Wednesday, July 5, 2017

More Play with Strings

To celebrate Independence Day yesterday, I grabbed a bag of patriotic scraps and continued working on my red, white and blue string quilt.








I put all of the larger cuts aside with the idea to use them in the backing.  The leftover bits, I cut into strings and started making some 6" blocks.  I mixed them up with some low volume strings so I had enough to yield 36 blocks.  I wanted to use them as an outer border.


I will be using these with the red and blue string blocks I made for this year's RSC project.  I have three options for layouts.  Feel free to weigh in on your favorite!








 Option #1




Option #2



Option #3

The red, white and blue blocks will frame around the red blocks.  I will finish it off with a blue binding.  This project should eliminate another bag of scraps from my sewing room! Yay!






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42 comments:

  1. Hi, your title grabbed me. I am impressed with your string quilt. I especially like option 3, not that you asked. And, I am also impressed that you used up a bag of scraps. I keep using mine but the total quantity never seems to decrease. It is a happy conundrum. Nice blog.

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  2. Love #2 because it seems like a center medallion. Love your string blocks. Great work!

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  3. I vote option #3...it's symmetry appeals to me.Can hardly wait too see you finish! You are a Quilting Inspiration...I love all your scrap ideas!

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  4. Ooo! Pretty! I like option two because of that secondary big blue diamond it creates. Beautiful string blocks!

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  5. Dang, I was favoring #3 'til I saw Janice's comment about #2. It will be nice either way.

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  6. I agree with the aforementioned posts: 2 looks best for the secondary designs. You have to look for it, but that is great. 3 does look good, too.

    I really like your quick and easy project. So 4th of July!

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  7. I'm liking option #3...the focus is on the center.

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  8. How fun! I like the way the different size blocks give you some different options for the layout. Can't really say which one I preferred because I saw things to like about all of them! The red, white, and blue border blocks will really give it a pretty outline.

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  9. I prefer option 3. Like the string work.

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  10. Tough decision. I think I like option 1 the best. I love how the blue is in the center, framed by the red. Your outer boarder is going to look amazing. I feel a string quilt in my future.

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  11. I was really undecided until I looked at how the blue blocks played with the red. I think I like option 2 because of how the red continues the secondary diamond shapes. But they're all striking!

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  12. Either #1 or #3 would be my choice, because #2 seems to have two eyes looking at me! You make such balanced, pretty string blocks, I'm looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.

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  13. Option 2 is my pick, love how the four centre blue blocks make one large block. Thanks for linking to Sew Stitch Snap Share.

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  14. Option #3. I love your string blocks.

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  15. They are all awesome! But I think I like #3 the best! :)

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  16. You're definitely on a string quilt roll - love the colours and I'm having trouble deciding between Option 2 or Option 3. Actually, looking at both again I think I like Options 2 best of all.

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  17. I am glad not to be making the final decision!!!! No help but whatever way you go it will be a beauty.

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  18. I like option #1 with the star. They all look good though.

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  19. I like 3 and 2 and 1 LOL but 3 seems to strike me the most. beautiful quilt using up strings. looks great

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  20. I like layout 1 but it doesn't look like a popular one. I love string blocks

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  21. #2 has my vote. Now I'm going to have to go string bucket diving to create one of my own! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. I can't pick a favorite but I wanted to say I LOVE these layouts!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  23. Oh 3 3 3 !!! I like it!!and its graphically cool!!! Love all your strings - need some more????? ha ha

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  24. I can't pick a favorite. Obviously you're going to have to make three quilts... 8)

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  25. Option 2 was immediately my fav. It's unique and that secondary design is striking!

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  26. I really like option #3. Congrats on making even a small dent in your strings.

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  27. Loved all of them but partial to Option #2. Thanks for the ideas!

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  28. Fantastic string blocks! I prefer Option 1 and Option 3...oh, and Option 2 is pretty snazzy, too. I guess I'm not very helpful, am I? Have a great day! --Andrea

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  29. I love the low volume added to those red and blue strings! They are making some beautiful blocks. I initially liked option #2, but then I changed my mind to option #1. I see your difficulty in choosing a layout. They are all great. :)

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  30. All are wonderfully creative! In order of how I liked them...#1, #3, #2.

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  31. I like option 3--depending on where one focuses, there are interesting secondary designs.

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  32. #3 is my favorite. I think if you wanted it to be more patriotic then #1 would do the job because it has a star center. I love string piecing! Congratulations on finishing up another bag of scraps.

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  33. I love #2 the best because it rather reminds me of a firework or medallion. #3 is my least favorite, feeling a bit more ordinary. Whatever you decide on, it's going to be another stellar quilt!

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  34. It is amazing the different looks you get from rotating the blocks. I think #1 is my favorite because I like the star.

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  35. As I read each comment I scrolled back to look at each layout again. And each time my eye focused on another part of the quilt. Interesting! They all have wonderful eye candy! I too like #3, maybe just a tiny bit better that the other two. All amazing!

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  36. Hard to say. All layouts have something good about them. I'm sure you'll find just the right one. The red, white and blue strings sound like a good way to finish thing off.

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  37. I love all the layouts. You could choose any of them and it will look great!

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  38. What beautiful ideas--all of them!

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  39. I like option 1 because it shifts between a star pattern and outward movement that echos the red string pattern. The border will be perfect.

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