Monday, March 28, 2011

So, I went with this one...

Thanks for everybody's help in the
String Quilt v. Disappearing 9 Patch Debate!

I figured I owed it to you guys to show you which design I went with:
1 down, 24 to go...


I'm super excited.
I stayed up WAY too late sorting through scraps, cutting, trimming, ironing and prepping.
I've never ironed my scraps before.

Don't they look nice?

I think the only reason I did this time was because I broke the last needle on my sewing machine and didn't have a backup (weird) and REALLY wanted to get started on my quilt because I feel this sort of impending doom that I will NOT have enough time to finish everything that needs to get finished before the baby comes and I just wanted to feel like I was getting something done.
Even if all the ironing was unnecessary.
My mom would say it wasn't.
She irons everything.
So there you go, Mom, I'm sure that makes you happy.

This is what my sewing table looked like after I made the first block.
Scraps galore.
But it's just so. much. fun.

I'm using the foundation piecing method this time around instead of the paper piecing method.
2 reasons:
I didn't have paper big enough for the size of blocks I wanted to make (11")
I wanted to try out the different method using muslin squares.
I'm a teensy bit worried that the quilt will be extremely heavy because of the
extra muslin squares
(instead of the paper, which you just rip off after piecing)
but I figured it's ok to have a heavy quilt.
Just that much more comfy...

Oh, and I figured out that I'm going to need 25 complete string blocks.
Each "complete" string block (that's just what I call it) is made up of 4 smaller blocks.
That means I will need to piece and sew 96 more 11" blocks in order to complete my king size quilt.
I'm slightly overwhelmed by these numbers, but I think I can do it.

Oh, and if you haven't already, go enter yourself in the Lazy Sunday Giveaway.
All you have to do is leave a comment.
Anybody can enter until midnight Tuesday and the winner will be announced Wednesday.

Good Luck!


  1. Looks like you're off to a great start! This is gonna be so beautiful!!! I find that having at least a dozen string blocks going at a time is best. I cut and place, layer the next block on top, cut a string and place, repeat for each block then take them all to the sewing machine and sew, sew, sew.... I call it "BRAINLESS SEWING" :) love string piecing!

    Love from Texas! ~bonnie

  2. you are a brave girl! I love string quilts, but they are so time consuming! This is going to look great! King size!!...have fun! that is why I call you brave! I lose patience about 6 blocks in and end up making a doll quilt! ;)


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