was inspired by the Toran pattern

You can read about my string quilt's genesis
HERE and continuing HERE.

The quilt top's actual construction happened within a single week!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Strip Piecers' challenge quilt

We're making string blocks for our monthly challenge
at my guild, the Strip Piecers.

These blocks were inspired by my basement bathroom floor.
It evokes diagonal string blocks and horizontal strings.

So far we're liking this layout, with the borders being half the width
of the diagonal blocks.
The diagonal blocks are 6.5 inches unfinished,
sewn on a 6 inch foundation,
with half lights and half mediums.

This is meant to be a charity quilt for a women's shelter.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Magnolia Sewing Circle Makes String Quilts

At our annual Magnolia Guest Day Sewing I helped with the ‘string quilt’ project. We started this quilt last year. You can read about it HERE.
Alma, Tressa, and Pat

Some of the blocks ended up smaller, so we decided to make two separate quilts.

Thelma made 4 string blocks at home for the beginning of another “String quilt.” The same 4 blocks look different depending which color you turn toward the center.
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Strings and comments

Last week a blog reader gave me some fabric she was clearing out,
including these strip/string sets.
I think these will become part of a bigger project.

I've been reading your posts and comments.
One poster was wondering how to reply to comments on her post.
The easiest way is to write a comment on your own post
and then check the box that says something like
send follow-up comments to me by email.

That way you can reply to comments on your own post.

Keep stringing along!

Brenda,blog administrator

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


I am having such fun looking through all these old scraps and strings that make up my now
(FINALLY!) tied, bound and labeled quilt: SEA GLASS.

Here are a few close ups of some fave parts that I was able to sneak in:

A sailboat

an underwater sea flower swaying with the tides,

Lighthouse and snow fence and underneath some imaginary sea anemones....

I used a wide border to underline that this is an ocean quilt....all very old strings of fabrics left over from long ago:

More sailing ships and

celestial sights at sea:

I am so happy to have finished this project....you can see more on this on my blog

Hugs to you all, 
Julierose. La Blageuse

Sunday, July 27, 2014


My friend showed me this quilt made by her grandma. 
In love?
I am.
Here's the back where you can see she used thin muslin as her foundation for all those strips.
Since it's not quilted yet.....
We get to see the "guts".  Lol!

Thursday, July 17, 2014


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)


There are more strings in the near future!!


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Joining the Fun ~ My Diamond String Blocks


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


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


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