Sunday, January 14, 2007

Better than what I expected


Can you believe that my motley collection of scrap fabrics turned into this? At first, I was somewhat hesitant to finish this project. Up close, it's just that -- a motley collection of scraps, but last week, a viewer, gave the name of "chocolate" to my ordinary "brown" diagonal strip, and I looked at the project with new insight! LOL -- thank you as always, to all the bloggers and/or quilters out there with vision and encouragement! (Oh yes, I PLANNED that single hot pink strip where it ended.)

The border was giving me some grief - I had considered making another border of crazy patches, ala strings in smaller sizes, but frankly, that was going to take too long. I think this almost-plain version of mottled (like motley?) brown and hot pink is better anyway.

These strings are addictive - but the stash of scraps does not diminish much with the creation of just one quilt, amazingly enough! The blocks DO work up quickly - this is only a week of work. I tried to stay away from anything 'theme-y' or 'cutsies.'

I have a whole box of REAL 40's scraps from a little old lady who passed away years ago. I didn't even know her, but always felt those scraps should be made up into a quilt to honor her as a fabric lover. This may be the perfect project for them.

28 comments:

Angie said...

Just lovely, Elaine!!

Bingo~Bonnie said...

Oh Elaine, your blocks look even better than I knew they would!!! I like the idea of using a thin boarder of scrappy darks all random lengths and then about a 5-6" dark chocolate boarder to finish it off like you have laid out in the 2nd photo. Great idea! You never did say the finished size of your blocks? 9"?

I've wanted to do a dark/light string for a while and now I now I "really" want to!!! I think I will have to look for the perfect chocolate to use for my centers and boarder first before I get started. Too bad I didnt' visit your blog before my trip to JoAnn's today - all of their cotton is 50% off this weekend. ~Bonnie

joyce said...

I absolutely love your string quilt and the border will be perfect. It is amazing what can be made of scraps once you get started. Or do they multiply in the bag? A string quilt of 40's scraps would be amazing.

anne bebbington said...

Lovely quilt and those borders set it off a treat - the light halves of the blocks make it look 3D a bit like those crystals you can get - mmmm I can feel and idea brewing - thanks for the inspiration

Sweet P said...

Mmmmm . . . chocolate is good . . . but I'm thinking it's more Chocolate and Cream. What a neat quilt.

Owens Family Adventures said...

Wow!! That turned out really nice!!! Great job!!
dawn

Patti said...

Love the way they turned out - especially with that border! And you are so right - calling them "chocolate" makes all the difference. Maybe topped by a red raspberry syrup?

I'm firmly convinced that strings are like the old wire coathangers - they multiply in the dark at night when no one is watching. At least I KNOW mine do!

1chartfp@comcast.net

Helen said...

Looks fantastic with the light and darks and I LOVE that rogue pink stripe. How about 'Chocolate and Icecream"?

Mary said...

I love it - the lights and darks look great.

KCQuilter said...

Wow, your string quilt is gorgeous. Love string quilts!!!

Jeanne said...

Oh, nice! Scrappy is always a winner in my book, and these string blocks we're all doing are just great, aren't they? Your borwn and pink set this off just right!

Jeanne :)

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Yummy! Looks like chocolate and strawberry icecream with brightly colored jimmies sprinkled on top! (Jimmies is what we call icecream sprinkles in New England). Really lovely!!! And - when I cut out an entire quilt and then look at the tiny little pile of cut pieces compared to the fabric on my shelves - I am always a bit amazed at how little fabric it does take to make a quilt, LOL.

Cheers!

Evelyn

Nellie Bass Durand said...

Golly, what else is there to say ... other than I love it!

Helen in the UK said...

Great blocks and I like your border choice :)

Carol said...

Elaine it is just wonderful! I love brown...it makes all your other colors sparkle and when you put pink with brown...can't go wrong! OUTSTANDING!

Bonnie said...

Elaine.....it is a TERRIFIC quilt! you did it again! Whoooowhoooo!!

Bonnie

Hanne said...

Your string quilt is lovely !

Cynthia said...

i love the your string blocks. Great idea making light and dark blocks. I'll have to have a go at making one like that.

Dawn said...

Oh Elaine - it is Wonderful! I love it!

Marcie said...

I am loving all the string quilts you have done. That little pink one is calling me!

Jodie said...

Looks great Elaine.

Jodie

Alena said...

I love your quilt top...

Shelina said...

This is an awesome quilt. I apparently don't use brown nearly enough.

Finn said...

Hi Elaine, the string blocks top looks just wonderful. I love your idea of using half dark and half light. These string blocks have sooo many possibilities don't they? Keep up the great work, and eventually the scrap pile will go down. Hugs, Finn

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

That looks just brilliant! Tracey

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Love it! So does everyone else - what a lot of comments.

Inga Helene said...

This is a real beauty. I love it!

Inga

Joy said...

This is a beautiful quilt.