Monday, April 27, 2009

String Quilt

I've been admiring String Quilts since I first saw some on line earlier this year. Then at the March Idea Saturday at Sunflower Quilts, those that wanted to participate were asked to make 1 10" String block. which would be used in lap quilts for a local retirement home that specalizes in Alzheimer's residents. I made my block out of left overs from Chris's quilt - and I was hooked! I couldn't wait to make a quilt of my own.

I really didn't think I had enough scraps to make a scrap quilt so I decided to use some Fat Quarters I love. I cut 12 Fat Quarters from Blank Textiles Inspiration line into random strips from 1" to 2" wide.

My original plan was to make a 60" x 70" quilt. So using 10" blocks I'd need 42 squares. I cut out 42 muslin building blocks (I didn't paper-piece because I didn't want to remove that much paper backing!!) and all my white center strips and got started. After cutting out all those strips I thought I'd have enough strings to make 2 quilts, but once I started sewing I quickly realized that I didn't even have enough to complete my original plan! So the revised quilt is now 25 blocks and 50" x 50". And of all the strips I started with, I only have 2 or 3 left... guess they'll go into a pile for a future scrap String Quilt.
This is quilt #2 waiting to be quilted on a long-arm machine... maybe some day soon I'll have a long-arm machine of my own!! Next week I'm taking Chris to see the machine I LOVE - wish me luck!

9 comments:

clare's craftroom said...

Hi I have happened across your blog , I love the colours in your string quilt .

Cathy said...

This is probably a dumb question, but why is it called a string quilt? I love the colors and the pattern! Beautiful!!

Sequana said...

It's so amazing how much fabric these string quilts take. Eats up that batch of scraps like nothing. *S*

I love the colors on yours.

Shannon said...

Now you have me intrigued! I'm gonna have to do some research and figure out how to make this! BEAUTIFUL!

Karamat said...

Thanks for the comments! I'm not sure where the name "string" came from... ha ha ha. This website (which has a great tutorial) calls the pieces Stips and Strings: http://quiltville.com/stringquiltingprimer.shtml

www.filminthefridge.com also has a tutorial for a paper-pieced version.

meggie said...

I LOVE your string quilt!

Heather said...

love the colour of this quilt. I wanted to do a string quilt but once I got one row pieced I had it out of my system. It will go in a row quilt someday.

crystal said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! I've admired string quilts for a while now but they always seem too busy. But this, with just one color and white...it's perfect! I'm definitely feeling inspired now. :)

tammiemarie said...

gorgeous! what a beautiful quilt! hope you get your machine :)