Friday, December 6, 2013

Love That Color


This is what is currently hanging on my design wall.  

My scrap fabric baskets have started to overflow on me and I decided I need to do something about it.  I've gotten better about the scraps I save--I've started throwing out the pieces that are just really too small to worry about (Yes, I used to save about anything).  I'm sure there are some of you that are shocked about that.  Ha!  Really, I just don't have the time to mess with the stuff that's too small.  So I've been saving the larger pieces.  

I am a string quilt lover and this is the first one I've done where the block is a square shape.  I've done several with a rectangle as the base shape.

I usually use a foundation paper to sew my fabric strips to but I had run out after my last string quilt project. I wondered how hard it would be to just create the blocks without a foundation.  I did some web browsing on the subject and found a site that recommended using paper from phone books as your foundation.  DING!  I had plenty of that around, so I found an older book and started cutting out pages.  I then trimmed them into a square shape and they have been working great. I really just think I prefer working on a foundation as it is easy to determine when your block is about the right size.

See that orange fabric to the right, in the photo?  I found that in my scrap basket too and it will be plenty for the binding. Now to find some backing fabric and get this colorful beauty quilted.  It measures approximately 50" x 50".  The blocks are 6 3/4" square.

12 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous! So bright and beautiful. I love the orange for the binding, too. It will frame the quilt so nicely. I made my first square string blocks this fall, too, and really liked them.

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  2. It is gonna be a keeper! I have so much uncut fabric that it just makes no sense to leave it to somebody in my will and spend all my time fiddling with scraps! ;) ;)

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  3. Such a beautiful and bright scrappy. It always amazes me what can come from "scraps".
    I have done 3 scrappy with the telephone book pages and so far that is my favorite "foundation" to use. Tears away super easy with little or no "bits"

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  4. I love string quilts and yours is beautiful with those great colors! I do save every tiny scrap and toss those tiny scraps including batting into a bucket to use as stuffing or filler for cat beds that I make and donate to a no-kill shelter. You could use the scraps for your own pillow stuffing too. You can wash them and dry too.

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  5. String quilts are among my favorites! Especially bright, happy, colorful ones like yours :*) This is a beautiful quilt!

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  6. I love making string quilts! I posted (I think it was last month) about how I use old phone book pages...works great!

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  7. So colourful and beautiful Terri! It'll look even more great with that orange bindng...

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  8. This is so cheery, it makes me smile!

    auntie jude

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  9. That's bright and cheery! How fun!

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  10. I love string quilts too. I'm making one, now, using used dryer sheets as the base. I won't have to remove them!

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