While doing my string quilt demo at our local quilt show, I was asked a number of questions by the public as they passed by. One woman in particular stopped and had a number of questions–my little featherweight – Charlotte – had caught her attention. After speaking to me for quite some time she told me that her husband worked for the local paper and he had told her to get some pictures of people looking at the quilts in the quilt show. She said she had so enjoyed our conversation that she made a decision to take my picture instead. And here you have it! This was a nice surprise to see it actually made the paper. This was a nice little bit of promotion for our guild’s show.
This is my latest finished flimsy. These blocks were pieced on a broadcloth (not 100% cotton) foundation. I piece blocks until I have enough for a project or two and then decide on the layout.
A fabric foundation makes the blocks heavier. In order to reduce the final weight of the quilt, I decided to add some unpieced fabric to the design. Once the blocks were pieced into squares, I placed a light grey Kona solid square on top of them and drew a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner across the block. Then I sewed 1/4″ from the drawn line on both sides of the line. By cutting on the line after stitching, I ended up with two string pieced half square triangles. (Say that a few times quickly!)
I played with layouts and after searching the internet for inspiration, I came up with this layout. The Quilted Twins blog is a great source of inspiration and free patterns. I ended up with a layout inspired by the quilt that Becky designed called, Stringles. I have inverted my “mountains” and I have not included the half triangle bits on the end of the rows or at the bottom of the quilt. I think my “mountains” look more like they are floating on the grey background.
Mountain Strings finishes as a flimsy at 59.5″ x 65″ which makes a nice lap size quilt.
I have been working on my scrappy hexie blocks when I have time. This is the next group of finished blocks in orange, teal, purple, pink, and grey.
These 18 blocks will be added to the finished block pile which will mean I have a total of 43 finished hexagon blocks. I will have to see what other colours I might be missing.
Today I finished 5 more scrappy hexie blocks. I now have a total of 25 scrappy hexie blocks in green, yellow, red, and blue.
I am on a roll. Today I finished 8 scrappy hexie blocks. I don’t piece with a lot of yellow so when I saw a bag of yellow scraps/strings that someone had donated to the destash at our guild meeting, I snatched it up. Yellow is such a happy, cheerful colour. These blocks will definitely brighten up the finished quilt.