Saturday, July 2, 2011

Hope Valley string quilt


I finally finished my Hope Valley string quilt! 


Oh, it feels like I have been working on this one forever.  I started it more than a year ago with plans to make a quilt for Finley's room.  I was planning on designing her room around this, but then Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadow came out, and I made her baby quilt out of that.  I pushed the string blocks to the side for the time being, knowing that I'd be back to them soon enough. 


This one was a tough quilt for me to make at times.  The string blocks are tedious and super repetitive, but I am glad I persevered.  I really love the finish quilt.  It will be another one for Finley's big girl bed someday.  Remember, I even made a matching pillow!


quilt stats
pattern: paper pieced string block (8" finished)
fabrics: Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt and Kona coal (quilt top), Kona raisin (binding), a gray Target flat sheet for backing
dimensions:  need to measure still, but it is an oversized twin
quilting: free motion quilting in a meandering pattern by me


Happy holiday weekend!
with love, Angela

previous posts on the making of this quilt:

47 comments:

  1. Absolutely adore this quilt Angela! Beautiful! Congratulations on your finish!

    Quick question... with Finley's Single Girl quilt... did you use just 1 layer cake or more? I am making 2 twin sized single girl quilts (ambitious I know!) out of Little Apples for my oldest son...

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  2. Fantastic! I love Hope Valley!
    And string quilts!! :)

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  3. I knew I would love the finished product!! I am about to start on my Hope Valley quilt, although I'm sure it wont be half as pretty as yours! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  4. I love it! It looks perfect.

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  5. It was worth the effort! It's very pretty!

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  6. Congratulations on finishing the quilt. It's definitely a beauty.

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  7. It turned out so great! Congrats on finishing it up! :) Happy 4th!!

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  8. Your quilt turned out gorgeously! I have those fabrics, but am committed to something dull and mundane.

    Congratulations on a beautiful quilt.

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  9. It was so worth the effort this quilt is beautiful!!

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  10. Love how the center string makes it look like the blocks are framed. Very, very nice!

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  11. I LOVE this!! It looks absolutely amazing...great job!!

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  12. Angela, it is beautiful! Really, really pretty.
    Did the sheet wash OK for the back? I've yet to use a sheet and never prewash my fabrics so wondered how it would shrink with the rest of the quilt. And, did you happen to use a sheet that was a cotton poly blend or just cotton?

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  13. Hi Angela

    This looks lovely, I love how you picked up the raisin in the binding - such a pretty colour for a girl. I am like you, I have a Hunky Dory jelly roll that is bugging me to make a twin quilt for Scarlett but she'll be in her cot for another year or two so it seems so premature to make it. And like you, I see new collections coming out and my head starts reeling (I also have some Its A Hoot stashed but have since gone off it a bit!). I really loved Griffith Park but have resisted buying any.

    dxx

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  14. Your quilt is so beautiful! Glad you persevered!

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  15. It turned out so nice! I have been wanting to make one myself. I don't know if I told you before but I LOVE the name Finley!:0

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  16. This is beautiful. I NEVER get tired of seeing all the beautiful things made from Hope Valley!

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  17. Very nice!! I've been spending the holiday weekend quilting my Hope Valley quilt (which has sat unfinished for 6+ months).

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  18. I love it! Where do we find the pattern?

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  19. it's gorgeous Angela! :)
    I've done only a couple string blocks (for bees) and they ARE tedious! But this is very beautiful. Congratulations on getting it done!

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  20. I'm very tempted to copy this wonderful quilt exactly Angela! It's fantastic. I've never made a string block though - maybe I should try one first!

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  21. Hi Angela,
    I love the finished product so much. It must have taken a lot of effort, and the result is absolutely breathtaking. Well done!

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  22. Beautiful quilt ~ so glad you persevered with this one. Another great finish!

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  23. It came out beautifully! All your hard work paid off!

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  24. Stunning - simply stunning!

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  25. I think it turned out lovely! Finley will love her big girl bed even more with this on it. Love the choices in solids too!

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  26. Oh, how lovely. The colors in this line are incredible, and you really did them justice with this pattern!! I bet you are so relieved to have it finished!! :)

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  27. What an accomplishment! It is gorgeous!!

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  28. I'm absolutely in love with this quilt. So so so so beautiful. Can you tell how much fabric you needed of the Hope Valley line? I ask because I never know how much to buy of fabric I need for a quilt. You know you don't want to run out of fabric and cannot buy it anymore...

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  29. Lovely - I've just finished a string quilt and I agree with you about the repetitive nature of it all.

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  30. I love the quilt and all the different colors. So beautiful!

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  31. Very nice! I love that you stipple these quilts; I'm starting to machine quilt more of my stuff since I've been reading your blog.

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  32. Pat yourself on the back! This is a great finish both aesthetically and emotionally! (I know what a triumph it is to complete a project that's had a long evolution.) Cheers!

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  33. Oh, love it! I started a string quilt about a year and a half ago but it's is sitting all lonely waiting to get worked on again. I started it with the intention of working on it between projects so it wouldn't be so tedious, but now it seems I just go from one project the ntext to the next and the poor pink and yellow and orange strings are all forgotten in the corner. Maybe I'll get them back out...when I finish the 3 things I've got going at the moment! ;)

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  34. Wow that's quite an undertaking...you must be pleased as punch to have it finished, it looks superb and so bright and colourful! I especially love the binding, it really helps the colours to pop up. Lovely work!
    Jules

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  35. I was wondering, approximately how much material does it take to make a string quilt of that size? It looks perfect!

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  36. This is really lovely - I really like the Knoa coal against the colours!

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  37. I love your string quilt. I just made 20 string blocks for a string block exchange and can't wait to see what I get in return. I finally have enough Hope Valley to make a queen quilt. I got the pattern from OhFransson's web site for free. It uses two sheets. One on the top and one for the backing.

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  38. Oh, wow. I just LOVE this quilt. And string quilts are so time consuming. I can't imagine the time you put into this lovely.

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  39. Just stunning! I've never been into Hope Valley, but I'm running to go get some bundles now!

    How much fabric did this use? Would a FQ bundle be enough?

    Thank you!

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  40. I used more than a FQ set of Hope Valley to make my string quilt. If you are buying some, I'd recommend a half yard bundle. :)

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  41. Beautiful! The colors are fantastic, very elegant use of gray (one of my faves). This encourages me to try out paper piecing--which has always scared me a little...

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  42. This is gorgeous! I love this fabric line so much and the string quilts made with it all turn out great!

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  43. It's just beautiful! Saw it on flickr and had to come see more. Lovely! I have a Hope Valley fat quarter set and you've shown me what can come of it. Hope springs eternal...

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  44. I love the colors. I have a string quilt on my to-do list - thanks for sharing.

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