Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Story Thus Far

Every quilt has a story--here's the story of this quilt-in-progress thus far.

Strings & Chocolates on the Design Floor

A few years ago I won a set of 6 inch square string blocks in the Block Lotto.  Half were made from light colors fabrics, half were made from dark strings. I always planned to use them as fabric, cut them up and do something, but my idea of what that something was kept changing. Plus, whenever I had an idea, it always seemed to need more string squares . . .

One blockLast winter during Nancie's Bring Your Own Stash (BYOS) class, while I was working on a very traditional looking quilt and making my blocks from vintage feed sacks,  inspiration hit and I decided I would make a variation of her road trip quilt using the string squares.  I loved the totally different look you could get from the same basic unit.

I decided I wanted to use the dark and light values of the string blocks in my design and so I decided to make light and dark pieced blocks and alternate them. 

AfterOnce again, I knew I was going to need more light string squares and so, in February, I made some.

In February, in the block lotto, we were also making string blocks and turning them into heart blocks with dark backgrounds.  I really liked the look of those blocks and decided to use a bundle of dark, neutral hand dyed fabrics that I had purchased by the pound at an incredible yard sale at the MSU Museum. Although there are deep blues and reds and violets in those fabrics, they make me think of chocolates . . . and I have come to think of this quilt-in-the-making as Strings & Chocolates.

This afternoon, I pieced the string borders.  Since the string fabric in the blocks was pieced on a foundation fabric, I cut a dozen 7 x 19 inch rectangles--sized to to keep the "blocks" manageable--from muslin and chose strings that were medium-to-dark to tie to those almost disappearing blocks made from the dark strings.

I had planned to put string pieced fan shaped blocks in the corners of the border, but after I spread the top on the floor and laid the border rectangles around it, I knew that the corners should be mitered to echo the mitered look of the center of the blocks.  More foundations were cut and I returned to the bottomless bag of fabric strips and put together some smaller rectangular string blocks to extend the border on each side long enough for the mitered corners.

Strings & ChocolatesI ran out of steam before I could finish, but all the string pieces for the border are done and–even just folded into place--I can already tell that I like the revised, mitered border design very much.

Check out the projects on more design walls/floors/tables on Judy Laquidera's Design Wall Monday blog post.

9 comments:

catlinye-maker said...

Ooo.. That's purty! Very cool, I really like the sparkly brights in the centers of the "chocolate box" as it were.

Big Rig John said...

This looks great - It's great to create your own striped fabric - and it works so well with this design.

Sally Hamilton said...

This is amazing.

Chris said...

Great journey you have traveled with this quilt. I love how it turned out.

AnnieO said...

Thanks for sharing your process! This is a stunningly complex looking quilt and so interesting to look at and enjoy all the yummy string and chocolate colors.

Ruhammie said...

This looks pretty neat!! I like the light colored strings. They look great set against all the chocolate.

katelnorth said...

This looks great- what a creative way to use string squares...

Karen S said...

This is beautiful! I love the way the chocolate sets off the lighter colors.

Alycia said...

Great Story! Don't you love how just the right thing comes to mind? That is a beautiful quilt!

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