Saturday, June 13, 2009

Contest #1 -- String Quilts

I want to compile a list of links with string quilt variations for HeartStrings so if you've made a string quilt or have a favorite link to a string quilt share the link on this post for a chance to win a prize. Each link you share gets you one chance to win and if you share a link that inspires my next string quilt you'll win too!

I'll start off the list with some string quilts I've made(these link to instructions for making the quilts too):

String Tumblers
Amish Stripes and Strings
Chinese Coins with Coins border
Chinese Coins - Easy version
Chinese Coins - Easy version #2
Chinese Coins ~ Uneven Version
Strings ~ Half Square Strings
Strings ~ Patriotic Star
Strings ~ Purple Project Quilt #1
Strings ~ Purple Project Quilt #2
Strings ~ Rectangle Strings
Strips and Strings Log Cabin
Strings ~ Hearts

This Coins quilt doesn't have instructions but it's based on a quilt by Karla Alexander on the cover of this book.

Here's my String Courthouse Steps quilt based on one by Sandy Bonsib on the cover of this book.

This is my HeartStrings quilt with green centers -- instructions are available here and here's my Pink version.

It doesn't have to be a quilt of yours to share the link but make sure I can contact you by email if you win. The contest will end on June 22nd when I get back to town.

Now, what are your favorite string quilt variations?

Email me


Julie in the Barn said...

I've made 2 string quilts. Here and here I'm really jazzed about making a tumbler or thousand pyramids quilt using the hundreds (EEEK!) of string/crumb blocks I've accumulated. They are so addictive to make. Just mindless sewing, no seams or points to match.

Kelly Ann said...

Mary, thanks for sharing your string quilts, they are beautiful. We're gonna use the string quilt block for our next charity sew-in and now I have a place to refer people so they can see how cool these quilts can turn out.

Mam said...

Hello Mary, here is the link to my fabric string quilt, one I made for my youngest granddaughter. Made with love in every stitch
Love your blog........Mam

SandyQuilts said...

I have always loved the Red Zinger at


AND Fan Quilt

These 2 are not strictly 'string' quilts but strings could be used.

Susan said...

Funny you should ask...I'm taking a workshop on string quilting taught by Ami Simms today! Here's a link to her website that shows several of the quilts that have been made by people who have taken the workshop...

SandyQuilts said...

Almost forgot ran across this one last night. She calls it candy stripes

Her tutorial

I know there are others ... have to hunt them up.

GREAT idea Mary .... I can't wait to see what this blog note brings to our lives. THANKS

Video Spice said...

Not sure if I can post of picture of my string quilt but I'll try.

Thanks again for a fun pattern!

jovaliquilts said...

Oh, what fun! We've made lots of heartstrings and I'm looking for something else. I should have a bunch of links, but to get started for now, here are 3 of the more different hearstrings quilts I've made or my committee has made using your patterns:

Rainbow rectangular heartstrings

Different rainbow square heartstrings (not yet finished):

Fighting Illini (local university sports team) colors heartstrings:

Gypsy Quilter said...

What a great idea Mary. Here's my post showing several of the QOV tops done by the local volunteers last year.

Robin said...

Hi Mary, I love all you string quilts. I have always wanted to make truly scrappy quilts but for some reason I seem to have a mental block (not a lack of scaps or fabric). You have inspired me to get over it and just go for it. Thanks for the inspiration.
Robin in Seal Beach, CA

Stephanie D. said...

I have one started for my daughter, based on one by a husband-and-wife team quilters in a cyber-group. This is the layout I am using:

The one I am making DD has a blue fabric through the middle of each string block.

LeKaQuilt said...

LeKa :o)

Renate said...

This is the website I like:

Bekhy said...

Here's some fun eye candy. Looking at this stuff sure gives my creative energies a boost. Have fun!

Bekhy said...

I'm so tempted to leave more links...go to flickr and search for string quilts. there's some really cool stuff on there :P

Okay...obviously could not help myself. I promise to stop now.

Renate said...

I am new to the world of string quilts. Here is the link to what I call my first string quilt.

Shogun said...

I love string quilts and always use my scraps! My blog has one I just finished with strings used in rectangles, logs, triangles and squares. I'll go post it! Love to read your blog.

Ruthie said...

Don't forget my String Fish Aquarium.

Auntie Em said...

On my own list of "Someday" quilts is this awesome string spools quilt made by Jean Roesler of Palisade, Colorado.

The pattern is from "Spectacular String Pieced quilts: a Pattern Book" shown here:

knitnoid said...

This is my first string quilt:

It was a variation on one of Bonnie Hunter's quilts.

mamaspark said...

Glad to see there are folks that have made more than I have!

"M" quilt is here

star quilt is here

St. Patrick's good Luck

And a Heart string one

Hope they inspire others. String piecing is great fun!

NancyA said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Bonnie Hunter's Virginia Bound string quilt:

NancyA said...

Okay, so this pattern isn't technically for a string quilt, but you could certainly use it to make one:

Scroll down to the pictures for the Strip Mine quilts. You can order the Strip Mine pattern without taking the class.

Laurie Ann said...

This is one of my favorites.

Roogrr's back to 100% after his second TPLO. I see him a little stiff when he gets up, but seems to walk it off right away. I am taking him to hydrotherapy to bulk up some muscle in those thighs. I am glad I don't have to worry about the "other knee" anymore! Did you get Chesty on some glucosamine?

Laurie Ann said...

This is another I love, it's an old pattern, I don't see it around much.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see this..

Thank you very much...
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