Jan 26

String Quilt Complete (49) and Making baby quilts from scraps.

Two weeks ago, for Cheryl’s (Naptime Quilter’s) Workshop in progress, I asked two questions.  The first was what color should I use to bind my string quilt.

After looking at all of the opinions, and looking at the binding fabric next to the quilt…

String quilt with white binding

White binding

Green Binding for string quilt

Green Binding

Blue binding with string quilt

Blue Binding

Gray Binding on a string quilt

Gray Binding

I decided that I liked the darker fabrics better (gray and blue) but since there was so much blue in the quilt, I chose the gray.  Looking back, that is exactly what Cheryl suggested.  If I  had dark purple, though, I think that would probably have been my best choice, but I wanted to  use what I already had.  I like it a lot.

The winner! Gray!

So, here is the final string quilt.

Finished string quilt front

Backing for my string quilt

String Quilt Back

This quilt measured 95 inches x 71 inches before washing, and 91.5 x 67.5 after washing.  WE LOVE IT!

My second question that I posed out to blog land is what I should do with these scraps…

I cut some 5.5 x 5.5 inch squares from the large pieces, but I had so many smaller pieces left over, so I made a few quilts.

With the long strips 3 inches wide, I strip pieced them with 3 inch strips of white, and then cut them into 5.5 inch squares.

I had enough of these squares to make one baby quilt top.

Then, I took the smaller scraps and made scrappy squares within squares.

Since I had some small scraps and some larger scraps, I chose to make the squares inside the squares various sizes.

Since I already did the math, here are the measurements (If you don’t want these, then skip to the next picture):

To get a 1 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric:1.5 x 1.5
  • Border fabric: 2 pieces of 1.5 x 2.5 , 2 pieces of 2.5 x 5.5

To get a 1.5 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric: 2 x 2
  • Border Fabric: 2 pieces of 2 x 2.25, 2 pieces of 2.25 x 5.5

To get a 2 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric: 2.5 x 2.5
  • Border Fabric: 2 pieces of 2 x 2.5, 2 pieces of 2 x 5.5

To get a 2.5 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric: 3 x 3
  • Border Fabric: 2 pieces of 3 x 1.75, 2 pieces of 1.75 x 5.5

To get a 3 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric: 3 .5 x 3.5
  • Border Fabric: 2 pieces of 3.5 x 1.5, 2 pieces of 1.5 x 5.5

To get a 3.5 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric: 4 x 4
  • Border Fabric: 2 pieces of 4  x 1.25, 2 pieces of 1.25 x 5.5

I framed them in .75 inch white fabric squares, and then sashed them with 2 inches of green fabric.  This is the resulting quilt top.

Then, with the scraps of my scraps’ scraps, I did some wonky corners on some white squares.

I have seen butterfly quilts (here ) where they put the triangles on two of the corners on opposite sides.  While I liked how that looked, I wanted mine to be more random.  So, I chose to make some squares with three corner triangles, some with one corner triangles, and some with two corner triangles.  I didn’t want to do any with four corner triangles, because they looked too much like wonky stars.

Here is the resulting quilt top.  I love it!

Now I just have to think of some awesome backs….

Edit to add:  I finished the modern butterfly quilt just now.  But, I still have the other two that are backless.



  1. Lisa says:

    Wow you have been busy!!! The gray binding looks great. I LOVE the way you used the other fabric and all the different blocks and quilts you were able to make. Great!

  2. Wow! I love the string quilt. The gray is understated and nice. And I love all of your scrap quilts! great job.

  3. Rebecca says:

    I LOVE that String Quilt ~ so gorgeous! The rest of them are beautiful too, and I’m going to bookmark this post for your math calculations ~ thanks! You have been busy!

  4. Lotje says:

    How beautiful those butterflies! Happy, free, playful, makes me happy and smiling, also the finished quilt. Thanks for sharing!! Lotje

  5. mjb says:

    I love how these scrap quilts just fly together, especially in baby sizes!

  6. felicity says:

    Wow – now THAT’S how to make the most of your scraps! Love it all!

  7. KatieQ says:

    I love the butterfly quilt. It always amazes me how little scraps can make a big impact. The grey binding really looks great on the string quilt.

  8. Wow, you were busy!
    They all look great.

  9. Annie Crow says:

    Wow – overwhelmed and impressed! Love the string quilt (how is it different from a log cabin, other than the strip widths are not the same size?) and love what you did with the scraps. Thanks for the measurements and tutorial too!

  10. Annie Crow says:

    Thanks for the link to the tutorial, I will have to try that out! Maybe my next one!