Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WIP Wednesday :: My String Obsession


Amanda Jean posted recently about wanting to conquer of her "someday" quilts by working on a block a day until she got it done and I was instantly in love with this idea. I usually try to eat the whole elephant in no more than three bites, which ends up exactly as you can imagine, so the idea of smaller and slower seems foreign and brilliant to me all at once. 

I also joined That Stash Bee and picked a MEGA sting block as my block for January. After I made my sample block I was hooked and I started on them as my first block of the day project. You guys! It's so awesome. I try to make my block first thing in the morning and I have such a feeling of accomplishment from checking it off the list each day. And after only a little more than two weeks I had enough blocks for my first top!


Here are the two sizes of blocks I've been making (I started on another quilt already). The left is 19" and the right is 15.5". I use muslin as my base and a 2.5" Kona White string for the center of each block. This is a GREAT scrap project but I've also been cutting all my random fabrics into strips too.

Just FYI: from one fat quarter (cutting the strips so that they are all 22" long) you get exactly three 1.5", three 2.5" and three 2" strips with no waste. Obviously you can do this with a half yard as well and the strips are then WOF in length.

I decided to try the 15.5" squares because they take less fabric and are a little more practical (1 yard = 4 blocks where 1 yard only equals 2 of the mega blocks). The string length is also more practical for the smaller blocks - you only need 22" to go diagonally across which means you can use FQ's for strings (the mega blocks need longer strings across the center which means they need to be cut from selvedge to selvedge). The smaller blocks also give more layout options. I'm thinking I'm going to do a 4x5 layout for these blocks, which should give me a 60"x75" quilt.

I start by cutting all my strips and base squares so it makes each day's sewing really easy.


I've been posting my block-a-day progress on Instagram. These blocks are just pure happiness to me!


3x5 block layout of my first set of mega strings. I think this is the one I'm going with - I love the length for sharing with someone on the opposite end of the couch :-)


This is the 4x4 block layout and I loved it too. Fortunately I still have my Bee blocks to receive and a million strings cut so I have no doubt there will be another of these made. Thanks for stopping by!


10 comments:

  1. Beautiful blocks & future quilt. What a sense of accomplishment you must feel! I also have a problem with thinking that I must devote a significant chunk of time to anything I work on, so very little gets done. I love your idea of one block a day.

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  2. Beautiful blocks & future quilt. What a sense of accomplishment you must feel! I also have a problem with thinking that I must devote a significant chunk of time to anything I work on, so very little gets done. I love your idea of one block a day.

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  3. Very cool. Way to tackle them.

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  4. Very nice! You are going to have a wonderful string quilt!

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  5. I block a day is a great idea! This look fantastic!!

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  6. What a great idea to conquer things bit by bit. As a beginning quilter (not sewer) I have a tendancy to get overwhelmed at the elephant, so simple completion is my goal. Love the colors, love the look! Greetings from Germany!

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  7. I'm itching to do another string quilt. I have something I want to try in black and white. sigh.....just another project that I want to start which will then get added to my UFO list!

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  8. Your blocks are so happy and meant to be shared on the sofa!

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  9. LOVE these blocks! Great colors and the graphic quality of the 4 X 4 layout is wonderful!

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