Friday, January 17, 2014

Changing gears

I’ve gone from the bright scrappy fabrics and modern feel of Sparkling Strings to this:


These are mostly Civil War reproduction fabrics. I have been cutting fabric a little at a time for a few weeks and I think I have everything except borders and a few setting triangles cut out.  I’m ready to start working on this queen size quilt.  The last queen size I made was about 7 or 8 years ago. ( I know, if I had labeled the quilt I would know for sure.  I did label Sparkling Strings so perhaps I’m turning over a new leaf?)  I know the design wall is too small for a queen, and I’m not sure I have enough clear floor space either, so laying out the blocks will be interesting.

I’m hoping it will look like I envision.  The string squares I made with the scraps read much brighter than I expected.


I’m not sure I want quite that bright a quilt in queen size, but all the fabric is cut so I’ll press on and figure it out later.  And maybe once everything is put together the darker reds and golds will tone down those brighter reds.  I bet you never thought that I would be concerned about fabrics being too bright!


  1. That's a lot of cutting; can't wait to see what you come up with. To my eyes, the string quilt doesn't look as "bright" as the beautiful quilts pictured in your header and those you've finished recently. I'm sure you will find a way to make it come out to your liking. ---"Love"

  2. Very pretty fabrics, have fun with them! I just started working on another quilt for a wedding present. I've got half of it cut out and almost finished string piecing the first 1300+ pieces. Lots more to do!

  3. I love the fabrics and can't wait to see what it's going to look like!

  4. That is a lot of fabric cutting. I bet that the other colors will tone down the reds a bit. I think iot is hard to tell when the other colors aren't added in yet. I do lovethat little pile of fabric in the first picture so I can hardly wait to see the pattern for this big quilt.

  5. You can always tone down bright blocks with the right plain solid. Not a white but something softer. Take your cue from other colours in the fabrics. Looking at the other fabrics you have cut no doubt the overall design will balance those stronger colours.

  6. I always like cutting my fabric first and getting that all finished and out of the way. I love having everything ready at my machine for sewing! That being said, I always do a test block before I commit to cutting all of my fabric. :)

  7. How big are those pieces? In the photo they look so small, but I'm hoping they're not too tiny! I think the quilt will be beautiful even if it seems too bright to you. But I think the gold will tone it down. I'm curious to see what all those pieces will sew up into...


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