by Nicole

I felt fantastic when I finished this quilt, so I’m calling it “Stringtastic!” Not only was I relieved to get it done, but also satisfied with how it turned out.

I went a little out of my comfort zone with the orange and aqua palette. I tried sneaking in a bit of pink – y’all know I love my pink! – but it just didn’t fit so I left it out. Even with the bright orange fabrics, to me there is something serene about this quilt. I think adding the grey helps to calm the orange down.


I did quite a bit of quilting and used up nearly a whole spool of Aurafil. That’s nearly 1,400 yards of thread!
I quilted a flower in the center of the blocks and surrounded it with some straight lines, followed by loops.


Here’s a look at the back. I added a some flying geese just because I have a soft spot for flying geese!


From the back, you can get a better view of the quilting.



At 48″ by 64″ this quilt is a great size for sitting on the couch and watching TV. But it will be a while before I get to use this quilt for TV watching. Right now, it sits in Thimble Pleasures where it will be a sample for the string class I’m teaching in January.

If you are in the Chapel Hill, NC area and have always wanted to learn how to make a string quilt, be on the look out for the class. A little bird over at Thimble Pleasures told me the class schedule will be up in early December.

Now, that this quilt is done, I’m re-grouping to figure out what’s next. As usual, there’s so much fabric and so little time!

Wishing you a great weekend!

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Samantha November 16, 2012 - 6:52 am

I LOVE that quilt! Your quilting is awesome, the strings are awesome and I also have a weakness for flying geese. 😀 Gorgeous!

Heidi Staples November 16, 2012 - 7:17 am

Beautiful, Nicole! I especially love those flying geese on the back!

Megan November 16, 2012 - 8:04 am

Oh it looks amazing Nicole! The quilting looks amazing – what a lot of work!

Laura November 16, 2012 - 10:01 am

And again, I love it. I want to come and play at your house!!!

Pieces of Cotton November 16, 2012 - 11:15 am

I can't believe you did that on a domestic machine. That is some very impressive quilting.

Gertie Pye November 16, 2012 - 11:52 am

Totally blown away by how amazing your quilting is. You don't need a long arm – you do just fine on a home machine! I think I could practise for 10 years and never get as good as that. Love the colour combo too x

West Michigan Quilter November 16, 2012 - 11:53 am

Stunning quilt! Love how you quilted it too.

Lynne November 16, 2012 - 12:29 pm

The colours are eye-catching and the quilting is amazing! Stunning! (Visiting from TGIFF)

Lynn November 16, 2012 - 1:12 pm

Wow!! I love the quilt. The colors are terrific and the quilting is stunning.
How fun that you are teaching the class.

Leona November 16, 2012 - 1:12 pm

beautiful quilt!

Leanne November 16, 2012 - 2:11 pm

This quilt is beautiful, I think I am drawn to the saturated colours. I also love the quilting, and the back is just wonderful.

bloomingpoppies November 16, 2012 - 2:15 pm

Yes, I can imagine there is no TV time for you these days-Ha!!! That is a gorgeous quilt Nicole. Wow, your quilting is amazing here. So inspired to find some time for quilting this weekend, thank you!!!!

Debbie November 16, 2012 - 2:22 pm

Your quilting just totally makes this, Nicole! wow. I saw the back on flickr and loved it – before I even knew it was the BACK! Just really inspiring!!

teaginny November 16, 2012 - 3:09 pm

your quilting is the bomb!!

Needled Mom November 16, 2012 - 3:31 pm

That is beautiful!

Jenny November 16, 2012 - 3:33 pm

Wow!! Very striking quilt, love it!

M-R November 16, 2012 - 3:38 pm

Stringtastic is right, Nicole! It's fabulous! Love the colour and value play. The quilting is fantastic too. Congrats!

Jennifer November 16, 2012 - 4:26 pm

Absolutely gorgeous!! Your fabulous quilting was well worth the effort! And I love the backing too…

Jennifer 🙂

Miss Nancy November 16, 2012 - 4:37 pm

That is one awesome quilt! Absolutely gorgeous and stunning. Love the colors, just perfectly blended! Well done! Thank you for sharing.

Have a super great sewing and stitching day.!

LynCC November 16, 2012 - 5:12 pm

Nicole, this is a gorgeous string quilt! I really love how you quilted it and how that looks on the back. And you're right – the grays and blues tamed that orange right down. 🙂

Hedda B. November 16, 2012 - 5:30 pm

You are amazing, you call it stringtastic and i call it stunning. I wish i lived near you to take your class. I have never seen a more talented quilting artist. I would love to know how you became so awesome with color – was it trial and error or just a gift? November 17, 2012 - 8:00 am

Thanks, Hedda! You are very kind! Regarding color, I think some of it is trial and error and some of it is intuition. I originally was going to include some darker blues and oranges, but after making a few blocks, it didn't feel right so I took them out. I followed my gut!

Susan November 16, 2012 - 5:44 pm

Like everyone else, I'm totally impressed with the quilt. I, too, would be taking the class if I were closer. November 17, 2012 - 8:01 am

Thanks, Susan! Wish you were closer!

Lynne November 16, 2012 - 7:22 pm

Your machine quilting is fantastic! Well done!

Annabella November 16, 2012 - 7:48 pm

It's amazing Nicole – string blocks on on the bucket list here.

Tabatha November 16, 2012 - 11:29 pm

You never cease to amaze me, this is such an unusual yet fascinating and fantastic colour combination! Kudos girl, kudos indeed!

Tabatha at

Kathy@KayakQuilting November 17, 2012 - 12:16 am

Wow..this is magnificent! The quilting is amazing…can't believe you did this on a domestic sewing machine! So inspiring!!! November 17, 2012 - 8:08 am

Thanks, Kathy! Yup – all done on my little machine!

Katy Cameron November 17, 2012 - 1:09 am

Love the different types of quilting, it's really making different sections pop

Jennie November 17, 2012 - 4:23 am

Wow! Your quilting is amazing! What a fantastic finish!

Caryl W November 17, 2012 - 7:02 pm

This is great quilting and a beautiful quilt!

katie z. November 17, 2012 - 10:14 pm

I would never have expected those colors to work, but they look amazing! Your backing is quite lovely too.

Alice November 18, 2012 - 2:40 am

I'll echo the previous comments, the quilt is beautiful, and your quilting is impressive. Do you do that free motion, or are those patterns options on your machine? I've never quilted more than straight lines on my machine!

Linda November 19, 2012 - 7:27 am

Marvellous quilting!

Denise Russell November 20, 2012 - 4:07 am

Gorgeous colors and amazing quilting. Hmm… I would love to sit under that quilt and watch TV, too. Want company? 🙂

Rachel November 20, 2012 - 3:17 pm

Oh, it is just lovely! What marvelous quilting!

Jenniffier Kramer November 20, 2012 - 5:45 pm

It looks amazing the quilting is great and the colors are great. Congrats on the finish!

Mummy Quilts November 21, 2012 - 2:14 am

SO beautiful – your quilting is fantastic! I love it. You are so talented!

amandajean November 26, 2012 - 1:14 pm

That is a fantastic quilt! I'm so impressed with all the different quilting you did. No wonder you used so much thread! 🙂

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