Dec 19 2016

Even after a lifetime of quilting, I am always amazed at how changing the colors of a quilt pattern can drastically alter the visual effect.

This morning, when curating Internet articles for my SunbonnetSmart Newsflash, I found a wonderful post by AnneMarie Chany, the genius behind the web site and blog, “Gen X Quilters.” The timing on the post couldn’t be better as, with a theme of, “chocolate,” who can complain?  This is definitely the season for visions of sweets and sugarplums, and, even better,  AnneMarie’s annual Chocolatier BOM, or Block of the Month, Quilt-A-Long beginning in January, 2017.

Chocolatier BOM Modern Milk 472 x 394 w type

The Original Chocolatier BOM Quilt

Sharing an annual Chocolatier BOM Quilt seems to have become a tradition with AnneMarie. She has several variations displayed, the original that she made, herself, and two others by friend quilters. Because all three quilts are the same pattern, it is fun to see the differences in visual effect, just because the fabrics and colors have changed. In her Original Chocolatier BOM Quilt, above, AnneMarie used solid colors.

Chocolatier Dipped Strawberry 472 x 394 w type

Dipped Strawberry Chocolatier BOM Quilt

Here is a variation, called “Dipped Strawberry,” made with the The Jinny Beyer Palette, using more traditional prints, so says Anne Marie. The interplay of the white, black and gray are striking and unusual, making for a great conversation piece. The name of Dipped Strawberry creates interest as it aptly describes the pinks, reds and browns providing an elegant, and satisfying, mental image.

Chocolatier Cherry Cordial 472 x 394 w type

Cherry Cordial Chocolatier BOM Quilt

The third variation, “Cherry Cordial,” is a favorite of mine, because the colors do remind me of my FAVORITE candy, Chocolate Covered Cherries! Malam Batiks in succulent reds, pinks and warm browns make me want to RUN to my favorite candy store. Oh! And, yes…hee-hee…I DO have one and here it is! I wish we could go together to the Candy Kitchen, in Frederick, MD. The sweet shop has been there since I was a kid and has been our “Go-To” candy store all those years. H-m-m-m, why am I going to the kitchen to raid the Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Baking Chips?

But, OOPS! Back to quilting…

AnneMarie is beginning her Block of the Month class on her Chocolatier pattern on January 1, 2017, which is coming soon. If you like this LeMoyne Star pattern base that makes up into a 72″ x 72″ square, signing up to join in might be lots of fun. AnneMarie structures her tutorials in a very user-friendly, detailed manner. Read her blog post giving lots of specs on her Chocolatier BOM course to see what I mean and see if it might be a good fit.

AnneMarie delights is sharing her methods and fabric lines, so that if you want your work to exactly mirror hers, you can. The fabric colors are listed and yardages given so you have a head start on getting things ready for class. Her teaching piece this year will be a Chocolatier in a rainbow color variation, which you can also mirror, if that’s what you’d like to make. LOTS of possibilities in this smaller project of six blocks!

Why not take on a brand new project for the New Year? This one has a nice history, and the bugs are worked out and long gone!

AnneMarie Chany is a well known quilter, author and teacher who enjoys sharing her patterns. AnneMarie’s book, Sister Sampler Quilts, encourages readers to design their own quilts using 25 interchangeable sister blocks and 3 sampler quilts that challenge traditional grid layouts with fun, innovative settings

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Nov 25 2016

With the advent of modern quick piecing methods, it’s easy to assume we time-pressed quilters invented all of our time-saving, stash-busting options. When it comes to string quilts, though, quilters long gone by, regularly used the pattern. Let’s look at some old and new variations.

FretNotYourself's Red Strings Blocks

Here’s a current example of a lovely set of blocks in progress, “Red String Blocks,” being worked by Ann of the web site and blog, “FretNotYourself.” Ann shares her design considerations as she has made a bunch of string blocks from her stash and, in her post, is deciding how they should be placed. You’ll enjoy working through her thought process when you go to her post, by clicking here.

marshastringfull Quiltville type

Bonnie Hunter is a great giver of gifts on her web site, Quiltville.com She features patterns, tutorials, quilters and their quilts while instructing us every step of the way. Marsha R’s “Scrap Boxes” quilt is a great teaching example for one method of making string quilts. Notice that the angle of the strips is set by the strip in the center of each block, which runs corner to corner. Remember the importance of the center strip in String Quilt blocks! Click here to follow along as Bonnie shares working a string quilt up from a box of scraps, to an eye catching beauty.

Sloppy String Quilts

If you have the string quilt bug, already, “Strips & Strings,” by Evelyn Sloppy is one of the best books I’ve found for increasing skills in a clear, easy format. By clicking on the photo of the book, above, you can go to Amazon and learn more, using my affiliate link.

Laura Fisher Quilts String Squares type 472 x 394

With this vintage string quilt, called, “String Squares,” by LauraFisherQuilts.com. we can see a different variation, as the center strip is not regular in width, but varies. As the blocks are aligned in straight sets, their center strips don’t have to match to form a secondary pattern. The strips can vary their width within the block and from block to block. It’s a happy, “free for all,” where everybody wins, with the ole’ stash box coming in first place. This quilt is for sale and can be seen on display in all of its glory here. Be sure to pack a lunch and set aside some time, because looking through Laura’s stock of antique quilts may distract you for a while.

TimQuilts Melon String Quilt 472 x 394 type

In this string quilt, Tim Latimer shows us how he takes older quilt blocks, trues them to their pattern and refurbishes them. His melon pieces were string pieced many years ago. Watching him rework this quilt, “Melon Piecing,” is inspiration to try string piecing with other non-conventional shapes. Strips can be sewn to a backing, then most any shape cut out. Yes! The prospect opens up a whole new world. You can follow along with Tim by going to his web site, TimQuilts.com found here.

Tim Quilts String Diamonds Pieces 472 x 394 type

Tim continues to share his vintage quilt collection showing a Spider Web quilt he’s re-doing. While the quilt, seen in its entirety, seems to be made up of large hexagons, it is actually string pieced diamonds. Notice that the center strip is of an even width, all the way across, and it is exactly the same width on each diamond. The even width of the center strip is what makes this quilt pattern a Spider web, while the one shown below, on Barbara Brackman’s web site is known as a, “Victorian Puzzle.”

Barbara Brackman String Pieced 472 x 394 type

The “Victorian Puzzle,” block  is made like the Spider Web, but the center strip varies in width from one side to the other. All of the diamond center strips, making up the hexagons, are carefully cut in the same way. The widths of the outer strips vary and are hit or miss, making for a scrappy look. The varying widths are anchored by the regularity of the repetitive, predictable center strip. Join Barbara as she discusses string quilt blocks cut in a diamond shape that form into hexagons by going here.  The subtle variations possible, with just a bit of adjustment, make for vastly different overall effects, using the same skills.

Here’s a video that shows several different string quilt methods. Maybe you’ll be trying one for your next quilt!

 

 Colleen Tauke, of Fons & Porter, demonstrates three different String Piecing patterns.

 

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