Showing posts with label string quilts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label string quilts. Show all posts

Friday, January 27, 2012

Quilter's Affair- Sisters, Oregon

 South Sisters, Oregon, 10,358 ft
My confirmation of a class came this week!! I'll be taking Liberated Baskets with Gwen Marston.
It has been a few years since I have taken a class at the Quilters Affair. This is the week leading up to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. It is an exciting part of the quilt show. I'll be doing dinner in the park with friends on Friday night. The guests speakers that night will be Gwen Marston,
Sue Spargo, & Tonye Belinda Phillips. It should be a wonderful show and tell!!
I've taken a couple of classes with Gwen before and found her laid back style fun and informative. I finished this little quilt in her 4 block applique class. Or, as in my case, make one block and call it good! We used photos of antique quilts to make our own patterns and hence, or own original quilt.
I wish I would have made 4 blocks now.

I also took a string quilt class from her. Everyone in class made a different quilt. It was all about the strings, not the pattern.  This is one of my favorite quilts.

Oh yeah, the South Sisters Mountain photo? I plan on climbing that this year. But not during quilt show week!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Baker's Star

Ta-Da! I actually have a finished project to show. This little quilt is not residing at my house though. Libby at Paper Napkin Poetry sent me two string blocks from the thirties. She said she knew I'd find something cool to do with them. Well, I think the blocks are pretty great so I hope I did justice by them. Because she sent two blocks I thought I'd send her a finished project and keep the second one. I know when I see mine I'll think of her and I hope she does the same for me.

This is how the blocks arrived.



Paper backing still attached from Nickles Bakery in Ohio!




After carefully removing the paper I filled the sink with Oxy clean and lukewarm water. This is what the water looked like from the fabric after 80 years!! I filled several sinks until the water was clean.


I laid them out to dry on a big beach towel. I ironed and mended a few seams.

I had some old flour or sugar sacks so I split them open on the seam and appliqued the star down. After finishing the first one I realized I appliqued it on my square WRONG!! It should be on like a pieced 8 pointed star. I'm not un-appliqueing it but decided to keep this one for myself and put the other one on "right" for Libby. Can you see the differenece?

I hand quilted with an overall fan design which I think suits it really well!!
Christie, I'm still waiting for you to contact me. I was hoping to send it out so it would reach the winner by the 4th of July....

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Candy Stix Quilt

Here's the finished quilt for my niece! Woo-hoo! I know she is going to love it. A few of us from my small online DJ group swapped the Candy Stix blocks and I set them with the string blocks and backed it with flannel.
The blocks directions came from the Empire Quilters Guild blog and was designed by Karen Griska. In the quilt they showed online the blocks were set directly next to one another. It was a fun happy quilt.

These are a few of my favorite blocks and fabrics.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Weekend Update

Don't leave! You have the right blog! LOL No, this isn't my usual style, but I have had a lot of fun making these simple colorful string blocks. This is a secondary block for a Christmas gift I am working on. I finished them up this weekend and have all the paper tore off. I used Bonnie's suggestion and used telephone pages to paper piece them. It worked like a dream!




Here is the second little collage I finished.


And I redid the ribbon one the first one. I like this a lot better. It is adorable lace made by Moda. I backed them with craft paper and attached hooks for hanging so they would be ready to go.
Here are a few more blocks waiting for a project. The photo on the right was taken before I aged it. I love those Pennsylvania Dutch colors.

I've had a busy weekend. I am hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year, and although there will only be 8 of us I needed to get my recipes together, write my grocery list, get my linens washed, get rid of dust bunnies and fluff the guest beds. I wrapped my first two Christmas gifts! I'm never this early but wanted to get them sent with family members at Thanksgiving.

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Safe travels to those who will be on the road.

Friday, July 17, 2009

More Finishes

Here is a scrappy little doll quilt a friend sent me a photo of some time ago. I've kept it for inspiration.





Here's my version using a reject Salinda Rupp block as the center. I was able to finish the borders this past week! It measures 23" square.



I was able to get the binding sewn down on this one too! Woo-hoo!


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Americana Strings

Because this was a string/scrap quilt my plan was to keep the quilting simple. The big white spaces kept calling for more! more! more! Now that it's done I love it! And even my poorly executed machine quilting doesn't look as bad.


Here was a fun backing I found at the outdoor sale at Fabric Depot a couple of weeks ago. I think it was $3 yard. Unfortunately I measured once then had to cut more then once to make up for my lousy measuring. See that couple inch strip at the top?


Now that I am looking at the photo it probably would have looked better if I would have tried to line up the white squiggles. Too late now!!

Mari, I wasn't able to post back to you as you are on no-reply. I didn't use a commercial pattern when I made this. I used Electric Quilt for the size of the stars, then freezer paper and a plate for the swag border.




Tuesday, April 14, 2009

String Quilts with Gwen Marston

I took a string quilt class with Gwen Marston 3 years ago at The Stitchin' Post and here are a few of her quilts. She is a fun laid back teacher and I enjoyed her class a lot.










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