HI Everyone! I had a fun weekend...dear son and dear DIL were here to celebrate my husband's birthday, and a belated Father's day! We had such fun, did lots of fun stuff and ate lots of good things...just a yummy weekend all the way around. How is it that my dear husband looks one year younger each birthday, and I age with each birthday? Just not fair, is it!!!? Happy birthday, darling! Then....I worked all week...so there!
Above are my Wool blocks from Primitive Gatherings...as you can see, I still have lots of work to do on these, LOL!! They are so much fun, though...no needle turning edges...just fuse down and hand blanket stitch around the woolie shapes...I love doing this! The time consuming thing is the prep for me...
See my header quilt? Notice that it is quilted now...yippee!! The plaid string one...many of you have asked me about this quilt and where to get the pattern. The pattern is one by Evelyn Sloppy, in her strings book...this book is absolutely wonderful, if you get the chance to purchase it, do it! Evelyn has a website at www.littlemisssloppy.com., where her book is listed, and a lot of other fun books and patterns!
The pattern and copyright are hers...and I thank her for sharing her amazing pattern with the world, I love it!! I cannot give yardages, or specific directions for this quilt...that is in the pattern book if you would like to get it. I am just kind of thinking we could all do our own thing and have fun with our plaids and have a quilt along! I gifted this quilt to my son and his wife, along with one of my nine patch quilts...so I am making another plaid string quilt, with string piecing. It may turn out like the one above, or not...whimsy will dictate the direction of this quilt! Would you like to play along??? You know...many of you have a little collection of plaids you have sorted out from your stash and did not know what to do with these fabrics...this is a great plaid stash buster. Now, I have never done a quilt along...but maybe we could just all have fun together and have a warm plaid quilt for this fall time and winter!!
I first decided what size to make the blocks...you can make your blocks and quilt whatever size you decide!! I am making 6 inch finished blocks, so I cut 7 inch muslin foundations. You can make bigger blocks, like 8, 10, or 12 inch finished blocks too. Now, lots of people love to use tissue, or phone book pages as a foundation...please do whatever floats your boat! I use light weight muslin, because I like the addition warmth it gives my quilt. Plus I hate to take out all that paper, but some people like to do that in front of the TV at night. Again, you do it your way and have fun!
Now, here is where it gets fun! I have to confess...I had some strings left over from my first quilt...and have been hoarding them! Hee!! Now, it is time to use them up! I have lots of browns and drab plaids...but I think it is great fun to mix it up! Get some bright colored plaid shirts from the good will or thrift store ( make sure they are 100% cotton, it just works better). Look for plaids in the quilt shop...at Joann's...in the discount bins! Old pajama pants work great too. I cut them all up, not measuring the width of strip at all...but some of you may want to cut your strings all 1.5 or 2 inches...that gives a little more organized look to your blocks. Again, whatever you love...do it!! I also cut some of the strings 1.5 inches, carefully, to make nine patch corner stone blocks, if I decide to do that in the end...
Ready? Set?? Next day off...I will make some plaid blocks!!!
Have a great day!!!