Monday, March 18, 2013

Strings & Things

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Anyone else feeling a bit buried in strings?  Before leaving for the weekend I dumped out my bin of blue and green strings and asked myself, "Self, how big of a quilt could you make with just these?"  Self said, "dunno, but I want to know"  So, apparently, a string thing or two are in order.

 Strings and things

In fact, when I sat down to sketch designs, two must-do ideas emerged.  This made me wonder, ponder in fact, if you might also have string-thing-itis.  Perhaps you would like to string along?  I'm thinking a string tutorial (involving herringbones and legal paper - a dynamic duo) and if there is enough excitement, a Scrap Attack festival as well?  Like last year, but with strings?

Also, how many times can you use "string" in one paragraph?  We shall see.

::Other things in this stringy-good post::

1.  Yesterday was our 12th wedding anniversary!  Hubby and I got away and hiked at Ceasar's Head, SC.  Twas a thrilling view.

hiking at Ceaser's Head, SC

Also, many small things I did notice.  Especially green mosses and round, plummy plants.

color, shape

And drip, drip, drips at this small falls.

drip.

2.  Also this weekend.... a homeschool convention!  My first.  I bought books, resisted buying many others and made plans to buy scads more. It's delightful.

3.  Aria finished her quilt from last week.  Apparently, she "had" to finish this before starting a new knitting project that's captured her heart.  Ahhh... just like mom!  Loving the closure.

Aria's quilt

But, wait!  Mom hasn't finished many quilts lately! In fact, I'm kind of in quilt limbo because I'm hoping to receive a new Juki soon.  Pfaff replaced my naughty Smarter machine with a new Smarter machine, which I think I will try to sell, so I am not using it.  Meanwhile, I am making final decisions on a replacement machine.  All will be revealed in time!

4.  I've started using BlogLovin since Google Reader has abandoned us all.  This little button could be handy....

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Don't forget to chime in on the String Thing.  Have them?  Need to use them?  Want to string along?  Maybe a Festival of Strings come May....

44 comments:

  1. My string bag overfloweth! My mom, grandma, and I have been thinking about doing a little three-generation string-quilt-a-long. We'll see if that actually happens but my Self also needs to take care of some strings. Great idea. Count me in!

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  2. Great minds must think alike -- I spend my entire weekend cutting up scraps. Now I have a big bin o' strings -- ideas to use, plz?

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  3. if you like playing with strings, come hang at our group blog, http://stringthingalong.blogspot.com. we've got lots of string ideas over there, and room for more contributors.

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  4. I just completed a string quilt with the remains from my Scrappy Trip quilt.

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    1. I do have a bunch of strings. The last three weeks I've gotten tons of left overs from others. Lucky me! And I've taken those odd bits and turned them into block sizes I use and strings. I have a full tote of strings. Mine are not divided by color although I've been thinking about doing so. I will be happy to see what you come up with for a string along.

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  5. I have strings on top of strings. Need to use them up! Never made a string quilt before...
    and thanks, to poster Brenda. I'm going to check out that link!

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  6. Yes, let's get all strung out and whatnot, I have tons!

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  7. I keep/have lots of scraps - but not strings... I guess my brain needed to cull something...

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  8. I have tons of , can't wait to see what you cook up with them!

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  9. yes, please. I'm very happy to cut lots of strings.

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  10. I have tons of strings, I keep them separated batiks in one bin and regular in the other. i just did a batik string pillow and started a new string batik hexagon quilt. I would totally be up for a string-along :)

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  11. I actually have no idea if I have a lot or now. Will definitely check to make sure I have enough to join :)

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  12. Absolutely in on the string-a-thon. I've been contemplating one for a while now.

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  13. Can't wait to hear more about your new machine. I'm in the same boat right now. I miss my machine!! Ok, I miss having a machine that I can sew a 1/4 seam accurately on...

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  14. Working on my Very First Strings right now, and although I looooove making them, I am not so jazzed about how much time it is taking me, considering I'm not working from cut scraps. It is a royal pain in the neck (but still fun, if that makes sense) to cut into FQs and yardage for my pieces, AND to decide on each piece only when the last one has been sewn on. Criminey.

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  15. Ok, String Fever it is! Glad to hear you all are game. I'm going to make a list of next steps for my end =)

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  16. Happy Anniversary! I'm not sure if I'll be stringing along or not, but I got such a chuckle thinking about last year. I planned to make a string quilt during the scrap attack but forgot what I was doing on the first block and ended up spending days on quilt as you go. I'd love to follow along with the string quilts though. I really love the look of traditional designs where large components have been replaced with scrappy string blocks.

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  17. I also have "some" strings. Maybe not as many as others have. I recently let my 3 year old daughter pick some and sewed them together for panels for a lined drawstring bag for her. She loved choosing. Herringbone would be something I'd like to try so maybe I join in.

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  18. Happy anniversary. That pile of blue strings looks very familiar :-). I love scrappy quilts but they are time consuming and I have so many other projects to work on in the meantime.....

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  19. I have a small bag of strings and have been contemplating a cushion/pillow or two - this may be the inspiration and motivation I need.

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  20. I love the way string things look. Paper pieced herringbones sound fun.

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  21. Would love a string along and any/all fun inspiration you come up with for us!

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  22. Hope you're not just stringing us along! hehehe I'm in for some string action!

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  23. Count me in! I would love to try, I have only done a small table topper. The herringbone sounds great!

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  24. It wasn't the strings that caught my attention, it was the Homeschool Convention. Ah the memories that brings back. My first one overwhelmed me but after getting a few under my belt I was okay :-) We homeschooled both our sons from K-12 and knowing the work involved, I admire people who do so!

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  25. I am on board with strings.

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  26. I have been eyeing the herringbone string tutorial. I have a QAYG string quilt 80 percent done but changed my mind on how I want to join the blocks. Luckily there are only four blocks to unpick. I have a HUGE box of strings so I'm in!

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  27. I'm game. I just got a bunch of scraps from my moms alterations shop. Think strings. cut off dress and skirts and pants legs that are hemmed. and I was attemting to do my first string project. I think maybe I will just wait to see if you will do a tutorial or give us some good ideas of what you are gonna do.

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  28. I have lots of scraps but I have no idea if I'd have enough strings for a quilt. Put me down as a maybe... :)

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    1. Haha, ok! It's always amazing though, how much you can make from a small pile of scraps!

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  29. Oh yes right there with ya on the many strings!! I did make a couple string quilts over the winter. But saw only the tiniest dent in the tub, LOL So string away!!

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  30. I love string quilts, and I started one of my own while on retreat with my local quilt guild last November, using selvages! You can see a pic here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/8219451@N07/8571964062/in/photostream

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  31. I've been pondering my scrap bag for a while now ~ it would be good to dump it out and have a go with it. I'll be interested to see what comes in the scrap along.
    Oh, and happy anniversary ~ 12 years is good!

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  32. i'd love to string along! I have a whole box of them waiting to be stitched up. It is getting harder to resist them (I really should finish a quilt or two or six before I start anything else) What I think is going to be so fun about my string quilt is that it is deliberately going to be ugly :) I plan to use all my ugly fabrics, and the ones I like but just don't play nice with the rest of the stash. because I don't want to waste fabric, but some of these have been sitting around awhile and it is time to get them out of my closet.

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  33. Congrats on your anniversary! We celebrated our 13th on March 2. It seems unreal that I've know my husband for only 14 years!...Lots of life has happened within that time and I'm looking forward to more! :)

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    1. Yes, it does seem unreal. But so does how quickly the children are growing up. Amazing how life speeds up around 21 years...

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  34. Ooooh, string along sounds wonderful!!! And, happy anniversary.

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  35. Happy anniversary and have fun at the convention. Also, good luck selling the Pfaff! Looking forward to seeing what comes out of the string-a-thon. :)

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  36. I would love to string along! I have so many, many scraps and strings in so many colors. Need to use them. Would love a string a long scrap festival.

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