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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Sneak Preview!

I have had some fun playing with some orphan string star blocks!

I haven't had a chance to post about last week's retreat at Camp Gravatt, nor about Randy's and my trip to Charleston (which was FAB!) but I'm in a hurry, so hopefully I'll get to that tomorrow. Let me say that it was HOT HOT HOT...in the high 90's with unbearable humidity, and my poor California friend Randy was not used to that kind of Southern Oppression! (While a pic was being taken at the close of retreat she said "Hurry up! I can feel my hair frizzing as I stand here!) :cÞ

While at retreat, I was gifted with a baggie of strings and partially pieced string panels from Stephanie! She knows I love this stuff, so instead of tossing it..she brought a big bag with my name on it!

I made a couple more string stars to round out the number to 9, set them with easy asymetrical sashings, and used 4 patches made from the leftover strips from the star struck quilt as my cornerstones! I am calling this quilt "Out on a String..."

Stephanie's strip pieced panels quickly became stringy sawtooth triangles for the border...I think it turned out really cute. I'm going to use this one as a tutorial for teaching 8 pointed string stars (Yes, with set in Y seams and everything, I think they look best that way)

As to the setting, I think this would be a great setting for any blocks you've got hanging around out there! I played with this in EQ 6, and I really like it. I've got some swap blocks I also hope to set this way. The sashings just go on two sides of the block, and then you can twist and turn them any way you want...

I'm off to my choir director's wedding! I got my hair highlighted and trimmed yesterday...felt good to have some "pamper me" time. And get this...the dress I am wearing is gorgeous and came from the $1.00 a pound bin at the good will clearance center! I kid you not!....The shoes came from Burlington Coat Factory, and were NOT as cheap :c|

Will report back later! Have a super weekend everyone...

21 comments:

Julia said...

Another great quilt, Bonnie!!! I am not sure if you inspire or intimidate me?????? Either way, you are amazing and I love everything that you create!!

Dawn said...

I have so been wanting to make string stars like this. So my question is - is this going to be a tutorial/pattern online or only when you go teach??!!! I LOVE those string stars!

Dawn said...

Wonder what happened to my first comment. So my question was is this going to be a tutorial/pattern online or only for when you go teach? I LOVE those string stars and have been wanting to attempt this! Love your inspiration as always!

julieQ said...

You know, the chedder and blue really make the strings pop to me. A very charming quilt!! Have fun, JulieQ

julieQ said...

You know, the chedder and blue really make the strings pop to me. A very charming quilt!! Have fun, JulieQ

NanaK said...

These string stars are gorgeous! Love the colors.

Carol said...

Bonnie those blocks are wonderful and the setting is PERFECT!

Judy said...

I love how your quilts always have so much sparkle....I never seem to get that nice blend of colors. I'll have to work on that more!!

Just great!

zizzybob said...

Love the blocks, really love the setting, but I really, really want to see that dress.

JudyL said...

Oh, I love that pattern. You come up with the coolest designs for strings and scraps! Thanks for so much inspiration.

Elaine Adair said...

Once more, you have created something from old scraps, yet it is unique and original!!! How do you keep coming up with yet another quilt that I LOVE - I bet there are a bazillion other quilter/bloggers who love it also! Funny, the fabric you used in the corner background is a fabric I'm using right now!

And even more than seeing the blocks, I want to see that DRESS!!

Marcie said...

I have been dying over those string stars since you first showed them. Now you have done such a dynamic setting! Nobody's gonna get away with stealing that baby!

Tracy said...

I love these! Seriously, I want to drool they are so cool:) I hope there is a tutorial too... Thanks again for the inspiration!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

fantastic. you are amazing as always. glad you had a great visit with your friend, and wow, those really were high temps.

joyce said...

I love the offset sashing. Must try it sometime.

QuiltMom said...

Hi Bonnie,
I love the string star settings and - what an interesting and different way to set them. I will look forward to reading your instructions. Thank you for your generosity and for still being willing to keep sharing your great ideas.
I hope you had a wonderful time at the wedding.
Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,
Anna

Lynn Dykstra said...

This is so fun. It is a wonderful setting for these string stars.
I used a similar setting with simple evening stars several years ago--what a different look with your cheddars and blues.
http://kleinmeisjequilts.blogspot.com/2005/08/pastel-batiks.html
Lynn

mamaspark said...

This is great! I really love the cheddar you used for the sashings. You have an amazing mind! AND...thanks for sharing!!

Katie said...

Love those blocks!

Tracey in CT said...

I Love this setting! I am definitely going to use this setting for some sampler type blocks I am working on now! THank you so much for this idea!!!

Why don't any of the thrift stores near me ever have good prices like the ones near you??? I can't even get a kids t-shirt for $1. at the local ones!!

Mary said...

The string stars look great. I've been thinking about making one and have versions set aside to study.