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Scrappy string quilt

Not a particularly flattering photo, but I'm pleased enough with the quilt.
I have RA and it's inhibiting my hand sewing, so, after over fifty years of doing it one way, I'm learning to use the sewing machine to make quilts. It's not as simple as it seems. Unwitty pun it might be, but it seems machine seams are a pain to line up
This one used up all those wee strips of left over quilting cottons.
I was kind of aiming for 'Autumnal' colours, but rather ended up with Hallowe'en I think.

Wait and see, and I'll not have been able to insert the photo now
Sorry Bodger/Kaz

p.s. Nope. Going to have to try editing it.

That is beautiful. How long did it take you to do?
Yorkshire Geordie

Here you are Toddy ..............

Very nice quilt. I like it. You must have boat loads of patience

Nice work

Thank you both

It didn't take all that long really.
I have rheumatoid arthritis, and the first hour in the morning is a stiff, sore and achy one. The stairs look like blooming Everest at times. I have taken to going into the back bedroom where my sewing is set up and just quietly working on something until all of my joints have eased up.

I have hand sewn since before I went to school, but the last flare up left me with aching wrists and virtually no pinch grip. I am healing, and quietly hopeful that things will continue to improve, but quilting was just totally beyond me.

Himself bought me a new sewing machine, one meant for quilting, and suggested that I might as well learn how to do it that way. So, the string quilt was a huge learning curve, but quietly satisfying somehow

The strips are sewn onto very thin muslin and then joined into blocks of four. Those blocks are backed with wadding and cotton fabric and machine quilted.
Then the blocks are joined together, the framing strips sewn on and the whole thing bound with a narrow border.
It's called Quilt as you go, QAYG, and it's surprisingly quick.

It's not as tidy or accurate as my hand sewing, but it's very sound and very do-able, even when my hands and too sore to make as I would like.
Kind of reassuring.
In total it only took about a month of morning sewing hours to do the entire quilt.
The photo doesn't show it's size very well, but it's about 56" x 68" so it's a
reasonable size too. Good for a wrap around or snuggle into when it's chilly.
I am quietly chuffed


that looks great and love the colours it is Autumnal colours I think  

That looks great and although you say it's a quick process, all that sewing onto muslin and backing with wadding and cotton sounds hard work  

My sister made a patchwork quilt but it's something I've never tried - perhaps I should!

Honestly Kaz it was simplicity itself.
I cut out a pile of (roughly) 7" squares of muslin (truthfully I used everything from old hankies to washed thin pillowslips as well as the cheapest spit-peas-through 99p a metre cotton I could find. It's inside and will never be seen, so ink stains and faded to cream just doesn't matter. The strips are sewn over each other so even if the old cottons fail, it won't ever be an issue.

I cut out a 6" square from an old thin cutting board and just drew round that with a pencil on every square. Then I drew a line diagonally across them all.

That was the foundation. Then it was just a matter of sewing on the strips from the centre outwards.
Trimmed off the squares to 6", stacked them up, then sewed them together four at a time. Wadded and backed and quilted, and they joined together very easily indeed no fuss or bother. I just used strips of the same fabric I used as the start across each of the first blocks, to cover the raw edges.

It was just bit by bit by bit, a few every day, and it all built up very tidily. Nothing big to wrestle with, and very little footeryness too.
It used up masses of scraps as well

For a first quilt for anyone I would happily recommend it. The blocks could easily be sized up too, or rearranged like log cabin ones are.

Best of all no trying to layer up and baste an entire quilt and keep the tension tidy. Saved my aching knees and hips a lot of grief


You've inspired me now Toddy.  I've made several machine quilted throws for the beds - but the language has got stronger as I've struggled to squeeze them through the sewing machine!

 Oh yes    I too have that dictionary  
That was a huge part of the ease of this one. Only the borders needed long lengths sewn by machine, and since they are at the edges I could keep the rest of the quilt on the bench.

There's an Australian lady who does beautifully clear and straightforward tutorials for QAYG (I'll find a link) but to be honest, for the stitching down of the faggot strips I just used a needle and thread. It was only a foot at a time and I didn't need to be so accurate with the machine. My hands managed that fine where there's no way they were up to the entire thing.

I'm doing another one just now, but using half square triangles. I'm enjoying making again

I'd love to see what you make.

Yorkshire Geordie

Is this the QAYG site, Toddy?


Sorry, had to search for my saved links.

The lady's name is Susan Claire, she's known as the Gourmet Quilter .maybe NZ ?  

Either way she's very easy to understand and very encouraging in the way she demonstrates.


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