Friday, June 29, 2012

Now What?

I need some input. I have not studied any vintage string quilts so I'm at a loss with this. I started stringing my neutral scraps, then cut the star points and now I have this.
So what's next? I would love some direction from those who have been stringing for awhile. Do I set it with a solid? Nifty Quilts? Bumble Beans? Tonya at Lazy Gal? Hello?? Anyone??
I don't have many pictures to reference this type of work, which makes me ponder why I've had such a fixation with strings lately.

Anyhow, I'm wide open to ideas and suggestions.
Sharon

6 comments:

Janet O. said...

Since I'm not a stringer, I don't really have advice, but what you have made looks good. I'll be interested to see what advice you get from the "experts". : )

Janet said...

I have done a few string blocks that haven't growm up to be a quilt yet. Mine weren't as soft as yours but I set them on plain red. I've seen another one done on a plain blue but I haven't seen any on prints yet.

Mimi said...

I have no advice for you, but the star is beautiful and the good thing is that you are using up stash which in my book is a good thing.

Sharon said...

I think your star looks super! I love the neutrals - very soothing and calm. Based on what I've seen, most string stars are put onto a solid ground. But I don't know why you couldn't do something else instead! Dots, shirting print, whatever suits your fancy!

I did some research for you! I have some great books that show string stars, but that's hard to share with you. So here's some web sites that have some string star photos:

a Pinterest page with lots of vintage/antique quilts http://pinterest.com/quiltinspire/vintage-quilt-inspiration/

Kate's blog that shows some string stars
http://empty-field.blogspot.com/2012/02/string-star-love.html

And Tim Latimer's blog with lots of string stars
http://timquilts.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/string-star-blocks/

And lastly, you can go to Google images and search for antique string star quilts. I found some good ones that way!

Good luck! Whatever you decide to do, I'm sure it will be as gorgeous as all of your work!

Kathie said...

hmm I might be tempted to use a print and the stars would pop I bet...
guess the best way to see if just keep auditioning fabrics.
I do love the red though....
red is one of my favorite colors !
kathie

MJinMichigan said...

I have some antique string stars like yours and their background is a bright chrome yellow print which looks great. I've also seen them with solids. Both look good so I would suggest auditioning fabrics of both type and choose whatever you like best.