Sunday, February 3, 2019

Strings and friends

At the moment there seems to be a flurry of string quilts, which are so much fun to make.
A few years ago four of us were invited to another friends little beach cottage for a weekend of sewing.
The plan was for each of us to make a string quilt, sharing each others strips. 
My quilt was made with really large blocks, and I was going to use some old calico ( quite thin after years of being curtains)  as my backing instead of paper, but then found it would make the quilt too heavy, so used a light weight sew-on vylene.

We all arrived with our "strings" dumped them in the middle of the room and started sewing.

The cottage is very tiny, so with 5 of us sewing on our tables, and stepping around all our fabric it was a tight squeeze. As you can see we made a pathway to walk through. 

Two blocks stitched together.

 Back of the blocks stitched onto vylene.

 16 blocks together. Each block after trimming and sewing measures 16 3/4".  A funny size, but that was the average of all. 

Its still at this stage, as I'm not sure about batting and machine quilting, but I think I may use a light weight pellon.  

Another day a few years earlier sewing a string quilt for a grand-daughter.

The interest in string quilts and in particular Humble quilts has got me itching to start another one.

Thanks for dropping by


Clare M said...

Love these string Quilts.

Luv 2 Sew Things said...

I love your granddaughters quilt & the yellow in your other one really pops, that's neat. You girls sure made your tight conditions work. I shall read up about Humble Quilts next. Thanks for sharing Sue!

Kyle said...

Fun string quilt patterns. I love the photo of the strings taking over the cottage. It's exactly what happens.

Gretchen Weaver said...

Last fall I had decided I was going to concentrate on sewing up my box of 1-1/2" strings. I had no idea that so many other people were going to string along until I started seeing all the string posts on other blogs. You've made some lovely string quilts, I'm sure you have plenty of fabric to make more. Happy stitching!

Liz D said...

What a fun sewing at the beach party! Now if I could just round up a few friends who sew... LOL.
Your string quilts are wonderful, so happy and vibrant.

lizzy at gone to the beach..

Pip said...

Love string quilts, in a way it is mindless sewing but such fun to see what evolves from all the strings. I have a stack of strings just waiting for me to start on them.

Mystic Quilter said...

You're definitely on a roll with your strings - beautiful! I've always used vilene for string piecing, couldn't face all the paper ripping!

Susan said...

The best way to sew strings is with a group - so much more variety.
And the hearts one for your granddaughter is very clever.