Can anyone explain how I can have finished 4 lap sized quilts without having that pile of strips and strings on the floor decrease at all??

Actually the 4th one is not yet finished – I put the blocks together today and just have to add borders. I am thinking of a striped pieced border sandwiched between a narrow and wider blue border.

So far I’m liking the Hourglass Strings better but its not unusual for me to not be crazy about a quilt at this point in the process. I’ve learned to wait until the top is finished and if I’m still not crazy about it – give the quilting a chance. It’s amazing how much I like so-so quilts after they are quilted.

13 Responses to “Strings”

  • Norma:

    I love string quilts and the colour, blue. This one really appeals to me. Are you piecing your string quilts on a foundation?

  • dot:

    I can’t figure out how my scraps multiply either. You must really love blue, it looks really good so far.

  • The Calico Cat:

    They must be making babies while you are not looking! At least you are “sticking to it!” Have you considered “Lasagne” those seem to use it up quicker – IMHO.

  • Patti:

    I truly believe that “quilting makes the quilt” – especially when it’s a so-so top. I love seeing the play of light on the quilted part – it brings such a three-dimensional feeling to the quilt.

  • Linda_J:

    Are you sure that the scraps are not reproducing like “tribbles” overnight?

    Gotta love the spring from our previous post–Chesty sure looks like he (she?) does! I was amazed how green everything had gotten from my trek last Saturday. All the underbrush is leafed out and it is such a lovely canopy of green. Of course, it depends a bit on where you are driving around here.

  • Finn:

    It’s turning out really nicely Mary, and yes, I DO think that pile of strings and strips looks LARGER than when you started!!

  • Sandra:

    It’s the Quilting Paradox – you always end up with more than you started with LOL. Love the blue colours of these quilts. They’ll look gorgeous quilted.

  • deputyswife:

    Gosh, I really love your string quilts!!!

  • Hanne:

    Scraps breeds by cell dividing, at night – it happens here all the time 🙂 I can relate to how you feel about the quilt at this stage. Hang in there – it will be lovely in the end !

  • Vicky:

    I love your strings! But I’ve noticed, too, that the scrap pile gets larger with each stash pile I use. A vicious circle!

  • Patti:

    They reproduce in the dark when we aren’t watching them – I know they do. At least mine certainly did when I took them to the spring quilt retreat with me!

  • Samantha:

    I love this string quilt 🙂 You’re inspiring me to get started on some of my own…

  • Kay:

    I’ve been making string quilts too, by coincidence. Still have many, many left. Blues will be the bag I use next, I think. I like the way you put this together. I tend to cheat and use plain squares!

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