Saturday, August 13, 2011

A String Quilt with Geishas

Almost two years ago I made a start at a string quilt.  I only got four blocks made and then I quit.  But this week I have started over and actually finished!  Yippee!

Isn't it pretty?  I had some serious issues with it, but that was mainly due to my own laziness uh, failure to press as well as I should have before beginning to quilt it.  I have already cut more foundation squares, so yes - I will be making more of these.  Millie told me way back then that I would love it when I finally made one and she was right!

Also, I decided to try using fleece as a backing.  Isn't this geisha fleece unusual?  Truthfully, I did not like the fleece for the backing.  It was hard to quilt.  I don't know if it was me, the machine or the fact that I did not use a batting and it was thinner than usual.  I don't think I'll repeat that experiment.  But.  It did made a very nice quilt.  There are way too many not-right-at-all places in this one for me to give it away, so it will just have to live here.  Mr. Muddling is already envisioning the fights he and Miss Ru will have over it when the cold weather shows up here.  (I am waiting patiently for cooler weather myself.  I live in hope!)

This is me and my first born.  Larry was born four days after my twenty-first birthday, and he's still the nicest birthday present I've ever received.  We celebrated our joint birthdays last Sunday.  Even though we live right here in the same (really big) town, we don't see each other nearly enough.

There are still some pretty things blooming out there in our yard.  We really do need rain though.

I hope you're enjoying your weekend!

Hugs and kisses,


Debs said...

Oh, just love that string quilt, and looks as though it was a great birthday :-)

Exuberant Color said...

Fleece is really a knit so that's probably what caused the problems. It's fun to make a quilt that the family will fight over. Then you know it will be loved.
Happy birthday, whichever day it was!

Margaret said...

Happy Happy birthday belated though it might be. Hugs. I like the way you have featured the blue in the string quilt.

Annie said...

Your quilt looks fabulous

Karen said...

I hope you both had a wonderful birthday.
I love the look of string quilts but have never made one. Time to be motivated! Yours looks great!

*karendianne. said...

Cool quilt with a great backing. I'm sorry it gave you a bit of a fit but I'll tell you what… I love a fleece backing myself. So warm and snuggly.

Happy birthday to you and your son. What a great shot. I love seeing YOU!!! I just knew you were a darling, smiley being.

Thimbleanna said...

How fun to see you Elaine!!! (Is this the first time?) In the words of Billy Crystal "You Look Mahvelous"! Happy Belated Birthday! And another wonderful finish!!!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Well, happy birthday to you and to Larry! Love the quilt and ghe geisha fabric is vibrant and pretty! blessings, Kathleen

Oiyi said...

A lovely string quilt! I like the geisha backing. Happy Birthday to the both of you. Melody was born 12 days before my birthday in the same month. She was the best early birthday gift.

Marydon said...

I have no idea what a string quilt is but ithese quilts are over the moon gorgeous. Happy birthday to you, & your son.

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Have a beautiful weekend.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

I love the string quilt. The colors are so beautiful. My mom used to make string quilts. The geisha fleece backing looks nice. Happy Birthday to you and your son, Larry. Also, your roses are very pretty.