Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sew Simple Strings...


Yesterday was one of those days where you don't have much time to sew, but you have to sew something...I didn't want to work on a Work In Progress--I wanted some instant gratification!  Enter my collection of "strings." I was only going to sew one block...but you know how that sometimes goes!


There are just some fabrics that I can't bear to throw away...even the smaller pieces...so I've patiently been collecting "strings" to make a scrappy quilt. (My string blocks finish at 6". I used Stephanie's tutorial to make my blocks).



The funny thing about "strings" is they seem to multiply.  You can use one and still have enough left to use again.  My pile didn't seem to diminish, especially after I remembered another place I'd stored some!


I'm hoping to make a lap-size quilt made completely of my Fig Tree & Company strings.  After that I'll tackle my bin of  "color-wheel" strings.  That should keep me busy for awhile! (I'll announce the giveaway winner in my next post)!  Have a sew wonderful day!


52 comments:

Purple Quilter Queen said...

I do love string blocks! They make cute pillows too! Jenn

Carol said...

I love those blocks...what fun!

Megan said...

So beautiful. I love Fig Tree fabric, I'm making a baby quilt out of Strawberry Fields right now.

Stephanie said...

Oooooooooo sew pretty!!! I love mindless sewing days.

Dianne said...

I actually have a goal to make a string quilt out of my fig tree cream strings only. I think that it would make a really fun calm quilt that could go almost anywhere.

karenfae said...

I have not made one of these but I have been thinking about it - did you use a foundation or just start sewing your strips?
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Lynn said...

This is a great idea for some summer sewing. We go quite a bit to our place in central Mn. and I need smaller projects to take along and use my little feather weight singer as well! thanks for the great ideas!

Why Not Sew? said...

I love your fabrics! I've recently started a strings quilt. So much fun!

Cathy said...

That'a a great way to use your Fig Tree scraps because all the lines coordinate so well. It's going to look lovely.

Karenkay said...

Sherri....such perfect colors...love it!

Melissa said...

Y'know, every other time I've seen a string block I've thought "too much chaos" and moved on. But this? Is gorgeous! It never occurred to me to put some order into it. I'd been planning on giving away my string-sized scraps but now it looks like maybe I'll have to find a good use for them. :)

Stray Stitches said...

Great blocks! You will have a quilt before you know it. I think you could now count this as a WIP - lol!

Karen said...

So cute!! Love Fig Tree. I see I missed the last post, congrats on being published. The pillow is adorable. I'll have to look for the magazine.

Stitched With Prayer said...

Well, that tears it!!! I'm going to pull out all my strips from my scrap basket cause I find that after being away from my sewing machine for almost 6 months now, except for 2 small projects I made for Christmas, I am ready for some instant gratification and I love your blocks and the blocks Stephanie made on her great tutorial. So much fun! As soon as I fully recover from this latest surgery I'm going to try them. I hope I have enough strips without cutting some but if I have to cut a few, I will. Thanks so much for sharing this. Now I've got to get a separate basket for my strip scraps. I see some very fun, scrappy projects in my future...yours too, :o) Hugs...

OH...it just occurred to me! I've been doing stitchery blocks that are 6 1/2" with multi-colors threads, to keep busy while I can't sit at my machine. Don't you think that these type of blocks would make wonderful blocks to use between the stitchery blocks? I'm gettin excited now, LOL!!!

Brita said...

Must be the weather! I just made a string top (haven't sewn the blocks together yet), and blogged it here: scrapsofhappiness.blogspot.com I found it extremely relaxing and fun to do.

Kelly L. said...

I put the four blocks (all from my scrap basket) together like you showed us in your blog and quilted it. I ended up with 32 mini quilts. I used leftover binding from previous projects and I used spools of quilting thread that didn't have enough on the spool for a big project. They are very scrappy and cheerful! I'm giving these as hot pads for Christmas. I'm using some in my kitchen and I love how big they are!

Rachel said...

Looks great! I'm making a string quilt (it's an ongoing project) out of red and green fabrics for Christmas. My blocks are 8.5" because I use scrap paper from work and this way I only have to cut a couple of inches off the length. Plus, I'll need less blocks... lazy? Nah.

a little bit biased said...

"Strings" must be the thing right now. I'm making one too with some friends. It's really fun and so simple! Your Fig Tree version will be beautiful, I'm sure. Can't wait to see your finished product.

Myrna said...

Oh My GOSH!! I'm gonna have to try this. I have SO many other projects, but this one seems to be the answer for those moments where you gotta sew! Thanks for the inspiration!! :)

Sandy said...

I didn't realize that it was so easy. Thanks for the great idea and the link to Stephanie's tutorial.

Gay said...

Love it. Are you doing it on muslin or??? Love your blog

Cardygirl said...

Instant gratification from such gorgeous little blocks!

Michele said...

Love it :-)

Quilt Hollow said...

Fun blocks and great fabric! What a combo! Like it!!!

Gigi Minor said...

Wow your scraps are turning into lovely works of art! And so precise : ) Beautiful!

A Plain Path said...

So pretty...love this idea!

Darlene said...

Sweet strings, Sherri. I love string quilts and yours is going to be lovely.

Dianne said...

I absolutely love this , I am going to start one right away!!! It

Betty Lou said...

I don't know what it is about us quilters, but sometimes we just have to sit at the sewing machine and just sew something, anything. Your effort really paid off though. Nice string blocks.

Cathy said...

Love your string blocks. They are going to make a great quilt. Hugs.

naoko said...

Lovely strings!

Auntie Pami said...

My selvedge jar is almost full. Could be the strips could help fill in the gaps.

Have you seen the project for Judy at Confessions of a Fabric Addict blog?

Di~ said...

You lucky girl! what a great book!:)

Melody said...

I really like these, they look fabulous.

BLONDEDESIGN said...

Beautiful, hello I'm new, I have never attemped strings before and only made 2 lap quilts so far., but I am going to now. kx

Mama Pea said...

Those look really great. I don't save strings. I just might have to now. Sheesh! :-)

Terriaw said...

I love making string pieced blocks. Yours are so lovely in those soft colored prints. My piles never diminish either, which can be a bit deceiving when I'm trying to use them up!

Helen said...

What a great idea for scraps! I've been saving some pieces I can't bear to part with too and this is a great solution. Thanks for sharing!

mblittle5 said...

I love scrap quilts and your strings are just gorgeous. I love the way you've put color together. They really mesh very nicely.

Belinda said...

Lovely stripping Sherri!! I love strips too but you are right...you can never seem to get them all sewn up and out of the bin!!

Congrats on your publishing...YIPPEE!!!

PamKittyMorning said...

I love string blocks, yours are so pretty. SEe you soon!

Pam said...

Your fabric is beautiful! I love string blocks and can't wait til I find the time to make a quilt with some.

SewCalGal said...

Beautiful strings Sherri.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Cheryl said...

Such pretty, pretty strings! Love it!

Lucky-1 said...

Love the look of your blocks and I too want to make one of these quilts. Great way to use up the scraps.

Lyn said...

Hello Sherri, love your string blocks....I made a miniature Christmas Quilt from strings....you are right they tend to multipy....grin..Warm Regards, Lyn

Deb said...

Everything you make turns out beautifully--even with scraps!

Josefina said...

I like your beautiful work.
I congratulate them.
have a good day
Josefina

Lisa D. said...

Your string blocks are incredible. I just love that fabric group. Pretty!!!

Karen said...

So, so pretty! I just got my fat quarter pack of Strawberry Fields. It is so gorgeous.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

My strings are jealous of your strings! Beautiful blocks! Love the Strawberry Fields red.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Your fabric makes the sweetest strings.