Saturday, February 03, 2007

Another late night finish





I finished up these blocks this afternoon and decided to start piecing the top tonight. Once I got started I decided to keep going until the top was together. It's 12:30AM and the lighting isn't the best but here are a couple pictures. I'll have to try to get a better picture tomorrow. (top picture replaced 2/4)




Don't you hate seeing a *problem* once you finish a top. Can you see those two strips of the same green fabric in the middle block on the top row? I didn't notice it until I took the picture so it's not a prominent as it appears and I'm certainly not going to do anything about it now. You'll notice that I didn't worry about lining up my center strips perfectly - I like the more imperfect look although I have to admit that mine are a lot more consistent that the ones in the pattern.




Although I started this quilt before Judy issued her challenge, I'm counting it as my stash quilt for February. The border fabric is one that had been in my stash for at least a couple years and I looked through my strings to find ones that picked up the colors in the print. I'll use fabric from stash for the backing too.

23 comments:

Nancy said...

I think I like this controlled scrappy one the best of any I've seen lately. Makes me want to play in my strips. But I have other things I must do first so I'll be patient.

Helen in the UK said...

Love the colours of this new quilt - so perfectly matching the border fabric. Had to look REAL HARD to find the 'problem' even after you pointed it out. Gorgeous quilt :)

paula, the quilter said...

That border really enhances the top. I know it was hard to cut into it, but really, it is the perfect fabric for this quilt. Good job.

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Very, very nice. That border print is perfect.

joyce said...

I absolutely love the border print. Gorgeous quilt. "Problems" always show up in photos of the finished quilt. It is so hard to notice that I had to look and look to find it.

Jeanne said...

Whew -- you're sewing up a storm these days!! I get that 'two the same touching' once in a while, too, but I figure it adds to the quirkiness :)
How's your frigid weather?
Jeanne ... doing the RWB blocks

Quilty said...

Mary, this quilt is gorgeous! May I ask what size rectangles you used?

Norma said...

This is by far the nicest string quilt that I have seen so far! I don't see the problem with the greens at all--not even if I really look hard! Nice that it is a stash buster for you too! Feels good to see the stash go down, doesn't it? Is this a top for the new BF template? Or are you going to try concentric circles on this one?

JudyL said...

Mary, that border is so perfect for the quilt. Those two green strips together -- where in the string quilt rule book does it say you can't do that? :)

That's a beautiful, happy, cheerful quilt!

Bonnie said...

Oh Mary, I've said it before and I will say it again, you have such wonderful color sense. When you showed that border fabric I didn't think it would ever work, but you have proved me wrong. Your quilt is gorgeous and the colors dance. Beautiful!

June in MD said...

I love the colors on this quilt. It's very creative and love the way it looks.
June

patt said...

marvelous quilt, mary. definitely cheery. a new learning experience in pulling fabrics for these.
patti in florida

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

I love the strings colors and the border is just perfect. I for one do not see the *problem*. Nor do I care, I think your quilt is wonderful.

Nicole and Phil said...

Hi Mary,
I love the strings in the rectangle design.....makes for an interesting design! i would not worry too much about the greens matching up....you could call it "V for Victory" or "enVious" something like that! as though it was purely intentional! :)
Cheers
Nicole, Berlin, Germany

Vicky said...

What a perfectly beautiful string quilt! I've got to say, I've fallen in love with these things! Yours is just gorgeous!

Hugs

Patti said...

Wow - that's a bright one! It looks like it could almost glow in the dark! Someone is going to be so cheered by all those bright colors. Perfect use of the floral for the "idea fabric" and then the borders.

The Calico Cat said...

Can you see those two strips of the same green fabric in the middle block on the bottom row?

NO & I keep looking - thank you very much, now I have an inner challenge to find the "problem."

Cynthia said...

Mary, your string quilt is just lovely. I like the border fabric you chose to help with fabric choices for the string blocks.

Doodlebug Gail said...

Love it! Everything is controlled and looks like it was meant to be. I think I should try that .... choosing the border and then the colours. I don't like a totally scrappy look - this is absolutely gorgeous.

qwltnfool said...

Beautiful quilt, Mary! I love the colors. The greens would never have been noticed if not mentioned - remember, there are no quilt police!

Beth said...

I concur with the group! GORGEOUS! I had to look about 3 times before I could find the greens touching. Hmmm what does that say about my powers of observation???

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

What a great, great idea - to start with a very bright, fun border fabric and build your strips using those colors - it all looks soooo dazzling!

Cheers!

Evelyn

Passionate Quilter said...

Whoa! took my breath away! That truly is a stunning quilt! Someone is just going to love that one! You sure are on a roll lately! I think you just hooked a couple more people to string piecing. I've been doing my own, but may have to jump into the Heartstrings que too!