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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

String Quilt Musings!

A few weeks ago I decided that I must be the only one in the quilting community (at least my little community!) that has not made a string quilt---so I read up on the subject at Quiltville and started saving "strings".

To my surprise, it didn't take long at all to gather a bunch of "strings" and I soon filled my bucket!

So I made some foundations 10.5" and marked the centers so that they would remain plain (to give the eye a place to rest) and started in sewing. Ah, this was fun, not too much thinking involved!

Well, I should have know there would be SOME thinking involved and not turned my mind completely off or had a senior moment or whatever because I did manage to mess up a block by not paying attention to the back as I was flipping and ironing and had a big old crease down the center of the backing. Well, that one bit the dust and another takes it place because I had already cut and trimmed when I noticed it--oh well, a do-over!

And here are some of the finished, trimmed blocks. With the same color in the center of each block a design emerges, which I like about this design. Thanks go to Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville for all the good information she has on her site about string quilts. I thought my scrap bin would diminish in size, but it doesn't seem to be going down any--I wonder why this is?--it's like trying to use up your stash--that doesn't seem to go down any either--yet I still want new fabric and the manufacturers seem to know that!!!!!

Let quilting help you make someone smile!



Debi said...

Your blocks look great and your colors are bright and cheery. I can't wait to see the finished quilt.

Deb Skinner Fischer said...

I am just quilting now a string quilt made of the blocks we swapped on the Quilting Passion forum. It is going to be a Christmas present for my boss. I love your colors and it is amazing how fast the blocks go! Can't wait to see how you quilt it!

Teresa said...

I havent done a string quilt either Jan. But your blocks are so lovely I think I'll need to jump on the band wagon soon and try this myself.
Thank you for the inspiration

Jan said...

Thanks Debi! You know how I love brights!

Jan said...

Deb F.--thanks--yes, it's amazing how fast it goes together and it's fun, too. I'm anxious to see you post a picture of yours on the forum. I think it will be awesome!

Jan said...

Teresa--thanks and you're welcome!! Hope to see a picture soon!