String Snowballs

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It is about time that I  share this quilt with you,  especially since I will be doing a workshop  in a few weeks for the Simcoe County Quilt Guild.   I had been seeing a lot of this quilt in the online world in a great variety of modern fabrics. I started to pin it and had a lightbulb moment  —  why not do it with string piecing, better yet why not do it with my stash.  I went on to my EQ program and found the block which I immediately increased to 12 inches.  It is paper pieced with gentle curves that were very easy to sew.

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I love the optical illusion created by the use of value. I quilted it using cured rulers and freehand quilting. Here is a close-up of the quilting on 4 blocks.

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This quilt hung at Quilts at the Creek in the big/little challenge.  In a moment of craziness I drafted the back to be one big block. Due to stash restrictions I decided to make the colour  radiate to darker corners.

 

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My friend Helgard  decided that she should make a quilt with this pattern in a different setting.  I tried to encourage her to use a black/white text print for the background in order to modernize her old stash.  She couldn’t wrap her head around that idea and used this grey instead.

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Here she is standing with her quilt at “the Creek” .  In the closeup you can see that she used all sorts of old stash. We quilted it simply  with an edge to edge swirly pantograph.

In the spring I taught the String Snowball workshop at Thimbles and Things in Orillia. Sue is always happy to have me try out new workshops in her classroom and I am happy to have a place to iron out any bugs in my instructions.  Christine, a class participant sent me a picture of her finished Christmas table topper 2 days later.  We had a lot of fun auditioning  fabrics for her background.

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Since making this quilt and teaching it I have had acrylic templates produced, now I can teach it several different ways in one workshop.  Contact me if you are interested in making this quilt, I have patterns and templates available.

 

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