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Monday, January 13, 2014


My strings blocks has been an off and on project since early this summer.  I have enough blocks made for a lap quilt!  I have a hand crank set up in the living room by Chris's desk and last week I worked on my blocks while Chris was home.  (I work on quilting the sailboat quilt during the day)  (Please ignore the ugly floor in my rental!)
I had my blocks laid out on the blanket that I am going to use for my backing and I decided to just roll it up instead of picking up all of my blocks again.
 This makes a great portable design wall!  I just love this blanket with the penguins my husband bought me.
I have three rows already sewn together and the blocks just happen to come out to the same size as the blanket!  I started making the blocks a long time before I got the blanket.
Since I am using a fuzzy, thin blanket for the back and muslin for my foundation piecing, should I use a batting?  I don't care about the quilting showing through, this is just a utilitarian quilt.  It is kind of small, should I add borders to the front and back to make it bigger?  I would definitely have to add batting if I did that, although I probably have some fleece I could add to the back if I wanted to.  What would you do?

The kittens love my basket that I use for my strings.
When I first got Oreo as a kitten, he would pee in my strings basket, until I found this one with the lid!

Cupcake likes to dig and throw the strings out until she gets comfortable

Custard was just being dainty when she crawled in.

I have had several people lately asking me questions or leaving comments on my blog.  I try to answer everyone, but if you are a no reply blogger I can't!  Please be sure to leave me your email if you want a reply.  If you are not sure if you are a no-reply, then leave a comment on your blog to find out.  Mine has a tendency to revert, so if you notice I'm a no-reply, please let me know!

Have a great day ya'll!


Linda Swanekamp said...

Missy, what size are the string blocks? I have tried them at 10", but they seem too big and did not blend well when put together. I think if I do 6" ones, it would take forever. I like the scale and variety you got in yours, that is what I am shooting for. I like batting, even thin, because I think the sandwich seems more quilt like than blanket.

Kim said...

Your string blocks look great! One of these days I will squeeze in one. Your model is adorable!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I don't know about the batting but I do like the basket of cats!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Love your string blocks. My jelly roll quilt I backed with cuddle I did not put batting in it. It is perfect for snuggling with hubby on the couch with.

Sarah Craig said...

Missy, I think batting or not is up to you - will it be as heavy and snuggly as you want without it? Then it will be fine! I've actually seen summer weight quilts with no batting at all - just top and backing put together. And size is the same way - is it as large as you want it to be? Then leave it alone! It's really pretty, and I love the backing!

And you still show up as a no-reply blogger on the emails I receive when you comment on my blog, but I have your email address in my contacts so I can respond!

Missy Shay said...

Am I no-reply still?

tiffany said...

Hey, I have a quick question I wanted to ask you about your blog, do you think you could send me an email when you get this? Thanks! Tiffany

Anonymous said...

Hi! I love your colourful blocks and your cats are so beautiful! Teje

donna said...

Your string quilt looks great. I thing I would leave it scrappy with no borders.
When I try to reply it take me to your google page.
Hope you have a great sewing day.
PS sent out some fabric for you on Saturday.

Melissa said...

Love your string blocks! The cat pictures though had me giggling!

GardenOfDaisies said...

Oh the kitties have found the perfect snapping place! Your string quilt is so pretty! If only bloggers made it easy to communicate with one another!
I do mine directly from the blog (not via e-mail) so if people don't have a link to their blog/website on their profile, I have no way to contact them to return comments. (except right here in my own comment section.)

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I really love string quilts. Yours is so pretty!!

Connie said...

Strings are always so much fun to work with and yours are great!! Love your little helpers too! I don't know if you'll need a batting or not, personal choice. Thanks for sharing.
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Sarah said...

Personally, it looks like your string blocks were destined for the penguin blanket and would leave it as is. Based on your furry models, it looks like a nice couch-sized snuggle quilt. Back to the furry models -> love the cats snuggled in to the string basket =^..^=

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