another string quilt… completed!

It’s not queen-sized, but it is finished, and that’s something, right?!


I really love this one, particularly because it has such a large mix of fabrics. I can tell exactly what else I was working on when I made these blocks. I know I must have been working on my munki munki martian quilt around then, since there are a bunch of martian strings, and it looks like perhaps I had just finished this summer top… There are also a bunch of scraps from when I first started sewing, which I had been hanging on to for quite some time. It’s fun to have them all together in this one quilt.


For the backing, I went back to an old favorite – Kona Artichoke. I won’t lie, I was very very tempted to use aqua (again!) but I refrained and tried to be less predictable. I think the light green works well. It has just one simple strip of tiny scraps. Some of these little scraps were on the verge of being thrown out – they were almost at that size where they’re too tiny to have much use — so I was happy to be able to string them all together and include them in the backing.


Oh, and the binding… I typically love a dark binding, but I’ve always been curious about a white binding on a string quilt that has white center strings. I wanted to do it on my first string quilt, but went with a darker turquoise instead and since then I’ve always wondered (one might wonder why that’s the kinds of thing keeping me up at night….) Anyway. I decided to go for it on this one — as I was sewing it on I wasn’t totally sold on it but now that I’ve had some time to look at it, I really like it.


A new favorite, for sure!



48″ x 56″

Previous posts about this quilt

String block tutorial


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52 Responses to another string quilt… completed!

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    BirthdayGinny says:

    Better than a scrapbook for saving memories: the string block quilt… The artichoke with the teeny scrap line is, once again, perfect!

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    whatupduck says:

    Beautiful! Makes me want to finish mine, but I’m hooked on hexagons right now!!

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    Erica says:

    Gorgeous! I love the white binding and that artichoke green backing is perfect!

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    Mandy F says:

    Love this string quilt, I must get one happening soon!! Love the backing.

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    I never get tired of saying this about your quilts and I hope you don’t get tired of hearing it (reading it) – GORGEOUS!!

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    Upstatelisa says:

    Stunning! I love the back!!!!!

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    Julie says:

    So inspirational! And I love the artichoke 🙂

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    qsogirl says:

    oh!! this is so beautiful! it really makes me want to make a string quilt, too… i just love yours!

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    Heather says:

    I have been saving my scraps to make one of these, you have inspired me 🙂 I love yours!! It turned out beautiful, and I agree, the white binding looks really good.

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    anina says:

    The more of these I see, the more I think I need to make one.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Megan says:

    Love it Ashley! The artichoke and the white binding were both great decisions. I hope I have the patience to attempt one of these someday.

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    A fabulous string quilt photographed in a beautiful setting! Love the white binding and the simplicity of the back. A perfect string quilt!

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    CitricSugar says:

    Love it! The white binding is beautiful and I’d use lighter bindings but I worry about them getting dirty very quickly. This might give me courage.

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    holly p says:

    Now I really want to try a string quilt! I love the white binding and the artichoke backing, perfect choices!!

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    shannon says:

    You are so inspiring, I love to see the quilts that you make. And thats it, I have to make a string quilt now! I love the white binding too.

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    The white binding is perfection. Now that I’ve seen it in white, I can’t imagine another color.

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    Carla says:

    Your quilt is perfect in every way!

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    Suzanne says:

    Oh…I love it! I think the white binding is great with the white strings!

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    Katie says:

    Oh, this is amazing! Wonderful work.

    (Hi, BTW. I’ve been reading your blog for a bit now, but haven’t commented until now.)

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    Audrie says:

    Love the colours! I enjoy working with scraps because it’s fun to figure out what project I was working on when those scraps were made 🙂

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    Crystal says:

    I really like it! I am working on a string quilt too, although mine is completely random and doesn’t look as nice as yours! 😀

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    Megan Presley says:

    That is beautiful! I do love the white border with the white centers!

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    Dolly says:

    You did a beautiful job, and this looks like a very usable size for a quilt. Seems like you just get to love on them more when they’re not stuck as a full-time bedcover !
    You must be very blessed if THAT is what keeps you awake at night. Praise the LORD up above for such blessings !

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    Marg says:

    Stunning, I love the white binding, and the artichoke backing is lovely.

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    Vicki says:

    I really like the Artichoke back with the little line of scraps. The whole thing is very cool!

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    Amy K-P says:


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    Slack says:

    I love the white binding. I’m working on my first string quilt and may have to bind in white now. It really sets everything off.

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    Cameron H says:

    Amazing! Your precision in piecing is amazing.

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    I can not tell you how much I adore this. ADORE. Just divine.

    And added to my every-growing list of quilts I must make.

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    Annalia says:

    Wow. That is beautiful. Who cares if it isn’t queen-sized. Not as many people would get to enjoy it if it were in your bedroom, right?

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    Annik says:

    Mind-blowingly amazing! I love the back, too. It’s the perfect foil to the complicated front.

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    Jeannette says:

    So pretty! I hope to make one like that one day such an inspiration! I absolutely love the color & simplicity of the back!

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    Karen says:

    That is gorgeous. Love the white binding. I think it looks great on such a scrappy quilt.

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    Terri says:

    I love it! I adore string quilts, and hope to make my own one of these days. This one looks like a great size too. I love that you can recognize scrap fabrics and remember what project they came from. I also love the white binding, which ties in nicely with the white center of each string block. Great way to use up those tiny little scrap pieces on the back.

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    Darcy says:

    You are killing me with all these gorgeous string quilts – come on summer vacation so I can have some time to try your tutorial! 🙂

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    Luanne says:

    Wow. You’ve got a real talent..!

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    Diane says:

    What a great quilt! Nice work, Love the white binding!

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    Kelly O. says:

    love that artichoke colour!

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    Cristin says:

    really gorgeous! I’d love to finish my string quilt someday…

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    GingerW says:

    Ash, this is beautiful! The back is the perfect soothing foil to the colorful front. This may be my favorite of yours (excluding the too-darn cute baby quilts, which get their own category of T-DC) since you’ve started.

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    Brenis says:

    GORGEMOSO!!!!! And yup, still dont know how you get sooo much done! I cant even imagine making a queen size strip… in under 6 months! LOL!! They are addicting though – so maybe spread out over time 🙂 Yet another gorgeous piece Ashley!!

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    Marg says:

    I don’t normally like sashing but the white strings on your blocks which create a sashing effect really make that quilt sing! And the back is perfection. Love it!

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    fleurette says:

    Its gorgeous! Lovely bright colours.

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