Another sleepless night

I couldn’t sleep so I was playing on EQ thinking I could combine my Half Square string quilt with my Baby Stripes and Linda’s zig zag setting. I was trying to come up with an easy string quilt that is pieced on a muslin foundation with half the block just being the muslin foundation. So I would only be adding strings to half the block.

For my first quilt, I just modified my EQ drawing of my Half Square strings – those blocks are smaller than the HeartString blocks so the setting is 8×10 blocks – adding a red center like the HeartStrings blocks – and I felt it needed borders.

Then I started thinking about what if I made part of the blocks with a blue half so I’d have a built in border when I assembled them and that was version 2.

Finally, I thought I’d make fewer blocks and make them the same size and setting as the HeartString blocks and this was version 3.

I was going to use a lightweight fusible interfacing for my next string quilt foundation but if I decide to try this quilt I’ll stick to the muslin.

11 Responses to “Another sleepless night”

  • Carol:

    WOW! WOW! and WOW! I am so sorry that you are not sleeping but you certainly are being productive and creative. Get some rest.

  • Karen:

    Isn’t working with EQ just the neatest thing ever?

  • Hanne:

    You make my head spin with all your good looking string block settings 🙂 Would you mind if I sew one of them? I have the 3rd version in mind.
    Only 1 more week until I can move my fabric boxes again.

  • Helen in the UK:

    I love the versions that use the dark blue to create a border – great idea 🙂

  • Norma:

    I love your string ideas! I was wondering though, how just putting strings on one side would work as far as thickness of the quilt………..I guess once it is quilted, it wouldn’t matter? I tie my quilts so I have been putting a muslin liner under my borders for uniform thickness. Great work that you do!!


  • Su Bee:

    WOW – how cool! I love that built-in blue border; I have to try that. I just tried used dryer sheets for backing and I like it alot, it’s light and ends up smelling so nice.
    Thanks for the good ideas!

  • swooze:

    I really like all the options! Can’t wait to see what you make!

  • Nancy:

    all 3 are nice designs but I think I like the second one best. I’ll have to give it a try.

  • DubiQuilts - Debbi:

    Love the new designs!

  • Tazzie:

    Gosh Mary, you’re amazing – so creative! Not sleeping can catch up with you, but let’s face it, it’s such a waste of wonderful stitching time!

  • Samantha:

    I really love setting #2! they’re all fabulous- you are so prolific!

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