“Churning Along” Published!

Has last minute shopping for stocking stuffers taken you to your favorite newsstand? If so, I’m sure you glanced at the quilting magazine titles. And maybe you saw the January/February 2020 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

My string-pieced quilt, “Churning Along” is included in the magazine along with a tip for storing my strips and strings by color. If using your growing collection of string-y scraps is your New Year’s resolution, this is the quilt for you! I began by sewing fabric strips to squares of outdated phone book pages. Using a #90 needle and decreasing the stitch length aids in removing the paper. It is best to begin by placing a 2 1/2″ wide strip diagonally through the center of the square. Use a sew and flip method to add strips on both sides of the center diagonal strip, covering the paper square. Trim away excess bits and pieces using the paper as a guide. Cut the square diagonally through the center 2 1/2″ strip, and then remove the paper foundation.

The string piecing done, the rest of the “Churn Dash” block is quickly constructed. For the strip pieced units, I chose a random black and white polka dot rather than a stark black solid. The print softens the effect yet adds unity to all the scrappiness. More strips and strings comprise the scrappy border.

My editor and I debated between a light gray and the saturated lime green for the background color. While gray would have been a fine choice, I think lime really packs a punch! I had to be careful, though, not to place green as the center strip when piecing the blocks as it would fade into the background.

I quilted a freehand all-over spiral design with lime green thread and finished the quilt with black binding.

Are you enthused about making “Churning Along?” If so, leave a comment stating what background color you would use. Lime green, light gray, or ??  I’ll enter all comments in a drawing for a free magazine on December 31. (And don’t think, ” I don’t have a chance of winning.” Usually 25 people or less comment for a chance to win. Please throw your name in the hat!)

25 thoughts on ““Churning Along” Published!

  1. Oh my, the options are limitless! I already have a stack of string blocks just waiting to be made into a quilt. I think the lime green was an excellent choice, but I would be pulling from my stash so I would probably use some bright orange or gold. I’ve been looking for an interesting way to use my blocks. Congratulations on your publication!!!!

  2. Love this quilt!! Churndash is my fav block and green is my favourite colour ❤ Most likely I would use a light grey background as most of my fabrics are green. Im going to go grab this magazine this morning. If I am so lucky to win I will pass along the purchased one to a friend.

  3. Gorgeous, as usual. My QOV group is doing string quilts for the women patients who don’t want RWB quilts on national QOV Sew Day, Feb. 1. Guess which one I will be doing!? The best Christmas to you and your family, Aby, and I hope to see you at the show in Sanford in Jan.
    Mary Ed

  4. I have been drawn to darker backgrounds lately. The contrast would make the string blocks pop. I would choose hunter green.

  5. I would use a medium blue like the print by Moda Grunge as a back ground color. I seem to have many scraps that will coordinate with that particular blue fabric. Your quilt is beautiful!

  6. Love your choice of lime green, which I wouldn’t have thought of! I might have gone with robin’s egg blue, but now you’ve got me reconsidering. 🙂 I may also put it on point, seeing your final photo. I really like what that does to churn dashes. Congrats on another publication!

  7. What a great looking quilt. I’m glad you used that lime green because it makes such a cheerful quilt. I’d love to use a bright (tho not too bright) background like yellow or blue or red or pink. It would have to be something already in my stash! Thank you for showing the basics involved in making this quilt.

  8. With the black squares, there are a lot of background colors that would work. I like yellow orange myself or aqua, but as you say be careful your strings don’t emphasize that color too much.

  9. I like your quilt with the lime green background, and I think I have the perfect lime green for it in my stash. It has tiny dots in many colors on the lime green. Hope I have enough!

  10. I love controlled scrappy quilts and yours is fabulous. I think I’d decide what colour to use depending on the scraps I was using. I might start with a grey though as is very neutral.

  11. Even though blue is my favorite color, I really like the lime green. Not sure what background I would use, and I like how you used black for binding. Nice quilt! Congrats on publication.

  12. The lime green is beautiful! The gray would be neutral and blend well, but I think I would follow your lead and use the happy green.

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