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Strings with Lime

I started a BIG quilt last month.  I've been posting bits and peeks of it on IG, but I think I'm ready for a real blog post.
I'm making a full sized string quilt in blues, turquoise and lime.  These are "my" colors.  So much that I just feel sucked into a very happy comfortable place whenever I work on this quilt. 
Strangely though, they were not "my" fabrics-- I am making this at the request of a blog reader (Hi, Lisa!!) for her daughter, and together we chose and purchased fabrics online (from Hawthorne Threads, amazing selection!!).  Lisa picked beautiful fabrics.  Amy Butler, Jennifer Paganelli, Lizzy House.  Gorgeous designer fabrics that I never would have even browsed because I have a working-class aversion to designer fabrics (and paying full price for them).  I don't know why I have this aversion-- I certainly end up spending the same amount of $ on lesser-known designer fabrics or down-right junk from the sale bins.  Maybe it comes from the days of thrift store shopping instead of getting my high school wardrobe at the mall?  Anyway, I was surprised at how much I ended up liking these fabrics, and grateful to Lisa for giving me an excuse to play with them. 
I'd say I'm more than half way done piecing the 48 blocks and I'd really like to have the top finished to show at the Bloggers' Quilt Festival at the end of the month.  Here's hoping the kids start going to bed on time..


  1. I too used to use only 'bargain' fabrics until I tried the higher end designer fabrics and now I think I may be a bit if a fabric 'snob'. I can't go back.

  2. What lovely fabrics. This will be a great quilt.

  3. hey those are MY colors! LOL looking great and I too have the "beer pocketbook" but champagne taste in fabrics. A girl can dream can't she? have fun playing! it will be gorgeous!

  4. yes, there is definitely a difference in the 'quality' of the fabric and I have learned if you are going to spend the time on a project, you might as well honor yourself and use the better quality fabric.

  5. I started a string quilt yesterday too! I love your colors!

  6. Lovely string quilt. I am afraid when I started quilting I took a class at a local quilt shop and I got to appreciate the feel of designer fabrics. I am kind of hooked. Not that I don't shop Joann's for Kona solids and backing fabric.

  7. Looking good! Want to see the finished product!!!

  8. Working with designer fabrics can change your mind. All those stores have sales and clearance too! Etsy is a good place to get it cheaper too! This will be beautiful!

  9. looks great. do you want to share this over at our group string blog, Check us out and if you want to join, send me an email at strings[at]

  10. The fabrics are beautiful. Can't wait to see the quilt top.


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