Tagged: string quilt

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.


Dec 10

String Quilt top is done!

Scrap String Quilt

I love this quilt top.  I cannot wait to quilt it.  I already have the back made.  I just need to baste.

But, I’m going to wait until I finish quilting the top to my mom’s chainmail quilt.

And I have to machine quilt my baby chainmail quilt.

It’s using up a lot of my safety pins.

Motivation is a good thing 🙂

Here’s another picture:

twin scrap string quilt


Nov 13

A few Works in Progress…

I haven’t blogged in a while, but it is because I’ve been busy making these:

Scrappy string quilt blocks

and cutting them into these:

arranging them into these:

And soon, I’ll be sewing it into a quilt.

Isn’t it bright?  Like the circus.  Is that a good thing?  Well, even it if is crazy looking, it works because this one is going to be mine 🙂

I’ve also been working on a few of these:

To put into one of these:

To donate to the PTA for a fundraiser auction.  It is almost done.  I’ll hopefully have pictures by Monday.  I was inspired by this quilt from crazy mom quilts, but instead of choosing the white thread, I went along with the brown thread.  I hope I made the right choice.

Both quilts are twin.  The string quilt is going to be 9 blocks by 12 blocks (total of 108 8.5×8.5 inch blocks).  I found the tutorial here by film in the fridge.  Here is her final product.  Isn’t it beautiful.

And, if you are looking for a manly quilt, go to me? a mom? It is very similar to a string quilt, only with less sewing and more exact measuring.  She is currently having a quilt-a-long and is also having a giveaway.

Well, off to bed.  Hope to have one of these done soon, since the auction is on FRIDAY!!!