Tuesday, January 09, 2007

String Tulips

















It seems that Bloggerland has been bitten by the String Piecing bug! How fun! I have a string UFO on my list for this coming summer - String Tulips. In about 1990 I made up 20 of these tulips - all from bits and pieces of fabrics given to me by my family. Last summer I actually pulled them out to admire. Mmmm - got to love some of that older fabric, LOL! And since I didn't have any other fabric - I put it all together and somehow - the end result works. String quilts are so fun in that regard.

I am going to sew these right side down onto very thin interfacing, clip the curves, slit the interfacing and turn right side out, and then sew with a machine blanket stitch using black thread onto a background fabric. At least - that is my plan. Got to get the interfacing. And background, sashing and cornerstone fabrics. I think each block is about 11", but I can't remember exactly right now.

These blocks are in Canada so I won't be able to work on them anytime soon...

I think this will be a fun quilt when finished!

P.S. - I started a NEW blog - it is www.starfishysphotojournal.blogspot.com - take a peek!



18 comments:

quiltpixie said...

you're tulips are grand... I love the idea of interfacing and then turning them... I'll tuck that into a corner of my bag of tricks for later use :-)

Bingo~Bonnie said...

When I first opened your page I saw butterflies..... but after reading your post, yes they do look like tulips :c)

Even though these blocks are not where you are - I admire you for planning ahead. Reminds me of the saying, "Those that fail to plan - plan to fail." That won't be you! ~Bonnie

Norma said...

I love your tulip string blocks! How creative!

Lucy said...

They are so fun to make hè ! ... I love yours!

Fiona said...

Strings are definitely the thing - I love them - the tulips look really effective.

Carol said...

Wow! Those tulip blocks are great. I've never seen anything like those. Love 'em.

Gail said...

What a neat variation on string blocks!

joyce said...

I love your tulips and I think the way you plan to turn them will work wonderfully.

Darcie...Quilting By Darcie said...

Timeless, aren't they! Thanks for sharing, Evelyn.

Nancy said...

This is absolutely wonderful! And dare I admit I own some of those fabrics? LOL!

Dawn said...

Oh they are so fun! I love them. I have to have Lucy come look! She did some small string tulips! Oh wait - I see she already has visited!

Patti said...

Wonderful blocks! I recognize lots of those fabrics LOL!

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Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

I've never seen anything like those tulip blocks. They are wonderful. I love them - very, very creative!!!!!

Mary said...

How cute - I don't think I've seen blocks like those before - did you get your inspiration from an old quilt (they have that feel to me) or did you make up the tulip pattern yourself?

Shelina said...

I want to make a string quilt too. There are so many things I want to make.

Vicky said...

I love your tulips! Such a happy quilt. Fabulous job!

Hugs

Elaine Adair said...

Ohhh too cute! Another great use of strings - gosh, do you think one day we will all use all our strings and then what would be write about? LOL They are so 'old fashioned' yet, these days, just right. Thanks for the quilt photos, and also, of the beautiful mountains and snow.

Susan said...

I love the string tulips! At first, I thought it said *spring* tulips - I must be ready!