Thursday, June 28, 2012

My Scrappy String Quilt...

After seeing some fantastic string quilts in blogland, I was inspired to make one of my own.  I was so excited to share my quilt top... I photographed it before I ironed it!

I really love Denyse Schmidt's fabrics and on a particularly bad day I ran to JoAnne Fabrics for a little retail therapy... and paid full price. 

BUT, while I was there I qualified for a coupon that gave me 30% off my total instore purchase... a week later.  My day was looking better!  Great news, during the second visit the DSQ fabric was on sale, PLUS I got the 30% off.  I bought a few more quarter yards and a back for my quilt.  I picked the orange because I wouldn't usually pick orange... I am running with scissors here!

There are plenty of tutorials on the web on how to make a string quilt.  I made my blocks based on the tutorial found here by Ashley at Film in the Fridge.  I have pictured below how I constructed my blocks and quilt.

I pulled many strips from my scrap basket and I added my new DSQ fabrics.  I cut strips 1 to 2 inches in varying widths.  For the center of each block, I cut 1 " x WOF strips out of white Moda Bella Solid. 

I used pages from a phone book {it felt so good to recycle in this way!} and cut them 8" x 8".  Next I drew a diagonal line one 1/2" to the right of the center of the block.

 I used this line to line up my center strip.

I placed my next strip right side down on the white strip and use the pencil line as a guide for my fabric and quarter inch foot. I adjusted my stitch length to 1.5 to make tearing the foundation paper off easier.

And here we have it.

I pressed each time I sewed a strip.
Line up your next strip... sew... press.
I liked having a fabric with good contrast against the white to make the white pop.

Keep adding strips and soon you will have a block that looks like this...

Flip the block over and trim to the original size using your foundation as a guide.

Here we are... a perfect block. 

I loved how the red polka dot fabric looked and ran out to my LQS to get more!  So I guess this is my Not Totally Scrappy String Quilt. 

I made 80 blocks in total.   I sewed 4 blocks into one 2 x 2 block and then assembled those 4 x 5 in the quilt.   

I finished the top, removed the foundation paper, and I must say... I. LOVE. IT.

Rarely do I sit down and work a quilt from beginning to end.  It was nice to prove to myself that I could do it before my self diagnosed adult onset ADD kicked in. 


Thimbleanna said...

WOW! I've never thought much about the string quilts I've seen all over, but THIS is gorgeous! You've changed my mind and I'm thinking I should be saving all of my strips to make just such a quilt. I LOVE your colors -- it looks like the perfect combination. Love LOVE this quilt! What are you going to do with it?

Julie Steffen said...

I love that quilt. Have several strips of my own. I think I can make that happen. Thanks for the inspiration!

Elaine said...

It is gorgeous, as all your work is! I LOVE the 1930s quilt, and had to laugh about someone criticizing machine quilting it (the purists, grrr). Since I am busy chopping up an old tattered quilt for my stuff, imagine what they would say! We are actually sick of summer here already, trying to plan vacations and nothing sounds good in this awful heat. I'll be in touch.

Aunt Marti said...

Anne, I love this quilt! We were just talking about phone books at Quilt Colorado, and I said there isn't a phone book in my house because we don't have a land line anymore. I had to cut muslin for my foundations.

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