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

Friday, June 5, 2015

Another string quilt

I'm making another string quilt for a baby. Somehow I managed to find all the colors I needed in my stash! The nursery has salmon, yellow, mint green, soft gray, white ... I threw in a few more colors and brightened up the palette a little.

The bunny print has been on my shelves for years and I thought it would make a nice backing.

For those of you not familiar with this easy way of making a scrappy quilt, you start by cutting paper foundation squares a little bigger than your finished size. I use old phone pages. Then you gather a bunch of fabric strips in different widths.

Lay a strip right side up down the center of the paper, diagonally. Sew and flip strips out from either side until the paper is covered, then trim it to your desired size and tear off the paper backing. It comes off pretty easily if you use a short machine stitch. (I use 1.5.)

Here are the first four that I made today. I'm using the bright parasol print as my center strip for each square, but you don't have to be consistent.

Have a colorful day


The Idaho Beauty said...

That bunny print will be perfect for a backing. Nice grouping of colors for a cheery welcome to the new baby.

Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

Love it! I'm just about done with the squares I'm working on... then need to finish it off for hanging. I'm definitely hooked on this process, so anticipate making many more squares! Love your colors... just right for a little one!

Julia DesertSpring said...

She's going to love this!