Monday, March 05, 2007

First 24 Blocks Used

Well, I pulled out twenty-four of the heartstrings blocks my guild made for Feb. block of the month. I was looking for the darker red center strings this time, to go with my darkish red sashings. I saw this layout on someone's blog, (my apologies for not remembering your name to give you credit) and it looked like just what I wanted for using less blocks and making not quite as big of a quilt:


With 1½ inch skinny sashing and 2½ inch borders and thicker sashings, this one measures 47 x 69 ish. It took less than a fat quarter for the cornerstones, and I have a bit left to make a border for a little label with.

It was really fascinating to see the variety of fabrics people used. You could almost tell something about their life and personality by their material choices. There's the people who just couldn't bring themselves to be completely scrappy and carefully picked strips that looked good next to each other, or kept a color scheme within their blocks. There's the Thimbleberries-loving person, whose blocks were full of moose prints, pine trees, burgundies, forest green and brown. The person with several grandbabies, whose blocks have kiddie brights and character prints. The one who uses mostly tiny florals and tone-on-tones.

It makes me wonder what the fabric I used in my blocks tells about me! :D

8 comments:

joyce said...

It's amazing how such diversity can make a cohesive whole. It's very interesting to read the characters from the fabrics. Maybe you have started a new science.

Norma said...

I love your string quilt! Are the sizes you gave for your sashings the cut size or finished size? Not only does this quilt tell something about each block maker, it is also a record of fabric that was popular at this point in time. Imagine someone looking at this far in the future!

Judy said...

Your quilt is so pretty! I tell you . . these string blocks aren't as simple as they appear. I've been trying to make some all day and stay confused over which way is right! Pretty crazy, huh?

Nancy said...

LOL! I've been looking at all the Heartstrings blocks that were sent to me and yes you can tell a lot about the maker from their choice of fabrics and how matchy they made their blocks. but you know what? They all look great together in the end.

Patti said...

It's a marvelous quilt, Jane! I think it was my blog where you saw that setting - mine had black sashing and cheddar cornerstones. Your red and blue give it an entirely different look. Your's really sings. Makes me think of cherry pie or something else good to eat.

Dona said...

Heartstring Designs...blogger wouldn't let me post on 3/2. I love the designs, great use of the string blocks. String blocks don't speak to me but using them in these designs does.

Mary said...

Jane, this top looks great - I think it was on Patti's site you saw a string quilt sashed like this. I might have to try one too - I love the black and orange she used and this red looks great too.

I'm ready to change the quilt on the homepage so I'm going to put this one up for a while if that's OK. I'll add it to the webpage too. Thanks!

Shelina said...

I do wonder what people think about me when they look at my blocks or my quilts. With these string blocks though, since they are trying to use up their fabric, it might be things they consider "ugly", so they might not want it to represent them so much.

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