I L.O.V.E. this! Great colors and pattern! :)
Thanks Allpatchedup ! There's really no pattern. Cut a square of muslin to any size or shape you like and start sewing strips to it so it overlaps your muslin. When you're done, trim down and then sew those squares together. These happen to be 9 1/2" square because I have a ruler that size.
I love this and love the story behind it! LOL about not feeling sad for your scraps..I so get that feeling as I feel horrible when I have not used all my fabric:-). Do you have to use muslin or can you use paper and tear it away after?
I love string quilts...someday I'll have enough strings to make my own. :) I just really adore that lime green/black strip that matches up in all of them Jennifleur . Looks like a 'pattern' to me. :) Oooooo. Inanimate strings and scraps brought to life...hmmm, now that's definitely a disney movie I'd watch (BTW I put in the many many required "Disney Hours" when my kids were younger, never fear!)
Allpatchedup , it's what makes it cohesive. I like it too. Thanks so much for your kind words!
lol @ quilter's crack. Perfect description. I have a tub of scraps just for string quilts. It is my favourite block for when I want to just sew and not think.
Sewnsew , confession time. Sometimes I cut a strip extra just to throw it in the strip bin so I'll get to use it later, in a string quilt. Crackity, crack, crack.
LMFAO......You are not alone. I do the same thing.
lol My name is Sewnsew and I am addicted to strings!!!!!
My Guild circle featured this type of block. The teacher supplied us each with a paper grocery bag full of scraps. The top was stapled and we were only allowed to open one staple. Whatever scrap we pulled out, we had to use and she showed us a quilt her daughter tried to matchy matchy and it just wasn't as nice. What fun!. I invited 3 Church ladies over and we made comfort quilts. It seems like I didn't make a dent in my scrap bin! It warmed my heart about a year later to see a lady in a wheelchair with my scrap quilt on her lap at the back of the church. :) Yes, like potato chips!
After visiting a nursing home I realized that many of the residents sit, just staring at their lap. So sad. That is why the scrappy quilts are perfect for lap robes - so they have lots of different things to look at.
Calliope67 that's a lovely gift for people in nursing homes. It would give them a lot to look at!
This is really fun! Seems like a great next project for me.
Do you start by putting the green and the black down the center, then just start covering up the rest of the muslin? I need to get a bin for strips and start collecting. I love your blocks! To me, it almost looks like they are held up to mirrors. (That probably sounds like I'm on crack). Hope you got a nap today!!
Oh my. Would you stop it Jennifleur !!! You post more pics, I fall even more in love with this and the urge to go all 'copycat' on you is getting really really tough!!! My willpower is too fragile for this rofl. If something like this ends up on any of my lists for our UFO group....it's all your fault!
this is amazing, I made a quilt like this recently and am definitely doing it again, you are so right it is incredibly addicting and they come together so easily and quickly. I did mine on muslin so I did not have to rip away paper even lol ;)
Calliope67 I love idea of paper bag and what you pull out is what you use maybe this is a way to get myself to do a real scrappy quilt!!
Wow, the colors!!!! Thank you for sharing and for the story about happy fabric. :)
Allpatchedup I don't have a problem if you want to make every quilt I've ever made, you know why? Cause even if you use the same pattern your fabric choices will be your own and your quilting will be your own and if I inspire someone to make a quilt well hot damn isn't that what we're all here for? I support you in all your crafty endeavors! Besides no one has the market corned on specific quilt patterns or designs and there was a good chance I was inspired by someone else to make the quilts I've made. Only a few few of them have come straight from my own brain.
Sewzalot Yup that's exactly how they start. I've seen them done too where half the blocks are like I've made but then they run the other half of the block perpendicular to the other stripes. It makes for some really neat patterns. I know I didn't explain that very well so here's a visual....
Good to hear you feel this way Jennifleur ...cuz, uh yeah, I started cutting strips a few days ago to start my own after I finish my bee stuff in a few days. lol I've been wanting to get started since before Christmas but yeah, that all got crazy so I'm finally able to get to it! Yay!! :)
Jennifleur and Allpatchedup you two crack me up. I do the same thing making the scraps, pulling strips out of a bag randomly. With all the different scraps, trying to plan out a project like that is never as pretty as the randomness. I've made several quilts like that for charity purposes. And yes, it never seems to make a dent in all my scraps. I have use paper and muslin foundations. I think I like the muslin better cause you don't have to mess with the paper. This is always a favorite project for hours of mindless sewing and for breathing new life into otherwise unusable strips of beautiful (and not so beautiful) fabric.
Rebeccajeffsmith It's true! For all the blocks I've made, I still have a giant bucket of strip scraps. I like the muslin backed blocks too. Paper is a PITA.
I really, really love this. Very striking. It gives me an idea for my bee block :).