Last year I had a wild idea that I just had to make a string quilt. When will I learn to ignore these yearnings?
Anyway, I am not a scrap saver. Once done with a project, the leftovers go to a new home so I can have room for more stroke-able, drool-worthy fabric. While other quilters were saving selvedges and stringy bits, I was cutting into the copious fat quarters that were taking up valuable shelving space. At this point in the my post, I need to take a moment to shout-out to my Mama and thank her for helping me cut up strips. Thanks, Ma! I’m so glad you have all this free time now that you’re retired.
I made sixteen 12-inch blocks from assorted-width strings. Yes, I know it doesn’t technically qualify as a ‘string’ quilt, since the strings are supposed to be leftovers, but this is my blog post so I deem it so. The strings were in widths of 2 1/2″, 2″, 1 1/2″ and 1″. By the sixteenth block, I was beginning to curse the whole idea of string quilts and whomever came up with the whole concept. I’m sorry, but I found it extremely teeeeeeddddddiiiiooooouuuussss even though the finished product is really cool looking.
Tedious…from the woman who loves paper-piecing. Go figure.
I really like how it turned out and the size will make a nice lap quilt or larger baby quilt. I’m still on the fence about a border…I’m leaning toward ‘no’. Time will tell.
I’ll have plenty of strings from which to choose should I want to make more of these blocks since my newly purchased scrap bag is now teeming with all the leftovers. Waaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!