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Monday, March 25, 2019

All About Strings!



 Today (March 26) is my day in the blog hop "All About Strings" sponsored by Carla Henton of Creatin' In The Sticks
 I'm sure there will be some beautiful and big projects! I know I will enjoy seeing them all. 
 When I was a young girl, my mom taught me how to paper piece quilt blocks. About all we had was newspaper and scraps that her friends would give her. I can say that she never wasted anything! I wish I knew how many quilt tops and quilts she made in her lifetime. Many were pretty simple and were made mostly for warmth. We lived in a cold house so we'd pile on the quilts in wintertime. 
 I pieced one string quilt top when I was in the 8th grade, and I won 1st place in the 4-H craft show.  My mom sold it and many others to buy me school clothes. My dad was a truck farmer so the winter months were pretty tight money wise. 
 Anyway, I've been looking at all of the rag rugs being made so I decided to try a little experiment. I didn't have the jelly roll batting so I used some really thick yarn I had in my stash. Well, it worked ok, but not as good as I'd have liked. It wanted to curl up in places. I started working ironing and laying it flat, and it is much better. I just wanted something by my bed as we have wood floors, and they get pretty cold. 
 My bedroom is sort of shabby chic so these colors work just fine. These are pics of my progress. Of course, it started with a scrap pile!





 Here is the finished rug! I didn't waste anything but time as this was a partial jelly roll I got in a yard sale. 


My other project was to do some paper piecing for a string quilt. I really enjoy this! I used some old Birds and Blooms magazines, and they worked just fine. No rhyme or reason to the piecing - just whatever piece I want to use. I chose to do 6 1/2" blocks as I have a ruler that size which really helps.







 I only have 6 blocks made because I had to stop and do some other projects for a gift. 
 I love these because you can twist and turn them all sorts of ways to get a totally different effect!

 Thanks for coming to visit! 

This is the schedule for the rest of the blog hop! I hope you have time to visit them all!


Tuesday, March 26th









   ShirleyC (You're here)


Wednesday, March 27th








29 comments:

Carla said...

Using strings to make a rug is a great idea and yours is so pretty. Don't you just love making string blocks? Thank you for joining the All About Strings Blog Hop. Great ideas!

Anna brown said...

Haha yess so true I have a big box of my string squares ready to whip up into a quilt...ty for sharing. .. happyness04431@yahoo.com

tubakk said...

Those rugs look so fun to make. I have to try it out some day.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Such a pretty rug! And your blocks are great too.

Stitchin At Home said...

Your rug looks great!

Carol said...

Neat rug! I'm sure you appreciate it on your cold floor. :) I like the blocks you've started--you will have a wonderful project when you finish! Thanks for sharing!

Danice G said...

Really pretty work. You are an excellent quilter. Hoping that all is going well with you and your family. You truly are a good inspiration to everyone.

Lori Smanski said...

Ohh I love your rug. Good for you for using what you have. And your blocks are wonderful. It will be lovely. Thank you for inspiring today.
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Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

Nice rug!

Karrin Hurd said...

Great projects, thanks for sharing!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Thanks for sharing your contributions to the All About Strings Blog Hop! I keep entertaining the thought of a String-y Rug, but haven't managed one yet. Is it really as easy as you made it seem?

Calicojoan said...

I love your rug. What a great way to add some color to a room. Quilts that are scrappy speak right to my heart. I love the idea of scrapping something into a beautiful quilt. Fun post to read as it reminded me of where quilting roots began.

Anonymous said...

SUCH A NEAT QUILT! THANKS FOR SHARING!

Mary Ann said...

Great rug and your blocks are going to make a great quilt when they are done. I like how they can be turned and create patterns too! Thanks for sharing.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Love that you used your strings to make a rug. Truck farm I never heard that term before until I married my husband. His family farm was a truck farm.

Nancy said...

I enjoyed your blog. Make do with what we have is something I have heard often. And your rug with the yarn is a great example. I hope it has made the your floor just a bit warmer when you step out of bed.

Unknown said...

I love everything string! There is definitely some string piecing in my future. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

Scrapatches said...

Your jelly roll rug looks very nice as do your string blocks. Thank you for sharing in the hop ... :) Pat

Vicki in MN said...

All these beautiful string projects just make me want to go jump in my string bin, LOL

tink's mom said...

What a great idea making that rug from strings. Very creative. Your blocks look like they will be the basis for a great quilt.

Unknown said...

Enjoyed your rug. It came out very nice. Your blocks are pretty and will make a beautiful quilt.

Marian said...

Love that rug. I'd love to try that technique some day.

Carol S. said...

Your rug looks so pretty! The blocks will look beautiful in a quilt and I love how fun it is to turn them around to make different designs.

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Shirley! I love the idea you came up with to use a thick yarn for your rug. And an even better idea to use up that partial jelly roll. Brilliant, I'd say. Your string blocks are very pretty, and I especially love the story about quilting/sewing with your mom. That is pretty darn cool winning first place in eighth grade. I got my start in sewing with my dad. He was a great sewer and used old bags that held gun loading shot. Anyway, I sure did enjoy your post. ~smile~ Roseanne

Theresa said...

Pretty projects. The rug is really great.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Love your rug! it's a great way to use up strings! Thanks for sharing! xx

Janice Holton said...

Always fun to find jelly rolls at a yard sale! I love how that little rug turned out. :)

Sue D said...

Great idea to make a rag rug.

Andree G. Faubert said...

Hi Shirley, I really love your rug. It's great when we can make something pretty, fun and practical. I hope that it will keep your feet warm when you get out of bed :-)