by Nicole

I finished piecing the string quilt top and handed it over to a long arm quilter for the first time ever. It feels so strange now that it’s gone, but hey, I better get used to it being gone since it’s not mine anyway!

A couple of folks have asked me what type of foundation paper I used to piece the strings together.


I used muslin. I like the stability that the muslin gives the blocks and there’s no paper to tear away. Here’s a look at the back of the quilt top.

I will say that having the extra layer of muslin makes the quilt heavier than it would be otherwise, but I like cozy quilts so this is not a problem for me.

Now that the quilt is out of my hands for a little bit, I’ll have to regroup and figure out what’s next. There is so much fabric, yet so little time!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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Gertie Pye September 12, 2012 - 10:11 am

Muslin is a great idea Nicole! This quilt is even more stunning now it is coming together in blocks. I LOVE the diamond formation. Your customer is going to be over the moon!

Pieces of Cotton September 12, 2012 - 10:24 am

I just love this quilt! It's like looking at the ocean. I love the colors, and the fact that you used calming solids instead of busy prints. And the white squares – everything. I'm sure your client is going to be tickled.

Lynn September 12, 2012 - 11:37 am

It's lovely! I've just finished a string quilt top done with scraps. I used paper as my foundation. I've had a horrible time with getting my blocks straightened, all those bias edges I guess. I did a string quilt before and had no problems. I think I'll take your advice and use muslin next time.

Carla September 12, 2012 - 1:32 pm

I love getting my quilts back from the quilter. Such gorgeous work! Your strings are lovely

Audrey September 12, 2012 - 2:23 pm

There are so many block formations within the quilt. What precise work, just stunning.. Thank you for sharing and for your blog!!

MaterialGirlQuilts September 12, 2012 - 3:00 pm

Nicole, it is a beauty! I'm sure whoever ordered it will be so happy.

Heather D. September 12, 2012 - 3:22 pm

Nicole, that is going to be one fabulous quilt! And you know, I LOVE the idea of using muslin for the back. I've heard of that before, but when you see it and realize that there are then NO raw edges exposed, except for the final seams, what could be better??? I guess it also makes the quilt just that much heavier too, hey? Not a bad thing, in my opinion.

The Tildy Spot September 12, 2012 - 4:05 pm

I use muslin on my string quilts too. I love the extra weight it gives.

Annabella September 12, 2012 - 5:32 pm

Wow – it has such a 3D feel to it Nicole – it's really special.

Kelly September 12, 2012 - 8:26 pm

That quilt is a stunner!

Cherie September 12, 2012 - 9:10 pm

So glad that things are coming along nicely. The quilt is looking good so far! =D

Katy Cameron September 12, 2012 - 9:55 pm

It looks great, looking forward to seeing the quilting on it :o)

janeylulu September 12, 2012 - 11:10 pm

This is so gorgeous! I love the pops of purple among the turquoise!

Cathy September 13, 2012 - 1:30 am

Really really lovely

Tessa Marie September 13, 2012 - 3:36 am

Really pretty, Nicole. The colors make me think of the sea!! Great idea to use muslin as a foundation – do you starch it at all first? It will be beautiful quilted by a long arm šŸ™‚

Denise Barrett September 13, 2012 - 5:25 am

Beautiful work! I love your idea of using muslin.


Books_Bound September 13, 2012 - 11:46 pm

Looks amazing! Can't wait to see it all quilted up.

Debbie September 15, 2012 - 2:44 am

It's beautiful Nicole! Thanks for sharing your secret!

Megan September 16, 2012 - 1:06 am

It's going to be awesome! I'd have a tough time parting with that one. Excited to see what you work on next.

Rachel Booth September 19, 2012 - 11:18 am

I've never heard of using muslin before for paper piecing but I LOVE the idea! I'm tackling a string quilt soon and was not thrilled about the idea of using paper! THanks so much for the idea! I'd love to see how you did it (maybe a tutorial or a mini tutorial) if you had time but as a mama, I totally understand! Thanks!

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