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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

String Play and NTT

Happy NTT, friends!  Well, after an unexpected out of town trip for a funeral last weekend, I have finally gotten a couple of days to play with my strings.  I have never made a warm/cool quilt before, and I have always thought they look neat, so I figured that would be a good use for some of them.  I say some, because this is by no means all of my strings.

I sewed strip sets together, grouping them together by either warm or cool, paired them together, and turned them into HST's.  Even though they aren't all sewn together yet, I couldn't resist pressing and laying out a few, just to get an idea of how the quilt will look.

I think it is really fun!  Of course, when I have more HST's sewn, I can take care of distributing the prints a little better (even though I know it's not permanent, that pink on the bottom right that is driving me crazy).  I like how the warm strips run in one direction, and the cool ones are opposite.  I think when the quilt is finished, that will really add a lot of movement.

Alrighty then!  Check out some of the fabulous projects showed off last week!  Leanne at Crystalbrook Cottage linked up this fun Christmas quilt.  They look like little gifts!

Isn't this black and white Sparkler quilt by Lorinda at Laurel and Pine  so awesome?  I've never seen one with a black background.

and Lori at Crossquilt shared this pretty, pink butterfly pillow!  The text print background is perfect!

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  1. What a fun Quilt Kelly! I can't wait to see how it progresses.

  2. Sorry for your loss. Starting a new quilt always brings happy thoughts. You have a beautiful start and I look forward to seeing more of your design as it unfolds.

  3. This is so cool! I love the cool vs. warm. :) :) Can't wait to see!

  4. Hi Kelly! Stings, cool and warm look great! This is going to be beautiful! I haven't done string quilt yet - thank you for inspiring me! x Teje

  5. I love the vibrant patterns in your strings. They are a good lesson for me in how to build a modern stash.

  6. Kelly, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I can imagine how stressful it is the have to travel like that when you've just lost someone. I love your warm and cool strings quilt so far! How many blocks will it have in total? Thank you so much for featuring my Sparkler quilt! I plan on having the top finished and ready to share for next weeks NTT.

  7. I haven't ever made a warm cool quilt either. This looks like a real stash buster ; )
    Hope all is well with you

  8. It never occurred to me to do a warm/cool quilt. Yours is looking fabulous already!

  9. I'm sorry to hear about your loss, Kelly. Quilting--especially beginning a new project--can be really good company during hard times, can't it?

    Your quilt looks great! And because 1) I have tons (almost literally) of scraps, 2) I love to start new projects while my older ones threaten to topple over, and 3) your quilt looks so good it's nearly irresistible, I'm wondering about making a version of my own. But I can't wrap my morning-head around something. To get the blocks to have the perpendicular orientation of the warm and cool strips, did you piece the string block and then cut each one in quarters diagonally and re-piece, or did you use a HST sewing trick, and, if so, how did you configure it so that the colors were perpendicular? I'm afraid mine would be warm and cool stripes lining up (although off kilter).

    I know you're busy, so completely understand if you don't have time to walk me through this. I'll keep noodling it--perhaps it will come to me when I'm a little less muddle-headed, later in the day. :)

  10. I like your string idea - it is going to be really pretty. Your fabrics are so colorful!

  11. I love your warm/cool blocks - the start of a beautiful quilt.

  12. Your quilt is going to look great! I love the quilt with that looks like the presents and the butterfly pillow...great picks!

  13. Just spent the evening looking at strung quilts. I gave a hankering to dig into my scrap drawer! And here ypu are with a great idea for strips! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Wow- sorry for all of the spelling mistakes in my first comment.

  15. I think this is going to be fabulous. I love how no fabric gathers dust at your house. I need to really make about 12 string quilts just to clean up the floor and table. :( sigh

  16. Your warm/cool quilt is looking great.


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