Thursday, January 5, 2012


Thanks to every one for the kind words on the new look of my blog! 

Finished up 120 string quilt blocks and it did put a dent in the stash bin!

I laid them out without much thought or planning (great/easy way to piece!).

I decided to keep the paper on the back until all the blocks were sewn together. Looking online it seems be a pretty even 50/50 split on when to take the paper off (before or after sewing the blocks together). These blocks are 7".

It was a bit like sewing a large paper bag, but all the blocks are now sewn together. I think taking the paper off is going to be the hardest part of making this quilt! Hopefully I made the right decision!!

Today was Day 12 of the Temecula Quilt Co. mystery quilt - tomorrow is the big reveal - can't wait. These are 3" blocks.

Record breaking +5C today!! Normal temperatures are -25C. The partridges were checking out all the feeders. Still 13 in the flock. Only 1 rabbit in the yard this year - the one that used to come up on the deck last winter is gone☹.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Needled Mom said...

Those string blocks are just fabulous and they made into such a beautiful top.

Lesley said...

Love your string bright and beautiful! And the mini-sampler is precious! Lovely projects!

Betty Lou said...

Love your new header. Your blocks are beautiful; maybe you should have a "lets all remove the paper backing party." LOL

Deanna said...

The string top is so happy!

And your little blocks are darling. I have made all 12 also, but created a mini churn dash block to replace the solid block. That might turn out to be a mistake when the layout is revealed tomorrow, but it was in my head and needed to come out. I just used a little bag of scraps for this round, but can already tell that I want to make it again. Thanks for cluing me in on this charming exercise.

corina said...

Love your strings! I'm going to have try the phonebook foundation rather than muslin. I'll wait for your review on the paper removal process.

Raewyn said...

Your strings are lovely - and look great sewn up like that ... like the new fresh look to your blog too :-) PS You may have to start another project so you can build up some more scraps!

Karen said...

Real partridges! I have done applique partridges on a couple wall hangings. They have such an interesting look.

YankeeQuilter said...

A year or so ago I tried a paperpiecing technique I saw out in blogland...say you want to make a 6 inch finished string block. Cut the paper 6 inches and sew on the strings. When you trim the block use a ruler to add the 1/4 inch seam allowance around the edges. That way you can keep the paper in to stabilize the blocks but not get so much paper (or any if you are really good) caught in the seams. Really cuts down on the time to remove the paper.

Nancy said...

I love the fabric you used for your 12 Days of Christmas blocks. I still need to make the last three.

Anonymous said...

String quilts are so fun and addicting. Love the new look of your blog.

Happy New Year!
blessings, jilly

Betweens said...

you are just amazing what you can get done. That string quilt is awesome and now I know there is something that can put a dent in your stash.
Love your mini blocks
the birds in your yard are they quail? the ones on the ground..

LiahonaGirl said...

Fabulous string quilt. I like doing things random like that. And the Temecula quilt is darling. I've seen a few other bloggers who have made it. Fun to have partridges. I looked out my kitchen window earlier today to see 6 deer. That was a first! We have unseasonably warm weather too so I would think the deer would stay in the mountains.