Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Final Set of Diagonal String Blocks

we are each other's harvest;
we are each other's business;
we are each other's magnitude and bond.
~Gwendolyn Brooks, "Paul Robeson"


Quilting


The last of these values in my scrap bag... for now at least. If you followed earlier posts, you know some of these were removed from the earlier quilts. Such quiet values now. They still look good together, perhaps because most are soft, greyed tones. That little bit of blue adds the right amount of interest.



Next I'll sew these together and quilt it since I'm really trying to work all the way through instead of piling up partial finishes. {We'll see how long that lasts.} Keeping the blocks in order and turned correctly is important. This is a small enough quilt to use the webbing method to sew the blocks together. I find that is the most effective way to keep them in order although the webbing can get caught on my sewing table edges. 

Reading

The Windsor Knot by S.J. Bennett begins a mystery series with Queen Elizabeth as the sleuth. I'm not sure why I picked it up but am delighted I did. No, the queen doesn't wander around with a magnifying glass. Instead, she works behind the scene protecting her staff, guiding her advisors, and using all her intelligence to solve the murder of a young man at her favorite castle. There are several books in this series but who knows if there will be more in future. 

Enjoy the day, Ann

14 comments:

  1. I like the low valued string blocks a lot!! Nice work on these hugs, Julierose

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    1. Why do we forget how nice those gentle shades can be? I guess because there are so many bright colors online that show better.

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  2. Your leftovers will make a lovely quilt top.

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    1. Thanks, Patty. I hope to finish it soon. I'm really trying to keep these things going all the way to a finish each time.

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  3. The soft colors are so calming. The book sounds good!

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    1. I'd be interested to hear your opinion of it. Since I'm not British, I've no way to know how much about staff, etc is believable. I finished it just be for EII passed.

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  4. I appreciate and have read many of your book recommendations.

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    1. That's nice to know. I hope you've enjoyed them as much as I have.

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  5. I love the soft colors in the quilt with some nice surprises in the prints close up. Good luck staying ahead with finishes. I'm a hopeless case trying to do that.

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    1. I know. I like surprising fabrics but they are rarely quiet. Still, it's good to get these things moving along. I don't know how long it will last but I'm really trying to complete projects instead of starting so many.

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  6. Any kind or color of string quilt is a winner in my book. I love string quilts. You are right...the blue does add interest. I like how you have arranged the blocks. I web most of my quilts even the really big ones. I usually sew blocks together randomly but kind of look at the blocks as a whole as I sew and kind of "design" the quilt as I go instead of using a design wall. (Weird, I know). Book sounds good. I've been stuck mostly in historical fiction mode although every once in awhile I do like to branch out into mystery mode.

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    1. They are a lovely way to use up our scraps. Many of our old family quilts are some string variation but they often add curved piecing or purchase some solid to add continuity.
      Currently there's no design wall here. It's just on the floor by my sewing machine. Barely enough room for a baby quilt. These were a bit easier because I "pre-pulled" fabrics that had similar values.
      I get on kicks of types of books but often alternate between non-fiction and mystery.

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  7. Another pretty version. I love those little accents in blue, they are a nice surprise!

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    1. It always amazes me when the last of the leftovers go together this well.

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