Monday, March 23, 2009

I had good intentions

of making some small compass blocks when I went into the sewing room, but these scraps were calling out to me to play with them. It's true, they were just lying around begging to be used. Out came Gwen's book, Liberated String Quilting and what fun to randomly sew strips together!
Voila! One string pieced star on red, and oh I love it! I thought the background could have been cheddar or blue or red but the red won hands down. The block will finish at 18 inches.
I often do this, get distracted by something I've seen that plays on my mind and I tell myself that I'll just make a block to see if I like it enough to do more of them. Who am I kidding, I knew I'd want to do more after being totally inspired by Pamina. she makes the most wonderful quilts. Thank you Pamina!
I have managed to make a couple more of these blocks and only have two to do before I can put that quilt top together. There's also been a fair bit of hand quilting going on as well which I really want to get finished.

24 comments:

Leyla said...

I read every day your post, and your blog give my a lot of ispiration.
I love your quilt.
Greetings from Switzerland
Leyla

Fiesta said...

Janet your string block is a delight. I stilll do not know how to make those.
Like you I go to the sewing room with good intentions and get distracted too.

Stina said...

It is so much more fun to make something that really have got your attention..that minute..and you just have to try it!! Nice job!! :o)

Jackie said...

String piecing is fun! You really had a terrific result and it is great to be inspired to make something you will like. Beautiful!

Vicki W said...

The string star is very cool. I've always loved those and want to mae a quilt with them some day. But I am REALLY taken with the flower pot blocks! Is there a pattern for that?

alobsiger said...

That happens to me a lot--getting led somewhat astray in the sewing room. I don't know about you, but these detours always seem to take more time than I think they will--but they are FUN nonetheless. LOve your string pieced star and your charming flower pots!

Amy said...

Janet,
Luv the string quilt.The flower pots are wonderful..What pattern is it? I have a thing for flowers....Amy

Shari said...

That star block looks fantastic on the red! What fun. And those little flower pots are so cute too. Very productive sewing session!

ranette said...

I love the string star...and the red...omg I love it too! I have a hard time string piecing though, maybe I should get my LSQ book out and study it some more.

Oh and let's not forget the little flower pot blocks...so cute!

Carrie P. said...

Wow, that string star is awesome. I like the red background.

Darlene said...

You always have so many inspiring things happening. I'm in constant awe of you. Love the strings!

I'm really crazy about the pots and flowers - sooo cute!

Janet said...

As soon as I saw your string star I thought of Pamina's star. I really like it. I've been wanting to try making one too but I've got a deadline for finishing a baby quilt.
The flower pot blocks are very sweet too.

Judy said...

I have a bucket of scraps just just this reason that need to be used soon!! just lovely.

Karen said...

Love it! I must try string piecing.

Heidi said...

Greetings from northern California. I am in awe of your quilting. Your blog is inspiring.

Heidi

pamina said...

Hi Janet, I'm happy if my scrappy star has inspired yours, which is beautiful ! How many blocks are you going to make ?

Quilts And Pieces said...

I told pamina I"ve been dying to make a quilt out of that block. And then I saw Pamina's. And now you tempt me! shame on all of you!!!!

Maree said...

Love that Star..it is Fabulous.!!!Also your Flower Pots are Very Cute.!!
cheers

Kerstin said...

Oh Janet, this string pieced star ist so lovely! I'm tempted to make one on my own.
Happy quilting!

QuiltedSimple said...

Love both blocks - it would be hard to choose between the two
Kris

Rose Marie said...

Love that string block .... how many more will you make? I can't see you stopping at just one! :o)

Kellie said...

Looks terrific! Your sewing skills look pretty good to me!!! I feel nauseous just looking at inset corners! :)

Sue said...

March 23,2009 blog has blocks with flower pots and flowers
Can you tell me the pattern name and the fabric line used?
Thank you, Sue

Sue said...

What is the name of the pattern with the clay pots and flowers? March 23, 2009
Thank you,
Sue