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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      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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    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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    Adrianne says

    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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    Emily says

    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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    Janice Klingler says

    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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    Alice Hahn says

    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!

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  1. […] I’m including my Good Folks String Quilt. It’s by far my favorite quilt to date. I love the design, I love the hard work I put into it, I love the Anna Maria Horner Good Folks fabric. Pictures just don’t do it justice. I keep in on my couch where the colors just make me so happy as the days get a bit drearier. My kids love playing on it and staring at the design. Overall, it’s just a very happy quilt. You can read more about it here. […]

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