Sunday, November 11, 2007

Strings and More

This is my favorite piece of furniture, an old cherry and oak rocker that actually TALKS! It said "buy me, buy me", so I did. The carved back, (not pressed) is especially appealing. Can you guess why? (I should have dusted it before the photo!)

I'm playing with more strings, making some samples for a presentation at our guild. Every time I make a sample, it wants to be made into yet another entire quilt.

I pulled all my browns, tans, forest-y type bits and pieces, sewed them will-nilly onto phone book pages, then sewed the pages together, and ended up with a nice roll of fabric. The advantage of sewing them onto a foundation is that there is NO MEASURING. But they DO need some type of foundation. The process looks very messy, but the end result, after trimming, starts to look promising. The width on this roll is trimmed to 4 1/2 inches. Of course, you will have to remove the paper after sewing it on another piece, a messy but not difficult project. These can be used as HST, or a piano-key border, or Flying Geese, or cut down the center for narrow border or sashing - the possibilities are quite endless. I love reminiscing with my favorite fabrics, remembering when I purchased them, where the quilt is, and also take pride in being frugal and recycling. I like to use a palette of similar styles, or colors.

This little 9 inch Churn Dash sample block is so darned appealing.

My Rocky Road to Kansas is finished, done, complete, ta tahhhh -- hand quilted. Since it is partly a string quilt, this will be another sample for the presentation.
Now, this photo is an excellent example of what doesn't work! Maybe if my seams were straight, not angled, and perhaps the strings should be thinner. Oh well - nothing ventured, nothing gained! But hey, the center seams meet perfectly!!!

21 comments:

dot said...

Wow! You were fast on hand quilting that one. I kinda like the last star. The slant makes it look like it might be spinning.

Sweet P said...

I love the rocking chair. I understand completely why it said buy me, buy me. It's gorgeous.

paula, the quilter said...

I've got to echo Dot on the handquilting. That is a lovely quilt. I have 6 matching oak chairs that are hand carved like that. Unfortunately, my Auntie 'antiqued' them (remember that from the 60s?) and they all need to be stripped and refinished. Rocking chairs are great.

mamaspark said...

I like the last star. It has character!

Su Bee said...

Your chair has feathers!! No wonder you love it, it's beautiful, handcrafted and has quilted feathers - Terrific!

joyce said...

I like all the string blocks. The last one is wonky so I like it best!

Fiona said...

The Rocky Road to Kansas is terrific - and it seems to have taken you no time at all!

CONNIE W said...

Your string blocks are great. I haven't been a fan of them until now, I like the way you pieced them together in the various ways.

Screen Door said...

The rocking chair is a heartbreaker for sure. My favorite post this morning. I love what you are doing with the string pieces...girl, you've got lots of talent....

Libby said...

Mmmm - talking furniture is the best kind *s*

Lucy said...

I would love to see the whole rocker Elaine! I love them I have one in my living room too..
And your string projects are to die for. Men, you were so fast on your Rocky road to kansas quilt!

Angie said...

Oh my goodness, Elaine, that rocker is GORGEOUS!! No wonder, when it 'spoke' to you, you had to take it home with you!!! I would have too!! :D Bet your hubby likes the carving on it too. ;)

Love the idea of piecing those scrap strips like that. Those are great ideas too for using them. :D

Wow, woman, you wasted no time in getting that hand-quilting done--congratulations on a beautiful job! :D

Rose Marie said...

The Churn Dish sure takes on a different look with the strings and your quilt is lovely!

meggie said...

Lovely churn dash blocks! What fun with all those strings.

Darlene said...

Wow, the Churn Dash is adorable. And, your Rocky Road to Kansas is finished - it's so pretty.

Mama Koch said...

Love all of your projects. The hand quilting is georgous.

I bought a chair over the weekend too! I sat there and said BUY ME! I loved it and two of my family members have claimed it for their own room, so it was a good buy.

Marcie said...

Love all your string stuff! That little shoo fly is adorable! Very clever!

Tanya said...

I've never seen this technique! Fabric on your own roll. I can see how that would come in very handy. I love your Churn Dash block. That will make a lovely quilt!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Well done on all those great projects, love the star, Tracey

atet said...

Lovely projects -- and I actually like that 8 pointed star. It's a bit different, a bit wonky, a whole lot unique!

Jeanne said...

I love the string blocks, especially the churn dash. I'm going to try that one soon.