The String Quilt is Complete!

I’m so excited to share these photos of my first string quilt. And maybe last. LOL No, I won’t say I’ll never make another string quilt, but it was a labor of love. I used a selection of Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks line and am already plotting another purchase of her fabulous fabrics. I used left over fabric strips for the back, along with Bella Solids white and my first Kona Solid purchase – turquoise. Such a great punch of color and I loved the quality of the fabric, I’ll definitely be using Kona Solids again. Just as a refresher, I used the string quilt tutorial from Ashely of Film in the Fridge. I created 48, 9.5″ blocks.

I quilted diagonally – down both sides of the white fabric and then also one diagonal line through each block. I’m still not totally pleased with the straightness of my lines (which is why I tend to quilt free motion). Does anyone have any tips on getting those perfect straight lines? I think my straight-quilting-line idol is Red Pepper Quilts. In any case, it isn’t perfect, but it’s perfectly mine and I can’t wait to use it. The final quilt measures 54″ x 72″, making it my largest quilt yet.

String Quilt front

String Quilt back

ETA: Thanks for helping my photo make Flickr Explore for September 24th, 2009!



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    wishes, true and kind

    September 24, 2009

    Love your quilt — front and back! Do you have any idea how much fabric you used making your blocks? I’ve done a few string blocks here and there, but never an entire quilt.

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      September 24, 2009

      Thank you! Besides the white and turquoise, I used 9 different fabrics, and about 3/4 yard of each. I had *some* left over, but not a ton. I bought 3 yards of turquoise and probably used a yard or so of the white. I hope that helps – It’s so hard to know what to buy!

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    September 24, 2009

    Your straight lines look pretty straight to me! I adore this quilt and that backing fabric is just gorgeous, reminds me of the sea. Well done!!

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    September 25, 2009

    It’s gorgeous! You’ve inspired me to pick up my own string quilt blocks again.

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    September 25, 2009

    I’ve been waiting to see this finished project, it turned out so great! I’ve played around with string piecing, but this makes me almost *almost* want to make a whole quilt and I just love those fabrics! Great job!

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    September 25, 2009

    It looks fabulous! And I really like the way your pieced back turned out. A perfect compliment to the string front!

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    September 26, 2009

    Beautiful! I’ve been following your progress and your sting quilt turned out great. Good Folks never looked so good. I really like how the white is a uniform width and ties everything together. The back looks good too! Yahooie. Good job. 🙂

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    September 26, 2009

    It’s beautiful! Your quilting looks just great! Don’t worry too much 🙂

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    September 27, 2009

    The quilt turned out beautiful! I’d think you’d been doing this for years! I particularly like the nice, bold color choices.

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    September 27, 2009

    Great job! I love it!

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    October 2, 2009

    LOVE THIS QUILT! So beautiful! Do you have any idea how much fabric you used per print, and how many prints? (approximate?)

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    heather at brown robin

    October 13, 2009

    wow. that’s just beautiful!!!!

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    October 22, 2009

    it is beautiful!!

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    Janice Klingler

    February 28, 2010

    I think this is the most beautiful string quilt that I have ever seen. I have put together 2 but, they are UFO’s. Someday they will make it to the machine or hands to be quilted.

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    Sue Smith

    September 2, 2012

    Have been wanting to make a string quilt for some time. Your colours are gorgeous!

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    Alice Hahn

    May 9, 2014

    Love your quilt. I’m currently making one of these for my grandson’s HS graduation. I’m at the point where I’m going to start quilting and couldn’t decide how to do it. I have not FMQ yet, but I think that would be to “girly” for him. Your idea is perfect. Thanks for sharing!