Thursday, November 01, 2007

My Life


... and some people think leftover strings should be thrown away!

The name, "My Life" is what quilters know -- this is what you get in your life, make something beautiful with what you have.

This project was put together about February, and destined as a donation, but I posted a photo of the unquilted top, mentioning "old brown strips, and leftover pinks". One of you commented about my "chocolate and raspberry" quilt, which raised my appreciation of this humble project. (So you see, it's not my fault I kept it!)

The single pink strip in that one light block is there on purpose - just to make the viewer wonder! The rest are truly scraps, placed with very little thought, using lights on half the square and darks on the other half. Perhaps the intense brights help to hold it together. I did use a dark brown strip (not the same brown) down the center of each block, for some measure of continuity. It's about 60 x 80 inches. I don't remember if my foundation was fabric or paper, but it was started after I joined the HeartString Quilt Project. I had the best of intentions for a donation but this was just too dear to me. I made others.
This was professionally quilted by Anita of Prairie Creations, a nearby quilter and friend. I'm just thrilled with the end product - this is my new best favorite!

20 comments:

paula, the quilter said...

I think I commented about neopolitan ice cream which has chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. Love the quilt, BTW.

Mary said...

It's funny but when the discussion on HeartStrings centered around whether the string quilts we were making and donating were ugly I had to laugh. I LOVE string quilts and I have a king size string quilt on my bed to prove it. My next quilt for myself will also be a string quilt.

This is gorgeous to me and it's not wonder you wanted to keep it for yourself.

QuiltingFitzy said...

Your life . . . is sewn together by strings!

Anne Ida said...

Oh, it's wonderful! I love the brown strips in the centres - ties it together beautifully! Enjoy your new favorite!!!!

Annie said...

I just love this quilt Elaine!! I am always in awe at how beautiful a "bunch of strings" can look so wonderful. I don't blame you at all for keeping this one for your self.....I would have too. And how often do we get to keep one of our creations??? We usually are the last ones to have a quilt of our own......keep doing the great work......

joyce said...

I don't blame you for keeping it. It's gorgeous. Scrappy is my absolute favorite kind of quilt and scrappy from left-overs is even better. Not quite so great for supper though. Lol.

mamaspark said...

It is just beautiful. I am trying to teach my church ladies how to string piece. Wish me luck with that!!

Darcie said...

It's gorgeous Elaine! I love your light value strings, paired with the dark ones. It really sings!

And I love your "strings of wonder." Very cool!

Su Bee said...

WOW - now who was it that thought strings were "ugly"? They need to see this - it's gorgeous!

Hedgehog said...

What a gorgeous quilt! I love that bit of color in the white/natural area.

Exuberant Color said...

Isn't that funny that because there is no "value pricewise" to the leftover strings the assumption is that is won't be beautiful? I agree that scrappy quilts (or multifabric quilts I call them) are the best.

Exuberant Color said...

I meant "it" not is
"it won't be beautiful"
I should proofread!!!

Nellie's Needles said...

YUMMY!

Laurie Ann said...

Wow, makes me want to go right home and make some more string blocks. I love it!!

Screen Door said...

I can see why it's too dear to part with, the colors are gorgeous and the quilting is stunning. Enjoy ---You've done lots of quilting for others. Treat yourself.

Jeanne said...

I would want to keep it, too, Elaine.
It is a beautiful quilt! Thanks for sharing.

Kathie said...

Just beautiful and the quilting just takes it all to another realm. I love the idea of elaborate quilting on a string quilt.

Morah said...

Isn't it amazing how the most humble beginings yield something so beautiful....

Helen in the UK said...

What a great quilt. Love the pink strip - adds a sense of mystery :)

Leslie said...

The quilting is scrumptious. Make a pretty quilt, *gorgeous*