Sunday, May 26, 2013

"Strung" Out

May has really been a busy month for me.  Lots of customer orders to get quilted up, gardens needing to be weeded and classes to prepare for.  I have been able to carve out enough time to keep up with every one else's blogs but no time to write anything for mine.  
Hopefully things will get back to normal soon.

The last few days I have been spending time on sewing up a custom order for some string quilts.  I thought I would share some quick pictures I just took and share some photos of string quilts I have made in the past.  I find string quilts to be so fun to make and the added plus is they really burn through the scraps I have overflowing from every basket in my sewing room!


Here are the 12 1/2" blocks I am working on now.  I have finished up four of the six colors required for each quilt.  Only lime green and turquoise are left to sew.

A total of 84 blocks are needed for this project!


The quilts I am making will look similar to this top I recently finished.  (It is in the pile to be quilted...hope to finish it soon.)



In the past, I have made string quilts in every color.  I try and make each one unique by changing the border, block size or layout.







As I keep my scraps sorted by colorway, once a bin gets overflowing, I start sewing them into a quilt.  It is amazing how far all those little scraps go...


I also like to make string quilts by mixing a few colors that go well together.

This gray, white, black and vanilla is a favorite of mine!














And this red, white and blue one was done with a rectangular block to accentuate the diamond shape.

This would make a great picnic quilt!



I find string quilts also make great baby quilts.  This one was made from 30's reproductions and fades from purples to reds.



And for a bolder look, here is one I did using bright primary colors.






Thanks for stopping by.  Hope to have some other finished quilts to show you soon!


Sharing with Sew Bittersweet Designs for Let's get Acquainted Monday and Linky Tuesdays at Freemotion by the River.

14 comments:

Susan Owenby said...

Those are really spiffy! I like the black, white, and vanilla one a lot too. It has a vintage photo feel to it which makes it even cooler in my book! :)

Mindful quilter said...

Lovely, the vintage one is my favourite, very soft and pretty

Anna said...

I love the colours! My favourite is the really bold one at the end! Love those colours!

Kelly Young said...

I just love string blocks! Yours are lovely!

-Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Barb said...

What a great idea to use up those scraps! I love how you set the blocks to alter the look of each quilt. Fun, fun!

DeAnna S. said...

They are all very lovely and look so different in the various colorways. String quilts are fun to do. Thanks for sharing.

Sylvia said...

I love those string quilts! So pretty. Colors look beautiful. Great use of your scraps too. Thank you so much for sharing at Funday Monday!
Sylvia

Magpie Quilts said...

These are beautiful! We are doing some string blocks for our guild's charity quilts and everyone is enjoying making them.

Kimberly @ www.birdiegirlquilts.com said...

What beautiful quilts! I've only tackled a small pillow sized project using this method and know how much work goes into one. You do gorgeous work!

Terry Aske Art Quilts said...

Gorgeous string quilts - my favorites are the purple and pink!

Char said...

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful quilts Cynthia. Strings and Log Cabins have always been my favorites!

Quilty Conscience said...

What a fun little quilt show! You have done a great job of exploring the possibilties! I'm marking this for future reference. Thank you for the inspiration! Toni

thebutterflyquilter said...

It would be hard to pick just one of these I like because I love them all!!

Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

Thanks for showing so many different versions of string quilts. It's going to be easier to imagine some options while making one. Thanks for the inspiration and the help!