I've made lots of string quilts, but I've never done Gwen's method of strings - sewn without using a foundation. Of course, Gwen started us out by talking about her method and doing a demo for us.
Here are some of the quilts Gwen brought to show us.
This one is all in solids and Gwen quilted it (by hand, of course) in black thread.
The blocks in this quilt started with a base square.
Same with this quilt.
A cute little dolly quilt!
In this photo, Gwen is showing us how to cut up strings sewn into a strata.
Laying out the blocks.
So, we all got to work and sewed furiously. I went around the room and took photos of everyone's work as the class was coming to a close. I thought everyone's blocks looked great, no matter which method the student used.
Made using men's old ties.
And these are her border blocks.
I loved these blocks! Both the colors and the design. This person told me she was using a jelly roll! I'd never thought of that.
These blocks were made by sewing a strata together first. You'll see more of these blocks in the next post.
And these are my first blocks (on the top right). (The others were another student's first attempts) Incredibly, and in spite of a huge stockpile of strings, I wasn't actually using strings. I brought yardage and cut strips to use. That was a first for me!
And, miracle of miracles, I managed to get my quilt top finished this last week!
It's been quite a while since I made a wall quilt a particular size (25 x 30 inches) for a specific place. Kind of fun to challenge myself that way. So, it feels good to feel successful! Also, I knew that, being on the small side, I could get it finished in a reasonable amount of time. So, now to get it quilted. Hopefully that won't take too long either.
My sister is coming to visit this week. As a matter of fact, she'll be arriving in a couple of hours. This will be her vacation and she wants us to sew together. The Potter is OK with us taking over the living room! What a great guy, huh? I think we'll have fun!
I hope you have a creative week!