qayg scrappy strings quilt top!

Woo hoo! I have another finished (and quilted!) top to show you! I'm entering this in Rachel's Festival of Strings, where she imagined us all hanging out quilts out on a line in a meadow. I did as best I could here in the southwest and took my quilt out to the closest thing I have to a meadow - the open desert.

string quilt

I finished up my scrappy strings QAYG top this weekend. As I've mentioned, I really love the technique. I love the quilting on it and just can't wait to get it finished and crinkly! The hardest part was pressing the seams - they were bulkier with the batting and I didn't want to iron directly on the batting, so I placed fabric in between which further complicated things. But still, this was way less challenging than fitting a quilt through my sewing machine.

30 minutes of ironing seams > hours of quilt shoving.

Each square was 8 inches, so the quilt measures out at about 60" square, perfect to snuggle under while watching a movie or reading a book.

I have some of the Chicopee Voltage Dot fabric for the back - a fun black and white print that I think will compliment the front of this quilt nicely.

scrappy qayg backing choice
I am pleased to say that I also used almost all of my neutral, light pink and yellow strips in this quilt. I really liked the low volume color scheme. When I pulled my strips originally and had them all sorted in piles and decided to jump in and do this thing, these were the strips that called out to me. It was very calming at a point in time when that was what I really needed. I'm going to have to do something else with the other, bright colors at some point, but for now this is a decent dent in the scrap pile. Slow is still progress, right? I also used up almost all of the peachy-pink  Butterscotch and Roses print I had used as a backing fabric for my very first quilt. It was nice to see most of that used. Finally.

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I'm also linking up to Lily's Fresh Sewing Day & Small Blog Meet!

25 comments:

  1. Oh, it came out great! Congratulations. I love how yours reads peach + gray, such a gorgeous combo. (And those voltage dots for the back? Just right.)

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  2. It tuned out so wonderful!! I'm so glad you gave my tutorial a try, thanks Jess! I can't wait to see it completely finished!!

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  3. Wow! I love this. The pattern and the colors are both wonderful. I love your improv blocks.

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  4. Beautiful! Love the low volume with the graphic bits.

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  5. Your quilt came out so pretty! Love all the little pops of color with the neutral fabrics. I love seeing how everyone came up with different string quilts to share in the festival.

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  6. Soft and gorgeous with just the right amount of random. I love the voltage dot for the back!

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  7. I love this! So cute and fun! I've never done a quilt as you go but I bet it would be easier than fighting with it in the machine! Your "meadow" is pretty awesome too, we do what we can, right?

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  8. This is beautiful! I tend to shy away from doing scrappy (I tend to do more planning) but this is one I think I could go with!

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  9. This quilt came out wonderfully! I definitely need to try my hand at QAYG in the near future.

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  10. Love, love, love the low volume! It turned out amazingly!!!

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  11. This is gorgeous! I love the fabrics used....the low volume fabrics matched with the prints work beautifully.

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  12. The low volume fabrics work really well! Gorgeous!

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  13. Jess, this is absolutely gorgeous! I love the low volume prints, and voltage dot is one of my favorites! :)

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  14. Your quilt is beautiful. I love the pink/peachy/coral fabric blocks. They add so much to the quilt. I've never tried QAYG, but then I hand quilt, so maybe it wouldn't work, anyway.

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  15. i love this quilt. it's a stunner.:)

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  16. This quilt is a work of art! I see great potential. A great low volume quilt, very modern!

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  17. A lovely quilt! I like the sound of the quilt as you go method, i hate wrestling quilts through my little machine, I'm off to investigate! :o) Visiting from small blog meet.

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  18. Oh my goodness, your quilt is stunning! I have never tried QAYG but seeing your work inspires me to check out the links and see if this might be something I could try. Beautiful, beautiful project!

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  19. I LOVE the muted colours in this quilt. So soothing.

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  20. What a quiet quilt....just the kind of quilt for snuggling under for a long afternoon nap! Restful, I think, is the just-right word. Met you through Rachel's festival, but now I want to check out the Small Blog Meet!

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  21. This quilt is stunning! Beautiful work!!

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  22. I thought how great to select the color (light peach) by running it through the back of the quilt -- and the sewing pouch is a must, particularly when traveling --and Flurey is my kind of dog - very cute #!}

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