Friday, June 12, 2020

A Very Colorful Finish

I think for a lot of quilters, the quilting and the sewing on of the binding slows down the completion of a quilt.  Once I get a project to that stage, I see a finish in my sights and I become a bit obsessive about crossing it off my to-do list.


I was able to sneak my colorful string quilt onto my longarm frame between some client quilts this week.  A couple evenings of hand sewing and the binding was also quickly added.  

I think hand sewing a binding is my second favorite step of the process - choosing fabrics is my first!




I really do like the color play on this quilt.  I will be adding it to my Scrappy trunkshow presentation.  I think there is a lot to take away from this humble little string quilt.




One of the design elements on this quilt I enjoy the most are the stop borders made with print fabrics. 
 If I can make it work, I use printed fabrics over solid as much as I can!




I really didn't have any big cuts of fabric in my stash for a backing so I sewed up quite a few pieces to make these two prints works.  I bet there are a bout a dozen seams in this.  
Luckily the fabrics hide them all.




I used a very organic freehand quilting pattern on this one.  It was one of the first patterns I used almost 14 years ago.  For me, it helped me to learn how to fill areas - the shape was easy to adjust.  Once I trained my eye to spatially fill areas quickly, I was able to try harder shapes like feathers.



This quilt actually finished out at about 78" square.  

That is over 6000 square inches of scrappy goodness!


Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!




23 comments:

  1. i really like this....i like all string quilts but this is a really striking version....

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  2. I really love this one too! Great work!

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  3. I really love the hand stitching part of the quilting process too, for most quilts. Some of them though I dislike because it means the end of a particularly enjoyable-to-make quilt, or because it was a particularly unenjoyable-to-make quilt and the slow finish feels like it is going really slowly.

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  4. I really like how it turned out love all the color

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  5. What's not to love about this fun burst of color! I too like to get at the binding as soon as it is off the frame. Well sometimes a few runners might gather before I finish them up but never more than a week's worth. I don't enjoy hand binding and I needed a fast way to finish them up so machine stitching the binding was the way to go for me.

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  6. Scrappy goodness, indeed! Wow, the backing looks like 2 easy seams; it's impressive what the prints can disguise. I think people are really going to love getting a look at this in your Scrappy trunk show presentation.

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  7. Beautiful finish, Cyndy, and I agree that you should keep this one for your trunk shows. I would love to see this quilt in person! I always have to bind my quilts right away after finishing the quilting - that means I have a finish! (Which I just did last night, soI have a finish to share, too! Just need to take some photos...) Glad you were able to squeeze in the quilting for your scrappy strings in this week!

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  8. What a great quilt- even more so because it uses scraps. The colors are making me smile.

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  9. Again, this is a wonderful quilt. I too especially love the patterned border fabrics. I love binding too and yes, it is the quilting that usually puts a quilt in time out at my house. Once I get going, it's usually not too long for the finish!

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  10. This quilt really glows. All made from fabrics some people would throw away. I like to hand sew the binding down, too. It's relaxing.
    Pat

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  11. There's something about these rings of scrappy color that is intensely appealing. I think it is the lightest pink round in the middle that makes the oranges flame and the turquoises quench. Really, really lovely!

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  12. I really love this one, it is gorgeous!

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  13. Congrats on another gorgeous finish. LOVE the borders, your creativity is so inspiring.

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  14. I love your string quilt! All those colors are really appealing. If I had strings, I’d start a quilt with similar blocks. However, I turned most of my strings into a braided rug that’s in-progress. You sure get your quilting done quickly when you have a longarm! Well done!

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  15. Such a terrific scrap quilt! And wonderful finish!
    I love binding too and can hardly wait to finish a quilt just so I can enjoy the binding stage!

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  16. I also love these strings. I made one single string block in yellow a very long time ago. I guess I too had other things to get to. I love the scrappyness. On my bucket list!

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  17. Very pretty! I have a question, how do you stabilize the edge of the string quilt when you longarm it. Do you add a strip of fabric to the edge?

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  18. That is a great looking scrap quilt. Enjoy using it.

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  19. This is such a beautiful quilt, you must be thrilled with the finish!!

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  20. So colorful and fun, Cynthia!!! I love your use of prints for the stop borders. I can hardly believe there are a dozen seam in the backing--looks like 2 seams to me! Great quilting choice. Beautiful scrap-filled finish!

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  21. Great finish!!! so glad you got to sneak it in and work on something of yours - its refreshing right? LOVE this quilt!!!

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  22. I love this quilt!!! Seeing your string quilts always makes me want to get up and play with scraps.

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