New Orleans House Project

Monday, October 11, 2021

Strings of Flamingos

I got to spend some time with my Singer Model 15 (treadle) sewing machine and a box of flamingo strings this weekend.

After making a hexie quilt featuring flamingo fabrics, I had lots of scraps.  I decided a string quilt was in order, and sliced lots of leftover fabric into 1.5 inch strips.  

 
I have made lots of string quilts, but never one using the diamond shape.  I cut the templates from a roll of newsprint-weight paper I had hanging around.
 
Once the strings were stitched onto the paper, I used an acrylic ruler and rotary cutter to trim the edges to fit the diamond template.

Before long, I had six diamonds pieced, enough for a string star!

I originally thought I would set the diamond shapes in herringbone-style strips, but after looking at the star setting I had some other inspirational thoughts.  I'm still working out my ideas, so we'll have to wait and see where inspiration leads!




12 comments:

  1. Oh what fun! Those colors really sing!

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  2. Oh, that's so pretty! I haven't tried that shape for strings either. I'll enjoy seeing where you go with this!

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  3. This is wonderful, aren't strippy quilts just the best! Can't wait to see how this one develops.

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  4. Very pretty. I have never tried string piecing.

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  5. Wow - you’ve combined the best of both worlds - flamingos and strings! The resulting Star is gorgeous. I can’t wait to see what you do with it! And the next time I see a roll of newsprint paper, I’m going to snatch it up. Telephone books are a thing of the past and the prospectus catalogs (very thin paper) have all gone digital.

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  6. Oh my goodness!!! First, that treadle is pure love. I enjoyed watching in action on your IG. Second, I adore the flamingo fabrics! Lastly, I've never seen a diamond shaped string block but it makes a beautiful star block. This is going to be fun to watch come together.

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  7. What a wonderful vintage machine and equally wonderful (and fun) blocks!

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  8. Ohhh my !! Sewing with an old sewing-machine is fabulous !!
    Your blocks are beautiful !

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  9. I love your vintage machine and the string blocks are so vibrant. Those flamingos have danced their way into lots of your projects.

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