A Scrap Bustin’ String Quilt

Ever since I have been a regular reader of Film in the Fridge, I have wanted to make a string quilt. Recently inbetween projects and with a scrap bin overflowing, it was time.

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I had no particular color scheme for this quilt, unless you want to call “Just get rid of. All. The. Scraps.” a theme. Piles and piles of scraps. I have been saving these scraps for YEARS mind you. I might have a problem when I can’t bare to throw away any scrap that is larger than 1 inch square. I even ask the ladies at the JoAnn cutting counter to write it off for me when they square up the fabric I’m getting. They look at me funny. Sigh.

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Following Ashley’s tutorial, I used phone book paper and made 6.5″ blocks, which become 6″ blocks once sewn together. This was a very fun (and SATISFYING) quilt top to make as I literally did not spend any money to make it. I had everything lying around already! That’s my kind of quilt!

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For my next String quilt, I plan on making the strings all the same width, which will hopefully eliminate the wonky centers of each diamond. I do enjoy the wonkiness on this one as that is not something I usually create, but I think some controlled chaos would also look spectatulor in this pattern.

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Storm clouds were brewing as I took these this afternoon. It created amazing light on the quilt. I am becoming a bit of a photography nerd, one teeny baby step at a time.

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On to basting and quilting this sucker. Still deciding on the backing… maybe a solid if I can get a good price, or rumage through my stash and put something funky together. 🙂

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