I finished one of the childcare Christmas Quilts. Here is Geese on a String from Bonnie Hunter’s book String Frenzy.
I’m so happy to have it finished. I started this way back when Bonnie Hunter had a tutorial on making the stringed triangles. I immediately grabbed my scrap bin and started making them. Then I heard nothing else about them….so the blocks sat. I was tempted from time to time to resurrect them and make them into something but I was fairly confident that Bonnie would come out with a pattern that included them.
….and she did. You can find the pattern for this in her book String Frenzy.
I have to tell you though…when I saw the pattern, my heart sunk.
I liked the design. I liked it a lot but I couldn’t figure out what I should do for colors. Cheddar and lime were not what my quilt needed. I was “stuck”. After taking the book to bed with me a few nights and studying and thinking, I came up with this idea. white based neutrals to complete the corners of the geese blocks…then I made all of the four patches a mix of purple and white. My idea was that if I placed them so that the purple square was oriented like this, then there would be a “purple” line down the quilt too.
I knew these would be gifted so I didn’t really plan on making them bigger than the twin size the pattern allowed for. When I counted how many string triangles I had…. I quickly realized I had enough for not one but two quilts.
So I made two. The other one just needs a binding. For that one I reversed the placement of the pink and purple.
I did a simple looping circles motif for the quilting. These are going to be gifted to the childcare kids so they will be washed often. Besides, with the busyness of this quilt, no one would see the quilting anyway. Why not do something easy?
The binding is scrappy…Can you find Mickey???
I am pleased with how this turned out.
This is fun backing I bought at Quilted Twins.
I needed to add a little extra to make it big enough as I did alter that pattern and added two extra string triangles to each row.
..and of course we needed a Ruby picture. The lighting was bad…sorry.
…and there you have it. One Christmas quilt completely finished and three more to go.
I’m feeling pretty confident I can get them done though. I’m actually pushing to try to get them finished by December 1st. December is always a little crazy and it would be nice to have these all finished. Besides, I want to be sewing the mystery quilt, not fretting about these.