I was thrilled to get my sewing machine back, fully repaired, on Thursday afternoon which meant that I was able to go to my Quilting Group this morning. I had a very productive few hours, sewing together the String quilt blocks I had all ready to go. I am still a way from finishing the quilt top but I made a good start today.
This made me think back to the String Quilts I have made in the past and how much stash went into their making. Reminiscing on all the different fabrics I had used over the years and how many quilts some of the same fabrics appeared in.
This is the first one I made, back in July 2010 which I called Rainbow Quilt:
Then came Rainbow Nation String Quilt, a 60th birthday gift to a New Zealand friend.
Handed over in Christchurch just four days before the big 22nd February 2011earthquake.
Then Cat from Auckland ( catalinaz.blogspot.co.uk), had a quilt drive for quilters to send comfort quilts which were handed out to earthquake victims. By then I was back in the UK and made this quilt which was sent over to Cat:
Christchurch Earthquake String Quilt:
Then came a quilt I made for a three year old boy, back in July 2013.
This time, an I Spy String Quilt:
Since then I have made several String Quilt blocks as contributions to charity projects, blocks which were included in this Group quilt, a gift for one of our members to celebrate her 70th birthday:
And several String blocks turned into cushions like this one:
So, I think you could say I am addicted to String blocks!
I have enjoyed looking back over some of my older quilts, remembering the different fabrics which I included - and finished up - in the process.
We all have pieces of fabric which seem to hang about in our stash and appear in quilt after quilt. However, I have been pleased to notice that as the years have passed, some fabrics no longer appear so are DEFINITELY used up!
Perhaps the message of this post is: Make String quilts to "use it up"!