Wednesday, March 27, 2019

All about Strings Blog Hop



Today is my day on the All about Strings Blog Hop. I must start with a big thank you to Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks for hosting us crazy bloggers.
I have a lot of batik strips left over from my log cabin quilt which just happens to be hanging up.

 They have been living in my batik box for quite a while. There is a bag for each colour. For this project I am going to use the blue bag.
This is some of what was in the blue bag. Lots of strips between 1 and 2 inches. Since I rescued these strips I thought I would rescue some orphan blocks from a project that didn't happen. Look out for more projects with string blocks as there are bags with other colours and there is more orphan blocks that need to be used up.
The orphan blocks are 4 1/2" unfinished so my blue strips at mainly 6 1/2" work well.

String piecing is no thinking fun just keep sewing a strip on. I tried to be random and just work on don't sew too darks or lights in a row.
My sewing assistant had to be colour coordinated with the project. One of the extra long strips. No sewing assistants were harmed in this exercise and she did surrender her strip so I could include it in the project.
This is what I ended up with. I just trimmed up one long edge and cut my 4 1/2" string blocks using the 45 degree line on my ruler. In hindsight I would of been better off if I had 7-8" width strip.
It was a little tight getting my setting triangles out of the leftovers but I managed it.
The fun part of laying out all my blocks into my design, making sure my string blocks all ran the right way.  Then sewing them together keeping them where they should be, followed with a slight trim up to finish the top off.

Unfortunately I didn't have time to quilt it but I have some quilting ideas forming with the Westalee mini spin-e-fex rulers.
Now make sure you visit everyone else. Here is the full schedule if you have missed any days.
All About Strings Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, March 25th

Karrin's Crazy World

Tuesday, March 26th

ShirleyC

Wednesday, March 27th

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

32 comments:

Anna brown said...

Great job I love pinwheels and strips are sp cool with them... happyness04431@yahoo.com

Cynthia's Creating Ark said...

Thanks I loved how it turned out.

Carol said...

Neat project, Cynthia. I really like all the blues for the background on the pinwheels. Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Such a pretty, pinwheel quilt! I love the string background.

Beth Strand said...

Wonderful!

Lisa Marie said...

Very cool! The string blocks add a lot of interest.

Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity said...

Beautiful wintery looking quilt!

Leah said...

Beautiful. Love the strings mixed with the pinwheel blocks.

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

Love all the blue strings! The cat is cute too.

Karrin Hurd said...

Cute project, I love the blue strings and your sewing assistant! Thanks for sharing!

Vicki in MN said...

Great choice with the blue strings!

Rozz01 said...

What a good feeling to use up leftovers on a very creative quilt project.

Lori Smanski said...

Ohh sweet. Your quilt is lovely. Wouldn't it be fun to put swirls or wavy lines making it look like the pinwheels are in motion? Thank you for sharing and for inspiring today.
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Carla said...

This quilt is so awesome. The strings make the pinwheels pop and are the perfect compliment. Thank you for joining the All About Strings Blog Hop. Your quilt top is amazing.

tink's mom said...

Such a great use of left overs of all kinds. Wonderful piece.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Using those batik strings, combined with orphan blocks, made for a gorgeous Hop quilt!!

Calicojoan said...

Gorgeous batik strips quilt. I'm excited to see what you dream up for quilt motifs!

Mary Ann said...

I love it. I never think to use scraps for background. It turns it into a whole new look. Thanks for sharing with us.

beaquilter said...

great top!

Danice G said...

Pretty batiks, a really pretty quilt.

ShirleyC said...

That turned out beautiful! It's amazing how those strings can add up to a quilt!

Carol S. said...

Your strings are beautiful!

Farm Quilter said...

Fabulous quilt!! Love the way you used your strings!!!

Stitchin At Home said...

I love how you incorporated the pinwheels. Lovely quilt!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

I really like that setting! It sure makes those pinwheels sing!!

Sharon L. said...

I love the blue string block used to offset the pinwheel blocks. Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilt.

Unknown said...

Love your quilt. I have also been collecting strings and have a huge container full. But I can see that separating them by color would be really helpful. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

Nancy said...

What a great hop this has been. I really like what you did with the strip blocks and the orphan blocks. I will have a year's worth of ideas just from this hop!

Nancy said...

Such a great idea, simple but very useful. Thank you for the pattern information. I will go there and make one or two with my strips.

Sue D said...

Love the blue background for these pinwheels.

Theresa said...

I like the pinwheel blocks on point with the strings background. This is a pretty quilt!

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Oh, it is so pretty! And I love your assistant in matching fabric :) xx