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Stringalong 2019

Lori, with Humble Quilts is having a string-along this year. I didn’t discover the string-along until February 1 so I missed the January link up.

String piecing or string quilts are named for the strips (strings) of fabric sewn to a foundation such as muslin or paper. As with all other quilt blocks there are numerous layouts for string quilts.

Creating string blocks is one of my favorite ways to relax and sew. I can make a block while I wait for my embroidery machine to stitch out a design. String piecing is stress free because accuracy and perfection aren’t required. The only drawback is removing the paper foundation — I usually remove the paper during TV time so it doesn’t bother me that much.

My February string projects are below.

The African Print string quilt measuring 46 x 56 inches was a UFO from 2015. The fabrics were gifts from my mother in law. I am happy to finally have it finished.

string quilt – african print finished

I used my blue and neutral fabric scrap bags to create the star baby quilt. I am quite happy with this layout.

string quilt – blue star wip

I made this 22 x 22 inch string heart quilt for my sewing room. I used the last bit of my Kona scraps to make the mini quilt. I LOVE the scrappy binding ♥♥

Love Yourself Mini Quilt

For the star and African print string blocks I used the Missouri Star 10 inch foundation papers. 250 sheets come in one pack – the paper tears away super easily and quick. For the heart string mini I used 8.5 x 11 inch newspaper print. I cut the sheets into 3.5 inch squares for the foundation. I purchased the newsprint paper from Amazon — 500 sheets for $10.

You can find the February String along link up here. If you get a chance stop by to see other amazing string quilt ideas.

Happy Sewing!

Friday Finishes

Happy Friday!

I have three small finishes to share today just in time for February – the month of Love!

Curvy Log Cabin Heart Wall Hanging — measures 23 x 30 inches – made with batik fabrics from my stash.

Curvy Log Cabin Heart WH Finished

Batik Heart Table Runner – measures 14 x 40 inches – made with batik fabrics from my stash

Batik Hearts TR finished

Swirly Heart Quilt – measures 50 x 60 inches – made with prints from Mama Said Sew I and II by Sweetwater for Moda.

Swirly Heart Finished

I pulled out an old UFO, a string quilt I started many years ago and as you can tell I hadn’t learned the secret for getting the center strips to match!

String Quilt WIP

The fabrics were given to me from my mother-in-law before she passed. I was looking at a picture of her last night and decided it was time to finish the quilt.

Happy Stitching!

Halloween Finally…

Happy Tuesday!

My guests have left and my small dinner party was a success! Now that I have time and a smaller house I truly enjoy decorating with quilty goodies 🙂

Today I’d like to share the last of my 2018 Halloween projects.

I did all the cooking and baking so I had to have new kitchen towels and potholders – right?!!!

Halloween 2018 Kitchen Towel Applique

Halloween 2018 Jack O Lantern Applique

Going back and forth between the stove and sink I needed a rug….

Halloween 2018 Kitchen Rug String Finished

Halloween 2018 QAYG Kitchen Rug String Finished

My guests enjoyed spending time in my sewing room – so I made a mini quilt to hang over one of my machines…..

halloween 2018 mini house quilt

Halloween 2018 mini house quilt

 

We had to eat…dinner was the reason for the gathering!  New topper and napkins….

Halloween 2018 Homespun TT

Halloween 2018 Homespun TT

Finally gifts for my guests….

halloween 2018 kitchen gift set

Halloween 2018 kitchen gift set

Hope you have a wonderful Halloween!

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Until next time happy sewing!

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