Saturday, January 25, 2014

Blocks done......on to sashing

63 String Blocks done!  
(Once I started I couldn't just do 2 a day)
I was proud of myself for not choosing matching fabrics but just letting them fall as they may.

Love the pile all trimmed to 8 1/2 inches square.
Always surprised at how different the sizes of the blocks are when done sewing.  The squaring up sure makes a difference.

Now on to the sashing....I debated whether to make them scrappy too.  
I think I will like the scrappy look to continue into the sashing.  

Happy Quilting!                           Lynda

PS:  Suzanne is hosting another Quilt Retreat at her home in February.  Of course, work always seems to get in the way so I can only attend one day but I am "sew" looking forward to it.   

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

String Theme

I am up to 41 blocks now for my String Quilt.  I decided to do a couple of theme blocks.

This one is circles and polka dots.

On to patriotic with a BYU thrown in to show who we cheer for at ball games.

This one is Wild, and not so wild, West.

This is turning into a lot of fun.  My husband even commented on how much he liked this one.  

Happy Quilting!                  Lynda

Saturday, January 11, 2014

String Quilt addiction

I've been wanting to make a Scrappy String Quilt for quite some time.  I pulled out my Big Bag of Beautiful Bindings and figured I would never use those little pieces of binding as binding again so decided they were perfect for a string quilt.  I've been using bits and pieces of squares of fabric also for the corners.  After cutting 9 inch muslin squares..........

Sewing strips onto the muslin squares at a diagonal.......

I have ended up with lots of wonderful blocks.  I love them!  The sashing will be a scrap strip with either white or cream strips on each side.  Then the corner blocks will be 9 patches using scraps too.  I am so excited to finish the top now.  I made a goal of making 2 blocks a day.  It has been really hard not to organize the fabrics but so far I have only made sure I don't have 2 of the same color fabrics beside each other.

It feels so good to regularly get back down in my sewing room and create!

Happy Quilting!                      Lynda