Were you reading quilt blogs in 2010? If so, I'm betting you were inspired by Ashley of Film in the Fridge, a talented modern quilter I still follow these days. In 2009 she made a classic string quilt and posted a tutorial, much to everyone's glee. She also made a few more string quilts in 2010. Every one is a gem!
Ashley's foundation paper method is quite the same method demonstrated in my Ziggy Strings tutorial. In fact, you can use the Ziggy Strings tutorial to make a classic string quilt with a diamond instead of square layout!
Amy, of dot dot goose, is using Ziggy Strings with the zig-zag layout and totally scrappy colors. Totally awesome! Want to trade, Amy?
Ok, back to the classic string style. I just spied this version at the Scrap Attack flickr group. Carla of Cora Quilts is planning ahead to set out her colors in rainbow order. How lovely!
If you tend to lean towards defined patterns and less scrappiness, here's another great option from Ashley of Film in the Fridge. Unlike the scrappy version, the Ruby Strings layout intends for the strips to line up throughout the quilt. Ashley has a free PDF chart so you can make yours!
I recently spied another awesome style that seems to be a twist on the spiderweb quilt (also often foundation paper pieced). This quilt is by Rachel at Second Avenue Studio. So creative! I love that it still creates stars but diamonds instead of webs.
You could also make something completely wonky like this number by Dirt Road Quilts. It's inspired by Denyse Schmidt's Any Way you Slice it quilt, from her book Denyse Schmidt Quilts, but made free-style without templates. Sounds fun!
Well that will do it for this week's String Fever inspiration. I am off today for a weekend backpacking with Brandon and another couple in Panther Valley, NC. It's my first time. Nervous? A little. Brandon packed my bag so it weighs a mere 18 pounds. That's love! Wish me luck.