Thursday, 10 February 2011

Ready to cut

I have a big extended (more like double jointed really) family and I once decided to make quilts for my nieces and nephews for their confirmations. This string quilt-in-progress is intended for my niece whose confirmation was almost 2 years ago, but, you know the best laid plans and all that, it was put aside when my father got sick. My niece did fortunately not know about my quilt plans and was happy with a store bought present, but I still want to give her a quilt. The next confirmation (and quilt) in line is in September so I’d better get moving on this one.

28 string blocks are ready to size up. My scrap quilts are pretty much of the anything goes kind; as long as I don’t get two pieces of the same fabric next to each other it’s fine and somehow it all works out in the end.

I cut all the strings to approx 6 ½” lengths which make them much easier to piece together. First I sew 2 and 2 strings together, and then 2 and 2 pairs and so on until the blocks are big enough. Sometimes I just go on until I’m bored; by then I usually have long narrow pieces of fabric for borders or blocks.

Did I say I love scraps??


  1. I really enjoy scraps too. I have been trying to use up some of them in baby quilts so that I can MAYBE machine quilt them myself. I just saw a quilt that used big rik rak sewn down between small blocks like a sashing and that was all the quilting they did on it. Looked like something I might be able to do. Looking forward to seeing all those strip blocks together in a quilt. Hope the rest of 2011 is kinder to you.

  2. I love scraps, too! I think they make spectacular quilts.

  3. Why, yes, I believe you did! hehe. I bet your niece will be thrilled to have a quilt from you!