Blue String Quilt and it Only Took Forever

iron1Over a year ago, I started sewing some of my very favorite strings together.  All blue, deep teal with scattered with tiny confetti-like punches of red, yellow and orange thanks to my favorite print from the original Flea Market Fancy.  And then….I hit a wall.  Literally.  Those strings stayed on my design wall for a really long time.


And then as quilters do, I started many more projects, went on with life, rearranged my sewing room, started a local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild in Santa Cruz  and moved up the street to a new house.

After looking through my many UFO baskets, I saw these lovely strings all sewn and waiting to be transformed into something big, I remembered one of my favorite quilts by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson

From the book Block Party:

elizabethI loved the interaction of off the warm colors, the improv coins and all that lovely negative space.  Right!  I knew what I wanted to do.

I took my pieces and went to work.  The waiting was worth it.

spare change 2I used Kona white as the background which is not my usual go-to, but I wanted that crisp brightness against the blue.

spare change1Flea Market Fancy – how do I love thee…

spare change 3Quilting was done on a longarm in a double circle that I let the quilter choose for me, and I’m really happy with it.  The solid orange binding finishes the whole thing off in just the right amount of contrast for me.

spare change 4Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts and her finish it Up Friday.  Happy Weekend to you!

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12 Responses to Blue String Quilt and it Only Took Forever

  1. Totally worth the wait, it’s beautiful! I love the random bars, the negative space and that fun orange binding!! Those posies are my absolute favorite.

  2. anne says:

    Tina, this came out so well!!! I love it!!! Definitely worth the wait.😀

  3. Michele T says:

    It looks amazing!!!

  4. Thanks for sharing how you solved your design problem! Your finished quilt is such a great transformation of the original piecing.

  5. Lisa in Jax ;) says:


  6. Lisa says:

    Lovely finish. I think teal is probably my favorite color.

  7. dawn says:

    It’s lovely!

  8. It’s good thing you waited because the finished product is wonderful. I love those colors. Your Weekender bag is incredible too. It makes me want to attempt one. I’ll put it on my list.

  9. citricsugar says:

    Worth the wait – it’s gorgeous!

  10. Liz says:

    Love this! And one of my favorite color combos too! I love what a bit of orange does to blue!

  11. Very nice design. The blue and the white create a nice interplay of colors.

  12. I always spent my half an hour to read this weblog’s content
    every day along with a mug of coffee.

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