Red and Black strings - no name yet

When I made my first strings top, I made one I had seen someone else make - it’s more or less a classic design. Simple and nice. You can check it out here.

I noticed, however, that all of the blocks were made with the strings on the diagonal. In fact, it seemed like almost all the patterns I had seen people use, did too.

I thought, “What will happen if I make some strings blocks that are up and down and not diagonal?”

And so I made some. They looked like this:


Then I said to myself, what would happen if I made a half square triangle out of them with red. And this is what I got. When I put those two HST together. Oh my.

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Now what?

I literally agonized over this for months even. I tried and tried to come up with a design I liked. This is my rule with regards to my strings blocks quilts - I want to like them - and I was struggling.

Big time.

Months went by and I made more blocks, albeit not very diligently. It was pretty much, “If I want to, I will.” Most of the time I didn’t really want to. Then i decided enough was enough and I needed to just finish it!

I worked up this plan and decided to just go for it even if it never would be my favorite.

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I quilted it with an all over design in variegated thread - which I think is quite pretty. I found it at my local wholesale place and it’s been sitting in my sewing room for some time now. I wanted to start using it as I have 2, 5000 meter cones of it!


I was kind of in shock that the back came out this well. Here it is!

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Here are a couple of closeups of the quilting - I am working on those feathery swirls. I want to get those down! I’ve got some work to do, but I accept my own imperfections. I realize that I am pretty typical when it comes to quilting - it looks better after I put it away for awhile!

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As usual, I try to get an angled shot in our front yard in Poland.

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And as I try to do, here’s the quilt roll.

I had planned on having the pattern ready for you when I showed this quilt, but I don’t have it done. I will get it done as soon as I can, but I don’t foresee that happening before I go back to Poland. Just keep an eye out for if it if this is something that interests you.

Oh, and I don’t have a name for this one yet, so if you have any brilliant ideas (or even somewhat ordinary ones), I’m all ears!

Just put them in the comments.

I’ll consider each one. I have it labelled “red and black strings” on my file folder. That’s not very original! Obviously I need help on this one!

I appreciate any help you can give me!

Be sure to check out what my sis has for you in the store! She’s trying to add things almost daily to keep you in fabric for your latest projects!

Becky Petersen6 Comments