Thursday, July 22, 2010

My strings quilt is finished!

As a quilter I certainly have my favorites. This one is definitely toward the top of my list. It's a crazy, busy quilt, but with that little bit of white, it somehow just works. It's mostly just scraps, although I definitely bought fat quarters here and there to add in--especially colors I didn't have, like purple. I love looking at it and thinking of other projects as I see various fabrics. This was definitely a labor intensive quilt, but worth the work. I have seen lots of similar quilts on blogs and a stings quilt was on my list of "must-try" quilts. I see it as a pretty big accomplishment.

I used the tutorial from Film in the Fridge to create this one.

My blocks are 8 inches finished. The quilt is 8 blocks x10 blocks with a finished size of about 61" x 77" after shrinkage. It's a little short for a bed quilt. I probably should have added two more rows, but I was pretty much done with the crazy thing after 10.




Now, for the back. Oh, how I love this quilt back. It is my absolute favorite that I have ever designed. It's basically a quilt on it's own (which I have decided I need to start doing to cut down on my overall quilt production and output). It's two quilts in one--much easier to store.

After I finished piecing the front, the idea of the color wheel popped into my head, and I thought it would be a fun way to incorporate more of the same scraps but in a very different way. We have had lots of color discussions in quilt group recently and even have a color wheel class and challenge coming up in a couple months. This is what I envisioned, and I'm so happy it turned out just how I wanted. It also made me realize how many scraps I have as well as where the holes are in my stash. I have very few true blues or true greens, but I do have lots of teals and limey greens. I designed this only with what I had in my stash. I was tempted to go out and buy some fabrics to fill the gaps, but resisted.


I paper-pieced the corners to give it a "rounded" feel since I based my design on a wheel.



As I was working on this one, Ryan asked me what I was going to do with it. I'm still not sure, but it's definitely staying with me. This certainly isn't headed for the gift-quilt pile.

17 comments:

  1. you have a great eye for color and I love your quilts!

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  2. *WOW* This is wonderful! I especially love how you designed the back!

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  3. this is stunning! a string quilt is on my list of to dos, and that back is just perfect!

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  4. this is So beautiful. i certainly wouldn't part with it either.

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  5. I love your quilt. I am in a string block exchange and I am looking for some samples of how to put it together.

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  6. I just love this. You have such great balance in your colours. Nice job!

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  7. Absolutelyl love it!!! I wouldn't want to part with it either!

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  8. I found this over at pintrest. I just love it! I am making one now that is very similar. The back is a quilt in itself. Congratulations, you have created a treasure.

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  9. That is just "one of those" quilts ! I just love the way you put your colors together.

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  10. You did a great job! It's truly gorgeous! I love a quilt that has two beautiful sides. I've been doing my best to make my recent quilts reversible. It takes as long to make side two as if I was making a whole new quilt but I am not one to slap a piece of "whatever" on the back just so I can quilt it and be finished. So I love that you are doing the same thing.

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  11. Just reading through your blog, I should be working but it's a quiet one today. Loving this quilt and the back is superb! I started a string quilt but like most have put it on the side, so now I must get my act together and get it off the WIP pile!

    Fi

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  12. Your string quilt was the inspiration for my own, I'm working on edition number three now for a wedding gift.

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  13. This is absolutely stunning! I really, really love the top, but the back is amazing too! Thanks for this great post - so inspiring. This quilt is going straight to the top of my project wish list.

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  14. This is a lovely quilt! Reminds me of Kaffe Fasset's stuff.

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  15. I will always love the back of this quilt. It's perfect.

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  16. You have such a gift! I'm unsure how you coordinate and blend your color scheme so well. I've been staring at the beautiful back of this quilt for hours in the midst the of all my fabric simply trying to mimick you.
    Do you have any hints to your matching techsnique?;)

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