Sunday, 21 February 2010

Lessons learnt from making a string quilt

  • That it is not OK if you forget to reduce your stitch length when it comes time to tear away the paper backing
  • That the glue used to hold the first strip in place should be used sparingly and not slathered on like there is no tomorrow. Because there will be a tomorrow and it'll be one in which it will take forever to get every last scrap of paper off the glued first strip
  • That blocks get made quicker listening to this....particularly like the intro to the first song
  • That there are no such things as ugly fabrics when it comes to string quilts...especially not cows wearing Santa hats

  • That no matter how hard you try to make sure that all your fabrics look randomly'll still end up sewing two identical ones right next to each other

  •  That it seems alarmingly bubbled and it's going to have to have the life quilted out of it before it looks flat(ish)
  •  That even just one small section of the quilt holds a mass of memories - dresses made, fabric shops visited, late-night internet orders, surprise scrap bags bought (hence the cows with Santa hats didn't really think I'd have knowingly bought it did you?), bags made, quilts for babies, growing children.
  •  That whoever said string quilts were a good way to use up scraps was not telling the truth...
Click on the quilt for a larger view

 Excellent tutorial was from here.


  1. Glue?

    Skipped that paper and use muslin or some cheap thin, well washed fabric.

    They are so pretty.

  2. I really like this! And your comments are very funny. I haven't made my first string quilt yet, but I keep seeing them on the web and plan to do it.

    I came to your blog because I saw your comment on Oh Fransson's's my birthday tomorrow (3/3) and I noticed it's your birthday the day after. Happy Birthday to you!

  3. I love your quilt and your posting about it!

  4. Pretty much the greatest quilt I have ever seen! I'm currently working on a string quilt, and your quilt just inspired me to keep plugging away at it. The results are amazing!!


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