Tuesday, June 21, 2011

String Quilt

 Since my last few wardrobe malfunctions I decided to take a break from sewing clothes and work on one of the many quilts in progress.
This is my string quilt. Quilting is so different from sewing clothes...I love all the designer fabrics and rich colors.

And my dog feels more involved. As soon as I lay down my quilt and fabrics he loves to lay on them.

He fell asleep on my quilt and i love his little paws...i had to take a picture.
If you don't know how to put together a string quilt you will be amazed at how easy and fun it is! You just select your squares from tissue paper to stabalize it. My paper is 8x8 squares. Then you have a different color strip to go in the middle...and you glue it to the paper so it stays in place. I used linen for my "sashing". Then place another strip on top of it and sew.
Then iron it down. It's just like paper piecing. The strips can be of any width .

Then once you have all the strips sewn down you trim it to the square

Then turn it over and trim it!
I decided to match up the color tones...like all greens, pinks, reds but that is a lot harder.
I wish I would have just done a multi color one, it would be a lot less planning and they are beautiful!
Film in the Fridge has a beautiful string quilt, if you see it you will want to make one, that is where my inspiration came from. I'm still not done with it. I'm just going to keep adding and adding till it becomes at least a queen size...so until then, happy sewing!
check out these linky parties for inspiration!



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16 comments:

  1. This is sooo pretty!! I love the color groupings you did and I think it's turning out great! I had never seen that method before - it looks pretty simple!
    Stopping by from Sew Much Ado! :)

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  2. wow! beautiful! I love the colors! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  3. I love your string quilt!! I love how you coordinated the colors together...looks great!

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  4. I think the extra work you did to plan the colors was definitely worth it! Also, yay for the cute doggy toes. :)

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  5. Wow it looks amazing. The colours are gorgeous!!! And I have to agree... little doggy paws are soooo cute!

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  6. Love it! Makes me want to finish mine!

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  7. Thanks everyone for all the generous comments! It means a lot:)

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  8. Beautiful! I love your colors and I'm so impressed you're going queen sized! I made a baby one and it took me forever. I can't wait to make a beach throw but I'm debating making another string quilt or a different pattern. I guess I'll just poke around your blog for some ideas : )

    http://whiletheysnooze.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-to-make-quilt-kind-of.html

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  9. Your string quilt is just gorgeous! I'm so inspired to make one right now :)

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  10. the quilt is great. Your time and effort in colour coding is working out. Its definitely a pattern that I would like to try out.

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  11. Your string quilt looks lovely! I can imagine the planning to get the colors to match takes some work, but I think it turned out great!

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  12. I love string quilts but rarely have the patience to make them...
    Yours is absolutely gorgeous! I love how you matched all the colors together! I really is stunning!

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  13. Beautiful quilt! I hope to try one some day, you have made it look very easy.

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  14. Please post a link to this on my Reap What You Sew linky, it closes in a few hours, otherwise post by next Sunday, I would be honored!
    San at http://the4rsramblings.blogspot.com

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  15. Thanks for your link! Hope I can build this, feel free to share the link on your site! I appreciate it!

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