Thursday, April 12, 2018

Summer String Quilt

I have finished scrap quilt to share today!


This quilt started with a piece of Anna Maria Horner fabric I've been hoarding for several years. I pulled it out and decided that I just couldn't cut it up. I knew it would be beautiful on the back of a quilt, but I only had a yard to work with. Then I decided to make a quilt inspired by the colors in the print and figure out how I'd make the back when I had to.

Once I needed a back, it turned into somewhat of a puzzle to piece it together using fabric in my stash. I taped out an area on the floor that was the size I needed, and just started adding to the inspiration piece.


I'm so happy with how it turned out! A few bits of some older Amy Butler prints and some neutral solids and prints came together nicely...


A windy day! Almost lost the quilt over the fence!


Enough about the back - the front of the quilt is from a design by Jessica of A Blue Sky Kind of Life. You can find the free block tutorial here. It's a simple String Block and although Jessica sews her strips to a foundation paper, I simply sewed my strips together and trimmed the block to 10 1/2" square. I did cut my strips a bit longer than she suggests for some extra wiggle room and eyeballed lining the center of the strips up.


You can see Jessica's finished quilt here: Summer String Quilt

It's such a fun and happy quilt. I used lots of smaller pieces and strips of fabric in my stash including low volumes. I love seeing some of my favorites hanging out together in one quilt.


I machine quilted this one with a simple diagonal grid, using my walking foot with guide to space my lines 1 3/4" apart.


I have a feeling it will be enjoyed this Summer!

12 comments:

  1. It is so beautiful! I love the fabrics, the color placement, and the little bit of sashing that breaks it up a bit and gives the eye a place to rest.

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  2. What a gorgeous finish this is! I am with you, that print is just fabulous and I don't think I could cut it up. Your strings blocks are perfect! How did you do that? :)

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  3. So very pretty, bright and joyful!

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  4. Lovely pattern and color placement. The quilting accentuates it so nicely!

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  5. Cindy, this is very pretty. Very inspiring too

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  6. Gosh, that’s pretty! If I wasn’t getting ready to migrate, I’d start digging through my scraps right this minute and make one, too!

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  7. OooooH! I love your colors! with the white background it looks so fresh and crisp!! Perfect for summer! I also appreciate you sharing the back of your quilt, too. Did you use fat quarters for the backing? Beautiful job!

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  8. That is a beautiful summer quilt - fresh and crisp!

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  9. Beautiful, Cindy! And I love that the LV backgrounds are so subtle.

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  10. What a sunny quilt! Congrats on the finish :) Love the diagonal arrangement of the backing fabrics! And making the quilt with strips and trimming but no paper ... intriguing, maybe adding to bucket list... xo Melanie

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  11. Love it! Will definitely try this one with my years of accumulated "stash"!

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Thanks so much for taking time to comment!