I quilted this top in a single spiral on my home machine. It's easy to do although I didn't hold my hands properly. The package should be held to offset the natural tendency to stretch on the bias and I didn't do that.
Neutral Strings baby quilt
Washing and rebinding helped.
Back of neutral string quilt shows lovely scraps from Stephie and spiral quilting
I'm a fan of Sujata Shah's book Cultural Fusion Quilts and have tried out quite a few of her block designs. A couple of weeks ago, I started making some crooked hourglass blocks.
It didn't take long before I wondered where I was going .... I added RED to the mix, cut a bunch of skinny strips, and started to sew. About four years ago, I took a two day workshop with Rayna Gillman (Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts). I love playing with the skinny strips! Over the course of the next week or so, I kept the pieces up on the design wall and played around with it once in a while. Last week I finished the quilting and today I finished the facing.
I've been playing with strings again -- experimenting and asking "what if?", as usual. And also as usual, some of those experiments didn't work very well. This one has been sitting around for yonks and when I finally took a photo, I knew I had to rework it. Bleh.
So...this morning I took it apart. Separated all the blocks and discovered they were all slightly different sizes and shapes. Uh - was I drunk or just tired when I sewed them together? Most likely, just in a hurry. Not a good idea. I trimmed all the blocks to the same size (5") and tried another arrangement, without sewing them together.
Better, but not much. The blocks were too big arranged this way. They needed more space around them but I had no more of them and wasn't about to make additional ones. Other fish to fry!!
Then - what if I put space between the small units and played with a sort-of alternate grid? Here is what is on my wall now. I still needs more negative space around it, but I think I'll stick a fork in it. What do you think?
Of course, once I sew the pieces together the whole thing will get smaller and may change a bit - but that's okay. It can't be worse than the first version!
I decided to use those Orphan String squares as centres for Wonky star blocks.
I trimmed the blocks down to 4.5" square and used them for the centres of the QAYG stars.
They made a finished block of 12.5" as requested by Adrienne (On the windy side blog) for her Block Drive so she can make some quilts to give to children affected by the November Kaikoura earthquake.
My favourite block is :
I made similar QAYG blocks for Alison's Soy Amado Project back in 2014 and was very pleased to see how good they looked in Alison's finished quilt.
Google Soy Amado No 38 on Little Island Quilting: Sunday 15 June 2014.
I am trying to use up the small stash of fabric I have here in NZ so I have been making some String blocks in a single colour. They are small, only 5" square as I had lots of scrap paper that I could cut this size from for my foundation papers.
Here they are:
I also made these blocks:
But, when I trimmed them I discovered I had made a mistake, somehow I had cut a few of the foundation papers around 4.75"!
As I didn't have many long strings I started to piece strings and the yellow block really doesn't work as the central string is pieced and doesn't stand out enough in the block.
So, these will be used in a different way.
I have two ideas:
They can either join other Orphan Blocks or I can use them to make a large Wonky Star block like these I made back in March 2014:
I made these for The Soy Amada quilts project, using Crumb blocks for the centres of the stars. I could do the same, using the five Mistake blocks. I have plenty of calico here in NZ so I could make these QAYG blocks easily.
A week or so ago I saw an NZ blog post about a QAYG blocks drive to make donation 12.5"square blocks for Kiwi kids. As I am in NZ I thought this would be a good way to use these poor Mistake blocks. However.......... I can't remember which blog it was!!! If anyone reading this blog post can let me know the blog name please email me or leave a comment on this post! Thank you. Otherwise I'll donate them to the Soy Amado Project.