Thursday, March 12, 2009

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Dug out from the depths of the sewing room the other day, this string quilt UFO was my first attempt at string piecing.   It was started several years ago in a bee class at my guild.   It was so much fun but I soon grew tired of the bold color scheme.   I have now decided to finish it as a picnic quilt or just a fun Halloween cuddle quilt.   I have run into a road block, though.   The piecing was done on a very lightweight foundation material--an interfacing type fabric.   This is what the leader of the bee had us use and so I just went ahead and finished it that way.   It is a "leave in" foundation and that appealed to me.  I so dislike having to tear paper foundations out.  Well, here's the snag:   the weight of the quilt body is slightly heavier than the borders which do not have the foundation fabric under them.  How is THAT going to play out???   I am planning to use a low-loft 80-20 batting.  Maybe that will help to camouflage the two different weights?  Also the top measures 60" square.   Maybe an extra border would be good to make it a more useable size?   Hmmmmm...what to do, what to do...

7 comments:

MJ said...

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Libby said...

I see what you are saying . . . I don't have any idea or suggestion, but I just know someone out there will. It's going to make the perfect piece for a picnic and Halloween!

paula, the quilter said...

How about some fusible interfacing? You can cut some strips as long and wide as the border (minus one seam) and fuse it in. The quilting will hold it in place.

sewprimitive karen said...

What a good idea to make a picnic-y, Hallowe'en-y throw from it. Maybe add some orange, etc., on two ends...like the pieced jack o lanterns or something...

Mary said...

Trust me it will be fine when it's quilted. I use muslin foundations on my string blocks and never have any problems with sashing and borders that don't have foundations. It's NOT necessary to add anything to the borders.

This will make a fun picnic quilt!

AnnieO said...

Wow, what great colors--so happy and playful, surely two requisites for picnicing OR Halloween. I don't have any suggestions for you but wanted to say how much I like this quilt!

Quilter Kathy said...

Very good question...I will have the same problem (or is it a problem?) on my spiderweb quilt if I ever finish it! Mary says it will be fine, so let's go with that!