Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Monday, March 16, 2015

Starting a string quilt

A few days ago, I pulled out my second Sedona quilt project -- fabric for a string quilt. It's coming together quicker than it would at home, where I always find something else to do.

Before we came down here, I cut old telephone pages into 7-inch foundation squares and selected an assortment of bright colors to cut into strings. Once down here, I started cutting and sewing them to the paper in a sew-and-flip manner.

The color I originally had picked for the center diagonal in each square was too muddy, so I bought the red batik at the Sedona quilt store. I also decided to add sporadic strips of the black and white print from my Jelly Roll quilt to give the eye a place to rest amid all the bright color.

It's a good, meditative project for when we're not hiking, and I can remove the paper backing in the evenings or with morning coffee.

Have a colorful day


Julia DesertSpring said...

I'm glad you've been inspired to work on art down there!

Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

I love this! Very bright and cheery! I have never tried paper piecing... just assumed you stitched a bunch of strips together, then cut into your squares. I learn more every day! Hope you are thoroughly enjoying the weather, the hikes and the relaxation!

Vivian Helena said...

love your colors. I love to use up scraps on string quilts!

Robbie said...

Your color choices are always fantastic!