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.


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!Norma

  4. 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!

  5. 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!*hugs*Tazzie🙂

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