23 March 2011

wip wednesday

This newest quilt I am working on is the 3rd in my series of string quilts for nieces and nephews. I blogged about the first two earlier. They were both sewn on thin muslin foundation. This time I am sewing on paper from an old telephone book.

It all started out with a big mess, just emptying all the blue, green and yellow strings from my scrap bin onto the sewing table. I am heading for a 60" by 75" lap quilt witch means 20 * 15" finished blocks, and 80 * 7.5" (finished size) x-string blocks on paper.

During the process, I have been adding some blue strings. And then I had to cut some contrasting green and yellows. This resulted in a bin only slightly emptier than what I started with. Not sure if this is a good thing?



The real fun starts after all the trimmings are done, and the corner solids are added. My blue came from stash. The only big enough piece. Think it is Ocean by Robert Kaufman.
The solids made everything else "come alive"....

All 80 squares done! Last night I was able to rip and remove the paper on half of them. A bit tedious work. And it helps using a tweezer. I have read it is useful to lower your stitch length. This time I didn't, and it worked quite well. So, I'll save the rest of the telephone book, for a red version of this pattern... (That will be no 4 out of 9.)

Hope I have tempted some of you to try this fun pattern. I have seen many pretty versions of it. The wonderful Bonnie K Hunter has a free tutorial.

Wish you all a pieceful wednesday.

19 comments:

Lisa said...

Great quilt! The blue really makes it pop. Think I might have to try this one. Thanks for the peak.

Stephanie said...

That Ocean blue really makes it sparkle. I love string quilts.

Sujata said...

It looks such a happy quilt! Love seeing all your strips against the blue.

Janet said...

It really does look wonderful, the solid is just perfect to show off the strings.

Clare said...

It's gorgeous. Happy Wednesday!

Tonya Ricucci said...

beautiful and yes, wow, that blue makes it sing!

Brenda said...

it looks great, especially with that blue. I think the reason that your scrap bins don't seem emptier is that you fluffed up the scraps. really!

Ann Champion said...

Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous! I love the solid you pasired with your scraps. :)

Live a Colorful Life said...

Those scraps look gorgeous against the saturated blue. Wow!

Lisa Echerd said...

Love string quilts. This one is great!

Char said...

I like this quilt. It's on my "someday" list.

Quiltefia said...

Hei!! Så masse du har fått sydd!! Først alle stripene og så alle blokkene!! Jeg blir stadig imponert!! Gleder meg til å se hele!! AnneK:-)

Evelyn said...

Very pretty! I like both versions of the string quilt (the regular ones you showed before, and this lattice variation) - can't decide which I like more. Your neiblings will love them!

KateKwiltz said...

I LOOOOOOVE the solid! I think that blue is my most favorite color!

Lucky, lucky nephews and nieces!

liz said...

Great use of old telephone books! It must have been fun to make.

Nifty Quilts said...

This looks stunning with your addition of ocean blue. Great quilt!

Carla said...

Oh, ya!! I love your version of one of my favorite patterns! I'm working on a red,pin,aqua, grey one now...along with my MQG bee partners!

sew katie did said...

I like the black in there a lot. I think my hubby would like a quilt made with this color.

suhotone said...

Thanks for an idea, you sparked at thought from a angle I hadn’t given thoguht to yet. Now lets see if I can do something with it.

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