Friday, May 24, 2013

String Fever: It's almost here!

Happy Friday, friends!  Guess what I'm going to do this weekend?  Quilt Ziggy Strings!  I've just finished piecing the quilt back...

feels like summer

These colors really feel like summer!  I love that royal blue with the zingy lemon yellow beside the dark black value Shelburne Falls.  And red!  That Alchemy butterfly print by Amy Butler is something I picked up at QuiltCon just randomly.  Fits so perfectly in the spirit of this quilt!

log cabin quilt back

To make this quilt back, I pulled large scraps and yardage in my quilt front colors (black, gray, royal blue, pink, red and yellow).  The patchwork is built in a log cabin style, starting with the black birdie Alexander Henry print as center, and spiraling round.  I love to piece quilt backs because it's a great way to utilize slow-moving fabrics from my stash.  Also good for those prints that just don't want to be cut to pieces!

all basted!

So we're basted (I love you, 505 spray!) and ready to quilt.  Looking forward to diving into the quilting in a few minutes!

Hey, our Festival of Strings is next week!  You'll want one (or more) finished quilt top made primarily with strings (long, thin fabric strips) and finished in 2013 to participate.  Each quilt you include in the festival is one entry to win prizes.  No need for it to be quilted and bound - a finished quilt top counts, of any size.  Here is the original quilt-along post with all the details and links to our earlier posts.

Today, I have more prizes to announce!  Yesiree, More Prizes!  
From Whipstitch, one winner located anywhere in the world, will gain free access to Deborah's Essential Quilting eCourse, a $99 value.   This is a great course for anyone getting started with quilting, as it covers all the basics, from choosing fabric all the way through finishing a quilt.  It also has lessons on intermediate techniques, for those of you who have been quilting for awhile and are ready to challenge yourself. 

You'll receive a suite of lessons, with lots of video and images, audio and downloads, plus an eBook to keep.   This is an ongoing course, so you can join anytime. 

And remember, anyone can win!  Thanks, Whipstitch!

Next, Mad About Patchwork is donating a pretty bundle of fabric by Liberty of London!  This prize is an eight-piece fat quarter set of Stile in the blue colorway.  And these Liberty Lifestyle fabrics are quilting cottons... yay!

Liberty's classic prints would make a beautiful statement as a monochromatic throw!  I'm thinking lots of white for a stunning, old-world feel.  This print, Cranston, is my favorite!

Happily, this bundle of fabric ships anywhere in the world.  Very much appreciated! 

Ok, so add these two door prizes to the fabric, thread, Field Study linens and batting already announced earlier this month.  Wow, thanks to each participating sponsor for making our festival extra fun!!!

Again, the festival will begin on Tuesday, May 28th and will be open for entries through Thursday the 30th.  On Friday I'll announce the random door prize winners and open voting for our grand prize winner... who wins a gigantic roll of batting! 

Hope to see you there!


  1. Eek! How exciting, I've made two mini quilt tops out of the scraps of my modern medallion quilt to enter, thanks for inspiring me to use up the scraps!

  2. Yahoo!!! If we have a finished quilt, should we just link to the top or can we show the finished quilt?

    1. Oh, you are SO welcome to show the finished quilt! Definitely. But it is only one entry =)

    2. Makes total sense! I was worried because I don't always stop to take top pics ;)

  3. Ok, my questions is: When you say finished quilt top, you are leaving it open to not being yet quilted, right? There is now way I can have my item quilted by next week, but the top is pieced.

    1. That's right, it does NOT need to be quilted!

    2. Phew. Thanks for the quick reply.

  4. I am really excited! I already made one quilt top just for this and my daughter found a bag of Halloween fabric today--I only made 1 block and we just sewed another 6 so it looks like I might have 2 entries!

  5. Hurray! Looks great! Mine is all done and hoping for some nice weather before Tuesday for photos. :)

  6. I'm blogger illiterate and do not have a blog. How would I go about entering a strip/string quilt for the contest -- and I'm lost on the directions post too?

    1. Sure. You won't be able to enter the contest until Tuesday-Thursday of next week. In order to participate you don't have to have a blogger account or blog or anything. What you do need is to have a picture of your quilt hosted somewhere online so that you can copy/paste the image URL to add your image to the Festival. You could upload your image onto Facebook, flickr, really ANY website and then right click to copy the image URL and then paste that into the required field for the Festival image pool.

      All that happens next week!

  7. Now I need to sort out how to get my quilt entered as have no blog. I have two potential candidates. Thanks for the chance.


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