Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Scrap Attack {String Fever}

Here we are, poised for another Scrap Attack Quilt-Along! This time we'll be getting creative with all those long, skinny fabric scraps that you've been squirreling away.  It's just the right time of year for String Fever, my friends. So, take that rotary cutter in hand and make a calculated attack.

What will you make?  A coin quilt? Classic string masterpiece?  Log cabin blocks? courthouse steps? improv?  Hmmmmm?  Well, the sky's the limit - especially since you just may settle on something of your own creation.  To participate, the only rules are

1. Your quilt is made mostly from strings or strips (long, thin cuts of fabric)
2. You finish the quilt top by end of May, 2013 (so, um, you could have started it in 2005.  just sayin...)

Your quilt can be any size you like.  Mini quilts count!  If you say it's finished, it's finished.

Color, color.

The Scrap Attack quilt along aims to inspire you to create from scraps whether in a scrappy, fabric explosion or with something more intentional in color and design.  However, this time notice you're not required to sew with scraps, but with strings. So, if you are a new quilter and don't have string scraps, you can cut strings from yardage or even buy some scraps to jump-start your project.  I know that those of us who have string scraps will want to use them.  That just comes naturally!

solid scrap pack from Pink Chalk Fabrics!

If you need a scrap infusion, they are actually an economical way to buy fabric.  Here are some options:

* Sew Love Fabrics (2 yards of 22" long scraps for $15)
* Fabricworm (2 yards of random-shaped scraps for $15, choose boy or girl colors)
* Pink Chalk Fabrics (3-3 1/2 yards of random-shaped solid-colored scraps for $13)

Each week, now through mid-May, I'll feature a string-based tutorial and/or inspiring string quilt, culminating in a Festival of Strings the last week of May.  The festival will be a link party for anyone who completes a string quilt top in 2013, with random door prizes from batting to fabric stacks to thread.  Yes, more fabric!  Oy.

You know you want to! How else are you ever gonna get a handle on those scraps?  They breed like rabbits, ya know.

Good morning patchwork


So, will you be joining us?  Feel free to grab the new button:

Scrap Attack {String Fever}
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And for those of you who are Flickr-friendly, come chat it up and share your photos at the Scrap Attack Flickr GroupThis is the same Flickr group we used for our first Scrap Attack, so you'll find lots of scrappy history to peruse. 

I'll be updating this page with links to all String Fever posts! Here's a little preview...

1.  Ziggy Strings Tutorial
2.  Stacked quilts
3.  Classic String quilts & Twists
4.  Coin quilts
5.  Filler Strings
6.  Prizes!
7.  More prizes!
8.  Even more prizes!
9.  Oops, one more prize
10. Festival of Strings

45 comments:

  1. Just curious ... to qualify as "strings," what width do the strips need to be?

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    1. I was thinking just the same thing :) Looks like fun!

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    2. Ah, man, do I have to qualify that? Probably =) So, just pulling a number out of my brain, let's say the strips should generally be 3" finished or smaller. If a quilt has a few wider strings, no worries. But, I guess it's good to have a frame of reference!

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  2. Ooooo can't wait to play with those stings that do breed like rabbits !

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  3. Awesome! I've had a scrappy string project in mind for a while - thanks for the push to make it happen :o)

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  4. I am in. I just sorted out all my modern fabric strips. I had a pattern in mind from "Sunday Morning Quilts".

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  5. sounds like a lot of fun. Off to dig through my strings :)

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  6. sounds like fun! but alas whats a new quilter to do ....

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  7. Me too! I'm thinking maybe a baby version of Candy Coated from Sunday Morning Quilts.
    I'm also looking forward to the tutorials as well. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  8. I'm so happy that I don't need to use scraps! That means I can join in on the fun. I've got a string spiderweb and a traditional diamond string quilt already. I need to get my skates on and start thinking about how I'd like to use strings next. I have an inkling of an idea....

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  9. Oh I love this...hope it will motivate me to finish my String Scrap quilt top that have been long overdue. Thanks Rachel for having this Quilt Along,I'm joining definitely!

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  10. Sounds like fun--I'd love to make a mini with you all!

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  11. Put the button on my site: http://www.franzihome.de :)

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    1. oh, and I still have my string bag here. And a string quilt is on my list. But that will have to wait. Oh, do selvedges count as strings? Probably.

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    2. Yay! Yes, selvedges are like the queens of string. =)

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  12. Ooh great I love being ahead of the game, best get ordering some wadding!

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  13. Sounds like fun! I was just grabbing a handful of strings to bring to my guild meeting tonight for an extra project in case I finish my other blocks. I need to make a cuddly quilt for my grandson and a few table toppers for his kindergarden, and strings are perfect for both!

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  14. Another scrap attack sound like fun! I started a quilt from colorful scraps that I cut to 2.5 stripes and sewed together again. I wonder-would this count as strings?

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    1. Yes! It's fine for the fabrics to start as non-strips. I want those who don't have scraps to be able to play along, so making strips/strings is totally ok.

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  15. Wow an excuse to finish that string quilt I started two years ago...you are the best!

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    1. Yes, totally! Finishing older quilts is excellent!!!

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  16. Looks like fun! I love working with scrappy strings.... hhhmmm yet another project to consider!! :-)

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  17. I'm going to have to join you on this one. I've GOT to get rid of some fabric and I have a strip scrap stash already overflowing.

    For your scrap buy list you've started...consider Hawthorne Threads. They have approx 2 yard scrap/grab bags and all pieces are width of the fabric. The can be anywhere from 3" to 11". Of course the ones you list probably have more assortment which may be the point.

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  18. I picked up a ream of legal-size copy paper today. (Reckon my toddler can color on the 450 sheets I hope I won't need.) I am so in! My strings probably are breeding. No other explanation.

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    1. Haha, yes, no other explanation! I had to buy a ream of it too, but I've been happy with the results. I hope you are too! Glad you'll be trying my tutorial =)

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    2. Wait, I'm lost, what's the paper for?

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    3. The paper is for the Ziggy Strings tutorial I just posted today =)

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  19. Would a broken spider web quilt count? I've been needing an excuse to make one!!!

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    1. Oh, I had to look that one up. Here's the link I found: http://www.craftsy.com/project/view/broken-spiderweb-quilt/35063 Always good to learn a new quilt style. Yes, that counts, as well as any spiderweb quilt, since the strings in the web are a key part of that style.

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  20. don't know if this is the right place to ask this, but i'm having trouble copying your link onto my blog. it keeps saying there are "illegal characters" in the link. anyone else have this problem?

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    1. Eek, technical issues! So, it works for me when I paste it in the html portion of my blog. On blogger there is a compose vs. html tab on the top of a new post. You could also add it in Blogger with a html widget. Hope that helps!

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  21. Ohhh fab,not sure I can get a quilt finished by end of may

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  22. I added it the best way I could to my blog....took 1 hour. I'm not blog savvy, 'yet'! Count me in!

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  23. I added your button to my blog--I am glad you said 3" or skinnier because I generally throw out all my scraps less than 2.5" wide, but I have a TON of 2.5" strips, so I plan to use those. That's fine, right?

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  24. I am really looking forward to joining in. I decided on this quilt block and have cut the background fabrics but I am now worried that it doesn't contain enough strings. http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=2000

    If that is the case I will find something else to make as well!

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    1. I can see that the style might use about half of strings and half yardage (the white part). I say this is OK because I know that aesthetically some folks really prefer lots of neutral/white in their quilts. I want you to be able to enjoy it! And, personally, I love that block. Looks great!

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  25. This will be fun! I appreciate that you host these. I am a die-hard lover of scraps (no scrap too small) and I love that scrappy look you get. I always learn a lot from what you and others post.

    To participate, does it need to be a true quilt? Could I make a quilted pillow cover, for example?

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    1. Well, because it can become just about anything if we smudge the edges, the rules are it has to be a quilt, quilt. It can be mini, but it must be a quilt. Sorry =(

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    2. Makes sense!! Better to ask the question now than wished I had later. :) Thanks!

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  26. This is perfect, I started piecing a string quilt top last year and never got round to actually finishing properly, maybe this will give me some inspiration to actually get it finished and quilted!

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  27. I've come down with a case of String Fever! I'm in...as I have heard this is the only 'cure'! :)
    Beulah

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  28. GREAT FUN! THANKS FOR HOSTING!
    HAPPY STITCHING ALL!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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