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Monday, January 19, 2015

Patriotic String Quilting



In the same week, one of my online message board groups has been discussing 'strings' and 'string quilting', my own blog readers have mailed me letters asking me how I make my patriotic string quilts that I feature on several of my blogs, and I have actually been working during an online quilting bee on making additional strings for another project for donations.

The three different readers who  wrote me at my blog email addy wanted help in getting string quilting blocks to surround a pre-made quilt panel such as the ones I use for patriotic quilt donation.

So, I decided it's time to post about this fun style of quilting once again!  For those of you who have never seen Gwen Marston's "Liberated String Quilting" book..this is a lovely example of how easy and fun it easy to make string quilts.

Example abound every where you look, once you begin to recognize them! I used this example when I posted about making    Ojo de Dios "The Eye of God": In Craft or Quilt
This one, below, is one that Julie Silber found and posted on facebook.  Notice how it can look so wonderfully liberated and yet it is a much older quilt with many of the characteristics in appearing as a traditional quilts and quilting or arranged to create designs...I love hearts, of course! So, I've made lots of these. Unfortunately, many before I was taking photos for a future blog, but here are some of my heart string quilts:

And then, the ones that I was asked about this week.  String quilts that are created when the strings are arranged pre-purchased panels...I love the military ones and make them for donation to wounded warriors or those in service to our country. I was so happy to make and donate these to a wounded warriors program.  Some of them, I have made in the same style multiple times..I love them that much!








Making a string quilt block:
String quilting, whether done straight across, or on the diagonal, is simply the sewing down of a variety of strings, or strips of alternating fabrics of many colors into blocks. Diagonal strings have a tendency to stretch on the bias, so underlying foundation blocks are more essential for them, but not required in simple straight piecing.

And as for the 'skinny' on string quilting... strings for these quilts are usually somewhere in the 1" to 2  1/2" range unless you're working in miniature or super sizing something! Smaller than 3/4" is too small..it's easier to start big and sew a wide seam to miniature them for things like small format art quilts etc. And bigger than 3" like in my pillows, doesn't really look like strings much, anymore!

So to cut and sew simple strings for string quilting..and it is ALWAYS better to use up your scraps, first..before decimating brand new pieces of fabric just to 'make' fabric..which in the old fashioned days was always called patchwork, anyway! 

So, to string these along you....

Start by simply cutting foundation blocks out of ANY scrap fabric..it doesn't have to be white! and then adding..from the center out to each diagonal end....strips and pieces of varying sizes, piece by piece until the block is 'all filled up.' 

To create a pattern in this final quilt top, I am using blue for the first center strip. But any repetitive color can be used as an anchoring strip. And if you wish, you can be totally random, as well..with no
center 'anchoring' color!



1. To begin this block, to make its final quilt, I used a 10" foundation pieces and a variety of cut strips of many colors. Others prefer blocks as small as 6" or as large as 12 1/2"...the choice is yours. Larger blocks multiply spatially a lot quicker! Lay down a center strip of any color, diagonally across the foundation piece. (I iron a fold into the center of both the foundation block and this first string piece for matching the two pieces.

 2. Sew down the second strip, right sides together.
     Then sew down the third strip, as shown.


 








 3. Press each seam open after sewing.



4. Sew down each succeeding strip, one by one, ironing after each new seam.



 5. When strips fill the foundation block, iron flat, then align and trim to size desired.


 6. Lay out completed blocks on your design wall or floor ;) and select arrangement and desired size of quilt top.



NOTE: To add around a center panel or block, you need to either plan your block sizes, or wiggle and jiggle and trim, as I did!  (See tips section near bottom of post.)
 










 7. Finally, you would attach block seams in rows as desired, using additional strips to fill in size differentials around center panels or other additional blocks, sashings or cornerstones, if you so desire!



Tips and Ideas:

The idea for turning a series of blocks into a quilt is as easy as simply placing your finished string quilted blocks into a pattern or arrangement..with, or without a center panel such as shown in this one.   I remember it took a bit of recalculating to get my string blocks to fit around the center panel as I had miscalculated my sizing.

 But I think, I used a 13" piece of fabric as my foundation blocks for under the strings I sewed onto them and then cut them down into either 12" or 12 1/2" blocks.  Keeping in mind that the 1/4" seams on each side of the block takes away from making them fit that center panel.

 The use of a plain foundation fabric keeps the diagonal strings from stretching out. Some people use paper..like old phone book pages, then remove them after stitching, but I prefer using an inexpensive piece of cotton fabric or sheeting for my blocks. It creates another layer of quilting and doesn't require as much batting then.

And in summer climates, the foundation pieced blocks is all you would even need for thickness..no extra batting required. These are referred to as 'summer quilts'..lighter and thinner.

So, basically, foundation piece strings onto blocks, arrange them around your purchased center panels, add batting and quilt or tie with crochet cotton at different intervals. Mine is machine quilted in a simple meandering pattern ..the famous little puzzle piece shaped machine quilting.

All of my military panels were purchased years ago...from Walmart...and I make and donate a lot of them, so I bought quite a few at the time. But I think they still sell them there. Mine came in groups of six and  in different branches of the military, some in all army, some just generally patriotic. I'm not sure if Joann's or similar carry them anymore. A really large quilt shop might, but smaller ones tend to keep newer fabrics in stock and then move them out as fast as they can.
It does make a unique quilt and each one looks so different depending on how you cut up your finished blocks!



Quilt As You Go With String Quilting Blocks !


String
Quilting for Charitable Causes..donate a block, donate a top, or donate
a quilt to those in Australia and the many island nations surrounding
it with Jan MacFadyen and her amazing Oz Comfort Quilts and Sew Many
Quilts blogs. Check them both out, she's a wonderful quilter and amazing
woman.







 

 

 

 

 

 Quilt As You Go Block Tutorial Part 1 

Quilt As You Go Bock Tutorial Part 2

 Tutorial for Joining QAYG Blocks





Then, of course, there are bed quilts!

A string quilt is an easy way
to make a large quilt ...easily and quickly!  Here is one that I made
queen sized, but it ended up king sized..so it goes down to my bed
ruffles. I covered it up with a more decorative quilt to match my
bedroom, but this inner quilt ..as one of FIVE..that I sleep under...is
sooo warm...I just love sleeping under it at night!





And
leftover bits and pieces of strips and strings can be used in super simple baby quilts. You don't need a foundation fabric if they're not sewn on the diagonal..but still you are using leftover strips and
strings!  These are baby quilts I made in a day! But you could make similar quilts in the red, white, and blue, or using patriotic fabrics for a new little one in an Armed Forces family!





And  then, of course..there's the Bento.  Still made from remnant strips and strings...irregularly pieced and cut and resewn togehter.   I didn'town a pattern or have any real idea of how to make this one..so I winged it as I went along.  My version is named  "Bento'ed Out of My Box" with a tutorial..as I made this one... for making the wonky squares here:



And my rainbow brights?  Oh, I still love this quilt I made a few years ago! I held onto this one for myself !


 


Still using string quilting, only with some some scrappy "a mile a minute" style blocks........
the original name for 'making fabric' that so many are using now. You justtake scraps and sew them as fast as you can...a mile a minute...until you have blocks the size you want!

I've made a lot of these, and I love making them.I've even made string quilts for donation to children in foster care or other group care or homes like this one, below:

 

But you don't have to start out with a super sized quilt, or a wall quilt or even a baby or child one.
It can be as easy as .....


Making a simple set of potholders:
or making pillows.....



 And can even make a somewhat wonky but wonderfully liberated cancer support ribbon quilt! A wall hanging? A small lap quilt for chemo care? Or just to show your love and support!  For patriotic...use red, white and blue!!!


 


The ribbon quilt, above, is from Mary Johnson at her own Heartstrings Project at MaryQuilts.com




 See more links, patterns and ideas at my post:     String Quilting:Tutorial and Free Patterns



 But here are some other great ideas that I also found:










 Last images from Google free images..no credit available for these..sorry..I didn't make this group!  The idea is that you can create stars, triangles, diamonds etc!



Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey from Alaska to Oregon with thousands of free Quilting, Sewing, and Crafting Patterns and Tutorials. Help change the world, one little quilt, art quilt, and prayer flag at a time!

Liberated Stars and Stripes






Patriotic quilts have always been near and dear to my heart...and I can't really even explain why. I don't have a family member in the military, I am decidedly 'anti-war' but I support, wholeheartedly, our young men and women in the military. It may have been their choices to join,with full knowledge of potential outcomes, but nevertheless, many of them are suffering terrible consequences as a result of that choice. We must still support their courage, their sense of honor and their loyalty to their country and to their fellow soldiers.

I watched "To Iraq and Back: The Bob Woodruff Story" on ABC and was so touched by the story of this network anchor/journalist being severely wounded while on assignment in Iraq. He has made an amazing, even miraculous recovery as a result of not only the dedication of his nurses and doctors, but the wonderful and loving support of his wife, Lee and their four young children.

Bob Woodruff is now dedicating his life to helping others with severe head trauma as a result of war injuries and profiling their stories and the problems they have faced during their recovery. What was also deeply touching was to see Lee clutching a small patriotic quilt of valor from the Wounded Warrior project...a quilt that was placed on Bob as he was loaded into the army transport helicopter that brought him from the hospital in Germany back to Bethesda, Maryland for further treatment. That quilt, she was told, was given to all those wounded in the war and would be with him, when she could not, on the plane ride home. She carries it and all that it meant to her, still. I have seen it on several newscasts and interviews.

I looked at that simple little quilt, and it just filled up my heart. It was the "heartstring" between Lee and her husband, Bob as the miles spanned between them until she could rejoin him at Army Reed Medical Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. It was a lovely and a beautiful thing to feel the depths of the love that one little quilt carried...from whatever quilter created it, to Bob, to Lee and to all whose lives they now touch with their story.

I realized, truly realized, how the patriotic quilts that I have pieced...25 since that first September and into that next year...and more in progress each year after...that have gone out in similar situations and knowing that they just might have touched other's hearts this way, renewed my own dedication and resolve to continue quilting my little "patriotic heartstrings of valor"here in Salem, Oregon.

There are many programs where you can donate patriotic "quilts of valor". If you want to contribute them locally, it is as simple as contacting your local Veteran's Association and asking if they have someone who visits a nearby Armed Services Hospital that could bring patriotic quilts up with them on their next visit. They almost all have programs in place to accept quilts. They prefer ones in reds, whites and blues, simply because it is more symbolic and meaningful to the wounded soldiers,and those with a patriotic theme or fabrics in them touch deeply, but they don't have to be complicated works of art.

Liberated string quilting is one of the easiest and quickest ways to create a lap quilt in the 36"x 36" to 45"x 45" range. Mary's site "The Heartstrings Quilting Project" site, whose links is on my sidebar, shows examples of string quilts and gives some great links to start you out. Check out the reference there to Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville who is the queen of string quilting.

String quilting is easy, it's an enormous amount of fun and best of all...it takes very little time to make a quilt, especially a small patriotic lap quilt. Here in Salem, Oregon we have sent ours with a Brigadier General's daughter to Madigan Hospital in Fort Lewis,in the state of Washington. But the last 15 of our community quilting group's patriotic quilts, were donated to our local Veteran's Outreach Center. We wanted to honor of a quilter's husband who had just passed away.

Whatever, we do, however we do it, I know that hearts are being touched and love is being sent...in every stitch, every block, and every quilt. I have always felt heartstrings between myself and those that I care about...now, I can see them too!!!

Patriotic Heartstrings is a frequency holding blog. For my dynamic on-going blog which is updated on a consistent basis, and many articles on patriotic quilting, making blue star and gold star banners, on creating projects for veteran's centers etc., please check out my on-going posts at:

With Heart and Hands: A Quilting Journey: http://with-heart-and-hands.blogspot.com/

Please check my list of over 2,500 free quilt patterns by clicking on icon to the right! And find the section titled "Patriotic Patterns."


Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey from Alaska to Oregon with thousands of free Quilting, Sewing, and Crafting Patterns and Tutorials. Help change the world, one little quilt, art quilt, and prayer flag at a time!

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Patriotic Heartstrings Quilting Project: Liberated Stars and Stripes


 
Patriotic quilts have always been near and dear to my heart...and I can't really even explain why. I don't have a family member in the military, I am 'pro-peace' and 'anti-war' but I support, wholeheartedly, our young men and women in the military.  I fully support their courage, their sense of honor, and their loyalty to our country, and to their fellow soldiers in all branches of the military.

I watched "To Iraq and Back: The Bob Woodruff Story" the other night on ABC and was so touched by the story of this network anchor/journalist being severely wounded while on assignment in Iraq. He has made an amazing, even miraculous recovery as a result of not only the dedication of his nurses and doctors, but the wonderful and loving support of his wife, Lee and their four young children.

Bob Woodruff is now dedicating his life to helping others with severe head trauma as a result of war injuries and profiling their stories and the problems they have faced during their recovery. What was also deeply touching was to see Lee clutching a small patriotic quilt of valor from the Wounded Warrior project...a quilt that was placed on Bob as he was loaded into the army transport helicopter that brought him from the hospital in Germany back to Bethesda, Maryland for further treatment. That quilt, she was told, was given to all those wounded in the war and would be with him, when she could not, on the plane ride home. She carries it and all that it meant to her, still. I have seen it on several newscasts and interviews.

I looked at that simple little quilt, and it just filled up my heart. It was the "heartstring" between Lee and her husband, Bob as the miles spanned between them until she could rejoin him at Army Reed Medical Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. It was a lovely and a beautiful thing to feel the depths of the love that one little quilt carried...from whatever quilter created it, to Bob, to Lee and to all whose lives they now touch with their story.

I realized, truly realized, how the patriotic quilts that I have pieced...ten just since this last September...have gone out in similar situations and knowing that they just might have touched other's hearts this way, renewed my own dedication and resolve to continue quilting my little patriotic "heartstrings of valor"here in Salem, Oregon.

There are many programs where you can donate patriotic "quilts of valor". If you want to contribute them locally, it is as simple as contacting your local Veteran's Association and asking if they have someone who visits a nearby Armed Services Hospital that could bring patriotic quilts up with them on their next visit. They almost all have programs in place to accept quilts. They prefer ones in reds, whites and blues, simply because it is more symbolic and meaningful to the wounded soldiers,and those with a patriotic theme or fabrics in them touch deeply, but they don't have to be complicated works of art.

Liberated string quilting is one of the easiest and quickest ways to create a lap quilt in the 36"x 36" to 45"x 45" range. The Heartstrings Quilting site, whose links is on my sidebar, shows examples of string quilts and gives some great links to start you out.

String quilting is easy, it's an enormous amount of fun and best of all...it takes very little time to make a quilt, especially a small patriotic lap quilt. Here in Salem, Oregon we have sent ours with a Brigadier General's daughter to Madigan Hospital in Fort Lewis,in the state of Washington. But the last 15 of our community quilting group's patriotic quilts, were donated to our local Veteran's Outreach Center. We wanted to honor of a quilter's husband who had just passed away.

Whatever, we do, however we do it, I know that hearts are being touched and love is being sent...in every stitch, every block, and every quilt. I have always felt heartstrings between myself and those that I care about...now, I can see them too!!!

Free Patriotic Quilting Patterns
String Quilting

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

String Quilting: Prayer Pocket Pillow


I have had a great deal of fun coming up with a design idea for my Pay It Forward gift. I knew that I wanted to make something either out of a heart or with a heart on it, not only because of my love for that shape and all that it symbolizes, but because I had a special desire to send healing blessings from my heart to theirs.



I also knew that I wanted to incorporate string quilting as it is my belief that each string represents a heart string sent out as a connection of caring. When I sew with 'heartstrings' I am creating a connection...both spiritual and energetic...between myself and the person who will receive the gift. I ended up designing a small, string pieced pillow with a pocket on the back.

The idea is that you place your prayers, blessings, or good thoughts for others, inside of the little pocket...as I did by tucking in the little card . I sewed my prayers into each and every heart string and as I sewed on the buttons and tied the knots in the perle cotton ribbons, I sent positive affirmations, as well.

My wish, for those of you who received any of my gifts, is that you feel the love created, as well as sent, as it went out to you. Whatever challenges you face, know always that there are so many others who care for you. For those of you, who received one of my pieced hearts, know that your willingness to Pay It Forward with me, will be payed forwards and backwards over and over.

I am grateful for all of my wonderful new friends in Blogland. I truly feel that I am getting to know all of you and care about you as the wonderful women that you are!
Note:
For a step by step tutorial on string piecing this prayer pocket pillow, see my post:

For links on making string or strip pieced quilts:
How to make piece the fabric strips for String Quilting
Please check my Free Quilt Patterns link (always available on the right links section of my blog.)
Many different string quilting patterns, directions, and additional string quilting tips can be found under the 'Scrap Quilting" section near the end of that post.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Giving Forward by Giving Back



 


 



Wonky Stars, Hearts, Letters, Houses, Crosses, Asterisks, People, Flowers, Churn dashes and More!

 A wonky square ..cross or plus...is this easy!   



Basics for Making a Cross, Plus, or "Arithmetic" Quilt




Free Bag Tutorials: Wallets, Purses, Cases, Boxes, and Handbag Patterns 

 



  

Free Apron Patterns including Nursing Cover-ups, Men's Barbeque Aprons, etc.


  

 

 

Making Alaskan Kuspuks


 

 

Making Adult Bibs

 

 

What Type of Quilter Are You?

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My Own Free Projects, Tutorials and Links 





Free Miniature Quilt Patterns

*String Quilting: Primers and Patterns

*Make a Magic 'Burrito' Pillowcase

*Making an Adult Bib

*Making a Heart Shaped Pillow

*String Pieced Prayer Pocket Pillow

*Make a Sewing Machine Pad With Pockets

Japanese Knot Bag Tutorial

*How to Make a Simple Petal Bag

*Liberated Rose:Free Piecing Tutorial

*Make a Scrappy Potholder

*Making a Coffee Press Wrap

*How To Make a Heart Potholder

*Make a Re-useable Shopping Bag: Pocket Pouched!

*Quilted Book or Journal Cover

*How To Make A Kuspuk

*Make a Wrist Pincushion

*Freezer Paper Photo Transfer

*How To Make A Fabric Postcard

*Blue Star Banner

*Fabric Shopping Bags Tutorial 

Free Bag Tutorials: Wallets, Purses, Cases, Boxes, and Handbag Patterns

 Free Apron Patterns of All Kinds

 Free Valentine, Hearts, and Love Patterns of All Kinds



Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.