Monday, April 16, 2007

Double Star

Yet another Heartstrings quilt top... this one again from the blocks people in my guild made for block of the month. I picked all the brightest ones I could find for the stars, eight with a red stripe for the points, and 8 with a blue stripe for the centers. Some of these blocks had center strips that were too large or too small, but in this layout, it's not as noticeable, I think:


The blue is actually a snowflake print, bought on sale, but the snowflakes are much smaller than the dark blue bubble shapes or the white asterisk shapes you may see, so I think I'm getting away with it. :)

One more blue border on the two long sides, do you think? It could stand to be bigger, so I COULD put even another border all the way around, red, maybe? It's going to be donated to a nursing home, so bright and cheerful is good, and any sizes from wheelchair to crib to twin are needed. I only used 24 heartstrings blocks on this one, so I still have plenty left to keep on playing with (and I'm getting more donated every time I meet with the guild members.) Those side borders made from the half blocks are a GOOD place to use the slightly 'maverick' blocks. I cut the red centered ones in half with the stripe leaning to the top right, and the blue centered ones with the center stripe leaning to the top left, so I got the zig zag effect.

I got another bit added to all 100+ of my bright squares that were in the pizza box, AND got all of them ironed, made another 6 kaleidoscope blocks for the king size quilt, AND got those ironed. I really appreciate all the name suggestions for it too! I haven't decided on a name yet, I like the beach references, because that tan/beige does look like sand with water, but I also like the windmill and diamond ideas a lot too. Thanks, everyone, for the super suggestions!

9 comments:

Jane Weston said...

What a great way to use strings. I could see myself making something similar.
I like your idea of adding a blue borders on the sides, it would balance out the blue trim that you have on the top and bottom and a further border would frame it nicely. Do post another picture if you add anything more...I'm keen to see the end result.

ttfn

joyce said...

I am really enjoying the string blocks. The arrangement possibilities are endless. I think a blue border would be just right.

YankeeQuilter said...

The blue keeps those strings under control! (if you can do such a thing with a maverick string!)

Another great sting layout! thanks

Quilting Journey said...

You are such a wonderfully creative source for strings ideas, Jane! I love this border and I love how it focuses attention by just being on the sides. It's almost like ( )!!! It makes a statement and accents at the same time. Great stars, as well!

Dawn said...

Oh it is awesome! Yes I think another border all the way around, but wider on the sides than top and bottom! And yes - red I think!

Mama Koch said...

I've got one very similiar to this in the process. I like your blues--it really brings out the color in the rest of the blocks.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

I really love the blue with the bright colours - I have just visited Mama Koch's similar quilt. Both fantastic.

Norma said...

The bright colours of the strings and the bubbles on the blue fabric definitely say, "Fun"! Love it!

Cynthia said...

i like the layout of this quilt. Yes i would add borders to the sides.

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