The original three blocks of this quilt started out as sample blocks for the string class I teach. When I made them I wasn’t worried about the fact I only had two fat quarters of the teal colored fabric, only that I liked how vibrant it looked next to the string triangles and the bold black middle square.
However, every time I got ready to teach the string class I looked at those blocks and fell in love with them all over again….
I just had to make an entire quilt of String Shoo Fly blocks. And, of course, by this time that same shade of Riley Blake blender was no where to be found.
Undeterred – after all I do like a scrappy challege – I found a grunge fabric that worked well with the first blender. Digging through my stash I discovered a few pieces of a Marimekko fabric that also worked.
I wanted to make shoo fly blocks in different sizes. Ultimately I made 12, ranging in size from 4″ – 19″ and put them on the design wall. Hmmm. I didn’t have enough Marimekko fabric. But my alter ego quilter, Lynne, was only one phone call away and yes, she had a few pieces of that same Marimekko fabric. If I was careful I might have enough. (For another background fabric story click here.)
Moving onto the next challenge: the final placement of blocks and most critically, how to sew them together!! The quilt was on my design board for at least three months as I moved blocks around, made a few more, and contemplated my design.
With the limited fabric I didn’t have room for miscuts. I sewed some parts together, working in large blocks, some rows and lots of partial seams. Luckily, I do like puzzles but this truly challenged my puzzle aptitude. I have never created a quilt with so many partial seams.
I found a perfect back, just the right size, in my stash and after a few starts and stops I figured out a quilting design. The quilt has traveled around in my basket all summer until I finally put in the last few binding stitches.
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