60th birthday quilt by True

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
String quilt
Status:
In Progress
Started:
2012-10-28T00:00:00Z
Finished:
Tutorial:

Description

My sister is turning 60 next April and I have been trying to decide on a quilt to make her...it has taken me months as I want it to be different and special BUT also know if it does not go well in their house it will make my brother-in-law most unhappy.  And the colors in the room I think it will be used in the most (and kept) do not easily fit with the colors/fabrics I typically think of for my sister. So I have been in a pickle over this...so after working on my Luminous quilt and seeing +Jennifleur's (and some others) string quilts it hit me the fabrics work for the room and also have colors I think of as more my sister.  And their room colors are chosen from some wonderful Italian inspired dishes/pottery they have and this a fabric selection plays off of these colors.  So I am giving it a try...this is way out of my comfort zone for a bunch of reasons so we shall see how it goes...but started it today so could 1) have plenty of time as I need 36 blocks and 2) in case I don't end up liking it for her have time to go back to the drawing board.  I did buy a few more fabrics to broaden my colors options.  I included pictures of my strips as I had them all in nice neat rows and that lasted about 10 minutes!

I included main tutorial I used but I gathered lots of hints from many blogs to help me! Thanks to comment by +allpatchedup for getting me thinking on how to let go of some of my control over fabric selection. I am going to used a modified paper bag idea...since I am working from yardage instead of scraps I don't have strips cut in various lengths just different widths. So I am going to take a small piece of each fabric and put the tone on tone in one bag and the prints in another. I will then pull them out randomly, one at a time, for each block and then using my cut strips cut that fabric to the length I need for that spot on the block. I will keep each small piece out, once it had been drawn for a particular block to ensure each block has a mix of the fabrics choices.

11-10-12 Just added pictures of two more blocks since had camera out.

Kaffe Fassett Millefore in Red, Tomato, Brown and Orange; Paperweight Yellow; Jungle Paisley Green and Tangerine
Vintage Naturals Paisley White

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Tenar
Sariecherries
Tinastitches
Cinda
AllPatchedUp
Quilt455

Comments

Kathie

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 smile !

Strandkorbtraum

Oi she's lucky to have you as a sister - she's going to get a great quilt

AllPatchedUp

I'ts going to be beautiful True !! That's one very lucky sister you have. :)

True

Kathie , Strandkorbtraum and Allpatchedup thank you...I have to tolerate the colorful "chaos" to get there first!! It took me forever to make first one as trying to decide which fabric where...and I am not good about just letting go and grabbing whatever.

AllPatchedUp

Do the bag trick!!! I swear it'll turn out ok in the end. :) (spoken from a fabric control freak here!)

True

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!

Nana8

Are u using kaffeeklatsch faset prints? I love the combinations it will look stunning!

Cinda

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.

True

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.

AllPatchedUp

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! ;)

True

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!

Mouseinmypocket

This is lovely. I look forward to seeing it finished.

Janquilter

Great use of all those lovely, busy fabrics!

Chrissybugs

I love the happy chaos?

999graffix

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.

Happy quilting!
Jo

Terryt1955

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!).

True

Mouseinmypocket , Janquilter , Chrissybugs , 999graffix and Terryt1955 thank you all...now I need to spend hours cutting some more strips;-) and those 10" paper foundation pieces...

Mouseinmypocket

you should have gone with 12-inch blocks. You could have just used scrapbook paper. :)

True

Mouseinmypocket now you tell me;-)

Mouseinmypocket

True what can I say... I'm slow on the uptake.

Mouseinmypocket

is there a special pattern or technique to get that center strip lined up the same on every block?

True

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.

True

Link isn't cutting and pasting well so it is quiltville.com/stringquiltingprimer

Mouseinmypocket

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.

Patreesha

This is absolutely gorgeous malorgeous.

True

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!

True

Patreesha thank you but I have no idea what malorgeous means?

Sariecherries

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!

Thesewingchick

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!!

True

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 ?

True

oops self correct got me Thesewingchick

Sblprl1

Nice string blocks, it will turn out, scrap quilts always do!

Tenar

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!

True

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

Tenar

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"?!

Jennifleur

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.

Jennifleur

Ah, that's HALF my block to sew up before I begin stitching them together. Fumble fingers.

True

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!

True

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?

Jennifleur

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.

Tenar

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?

Creamcity

I can't wait to see it when it's all done!

Conniharns

True...I am loving our blocks. I think they are beeutiful. So colorful. Your sister is going to love this.

Conniharns

Your!! Darn iPad can't keep up with me!!!

True

Conniharns LOL my Ipad and I have regular typing wars...thanks and thanks Creamcity and Tenar I have to say I know nothing values I simply move things around until I like them?! In this case I am trying to go with what I grab out of bag... and am only changing it out if really hate it.

AllPatchedUp

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. :)

Tenar

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.

Stamdl

These are amazing blocks! I really like the skinny string in the middle, haven't seen that before.

True

Stamdl Thank you and I love them so far but they challenge me with needing to be so random. I got the idea for skinny white string from someone else on here, of course cannot remember whose at moment, and then searching on Internet. It may have been one of Jennifleur quilts.

True

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!

Jennifleur

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