Friday, March 19, 2010

A Girl Can Change Her Mind...Can't She?

Back in January Stephanie from Loft Creations issued a String Quilt Challenge. The idea was to use up scraps and fabrics you already have in your stash to make a string quilt (or bag, tablerunner, clothes, whatever!). My Flea Market Fancy stash has been calling me lately, so I decided I would use that for my strings. I have also been reading Freddy and Gwen's Collaborative books so I thought I would throw in some black and white too.
I thoroughly enjoyed making up the strings which came together quite quickly. Once done and nicely ironed, I layed them out in the design I thought I would use. Mmmm...it didn't do anything for me.
A few days later I tried a different layout. Nope...still not liking it.
Lately I have had a big thing for circles (I don't know why really, I just like them). So I found a plate big enough for my string block, drew a line around it and started cutting out circles.
I don't like wasting too much of this precious flea market fabric, so the 4 corners I had cut off while cutting out circles, I turned into little squares.
In the end this is the design I came up with. 9 large circles and 4 squares all bordered by a black and white spot with some half circles and 4 squares in the corner. I still don't really know if I like it that much, but I do like it better than my original design.
 Licorice Allsorts

To assemble the quilt I glued the circles and squares onto the quilt (definately not following the usual quilt rules for this one).
The pieces are then quilted onto the quilt using a spiral free motion pattern. The edges should fray a little giving a lovely 'old' look to it. I then simply stippled over the blue fabric.
For the backing I used up some of my Kona Coal fabric that I had originally purchased for the Jacobs Coat Quilt (but also changed my mind and ended up with Charcoal!). I had a few string squares left which again became circles.
Actually I think I like that back better than the front! You can really see the quilting standing out beautifully on the back.
I adore the Michael Miller Black and White Dandy Damask for the binding.
All in all I'm glad I changed my mind and experimented with this one. I've had fun, tried new things, and my husband really likes this quilt! I really like the back...did I mention that already?
Oh, and I found some lovely fabrics in my letterbox this week, but this post is too long already so I will show them off another time! xo

100 comments:

nicolette said...

Wow, I love the struggle and the process. The outcome is stunning!!! A gorgeous quilt!

Adele said...

Oh your quilt is a stunner absolutely gorgeous.

Adele xx

Lisa said...

How gorgeous! I love the way you've altered your original design. This might work with a selvedge quilt too...do I really need another project!

Jenny said...

oh Cathy, you have been busy! this is so wonderful. what a unique, made by you, gift this is to yourself. just gorgeous.

Lesly said...

Adore! Great design, fabulous quilting! What an inspiration!

pamina said...

Woaw, really wonderful!!!

Wendy said...

Lovely!!! I really like it!

Jackie said...

It is just beautiful!! I love, love, love it! this is the perfect example of what happens when we let our creativity take over. Just gorgeous! By the way, my update is on my blog about the Coffee with Kaffe.

Sue said...

OMG this is awesome!!!! What a fantastic thought process, and what an outcome.

Stephanie said...

SPECTACULAR! AWESOME! LOVE Flea Market Fancy and CIRCLES. Did I happen to mention this is FANTASTIC!!!

Ann Marie said...

I like the front AND the back! It was fun to see your process of getting from a pile of strips to a finished quilt, especially when it ended up not being anything like the original idea -- and so much cooler.

sewpam63 said...

Positively FABULOUS, Cathy!!! You ARE back!!! ; ) Lovely change to YOUR design - it works sew well. Brilliant!!! And, the black and white splashes make the whole quilt ROCK! The back is smashing too - those smaller circles are amazingly FUN!

Quilts on Bastings said...

You are not sure if you like it??? It is fantastic - very clever! And yes, the back is great too.

Linda said...

Gorgeous quilt, and what a great way to transform a boring string quilt into something completely different and eye popping. I love that with the circles added it gives a secondary pattern. I'm with Stephanie love FMF and circles.

shellysquilts said...

This is absolutely FABULOUS! I love it! Well done!

Bunny said...

Well all I can say is a big WOW this is so fantastic I love what you have done here it is very unique. WOW again.

QuilterLaura said...

Okay, that's pretty cool. I'm impressed!

ranette said...

You are a genius...yes you are!!! I love this quilt and I love the back of it too....great job!

anniem said...

OMG!!! I absolutely luuurv the new design. Nothing like going with your gut and doing something new and exciting and wonderfully delish. Well done. Ann

alobsiger said...

I love your circles, Cathy! Looks to me like the shoulder is on the mend, knowing the workout it must have gotten during the quilting. I love it -- it is funky and fun! Gotta love circles!

whitey said...

I have been loving all the circle quilts also but this is very cool love it!

Mama Spark said...

What a fabulous idea! I love how it turned out. My hubby loves string quilts. Better than any other kind, a lot of men do, which is weird, but oh well, just my observation!

wishes, true and kind said...

I always admire people who carefully plan out their quilts before making, but this is what usually happens to me. Something just isn't working, which leads to greater inspiration (not that I put myself in your league). Your quilt is incredible! It would have been lovely as originally conceived, but now it is simply outstanding! Yum, yum, yum!

Lisa said...

Augh!!! I LOVE IT!!!! This quilt is so cool. You are very clever!!

izzy inspired said...

GORGEOUS!! I love how amazingly unique and totally off the beaten path it is. Not to mention that all that FMF fabric makes me drool.

jenclair said...

Brilliant! Front & back & colors & quilting!

Dee said...

Oh, oh, oh! This is a new favorite for me!

Cathie said...

Great design! Thanks for showing us the process - I enjoyed reading the post and seeing all the photos.

West Michigan Quilter said...

I love this quilt. Great design and great color choices. Thanks for sharing. You've inspired me to get back to doing something with my scraps.

sparkle jars said...

I friend shared your blog with me and I'm so excited to read your posts! What an inspirational blog!!! :-)

Anonymous said...

This is completely amazing. You started out with a traditional string block and made it into an original and modern quilt. I love that you glued the circles to the background; I'm not much into sewing curves either.

Rafael's Mum said...

Oooooh,how did you manage to think that one up? I would have just looked at it and thought... nice idea.. didn't work... shame and left it. I love the new quilt with the circles. And the kona is just PERFECT for this quilt. Lovely fabric is never gone.. You obviously HAD to have this in the stack for this one.. you just didn't know it yet! :-)

katy said...

oh, heck - that is pure genius!!!!!!

Chookyblue...... said...

fantastic.........great design..........

Carla said...

Your quilt is awesome! Gwen and Freddy would love that you improvised to come up with this...just the thing they would do. You should send them a picture!! Thanks for sharing your original quilt. I enjoy reading your blog and that you are feeling better.

One Flew Over said...

Truly inspired. A triumph!!

Kellie said...

i love your out-of-the-box thinking on this one - and I LOVE the back too! that's the side I would show off, lol!

Lizzie said...

Fabulous Cathy, thinking outside the square has a new meaning....!!! I really like the idea of quilting the circles on, what a great idea, love it.
Lizzie
xxx

Julia said...

Cathy...Gorgeous quilt, and what a great way to transform a boring string quilt into something completely different and eye popping.
Adding the black and white really makes it pop..
WOW!
Julia ♥

Petit Debutant said...

I totally agree with you. The front isn't doing it for me, but the back... WOWZA!!! I want one!

C.Cat said...

Wow, that is beautiful !

Pokey said...

Look, it's a new creative quilt! You did great on this one, I like it-lots!!

mab said...

GORGEOUS! And, bravo for trying something new and mixing patterns & techniques. It turned out just beautifully!

nanotchka said...

I am in love with this quilt! You should do a detailed tutorial! I will be following you!

Sarah said...

Wow! This quilt is absolutely GORGEOUS! Reading about the creative process inspires me so much. I love the back too! Great to see you getting back into it. :-)

Amelia said...

Welcome back! Love it!

two hippos said...

What an amazing quilt! A really inspirational blog - just found you via craft gossip.

Danielle said...

WOW! looks fantastic!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Awesome Cathy..

Andi said...

Genius!

sewtakeahike said...

Hi Cathy, Stephanie at loft creations sent me the link to your quilt yesterday and I'm so glad she did, it's just beautiful! Thank-you for taking the time to tell the story of how you improvised your quilt until you came up with something that was satisfactory to you. The story behind it is so inspiring in its self!

Joanna said...

Love the circles, and enjoyed watching the whole decision making process! Also, the name is perfect for it! Love me some Licorice Allsorts!!

Cardygirl said...

Stunning Cathy...love what you have done! Glad to see you are feeling better!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Just gorgeous Cathy!! Love the circles,the quilting, the backing - such an amazing quilt!

barefootbeadshawaii said...

I love the back, what a great idea!

Nedra said...

Because of limited Internet access while I have been up at my friend's cabin in Wyoming, I am now just getting caught up on your site.
Wow! Love your version of the string quilt! That is pattern worthy. Have you thought about that?

Kaaren said...

It looks absolutely stunning, Cathy. What a great idea!

belinda said...

!!!!! Well HECK YE-OW I LIKE IT !!!!!

Theresa said...

What an amazing quilt. Good on you for thinking outside the square! Just lovely, I love the blue and the grey solids, they're really working hard! Lovely, lovely....

basil said...

wow - just love it. Very talented!

dokiquilts said...

you're so clever to come up with that idea! i love circles--not as crazy about string quilts--so i love what you came up with! mind if i borrow the idea? :-)

Meredith said...

Lovely glad you changed your mind

jaybird said...

way to make something that isn't working for you... into something that does!

Mandalin said...

Pure brilliance!! LOVE the end result.

beth said...

this is beautiful! It's fun to experiment...especially when it turns out this lovely!

LeKaQuilt said...

Hi, I LOVE your string quilt. Your design is so greate! And it's nice to see you again.

Julie Bagamary said...

What a GREAT solution! I like circles a lot too. Nice job.

Sarah said...

oh this is just AMAZING

Catherine said...

This is stunning and the circle quilting is just perfection!!

Jean said...

WELL DONE!!!! Looks to me like you have a pattern just aching to be put into print! Really cute! I like the front and the back! Your DH has good taste. Hmmmm I have lots of scraps... and I'm sure that I can find a plate or two to trace! LoL... don't we all...

lesley said...

Cathy......brillant

O'Quilts said...

Couldnt be more creative or lovely than that quilt!

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

OMG Cathy! It's amazing! I can't believe what a creative idea that was!!! (you could make some money if you wrote up and published that pattern you know...) :D

Christine said...

Cathy it is a stunning, love it.

Have a great break

cheers
Christine

ps. we are looking forward to a break later this year, as we are having a bit of stress helping our daughter with the new born and Sophie while her DH is in East Timor. Anyway we are glad that we are so close and don't have to drive far.

Jean said...

I'm back! Your thinking... didn't know you were gone...hmmm? Anyway, just wanted to say I spent the night B/4 last cutting muslin squares to work on a strings quilt of my own... what can I say.... you inspired me! Then last night I spent part of the night... DH was already asleep. cutting some of my scraps into pieces around 1 1/8 inches wide... that is until... the rotary cutter slipped! Oops... I felt so dumb! I cut the top of my index finger on my left hand... yep 5 stitches later (oh, and I had to wake up DH... poor guy had to take me to the hospital... he kept saying are you sure it needs stitches?... I said, yes and if anything I need a tetenus shot. But all in the path of a cool quilt! Guess I need to calm down for a few days! Stitches come out in 10 days! Oh well... I just needed a little attention right! LoL...

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

This quilt is absolutely gorgeous. Almost didn't have any words for it. Love it....

erica said...

Lovely!

Maree: said...

Hello Cathy...catching up on blogs still and just had to pop in and say WOW this Quilt is Divine..being a lover of Circles I love the technique you used to sew them onto the background...I am thinking of doing the same to the DWR quilt that I am making for DS wedding...Glad to see I'm not the only one who like to think outside the Quilting Box..LOL
cheers

Sheila said...

I love what you've done to make the string quilt so unique!! Thanks for sharing your process.

Clare said...

This is gorgeous. Love the glue idea.

Did you use a foundation for the blocks, or did them Gwen's way and winged it?

Rene' said...

OK, this is just way too cool!!! Very clever to cut them into circles and then use the leftovers for more blocks. Like Clare, I would be interested in knowing if you used a foundation for the blocks. Did, I mention I really love this quilt?

Michele said...

What a gorgeous quilt! You are so clever!

bingo~bonnie said...

what a new twist on an ole favorite! i love the circles!!! and how you used the cutoffs! Great job!

Love from Texas! ~bonnie

simonepatch said...

Achei a coisa mais linda e bem facil de fazer.Adoro vir aqui e ver as ideias lindas que nos passa.Obrigada por todas as ideias e coloridos,que nos enche os olhos..Beijos

simone/poa

Leeann Hansen said...

glad you changed your mind is way cool as my son would say! :-) The blue is a very good colour choice too

Helen in the UK said...

Love the creative eye you brought to this one - the result is STUNNING!! Congrats :)

QuiltyGoodness said...

Not only do I love it, but I love hearing about your process. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah.....I gotta make one of these!! Just Brilliant.

Shirley in Shreveport

Fleurette said...

This quilt is gorgeous and the back is amazing too.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What everyone else said times two!!

Lasso the Moon said...

Wow. Wow wow wow. I'm a huge fan of the string quilt, and I love to see new ideas come from it. This design will be emulated.
Anna

Ulla said...

Great creative thinking! It is so nice on both sides.

Sandra Coleman Clarke said...

Hi, I love your quilt!!!! How big is it??? Sandra

eileensideways said...

the quilting is amazing. i love the back. incredibly creative.

Thearica said...

This is so dadgum cool! brilliant idea!!

quiltsewpieceful said...

Very nice I love it. I like the quilting idea also with the circles.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely LOVE it! What a unique way to use those fabulous fabrics!
I LOVE the back.... o, I think you mentioned that too! ;-)

annmarie said...

Connected to your post thru a link on a Benita Skinner post! Love love love your method here. thanks for sharing.

paulette said...

I LOVE this quilt!! Stunning!! Thanks SEW much for sharing!!
Paulette

Janet said...

I love the quilt and the "name". I really enjoyed the process and the finish! I think it was a wonderfully creative idea. Just Awesome!!