Tis quite funny as I prepared for this hop with my project, I kept thinking Stripes and not Strings, but quite by accident my project fits into both words… A big thanks to Carla for hosting this blog hop theme and I must say I am looking forward to what everyone created.
I once made a striped quilt, back in the 90’s, Jinny Beyer did quite a few lines with border type stripes that became popular to fussy cut your shapes out of and then combine them to create a new look to the print. It was an awesome technique and I did make one of these quilts. I don’t have a picture that I know of for the quilt, I gave the quilt to my mother-in-law and have asked many times for a picture, but it occurred to me today as I was writing this that she has never sent me a picture of that quilt. It is an 8 point star quilt with the insets, and every other square was a blank square that was filled with a quilting design. It was the first quilt I ever hired out for a hand quilter for. It turned out really pretty… So when this blog hop came along I had my mind on that quilt, but I no longer like to go to all that work with the cutting and such, if I’m going to fussy cut I’m going to do it with my cutting machine. 🙂
While I’m sure it’s probably hard to imagine I also like to paper piece, and so my strings and stripes project is a paper pieced block. I like to paper piece on water soluble stabilizer. I print the pattern on my Brother SNC, and then cut around the edges, I then head to my sewing machine and start sewing with the flip method. I do not precut fabric sizes for paper piecing, I just like to lay the fabric down and then sew, flip, cut to fit, then add the next piece.. call me lazy, but that’s how I like to paper piece.
I took a block out of Electric Quilt that reminded me of “stripes” because as I said my mind was on stripes and not strings … 🙂 set it on to print foundation style, put my settings in and off I went to the printer.
This is the kind of block I absolutely love. While Log Cabin has always been my favorite quilt block, it really is more of a block that allows you to layout your quilt with different variations. I love love love these types of quilts and will always want to pick one of these to make over something that has no variation for display.
The quilt block itself qualifies as strings of strips that get laid out and set in the block. The stripes come in the way I laid my fabrics. I didn’t want to use a stripe fabric itself, so I decided to lay 2 fabrics next to each other, thus I sew my own stripes into place.
The project was completely made with Aurifil 50 wt grey thread, and black to quit it.
The quilting pattern is straight lines going the opposite direction of the stripes.
As you can see, I didn’t finish this and that’ s because once I decided on a layout I liked better than the one I’d drawn in EQ, I decided I was going to need 8 more blocks. Because I currently have an ulcer on my foot, I couldn’t do the blocks quick enough to finish this project, so they will have to wait until I can use my sewing machine pedal.
Either or, I hope you like my Strings and Stripes project
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