I love the colors and it does look like the italian pottery. How lucky your sister is to get this! My husband just turned 60 this past week and it was a tough one for him !
Oi she's lucky to have you as a sister - she's going to get a great quilt
Do the bag trick!!! I swear it'll turn out ok in the end. :) (spoken from a fabric control freak here!)
Allpatchedup I was thinking about it...but was not sure what kind of meds I would need to go for it;-) I have to cut more strips as just did one from each fabric to start to make sure I liked it enough to keep going. But I may do a bag of the tone on tone and one for prints and see if I can tolerate it!
Are u using kaffeeklatsch faset prints? I love the combinations it will look stunning!
I really like how these are turning out. Some of Kaffe's prints are so wild I feel like I'm back in the 60s/70s and I can't look at them. But I just love what happens to them in these little strips. All the color comes out (without the flashback to earlier times that might best be forgotten) and they really do look the highly-decorated pottery you see from Italy and other countries.
Nana8 Yes all the prints are Kaffe Fassett's...under project materials I listed them by name since they are not stashable on here (yet;-). And thank you for nice comment! Cinda I so agree with you about how wild they can be...I bought them online as loved them but then when I got them was totally overwhelmed looking at them! It was not until I came up with my other quilt (last weekend) that it hit me how cutting them into strips allows the fun, beautiful parts to show with out feeling so overwhelmed by them.
Fabulous compromise True !! It's a step...and that's all us FCF's (Fabric Control Freak's) can do, one step at a time! ;)
Allpatchedup LOL I was already to go for it but realized I have 44 inch strips and what a mess that would be in bag! And I did not want to start randomly cutting it into lengths and add waste:-( Thanks for bringing it up as it got me thinking of options while I was cooking dinner!
This is lovely. I look forward to seeing it finished.
Great use of all those lovely, busy fabrics!
I love the happy chaos?
It'll be fabulous. Your sister is so lucky, I hope she appreciates the time and consideration you've put into just choosing a pattern and colour scheme.
I love what you are doing with the white strip, it really brings structure to the colour chaos.
Loving the comments on Kaffe's chaos. His fabric is beautiful but like you I feel overwhelmed by it at times. Haha Cinda , flashback to times best forgotten! But I am loving this pattern and I think that one strip of white is the reason I love it. It calms down the chaos and lets the Italian pottery shine through. Beautiful and am looking forward to your progress (and pictures!).
you should have gone with 12-inch blocks. You could have just used scrapbook paper. :)
is there a special pattern or technique to get that center strip lined up the same on every block?
Mouseinmypocket I had that same question and searched for answers...I am hoping it works when sew together. Here is link to one I found that I modified to work for me http://quiltville.com/stringquiltingprimer.shtml
I drew my line so it was an inch wide following this method and then lined my white strip up between the pencil lines. I used the glue stick as mentioned in tutorial I posted in project to keep in place while I sewed first strip to it.
Link isn't cutting and pasting well so it is quiltville.com/stringquiltingprimer
Thanks! I've got quite a few strips left over from the quilt I made for my sister's wedding, and I think this might be a fun way to use them.
This is absolutely gorgeous malorgeous.
Mouseinmypocket I have never done a string block and while it causes me a certain angst as is so wild and free (for me;-) I have to say it is really fun to see how they develop. I spent part of yesterday cutting out strips so can play some more this weekend!
I love this so much! As a fabric control freak I understand! I might have to make a few of these blocks just to learn to let go! This is beautiful!
Love it! I think that you can't go wrong with Kaffe. The important thing is to balance out the values. I love the paper bag idea, but have not been able to do it myself. I am way to persnickety about what goes where! I think I need to loosen up ;) I hope you have fun going wild with this one, I can't wait to see how it turns out!!
Sariecherries and +thesewing chick thank you and I must say this challenges me in ways nothing else ever has which is good but...hard! And I am clearly not to the go wild stage yet as I just made the 3rd block totally using the what I pulled I used and thought I might have a panic attack LOL;-) But Allpatchedup was right that block looks awesome...alone and with others. I do have a question for anyone who can offer guidance I have not done a lot of seaming matching at an angle as the white strips will call for any hints on getting them to match up and have good points? Maybe Jennifleur ?
Nice string blocks, it will turn out, scrap quilts always do!
More please! You're doing a marvellous job. The fabrics balance beautifully, you've got a good range of values, the saturation is a good match, and you've also got a good balance of strongly-patterned fabrics and softly-patterned fabrics. I'm planning to do a quilt with some Kaffe Fassett fabrics, based on a Missoni design, and have been somewhat worried that the whole thing will be overwhelming and garish. This is giving me confidence that it is indeed possible!
Tenar Thank you so much....this is such a challenge for me and I so appreciate your kind words and each time I go to make one my anxiety level goes up...and then as I complete a block I am so thrilled. I got two more done this weekend...only 32 more to go! I have to take breaks and do other quilts as it wears me out a bit! LOL
I know exactly what you mean, I really need to work on getting out of my comfort zone with quilting as well. Since I hand-sew, it's all quite slow and that gives me a chance to think through new ideas. I always marvel at people who will produce a wall hanging or something in a single evening. Maybe we should start a group called "Quilt Anxiety"?!
How did I ever miss this project?! Your quilt is going to be just amazing. I applaud your for your willingness to step outside your comfort zone and pull fabrics "blindly". The blocks really do look lovely!
I haven't gotten to sewing my blocks together yet and unfortunately I don't have a magic pill for getting seams to line up just so. However I assume it's a bit like any other quilting seam, regardless of angle. My biggest concern is that they won't "nest" because I've pressed them all in the same direction so I'll have to keep an eye on that and will probably use a walking foot to stitch them together and keep the seams in line. I may even get crazy and pin stuff. I never pin anything. At least then I could pin at the 1/4" point where the needle will hit and I'll know that the seams matched because I checked ahead of time and pinned them. Sorry I can't offer more. I still have my blocks to sew up before I get to stitching them together.
Ah, that's HALF my block to sew up before I begin stitching them together. Fumble fingers.
Jennifleur Thank you so much for the kind words and help...I did try sewing two together and actually re pressed that one seam to make them nest and it helped! (and those two blocks are staying sewn together but won't do any more until all are done!) So I may modify how I press moving forward and I do pin. I have never used a walking foot for this purpose can you explain how it helps? And thanks again for inspiration!
Duh...bet walking foot helps prevent shifting of blocks right? Sorry early here and no caffeine yet;-). So another question if one pins does walking foot make a difference?
Yup! A walking foot keeps the bulky nature of these blocks from slipping around too much. The pins make sure they're aligned perfectly. A walking foot won't keep fabrics in place as precisely as a pin will.
It's coming along nicely, and it's surprisingly calm for something with so many bold prints. Maybe it's because you've kept the value range relatively narrow?
I can't wait to see it when it's all done!
True...I am loving our blocks. I think they are beeutiful. So colorful. Your sister is going to love this.
Your!! Darn iPad can't keep up with me!!!
Just stopped in to take a peek and to let you know your blocks are looking gorgeous!! Good job on tryin to let go of some control. :)
The thing about values is that quilters tend to buy too many medium value fabrics, and not enough lights and darks. Manufacturers also tend to make more in the medium value prints. In a lot of cases, this makes for quilts which don't have enough contrast, but in this quilt, it's actually good to focus more on the medium value prints. You have busy prints, and a lot of colours, and those white strips, and if you added a lot of lights and darks too, the whole thing would probably get too chaotic. Keeping to medium tones gives it a wonderful subtlety.
These are amazing blocks! I really like the skinny string in the middle, haven't seen that before.
Well if I had just reread my own project notes;-) it would help me remember but I guessed right about where my inspiration came from!