Monday, February 23, 2015

Let the fun begin!

Happy Monday morning quilty friends!  I hope it's warm and cozy in your neck of the woods.  It's sunny and 7 degrees here in Podunk.  The studio temp is 54.  Yes you read those number right, it's not a typo.   So while letting the Studio warm up lets take a look at the string quilt progress.   All the strings are pieced and ready for cutting.  It took a tad longer than expected to get enough sets for my design.  Would you believe I ran out of strings and had to MAKE more?! 


My granny used to say "There's more than one way to skin a cat".  Well that statement is very true in quilting.  When making string quilts there's several ways I could piece them.  Some quilters use some sort of foundation such as muslin, phone book pages, newspaper, or store bought foundation paper.  I chose to use none of them.  The reason is simple..bulk in the quilt and I don't want to remove any papers later.  I know there's a water soluble product on the market but I'm too cheap for that!  The next major decision was pressing of the seams.  Open or to one side? This topic is highly debated among quilters.  To be honest I do both.  It really  depends on the quilt and the amount of bulk that will be made if I don't press open.  As general rule I prefer pressing to the side.  It makes for a stronger seam, and although I've never put a quilt in a quilt show, should I decide to, most judges look for pressing direction and if they can see piecing stitches... that's BAD.  It could be the difference between a ribbon and a list helpful advice.  For this quilt I decided open seams was best.  Shew that was a chore!  Not a decision made lightly.  Pressing to the side would have been so much quicker and easier.


Finally I can start cutting and shaping these stacks into a quilt.  
Let the fun begin! 


~ Lea Anne ~
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7 comments:

  1. Love your stacks of quilty strips! Can't wait to see what comes next.

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  2. great strings. Oh my I don't think I've heard of anyone say they ran out of strings. I thought they multiplied and never ended. Can't wait to see what you do with those cheery beauties.

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  3. Lea Anne, your tastes in fabrics make for some great strings when all put together like that!

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  4. I like string quilts bright. Yours will be a dandy.

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  5. Can't wait to see what you come up with. I'm sure it will be spectacular!

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  6. Looking forward to seeing your strings become a quilt.

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