Friday, April 03, 2015

More Strings - My Goal for a Lovely Finish in April

When I finally finished the moldy golden oldie String Star quilt–now known as Then & Now–it felt so good that I decided to pull another string quilt top out of the UFO trunk and make finishing it my goal for a lovely finish in April.

This Liberated Wedding Ring quilt is another from Gwen Marston's book, Liberated String Quilts.

I began making the blocks during a virtual online retreat with the liberated quilters Yahoo group at the end of January, 2010.


These were fun to put together and about a week later, I posted a Progress Report with the completed top, taken in my itty bitty loft in Dallas.

Johnny inspects the completed top

In that 5 year-old blog post, I mentioned how, Gwen's quilt has beautiful, traditional quilting . . . and I plan to attempt the same.  I realize now how the notion of beautiful traditional quilting completely intimidated me and is, in part, the reason this one has been folded up and put away for so long. Here's that inspiring-yet-intimidating image of Gwen Marston's beautifully hand-quilting from the book:

Liberated Wedding Ring

I have ordered some thread and am thinking about how to quilt the top in a way that nods at that beautiful, traditional quilting design but also has some of me in it.  I am thinking of a pieced scrappy backing, so that will be my first task toward finishing my big red liberated wedding ring quilt. 

7 comments:

Marie Joerger said...

Very pretty! Love how the red pops the string fabrics!! :)

Scrapatches said...

Lovely quilt. This is a great use of strings! Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

desertskyquilts said...

I love that top! The red is just super. I'm going to have to think about making one of these myself, I like it so much! Thanks for picking this one. I feel a flicker of interest in my blues. =)

P. said...

Love the red setting for your string blocks!

Snowcatcher said...

I can totally understand being intimidated by the quilting. I'm still learning, but I'm getting braver each time I force myself to keep going. I hope you are able to find much success in this top, because it's going to be gorgeous!

Lisa J. said...

It's a great quilt. Good luck with the quilting.

Linda in Calif. said...

This is turning out quite nice- you will be very happy with it. (I love red by the way - so of course I'm going to love it.)

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