I love string quilts! I don't know what it is about them but they sure make my heart sing. I love to sew them, I love to touch them and I really like to see how many different configurations I can make with them.
So today is all about String Quilts!
If you have been following along, you know I have been going back and revisiting some of my past Scrap-A-Palooza quilts. In August of 2014, I shared how I make my string quilts. Now, today I want to share both some more string quilts I have recently finished along with some made by some of my readers.
Let's get on with the show!
First up, I have been stepping over a tub filled with brown, taupe and cream strings for about a year. These are not colors I use very often anymore so I thought they would look great all together in a neutral string quilt.
And here it is all finished up. I decided to break it up a bit with the narrow brown sashing. I used the same fabric for the binding so each big square is framed up nicely.
For the quilting, I did a simple square that spiraled in to the center of four blocks. No marking, I just judged the distance apart by eye.
I knew that I would eventually be making a brown scrap quilt so I picked up this great wood block print backing off a sale rack. I really like the dark backing with the lighter quilt front.
But I didn't stop at just cleaning out the brown scraps from my sewing room. I also found a box of leftover red, white and blue fabrics....
...which quickly became another string quilt.
I have actually made an identical quilt about three years ago and have always wanted to make another.
Rather than cut square foundations, I used a 8.5" x 10.5" rectangular foundation. I really love the elongated diamond it creates. (Just remember, with rectangles, you do have to make mirror image blocks!)
There was even enough fabric in the box for a backing and striped binding. I love it when a quilt is made entirely from scraps and stash!
But I am not the only one making Scrap-A-Palooza string quilts.
Here is one a client of mine made. Each string block is 20".
I loved her choice of colors and use of negative space.
And Diann at Little Penguin Quilts had almost the same idea except she made smaller blocks and played with an offset layout. You can read more about her lovely quilt here.
If you still want to see a few more string quilts I made a few years ago, you can check out this post. I have probably made enough string quilts to cover my entire house! And I am sure there will be many more in my future!
You can find all of my Scrap-A-Palooza quilts along with links to how they were made in the Quilt Gallery. If you have scraps, I can help you get them sewn up into quilts!
And remember to share them on Oh Scrap! here every Sunday.
Scraps are my favorite!