Wednesday, October 13, 2010

String Quilts

I'd never heard of paper piecing or string quilts before, and ran into those terms on the internet and found the quilt block that's haunting my dreams.

You see, my problems with quilting come from carefully coordinated and purchased quilt fabric. The origins of quilt making are making do with the odds and ends, the scraps. There's something so wanton to me to just buying it all matchy-matchy and cutting it all down into precise little squares and strips and spending fortunes on long-arm quilting machines....

The beauty for me is the imperfections. The idea that you can take a skinny strip of something and save it and piece it, one block at a time, into something warm and useable that'll last generations. I like that the traditional string quilt isn't carefully measured, that you use what what fits until it's gone.

Anyway, it's the first time I've ever considered quilting before.

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