New Orleans House Project

Monday, January 16, 2017

String Star Progress

One of my goals for the 17 UFOs in 2017 challenge is to make significant progress on a string quilt that's been hanging around for awhile. 

My quilt was inspired by Brioni Greenburg's Spring Clean Quilt*.  I love string quilts and was quite taken with this block arrangement that created stars.  I purchased the pattern and decided to use fabric scraps and strings leftover from making memory quilts from my late father's shirts.  I knew my quilt wouldn't be as bright and colorful as the inspiration, but it would be full of memories.

I can't say for sure when I started constructing blocks for the quilt - definitely over a year ago.  I decided to use white cotton fabric as foundation for the blocks instead of paper.  Once I got the foundation blocks cut, I dug through the shirting scraps and started slicing pieces into strings.  I didn't think I'd have enough fabric variety, so I threw in some sliced up novelty fabrics I had also purchased with my dad in mind. 

All the string components and blocks are at our weekend camp, so I only get to work on construction occasionally.  This weekend was one of those occasions.  I finally finished enough blocks to lay out my first star.  Only 8 stars left to complete!   

As I worked on the individual blocks (light blocks, dark blocks and half & half blocks), I was concerned that some of my "light" fabrics weren't light enough.  I think I will have to be careful in how I use some of the lights, but when the quilt is done and quilted, I don't think it will matter all that much.  I'm looking forward to making more string blocks next weekend!

*The Spring Clean Quilt was published in Issue 8 of the online sewing magazine Fat Quarterly.  I've tried to find an active link for the magazine, or a stand-alone publication of the pattern, but so far I haven't been successful.  Apparently there are some issues with Fat Quarterly's website, and it's currently inaccessible.  I'll keep checking so I can add an active link to the pattern in case anyone is interested in making the quilt.



17 comments:

  1. Lovely!! And from someone who spent the morning picking out paper from the back of a string quilt, you will thank yourself for using a FABRIC foundation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Trust me.

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  2. This is a stunning block you made! Will look forward to seeing your progress!

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  3. Beautiful! I especially love memory quilts. This one is fantastic.

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  4. This is gorgeous! And it being a memory quilt, too, just makes it perfect.
    (And I'm adding it to my ever-growing stack of string quilt ideas. How will I ever decide?)

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  5. This is going to be a very special quilt that I am sure you will love and treasure.

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  6. What a wonderful homey and folk art style quilt filled with memories of your dad. The contrast is perfect.

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  7. This caught my eye immediately! Of course, it is blue LOL!!! What a great way to make recycled shirts beautiful, especially when they are special shirts like your dad's :*)

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  8. String blocks are always so much fun to make. All the memories in those blocks will make this one special.

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  9. this string star is FABULOUS!

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  10. Yes, I'd love to have that pattern, if you can find it. Great quilt. I've been wanting to make another string quilt.

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  11. I love string quilts, though I've never made one. The blues you are using are some of my favorites.

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  12. What a great idea to use plaids and shirtings. This is going to be a spectacular quilt!

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  13. Beautiful use of your strings!!

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  14. Fabulous !! The only word I can say, admiting your block !!

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  15. So wish I had thought to keep some of my dad's shirts. But - 20 years ago, I had just started quilting, and don't think anyone was into repurposing shirts. Oh well... Your lovely blue star led me on a search. Finally found a link that works to order Issue 8 of Fat Quarterly. You will need to scroll down a bit to get to Issue 8. The cost is $8, payable through PayPal only. My download was available instantly. https://payhip.com/fatquarterly Thanks for the tip. I look forward to seeing your progress!

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  16. This is going to look fabulous!!

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  17. Nice way to use your dads old shirts!

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