Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art

Gray and Orange Strings are Finished!



Here is the result of the 40 six-inch string blocks I pieced last week.  I really like the way it came out.


The back is the end of a bolt of a kind of Japanese feel taupey gray circle print.  I just barely had enough, and it is perfect on the back.

Dark gray would have worked for the binding, but was a little hard to coordinate with the backing.  The soft orange hand dye looks good to me.


I’m very happy with the quilting.  First I stabilized it by stitching in the ditch on all the vertical and horizontal seams with Bottom Line.  I almost always start like this.  It isn’t very noticable in the finished quilt, but it really does keeps things from going askew.


Then I quilted randomly placed leaves all over the top.  I cut an 8 1/2″ template and traced about 60 of them (they are so random they are hard to count).  I used two strands of light gray Sulky rayon thread to do the stitching.  There are also two “special” leaves where I tried using a silver metallic or a dark gray thread.  I didn’t stick with either, but I left the two experiments to be surprises to discover.


This did start as a donation quilt, but it is only 48″ x 72″.  I like that size for a throw, but quilt drives often prefer larger ones, so it’s going in my Etsy shop soon.

What have you finished?

I’m linking up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Author: Valerie

I'm Valerie, also known as Scooquilt. I am passionate about fabric and quilting. My quilts are colorful and modern, but grounded in traditional blocks. My degrees are in Fine Arts and Education. I'm retired from teaching and trying to quilt daily. Reading, gardening, and cats are also important to me.

6 thoughts on “Gray and Orange Strings are Finished!

  1. This quilt came out very nice.

  2. It went into one of my favorite quilts category. I didn’t know I like gray and orange together, but obviously, I do! I love the way it looks, and the leaves are a nice surprise! I’m glad you bound it with the orange fabric, it gives it more definition! Well done, Valerie! I’m pretty sure it’ll find a good home soon after you list it!

  3. The colors are lovely and the quilted leaves are fabulous!

  4. Very pretty! The colors and the quilting – I really like this quilt.

  5. Great quilt! I love the leaf quilting!

  6. Very nice!
    I love the orange binding on the grey, i actually just finished a quilt with a grey backing and orange binding as well!
    And your leaf quilting is beautiful!

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