Friday, October 10, 2008

Strings

Ami Simms came to our guild a couple weeks ago and gave a really funny quilting lecture, followed by a moving presentation about Alzheimer's. I took her string quilt workshop the next day. I've made a lot of string quilts and went to Kay Capps Cross's string quilt workshop last spring, so I almost didn't sign up for this class. The last thing I need is another UFO! But Elaine Adair raved about a workshop she took with Ami, and Ami had very generously allowed us to use one of her patterns for our Linus raffle quilt, so I decided to take the class. I'm really glad I did!
I decided to use my guild's Linus stash to choose fabrics and make a quilt to donate. We have lots of animal prints, so I cut strips from those. Ami had us make strip sets, but her smart innovation (and the reason that I'm glad I took the class) is in her tube method of attaching the solid fabric for the other side of the half square triangles. So clever, so quick! I haven't finished mine yet (I need to get the solid fabric), but her method worked very well for the people who got that far during class. Follow the link above to the workshop if you want to see what the end result will be. I'll post a photo when I'm done.

I'm also working on another string quilt for Project Linus. Lots of kids around here are big Fighting Illini fans, so I thought it would be fun to make a blue and orange string quilt.
Here's a sample block with two different Illinois fabrics. I thought we'd do orange stripes in the middle of each and then a variety of blues, with the occasional strip of dark blue Illinois fabric thrown in, and then border it with the orange Illinois fabric. We may need a deeper orange strip, and I'm not sure or the range of blues. So I'm not sure if this is exactly how we'll end up doing it -- if you have suggestions, please let me know! We make lots of string quilts at worknights, but I get tired of the same old thing and am trying to make them thematic in some way (like my rainbow strings, which you can see part of in my blog header).

13 comments:

Quiltdivajulie said...

Oh, you lucky lady - taking a class with Ami...

Love that blue and orange project, too.

Marisa said...

I've always wanted to make a string quilt. I know there is one in my future. Looking forward to more pictures of your quilt!

jillytacy said...

The string quilt class sounds great. I've never tried a string quilt. I love your rainbow string quilt!

Mary said...

I've seen directions for creating the string blocks that way, with a strip of strings and a strip of solid fabric which are sewn together and then cut.

It works well if you are making your strings from long strips - but I like to be able to use all my leftover bits which are all different lengths so I make mine one block at a time.

This method is great for Roman stripes quilts where all your strips are the same width and cut from yardage too.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

I used that tube method on the very first quilt I ever made. fun quilt blocks.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Love those string quilts as you know.... so want to figure out how to use more truly leftover strings...but have many dark ones. I love Otto's quilt... sure he will too!Congrats on the new computer also.... glad you have returned to blogland.

Clare said...

Strings are brilliant for charity quilts and so quick. I'm thinking of making the next Q4L a string quilt made out of the FQ's that people have sent.

The blue and orange go great together.

Ami Simms said...

So glad you enjoyed the workshop; I did too. So many awesome fabric combinations. Don't wait too long to finish that quilt. The babies are cold.

Hugs,
Ami :)

em's scrapbag said...

I want to try a string quilt. Sounds like you had a great time in your class.

Joyce said...

I'd love to take a class with her! Lucky you.

ROZ said...

I want to make some donation quilts, too.

jacquie said...

every time i see one of these string quilts i want to make one. kinda has that gee's bend feeling for me. i need to move this up on my list.

Libby said...

Love the Illini quilt, of course :) You have many fun projects going right now!