Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Big String Star is almost finished!



I'm finally posting pictures (I hope). The top lacks only the border now, and I'm making letters so I can put my name and the year in the border (thanks Tonya for the inspiration)! I pieced it after looking at a picture of an old string quilt that was made with triangles instead of diamond shapes...so here it is, though unfinished. It's so much fun, and went together fast, even though the letters have taken a little more time than I expected.




This picture makes the letters look HUGE...they will finish about 6" tall in a 12" wide border. I've just got the 008 left to do (of 2008), then I can put the border on! And here's the picture that started me on this quilt.

Isn't it great? That's it for now. BTW, I love seeing the things that you all are making--it's really inspiring.
Best to all,
Nancy

21 comments:

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. I love that inspiration quilt too. I love your colors. In the first pic, your quilt looks quite traditional and yet the closeup shows the fun modern fabric you also used. Reminds me of Bonnie's work, mixing all the different kinds of fabric together.

and look at your letters! you did a great job with those Ys and I love your C.

Clare said...

Oh my - I'm speechless. It's gorgeous.

That's a good idea for the border. You've given me an idea for the backing of the houses.

Rae said...

Wonderful. Your quilt is very impressive!

Cheryl said...

Fantastic, don't you just love string quilts? I never seen one like this before. Thanks for sharing.

Nancy said...

Oops! My apologies to the class--I intended the "isn't it great" comment to refer to the old quilt that inspired me, not to mine. (I hope it didn't sound like that.) If it weren't for all of you, both your work in this class and your wonderful blogs, I would never have made this top, and certainly wouldn't have learned to free-piece letters. I lurked for a while, reading everything, then suddenly found myself sewing again!
Best to you all, Nancy

Roses and Lilacs said...

Beautiful, bold! The colors are amazing. I just love it.
Marnie

Quiltdivajulie said...

Nancy, I got it - both of them are GREAT!

I love how you found a way to take the inspiration and make it your own!

I'm still lurking...

KnitOneQuiltTooKristin said...

Gorgeous! Well done.

Mary said...

I agree, BOTH quilts are wonderful!

BrendaS said...

They're both great. Thanks for posting them. I've been admiring your beautiful collection of string quilts in Marston's Liberated String Quilts. Very inspiring, and beautiful examples of colour and value and using what you have.

Lynda said...

I love the old quilt - the way she ran out of fabric and used turquoise in opposite corners to try and balance it out! But yours is gorgeous, and will look great with the wide border and letters.

andriann said...

So bright! I just noticed the diamonds created by the red strips in the star. Wow. Congrats on getting it all together...what a great inspiration quilt too. Looking forward to where you put the letters and how it all comes together.

Magpie Sue said...

Fun! Love your color choices :- )

I also love the inspiration quilt. I can see why wanted to make one of your own!

Bonnie said...

YEAH!! I had to come running and see, especially since Tonya sent me an email saying it used the "Bonnie-esque Garbage Can Approach" *LMAO* (thanks Ton..what a hoot!)

The quilt is fabulous and since I have a BIN of 5.5" string blocks, I might have to try this on a smaller scale! Thanks for the Inspiration!

Life is good in my garbage can... :cD

Bonnie

Bonnie said...

P.S,!!!!

I just enlarged the pic, and I am SERIOUSLY IMPRESSED with the plaid strips in the setting triangles being MITERED! You rock girl!! :cD

Bonnie

Rose Marie said...

What a glorious quilt you have going. That is a show stopper for me.

Kristin L said...

Awesome inspiration -- awesome red quilt!

Roslyn Atwood said...

Love the string star, never tried one myself only a Lonestar!
Roslyn

Niki said...

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Lorie M. said...

Love love this idea, the letters, the star quilt inspiration is super! all great stuff, I would love to do something like this.

Carol E. said...

Very cool way to use strings and to build on an inspiration from an old beauty. I love it!