Archive for the ‘String Quilts’ Category


For the last 2 years I have been a tutor at a 2 & 1/2 day workshop called The Gathering.  It is held locally so I can do my ‘dog and pony show’ and yet be home in my own bed at night.  I enjoy doing it once I’m there but the lead-up causes me some angst.  I enjoy people but I get ‘peopled’ out quickly.  Being full-on Ms. Sunshine and Lollipops for an entire weekend nearly puts me over the edge.

Anyway….this year I taught my version of ‘crumbs and strings’.  In preparation for it, I decided to do a series of string pieces.  I also challenged myself to use solids as I typically don’t.  I ended up with 7 pieces and have called the series String Therapy.

I really do love working with strings.  I’d actually like to continue the series and yet I have some other ideas too (triangles and more drunkard path variations to name two).

Here they are in order of how I made them.

String Therapy #1.  Not QUITE solid color but close.  The green is a shot cotton I picked up in Sydney and the brown/green is one I found in the USA.  I took inspiration from Valerie Maser-Flanagen.    I faced the top and sides and did a pillowcase turn-and-flip on the bottom edge.

String Therapy #2.  This time I used 3 solid fabrics from Cherrywood Fabrics in Minnesota.  I absolutely love these fabrics.  They have such depth and mellowness to them.  Again, I used inspiration from Valerie Maser-Flanagan.  This one proved to be a pain in the ass to finish the edges so I ended up doing a machined button hole stitch with thicker Aurifil thread.  I like the design….I don’t really like the finish but it is good enough.

String Therapy #3:  Next I decided to work with a jelly roll from Cherrywood Fabrics.  I randomly chose 2-3 strips and made them into a string set, trying to vary what I did with each set.  I think I was reading Maria Shell‘s book on Improv at the time so I give her inspiration credit for this piece.  I pretty much used the entire jelly roll for this small piece.  I think it is quite attractive and has potential to be a larger quilt.  All these small pieces were quilted with my Pfaff and a walking foot.  I faced the edges of this one.

String Therapy #4:  From here I switched to my black and white scrap bin.  I had some pre-cut strips so I started there and did a string set.  Then I did alternate rows of another fabric.  It seemed a little dull so I added a couple strings of red.

String Therapy #5:  Still in my black and white bin, I decided to go with solids.  You can really see the effect of NOT using a ruler on this piece.  On all these pieces, I went ruler-free and did all the cutting freehand.  I love the organic nature of the strings/strips when cutting this way.

String Therapy #6:  I had some left over pieces from String Therapy #4 which resulted in this one.   I cut the string sets into squares and then on the diagonal and sewed different ones together.  The piece on the right side was left over from another project.  The two little squares were appliqued on afterwards.


String Therapy #7:  This one came from left overs from 3 previous quilts.  I pulled out the teal colored fabrics and the beige fabrics and sewed random sized strings into string sets.  Hung them on the design wall vertically.  It needed something so I spliced in the brown batik.  I think it is a success!  The edges are faced and I think once I get a sleeve on it, I’ll hang it above the fireplace in my studio for awhile.




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String pieced onto 6×8″ telephone book pages.  All scraps.  Border is left over backing fabric from another quilt.  Backing is left over from Magnolia.

Not entirely happy with my concentric spirals.  I just can’t seem to get them evenly spaced free hand.  I’m ok with it though.  At least it’s finished.  I do like the fern-y motif in the border.  It was a piece of cake.

All it needs now is to be washed, dried and de-fuzzed (flannel back).

It will be on the way to its new home soon.

I received ANOTHER lovely gift last week.  This one from my friend Candy.  Not sure what I’ve done to be so lucky receiving presents lately but it sure has been fun!  Candy’s other hobby is photography.  She sent me 2 prints and these lovely cards from her photos.  The coaster sits on the coffee table and the magnet is on the frig.  Thanks Candy!

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Modified pattern called Fandango by Karen Griska.   All from the scrap bag.  LOVE string quilts.



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That’s the name of my latest quilt.  I’m making blocks from left over crumbs from my Fabric Vomit (aka Vignette), Wonky Bow Tie and Spring Valley quilts (see below).





Inspiration comes from several places but most recently from Kathy Doughty’s book Adding Layers (specifically her quilt called Madness) and a google image search of Anna Williams quilts.


Below is what I have so far.  It needs more contrast before I start putting things together.  Candy has suggested black & white dots but I don’t have any so I am playing with other black & white fabrics for now.  It’s a work in progress.  My risk (as always) is that it will morph into another big ass quilt (BAQ).  I MUST use restraint!


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June summary time…..

Karyl’s Krazy Kwilt – the non-nana quilt.  Ready to bring back with me to the USA in November.

Last Viewed Events - 05

Chevron giving quilt top (2) (for AQWL) – Bawley Quilt Group project

Last Viewed Events - 02


Lamp shade

June 2014 lamp shade - 2

Headbands – watched a movie and knew I needed to make a headband like in the movie.  Made 5 of them and shared a couple with a friend.

Last Import - 09

Sewing Bag – Did the wool work and then attached it to a pre-made bag.  It sits on the couch and holds my hand sewing supplies.

June 2014 sewing case - 2

Knitted baby jumper and cap and crocheted pram-sized afghan


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