I have spent part of the month trying to do some cleaning in my sewing room. That has led me to access what I have in my room as far as fabric goes and what I need to use up. Strips and strings were HIGH on the list of things that needed to get used. I have other things I am going to take care of first but I wanted to have some ideas in place so that once I get a few more UFO projects done, I can think about something else.
That lead me down a rabbit hole looking for some ideas of quilts to make that use strings….and that lead me to Evelyn Sloppy’s book Strips and Strings.
The book was published back in 2011 so some of the fabrics are dated but that’s totally okay with me. It gives me inspiration on how to use some of my dated fabrics…or inspires me to try something with my other fabrics.
Another thing I loved about this book is that the patterns aren’t “hard” and most are totally guy-friendly. I adore the quilt you see below. It’s a perfect guy quilt.
I like this one too. I have tons of… reproduction prints that would look good with this.
Of course, I love this one…it has red!! Again, my reproduction strings would shine with this. But, I can also see it modern…white background, colorful stripes, and blue stars. There are so many options. I think it would make a great Quilt of Valor if the colors were changed around…maybe only use a variety of blues for the strips.
The same goes for this one…again I love the red and my reproduction prints. But also, change the background to blue and use red and white strips. That would make a great quilt!! So many possibilities!!
To change things up, I love the idea of making diamond units. That would use up some of the smaller strips. YES! I love it.
I love this idea. I don’t know that I would do it in those colors…but I love the idea of piecing strings together and then making a Drunkard’s Path quilt. Great idea!!
This one is the cover quilt. I can totally see this done in batiks. The pictures washed out. Sorry about that.
I found the book to be very inspiring for me!! So fun to page through and make plans that I will likely never get to. I think we all do that now and then.
You can find the book HERE if you’re interested. This book was published back in 2011so there are LOTS of used copies available. I bought mine for about $9 shipping included. I also highly recommend Evelyn’s other book 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts. It’s a favorite in my reference library of quilt books.
For now, I’m just paging through and dreaming…but someday I can hopefully get to one of these quilts!!