Friday, February 22, 2019

Red White and Blue Finish

It is no secret I love to make string quilts.  In fact, no sooner than I start one, it seems I am ready to share it as a finished quilt.



Late in January, I shared these long rectangular string blocks I was starting to make. I started out with the color red and then added in some low volumes.



Since then some blue was added and before I knew it, a quilt was finished!
(I thought I would take advantage of our bright sunshine but it sure made it difficult to photograph this quilt.)



In the white area, I added in some blue improv stars.  The fabric for each star came out of the trash heap.  The blocks are 5" so they required just small bits.




On the back, I used one of my recently acquired fabrics from Connecting Threads.  It is a Navy and White Sketch fabric that I am in love with.  I pretty much used all I had on this quilt so I will definitely be buying more.  In fact, it comes in other colors so I might have to pick up a few.

I used a pantograph for the quilting.  It is a star and ribbon pattern that I ran vertically on the quilt.





When I make string quilts, I do use a fabric foundation.  In fact, I recently cleaned out my clothes closet and quite a few of my old cotton shirts were used in this quilt.

This will not be the last time I play with narrow string blocks.  After the completion of this design, my mind filled with lots of other patterns and color combinations that would be fun.

I could make string quilts for years and never get bored!






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24 comments:

  1. Just beautiful! What a creative way to arrange string blocks, and I love the improv stars. Thanks for sharing this, it is so inspiring!

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  2. This is such a fun patriotic quilt! :D

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  3. I love this quilt. I think I may use this designs for a quilt of valor.

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  4. I think I say this a lot, but you have the best ideas for quilts! I love how the lines between the colors look like a city skyline. Beautiful finish!

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  5. Really like the unusual stings! Great quilt. Pretty backing fabric too.

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  6. Now THAT is awesome! Could see that as a great QOV too!

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  7. This is such a fun and unique quilt! I am most impressed with the way you positioned the rectangular string blocks, and then added the improv stars to the white. I truly agree it would be a wonderful QOV quilt.
    Might I ask the finished size?

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  8. Cynthia, this is terrific! I too love string quilts and am toying with a blue string quilt with slashes of orange that I can translate into an Edmonton Oiler's fan quilt. (Team colours) If you are EVER in this area of Canada, I would love to meet you and have to do a class on your migrating geese. Just throwing that out into the universe...

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  9. So this was what all those lovely large string blocks were headed! Very nice Cynthia, wonder what the next string quilt will be,

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  10. It looks lovely. Such an easy design.

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  11. wonderful quilt - will there be a pattern?

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  12. I think you outdid yourself on this scrappy, just gorgeous! Every time you make a new scrappy I like it better than the last:)

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  13. Oh, this one is super fun! Love the pantograph you chose, too :)

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  14. I always love your String Quilts and this was is no exception. The smattering of stars kick it up a notch! I'm glad to hear that you had fun making this quilt. Congrats on getting it finished SEW quickly!!

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  15. Such a beautiful, vibrant quilt. I love your layout and scrappy stars.

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  16. Be still my heart! It never fails to surprise me how you can whip up so many fabulous scrap quilts!! Beautiful finish!!!

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  17. I'm not generally a fan of string blocks (not sure why, I'm just not), but I love this one. Congrats on a great scrappy finish!

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  18. Well now I want to make that one too!! Can I have 2 Inspired by Cynthia quilts??? It looks SO great!!!

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  19. Looks like an impressionist cityscape reflected in the water. Very effective. Was that your intent?

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  20. Nice finish! I have been saving strings, but haven't gotten to them yet.

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  21. Love the blue/red combination of your string quilt. The little stars are a wonderful addition. I'm planning to make a QAYG string quilt this year but must finish few other things first. Thanks for the added inspiration..

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