Monday, April 07, 2008

Rainbow strings

I get so inspired reading your blogs and seeing the beautiful quilts you all make! Just a few days ago I was looking at string quilts on the Heartstring Blog and also came across Samantha's beautifully color-planned baby string quilt on Diary of a Mad Fabricholic. Those were bubbling in my mind while I sorted through our Project Linus stash of solids, hoping to find enough of one piece to make center strips for a whole quilt. Then inspiration struck! I had seen a zig-zag string quilt on someone's blog and it occurred to me that a rainbow zig-zag would need less of each central color (always thrifty with the Linus stash!) and could be really fun. And what if the strings were chosen with color in mind, each zig-zag having strings of the next color of the rainbow?
So I set to work. What a blast! (And what a mess -- piles of strings everywhere!) I cut the blocks to be rectangles, but was working fast and didn't think ahead. Uh-oh. You can rotate a square block to get the center strips going any direction you want, but you can't do that with a rectangle. I had to use the frog stitch on half the blocks (because, being efficient, I had already sewn all the center strips down before realizing my mistake). I think that's what TV is for -- giving you something to do while you un-sew. I also discovered that I had cut a few of the foundations too small, but fortunately I have been able to compensate for that. I guess inspirational stars were shining that day but my technical skills stars were under deep cloud cover! In any case, I am so pleased with this quilt. Obviously I still have to finish the blue, purple, and red rows, but I couldn't wait to share this.

I also want to give many, many thanks to Amy at The Calico Cat, who has donated some of her solid brights for use in our string quilts. It's greatly appreciated!

And here's the new fabric I bought for my Stroop quilt background. I couldn't find the one I had just a little piece of, and this will probably be ok, but I don't like it as much. I'll have to let it stew a bit before deciding how to proceed.

15 comments:

Carin said...

The zig zag quilt is wonderful! I love it! Sorry you had some froggng to do.

SandyQuilts said...

What a great idea ... love the quilt. Now I have to try one too. LOL

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Mary said...

Yep, these rectangle blocks have to have mirror image blocks. When I'm making a quilt using them I start two blocks at a time so I make sure I end up with half going each way. I still do them in sets of about 10 at a time....I just layout two, sew the centers, layout another two...sew the centers. once the first strip is on there's no more *thinking* involved.

Quiltdivajulie said...

LOVE the zig zag blocks and the background for stroop!

Tracey in CT said...

The rainbow strips are very cool. Those rectangles sure are tricky ones, aren't they? :-)

Libby said...

Yum, I love the rainbow strings! So much fun... Was the show you posted about in the other post the Hands All Around show in B-town??? Sorry I missed it...last year I actually had a couple quilts in it. So do you ever shop at the Treadle...??? I'm going to have to post about that place sometime....

Lisa said...

I love those rainbow strings blocks and they are going to make a really cheerful quilt. What a clever idea. You've got some great fabrics in them too.

Clare said...

What gorgeous fabrics. Your choice is brilliant - Tigger, Nemo and Charlie Brown. A brilliant idea.

Catherine said...

The zig zag quilt is fabulous -- love the fabric choices and the effect!

Norma said...

It is just amazing how many things you can do with strips! I have never seen this rainbow idea before! It is great! Muat add that to my list!

Will have to look for my autograph book, I think I have it somewhere. I haven't thought about it for years so it will be fun to look and see.

Helen in the UK said...

I recently finished a zig-zag string quilt, but this idea is FANTASTIC. Love the way you can use many different colours and have a co-ordinated effect. Definately adding this to my 'to do' list. BRILLIANT :)

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

ooh, great zigzagy color goodness. yeah, don't like this background quite as much at the other black and white you showed. maybe online?

Michael5000 said...

Super-cool zig-zags! Having the central stripe lead into the next row of color is a great touch.

cher said...

I am a huge fan of rainbows- so you know this color zigzag idea is right up my favorite of favorite paths! way to be inspired and thanks so much for sharing.