Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Festival of Strings

Happy String Day everyone! We are celebrating the humble string today, and I’m sure also some less humble ones. Rachel over at Stitched in Colour has set up a Festival of Strings and this is my festival post.

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I was just in the process of starting a new string quilt when I signed up for the festival, but that project took a little detour and I had to start another one. I had recently both finished a quilt using mostly solid fabrics and made a pieced background using light thrifted fabrics and the leftovers were sitting right there in front of me. It was meant to be. 

You can find progress posts here, here and here.

Although I had some measuring problems, the approx 42”*42” top was done, not only in time, but with time to spare. Not bad considering it was squeezed in between a heavy load of deadlines and commitments. It would have been a totally different story if it had to be finished to qualify though; the top is already tucked away in a pile of stuff.

Photographing the top turned yet again out to be a challenge. Wind. Rain. Wind. Wind and a ever so light drizzle (which happened to be the day I picked). The top was dancing cheerfully one minute and pressed against the fence the next. The pressed pictures turned out the best even though the edge between the wall and the fence gives it a little stair-effect. Oh well.

There are curtains and bed sheets and duvet covers and table cloths and curtains and solids. I love how nicely the totally different fabrics play together, no arguing between the old and the middle aged, just showing each other off and making each other look good.

I love that even though it’s just a square with gigant borders, it looks quite different when rotated 90 degrees. If I decide to make it into a wall hanging, I may stitch hanging sleeves on two sides so I can pick and choose.

How I will quilt it? No idea. Yet.

You’ll find the Festival of Strings post at Stitched in Colour here.

Have fun looking at what people can do with the humble string, and thanks for stopping by!


  1. Such a beautiful quilt-top Nina-Lise! Love the contrast in colours and low volume background fabrics!
    We finally have some sunshine and warmer temperatures, but not for long!

  2. Wonderful quilt. Strings are a favorite of mine!

  3. It's turned out beautifully! Congratulations!

  4. Love this quilt! You know I love the lights and darks together... no mediums. Love the strings, and it would make a wonderful quilt for donations. Easy? and colorful!

  5. This is a very striking quilt! Your low volume fabrics really let the center pieces shine.

  6. How very different from other quilts....
    You can say the contrast between modern and classic is striking. :-)
    Love to see how you are going to quilt it.

  7. I love most string quilts, but this one I adore! You have taken it to a whole new level!

  8. I like the contrast in value!

  9. Oh Nina, that is beautiful! I love the pop in the center, can't wait to see it quilted.

  10. Wow! Lots of 'punch' to this! Lovely work.:)

  11. Love the bright solids and the low-volume mixed together! Great work :-)

  12. At first glance I thought the border was a solid fabric. Of course, a closer look at the quilt (thanks for the pics) shows the strings. Just goes to show how much perspective plays in what we see. It's beautiful!

  13. Your quilt makes such a strong statement. Thanks for joining the festival!