Bossy Quilts

I’ve always said quilts have a mind of their own – they will tell you what they want. However, some quilts are more “assertive” than others. This is a story about a very bossy quilt.

Like my Shoo-Fly String Quilt, this one started out as sample blocks for my String Piecing Class. Unsatisfied to remain “sample blocks” it took over my quilting agenda last week and demanded to be turned into a quilt top.

String Triangle Sample

String Triangle Sample

 

Not only is this quilt assertive, it is very bright. My husband walked by my design wall and commented, “Hmmm, that’s a bit loud.” I thought he was referring to the radio before I realized he meant my quilt. Yes, I don’t usually make quilts with a red background,  but I didn’t have a choice: that’s what this quilt asked for. I was just following instructions.

 

 

 

Marimekko red #1

Marimekko red #1

Marimekko red #2

Marimekko red #2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The red background is two red Marimekko fabrics. I used every bit of both of them, except for the leftover scraps that I put into my string drawer, where, now that they are cut into little pieces, I am sure they will play well with others.

Leftover red Marimekko in string drawer

Leftover red Marimekko in string drawer

 

 

 

I chose a zig-zag setting using Lynn Harris’ design suggestion page from her book Every Last Piece.

Zig-zag layout

Zig-zag layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The string triangles were made with horizontal strips rather than vertical pieces, using a cardboard template as a guide.

Vertical strips of strings

Vertical strips of strings

Checking strips length with cardboard template

Checking strips length with cardboard template

 

 

 

 

 

 

I cut 7″ squares from my background fabric and cut them in half diagonally. Once I sewed the string triangle to the setting triangle, I trued up the square, using the diagonal line on my square ruler as a guide. The finished block is 6 1/2.” I oversize my blocks to leave a bit of wiggle room. It is much easier to cut off extra fabric than to add on.

Truing up using the diagonal center line as a guide

Truing up using the diagonal center line on my ruler as a guide

Sewing the blocks into rows

Sewing the blocks into rows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Truing the squares also made sewing the blocks and then the rows together much easier and helped create perfect points.

Ah, perfect points

Ah, perfect points

Although the top is only 36″ x 43″ I think it is done. I’m putting a Michael Miller 1950’s kitchen print from my stash on the back. “Leftovers Again?!” seems like a good name for a string top with a kitchen print back.

Finished top - 36" x 43"

Finished top – 36″ x 43″

Michael Miller 1950's Kitchen Print

Michael Miller 1950’s Kitchen Print

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you have a great week. Linking up with Beth at  Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making.

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8 Responses to Bossy Quilts

  1. Frieda Wisshack says:

    This sounds like my kinda quilt~BOSSY & LOUD LOL!!! Absolutely LOVE it and the background is AWESOME!!! Also giggled at your line that the scrapes “will play well with others” hee hee!!!

  2. Preeti says:

    I love bright quilts – they make me happy!!!
    Yes, it is loud but then how else did you expect me to get your attention, I would have said.
    I am no wallflower and none of my quilts should be either 😀
    Looking forward to see it quilted.
    http://sewpreetiquilts.blogspot.com

  3. Barbara Snyder says:

    Awesome!!

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