Saturday, February 03, 2007

More strings - am I using up fabric or creating more?

Mary, of http://www.maryquilts.blogspot.com/ coordinated a group of string-quilt enthusiasts from the Stashbusters Internet group and organized a group called Heart String Quilts, the idea being we would use up some of our stash, and make useful quilts for various causes.

This is my second version -- the first turned out so surprisingly attractive, I had to admit my sin and admitted it needed to stay with me.

These blocks are addictive! They are sewn on a muslin foundation, using almost any color strings (this was somewhat selected), then trimmed to an exact size and put together. If you want to use up scraps, this is the quilt for you. By using one strong same color down the diagonal center, the quilt takes on that color. For more info, check with Mary, at the above link.

Again, I opted to separate lights and darks, like a half square triangle. Also, when this quilt got to be this size, I decided it was done - the pattern dictated "finished!" This is about 60 inches square. Several weeks ago, I posted an earlier String Quilt - the one that I kept, so I DID feel obligated to make another. I think I sewed all the strings down in 2 or 3 sessions of several hours each. My strings were already cut. It still needs quilting.

17 comments:

Mary said...

Elaine, I love it! You did good!

Helen said...

I love your honesty!! Well done. That quilt looks lovely.

Helen in the UK said...

Like how you are doing your blocks half light, half dark. Adds an element of dimension to the finished design :)

joyce said...

I love your string quilts. I think it has been established that scraps multiply when left alone. You can never use them all up. STring quilts are a nice way to try though!

Nellie Bass Durand said...

Your half dark/half light gives the effect of refracted light through beveled glass. Beautiful!

Dawn said...

Oh it is beautiful! I love it!

Carol said...

Wonderful String Quilt! Love the colors and the way you laid them out.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

I really like how you use a little bit of a bright fabric in your strings and then repeat it in the skinny border - you did this with both quilts and I think it is a great finish! Love both versions!

Cheers!

Evelyn

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your lovely comments.

I could get addicted to all these strings! Looks great, I love how many effects you can achieve. I'm also very impressed with those houses. Too cute. Tracey@ozcountryquiltingmum

Laurie Ann said...

I love the layout you used for that one! Fantastic! I like it even more than I did the first one. I've got to get going on some of those blocks but I have some other commitments I need to finish first. SIGH.

Bingo~Bonnie said...

After seeing your 1st string quilt, I am SOLD on the half light / half dark blocks!! I will be making one of these in the future! Your blue barn raising setting is just as nice as your first quilt! You are so creative. Thanks for sharing with us!

I am still looking for a chocolate brown to buy before I get started though ;)

Jeanne said...

Terrific string quilt! Your other quilts are wonderful, too.

Nadine said...

I love your string quilts ! You always bring an interesting setting and something new, with them ! Keep doing them !

Hugs & smiles !
NADINE.

Diana said...

Fantastic job--it's just lovely!

Shelina said...

This is a pretty string quilt - I can see how it would be hard to let go. It looks three dimensional.

ROZ said...

String quilts seem to go on and on. I made a few of them myself. For a couple of them, I put batting over the muslin, and made them as quilt-as-you-go quilts.
Roz at
www.roz-counterpane.blogspot.com

ROZ said...

Dear Elaine--I have posted a couple of baby quilts on my blog. They may qualify as string quilts, I guess. Roz
www.roz-counterpane.blogspot.com