ds scrap string quilt


Quite a long time ago (2009!), I had a chance to go to Denyse Schmidts annual studio sale. It was such fun to see her studio space, to admire those beautiful and inspiring quilts, and a bonus to be able to take home a couple scrap bags.


I bought scrap bags then trying to get a bit more flea market fancy (I was obsessed at the time!), but one bag also included the scraps above – maybe from Denyse’s stash? I’m not sure, but for some reason I’ve held onto these scraps for all these years. On their own, they’re not really my style, but I always thought I might include a piece or two in some quilt. The other day while looking for a ladder in the garage I came across the bag of scraps (don’t worry – I don’t store fabric in the garage normally!). I decided it was time to put them to use and challenged myself to make something I like out of fabrics I didn’t necessarily love.


I went back to an old favorite – the string quilt. I wrote a tutorial on how to construct these blocks many years ago (find it here!), and over the years I’ve made quite a lot of string quilts. I decided to pull from my bag of neutral solids for this one, so there’s an assortment of whites, creams, and tans, in a variety of base cloths including some linens and a few unknowns! In addition to the DS scraps, I added in a few other scraps with a similar feel. I cut all the scraps to 1.5″ wide and pieced them into 5.5″ squares.


I made as many blocks as I could with the fabrics I had and it’s ended up at about 30″ x 40″. I’m pleased to say that I’m very happy with how it’s turned out. I have plans for it to become a wall hanging for above our couch. Next step is building a frame!

P.S. Denyse’s studio sale happens to be this weekend, so if you’re in the area, I highly recommend it! (If only I didn’t have three kids who dislike car trips!)

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19 Responses to ds scrap string quilt

  1. 1
    Sherry says:

    Wow! I love the tans, corals/rusts and blacks mixed in with the grays. I think you’re on to a new color palette!

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    Patricia says:

    Pretty, like all the low volume

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    Lynda H says:

    love what you did with those scraps – someday I hope to free myself of my “type A” tendencies and make a truly scrap quilt!

  4. 4

    Well, that is definitely a success! Way to rise to the challenge. I can see how that would look nice on a wall. It’s understated, but still patchwork!

  5. 5

    what a great way to use scraps very nice

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    Kaholly says:

    Oh, my goodness, it came out so beautiful! Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?

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    Paige says:

    The placements of the darkest strings really make your eye move around the piece. Nice!

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    Anne Beier says:

    Beautiful work. It looks like it would work in any room as a wall hanging, because of the way you worked in those low volume fabrics. Enjoy!!

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    Lael Wutkee says:

    This quilt is beyond beautiful! What an inspiration.

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    Laura says:

    Great color combination. I’m a fan of string quilts, too.

  12. 12

    I’d love to try this pattern. So pretty. !!

  13. 13

    I’m going to find the pattern and maybe make this a 2017 project.

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    Tracey says:

    Wow, wow, wow! Great job using up those scraps.

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    Mary H in CO says:

    How lovely and inspiring! Such a great idea for nice fabrics we don’t completely love.

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