Back in February, I began a full time job which has kept me busy. It has been amazing to be working as an art therapist again. However, finding time for my own creative endeavors is more difficult these days. I’m not going away, but my posts will be less frequent as I now need to focus on my job. My fabric stash isn’t going anywhere and I promise to share when I find the time.
Today is my day participating in another great blog hop!? Thank you to Carla of Creating in the sticks for this week’s string-quilt hop theme. String quilts are my absolute favorite designs to play with.
I began this queen-size quilt by making rows of scrappy strings. The way you do this is to sew string scraps onto thin strips of paper. This design is sometimes called Chinese coins, but you can call it whatever you want. Some quilters use old register receipts, but I simply cut up some old newsprint and went to town. My coin strips are intentionally different thicknesses because my strings were not all the same length. Here’s a link if you would like to see more information about sewing strings onto strips of paper. The joy in making this “coin” design is that you can use any string scraps, without regard to color. In fact, the more variety of colors and designs in the strips, the more exciting the results. I snuck in some favorite novelty prints because I love seeing animals and nostalgic prints here and there. Between the strips, I sewed panels of solid colors. I had lots of solid blues and greens in my stash, so that’s what I worked with. I actually think these colors help showcase the colored strips really nicely.
My rows aren’t straight and the strips are different widths on purpose, which creates a scrappy delight that is just the right amount of fun without being too serious. I don’t mind being a little off kilter with a scrappy quilt design.
Here’s the quilt top above with the sun peaking through. I love how it looks even with just being a single layer. While some of my family members felt it had too much blank space, I wasn’t deterred. I wanted this quilt to have some more spare parts to the design. Not every quilt needs to be busy and I knew that this would leave ample room for interesting quilting. Little did I know that my friend Sharon would elevate the quilt with her fun choices!!
I love that this quilt can be masculine as well as feminine. You see, I made this to donate to the Hurricane Michael quilt drive. With most donations, you don’t know the recipient. I challenged myself to make something that could work for any gender and that’s exactly what drove the design.
Sharon is my quilting friend who helped get this incredible quilt drive off the ground. I have written about the Aldersgate group and their drive so you may be familiar with it. Words alone cannot describe the impact that their generosity has had on the panhandle area!! I feel so privileged to have participated in my small way by making a few quilt tops.
I can’t thank Sharon enough for taking on my top and turning it into this fun quilt. She did an amazing job quilting it using multi-colored thread and adding adorable and fun ice cream cones. How creative is that!? I never would have thought to do that! What a fun design that turned this into something whimsical and so charming. Sharon…you nailed it!! I hope the person who receives this quilt will enjoy it for years to come.
For the back of my quilt, I sent in a blue print that reads as solid but has a little more interest to it. Check out this photo from Sharon with the ice cream cone melting! I can’t help but smile when I see the finish.
Making this queen-size top was a labor of love. I feel so blessed to be part of a quilting community that is generous and accepting. Sharon and I met because of this quilt drive and I feel so grateful to know her.
Please check out the other blog posts this week. There are so many talented quilters that you are certain to find plenty of inspiration from!!
All About Strings Blog Hop Schedule
Monday, March 25th
Tuesday, March 26th
That Fabric Feeling YOU ARE HERE
Wednesday, March 27th
Thursday, March 28th
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