Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Finally Ready For the Festival of Strings!

Rachel over at Stitched in Color is having a Festival of Strings this week.  My quilt 'Old Fashioned Strings' isn't quite as bright as some of the other additions to the Festival, but I am super pleased with how it turned out! 
Old Fashioned Strings
I have always adored scrappy quilts with all their quirky, random piecing.  Always and always, even when I was a young girl! The scary part of taking part in this String Fever link-up is that I think it just confirmed once again the importance of feeding that overflowing scrap bin in the corner.  Uh oh. Like I ever needed any extra justification.*wink
A little closer view...
For some reason I have never attempted making a string quilt until Rachel's Scrap Attack (String Fever). Now I know for sure that there are more of these in my future. Seriously fun stuff! Working out of the scrap bin, I do find that I like having a certain amount of control though.  This time, like with other similar scrappy projects before, I sorted through and selected a pre-determined range of fabric scraps.  A simple chaos control measure that allows me to grab fabric without any unnecessary dithering. Believe you me, I can be the queen of dithering.
Looks a bit softer here.
I sewed sets of strings, then cut them into smaller pieced units until I had enough to sew the blocks together. Very easy, mostly stress-free sewing.  (Note to self: Remember to keep lots of skinny strings in bold fabrics.) Lots of lint and thread though!  Wowsers, I am still finding thread pieces everywhere!
Can you tell that I LOVE this quilt!
My quilt top came out to 53 1/2" wide x 73" long.  I am definitely planning on hand quilting this one although it's going to have to wait awhile for the ones in the front of the line.  Probably.  Maybe.
And one more pic just because....
I've really enjoyed checking out the quilts over at the Bloggers Quilt Festival, but these string quilts at the Festival of Strings are scrapticiously yummy.  Don't miss out on this if you enjoy scrap quilts at all!

21 comments:

  1. You should be please with this. I really like it and it has inspired me to want to play with some scraps. Thanks for sharing this! I'm off to visit the Festival of Strings now...thanks for the link.

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  2. I love it - it really turned out great and nice that you will be hand quilting it.

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  3. I love this quilt . There's something about making a quilt from scarps that just makes my heart sing !

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  4. I visited the Festival of Strings link, and there are some real beauties there! But, hands down, yours is my favorite! I think it's because of the pre-determined range of selected fabrics... see, control can be a good thing! Also, I like your pattern of blocks broken up with sashing and corner stones! The sashing fabric is perfect!!! LOVE IT!!!

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  5. I also love scrap quilts, but I agree with your philosophy of some kind of control. At least for me.

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  6. It's gorgeous! I love the range of colors and prints that you chose. It looks absolutely perfect for snuggling under. Well done!

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  7. Beautiful! I love your classic range of colors and the little pieces.

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  8. I love, love this! Scrappy quilts are a favorite of mine anyway and in this case I love the colors you used. And the strings. That red also works wonderfully. Love the setting of your blocks, the size of the sashings are perfect. This has definitely put making such a quilt on my 'to do'list!

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  9. This is beautiful! I like your colors. Very smart of you to pre-determine your color range. I've only done the "kitchen sink" variety of string piecing before, but I think I like this "limited edition" idea. I really like how you've broken this up into segments. It gives the quilt a sense of control that suits it. Nicely done!

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  10. It turned out great! The controlled colour scheme works very well indeed.
    I too have been drawn to scrappy quilts, they look so soft and comfy and cheerful.

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  11. Lovely! I would really like to be wrapped up in this pretty quilt. So fun to se how you arranged your strings/ bricks into blocks!

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  12. I am not surprised that you love that quilt! It is beautiful, something you'll never tire of looking at. I love the colours too.

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  13. Audrey, Old Fashioned Strings is wonderful!!! Your blocks look fabulous with the sashing and I love the colours you've used. Happy String Festival.

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  14. lovely quilt - you did great. woohoo for strings!

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  15. Yes, you're right, there IS reason to feed the scrap buckets. It's so fun to create from them!

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  16. Love it! A string quilt is on my list...I have one in mind but that's as fas as I've gotten.
    Thanks for sharing yours - it's got me thinking again....

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  17. I love this quilt its beautiful! I am working on a string quilt similar , I love using little bits of fabrics up!
    great job ! isn't it fun to just look at all the fabrics, ah yes why we make quilts like this!
    Kathie

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  18. Hmm....."scrapticiously yummy" is a new word, strangely, however, I think I understand it. I'm an English teacher (can you tell?) and love it when we make up words that I can figure out using context clues. You know, you're right--these quilts are "scrapticiously yummy," especially YOURS!

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  19. "It's really lovely" says one queen of dithering to another :)

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