Archive for December, 2009

String Quilts Workshop

December 28, 2009

The first 2010 workshop  for the  Timberlane Quilter’s Guild  will be held Jan 23rd.

The supply list is on the guild blog, but please note that the string x block and the spiderweb design will need extra fabrics , so if those catch your attention and you want to work on them for the workshop, then you’ll have to see me for further details.

If you want to try any of the other designs, you will only need the strings from your scraps and the foundation fabric( old sheets, poly cotton broadcloth or well washed repurposed clothing items of fine fabrics(not Heavy denim)

easy level can be straight or wonky strings

easy string blocks made more complex with colour/value and designThe quilt above was inspired by Judy Hooworth and comes from Razzle Dazzle quilts as does the one below ( on point with sashing) easy string squares with added interest of sashing



The last class sample I did in Dec (above) was the most fun with an equal number of straight strings and wonky setting using a careful selection of brights. It also was inspired by Judy Hooworth.


Diagonal string blocks- this is just one example , but there are many variations that I’ll have as samples for class.

The double diagonal block can be dramatic and sophisticated or playful and fun.

Even simple long rectangles of string piecing can be an interesting  challenge with the right setting.

cobweb design - a very traditional utility quilt design made in a variety of ways.

Note that there were one or two guild members wishing directions for this design above. If you want to make this your project for the workshop – then contact me and we can discuss the fabric needs for the setting fabric “kite” shapes that make up the 4 pointed stars.

Please Note  The spiderweb pattern is not a beginner project because of bias edges and the need for more precise piecing. I want this to be a fun day not full of frustration – but you will learn how to draft the pattern and be able to do at home.

A wonderful pattern for community group quilts. The instructions will be available for you at the workshop . The pattern is String-X and devised by Bonnie Hunter.

This string X quilt with blue setting triangles and the one below with green triangles are both going to the community quilts project.


5 days to 2010

December 27, 2009

and I have set a new resolution for myself………. I am going to teach myself how to load photos onto this blog and be able to share pictures of class samples for String Quilts.

On Sat. Jan 23, I am teaching a workshop on the history of String Quilts and the wide variety of super patterns you can achieve with this simple quilting method.

I have 12 class samples and I will post photos of all of them before the class so that students can study them ahead of time. But I also have many websites and blogs to share with you as there are many people enjoying this creative fun technique  for themselves and for charity quilts as well.

Wish me luck and cheer when i finally figure this out!