I don’t remember ever finishing a quilt as quickly as I did this one. Someone I know suffered a stroke just before Christmas. Her family was well taken care of and didn’t want any more help for cooking and laundry and such but I really wanted to share something . I eventually remembered that I’m a quilter and quilter can share quilted hugs and this is what emerged on the design wall.
This was a quilt of “firsts” for me:
- First string quilt – I had just been thinking I was a fool to save all those strings because really, how likely was I to actually use them? Surprise! I did use them. This quilt pretty much depleted my collection, but now I know it’s OK to keep saving them because will find a use for them eventually.
- First time piecing equilateral triangles – my son gave me a triangle ruler for Christmas just in time to design this quilt. There will be other triangle designs in my future, I’m sure.
- First time quilting oodles of negative space – this was bit intimidating at first. I warmed up by quilting lots of lines with the walking foot in the trickier middle sections then took a deep breath and free motion quilted the rest. This is the most freemotion I’ve ever done on anything larger than a table runner.
- Almost, but not quite a first – I remembered to label this one!
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Update: The Sparkling Strings pattern is now available in my shop! Click on the "Pattern Shop" tab above. Also, check out my post about Sparkling Trails, a version of this quilt without the strings.