String-Pieced Blues

1 12 2014

This fall I completed two quilts for Mrs. Lottie. She will give them to her grandsons for Christmas.


Background story: Lottie’s niece showed her how to string-piece colored fabric strips on a muslin foundation several years ago. With the niece’s help, she made 30 red 12″ blocks and 30 blue 12″ blocks. The red blocks were sashed; the blues were not. The niece lives out of state, and Lottie didn’t remember how to complete the quilts. I met Mrs. Lottie in JoAnn’s and helped her select border and backing fabric for the red quilt as well as the fabrics necessary to set the blue blocks. I finished the red quilt in September, and the blue quilt last week.

Two blocks, placed side by side are pictured below. I see two large X’s, don’t you?

Lottie's string pieced blocks

It is amazing how the X’s are transformed into 3-dimensional squares when all 30 blocks are set side by side!

Lottie's string pieced blocks 2

Even though a side by side setting is visually interesting, Lottie’s plan for the quilt called for 3″ wide light blue sashing and inner border with a 5″ dark blue outer border. The quilt is a large queen, measuring 86″ x 100.”


For the quilting design, I freehanded heart-shaped leaves and loops in a medium blue variegated thread. Click on the picture below to enlarge the photo.


Won’t Mrs. Lottie’s grandsons be surprised this Christmas?! One is an alumni of NC State; he gets the red quilt. The other is a Tarheel; he gets the blue one!






One response

3 12 2014

These are delightful. I enjoy making traditional scrap blocks. Women of generations gone by must smile down us when we connect with them through fabric and fiber.

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