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Monday, February 8, 2010


Bonnie Hunter has a good rule:  clean the scrap bin after every quilt.  I'm adding one more: make a string quilt each time you clean the scrap bin.  It's a rule I'm looking forward to!

I've never made a string quilt before.  I (mistakenly) assumed they were like strip quilts, but smaller strips.  WRONG!  It was sooo fun!  I just zipped right through it and TaaaDaaah!  A lovely appeared!

This is my Liberated String Kaleidoscope Quilt.  I call it Liberated because, as you can see, the points don't match.  In fact, I didn't even try to match them.  It's very ... Liberating!  You should try it sometime!  You may just like it.  This one is made from all my uglies, my "OMG, What was I thinking?" and my "How many yards did I buy?!?"  I actually have enough of all these fabrics to make at least 5 more just like this one.  Now, I'll set it aside while I think about a pieced border.  I love this pattern, too.

Up next, the Ocean Waves quilt for the Liberated Amish 2010 Get Together.  I've also been asked to do a tutorial on how I panel quilt, so that's in the planning stages.

As for Moene Rising, I think Moene needs to overthink his love relationship with Ket, ending the book with leaving her just as she realizes she really does love him.  Those of you who have read the first book probably will understand this better than everyone else, but Moene is dangerous for Ket.  He's an untrained psychic and she's a strong empath who can get caught inside his mind.  What do you think?  It's a good setup for book #4.  

Congrats to The Saints!

Keep writing.  Keep reading.  Keep quilting.



Joanne said...

This quilt is amazing! I can't believe it is from your "uglies". I am going to have to find out what a string quilt is. So much to learn!
I have been thinking about making a kaleidoscope quilt. They are very stunning.
I am not finished the first book, so I couldn't read the last part of your post!! ♥

Colleen said...

My how your uglies look sooo pretty!!! I have just finished making my first kaleidescope quilt and was amazed how easy it was. Mine was liberated too because I experimented with so many different size strips and no seams had to match. Lots of fun and a quick quilt top. Take a look at my blog when you have time.

Marj said...

It's hard to believe that quilt was made from your uglies. I guess Bonnie Hunter is right about if you cut it small enough it isn't ugly anymore. The picture makes me want to make a Liberated String Kaleidoscope Quilt.
I'm still reading book one, but your idea sounds like an interesting way to take the story.

Clare said...

They are a lot easier to make than you think, although I haven't yet!

Did you use a foundation, or just pieced as you went along and hoped for the best?

Candy said...

I love your string quilt! The yellow (gold) makes it.

Rita E said...

The is so lovely! Which pattern did you use? Did you use a template? Inquiring minds want to know! Thanks for sharing!

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