Monday, March 31, 2014
Black White and Red String Quilt Top
I am so pleased with the way this came out! In only about 2 weeks, I've been able to finish this quilt top. It came together quickly. I was able to concentrate on it at Quilt Camp last week, finished the blocks this weekend, laid them out and put it all together. [It is pretty square in real life. It's just hanging on a slumped mattress against the wall in this picture.]
Here is one of the finished blocks. It's a little hard to see the solitary block in the full layout because the layout makes the secondary red, black and white squares. I purposely laid out the strings (2-1/2 in strip sets of black and white; 1 honey bun thrown in, too, for some narrower strips) so that there would be a white side and a black side with the intention of creating additional black and white blocks in the final layout. I love it!
This is a block before it's trimmed. The instructions have you start with a foundation square (I used muslin). Then you lay down the color strip corner to corner, then lay down the second strip and sew it down through the foundation, then flip it and sew down the next string. You keep building the blocks that way until it's done. Heartstrings block guidelines / instructions are here.
Here's the back side of the untrimmed block. You can see how sturdy the foundation square is; how it keeps things nice and tidy. It also makes it quite a bit heavier than the usual 1-layered quilt top. I'm wondering if I need to add a batting, or if the muslin will be enough?
Maybe a light batt? It may take another 5 years to finish this quilt. At least I can say I finished the top.