05 January 2021

AHIQ Prompt January 2021: String Tuliip QAL

A new year means a new promt. As always, many ideas run through my mind but something different kept coming to the top. Repeated comments about the angled strings and the tulips gave me the idea for a quilt along instead of a prompt. So this time, let's have an Electric Socket Shock QAL. I was asked if there's a pattern. Answer: Of course not. I was making it up every step of the way. But it's a simple variation of a string quilt and those are always useful for clearing out the scraps. And it will force me to write something down.


Electric Socket Shock quilt


I'll start writing guidelines for us and we'll head out. Remember, they are merely suggestions. Change anything you want or go in a completely different directions. That's why we love improv.

Interestingly the tulip quilts were constructed like kawandi. I started with the border and worked my way in. So we will do the same with this QAL. We will start with the string blocks and then move to the string tulips. You can make one or both parts and add your own variations. 

String Tulips quilt


My previous quilts are about 40" square - baby quilt sized but you should choose a size that works for you. The final size will determine how many blocks you need to make. And BTW, my blocks were 5.5" unfinished/ 5" finished. Feel free to change those up, too.

You'll need assorted strings and scraps, about 2/3 yard for the background {more if you make a larger quilt}, and some leftover binding for the tulip stems. Or you can pull from your stash. Or go shopping. I also used newsprint for a base. You can do that, or nothing. If you sew with a fabric base, you should increase your seam allowances due to the extra bulk.

This is posted here and on FretNotYourself. Are you in? Let me know in the comments. If it's a go, we will start sewing next month and continue monthly.

Enjoy the day, Ann

10 comments:

Quiltdivajulie said...

I am especially interested in the string tulips - and I might have a plan for the string squares, too (perhaps not in the same quilt, tho). Improv rocks.

audrey said...

I'm in! No idea what colors I'll pull for the string blocks, but it sounds like a great project.:)

Mayleen said...

I'll give it a go! I have scraps and I need something new and fun to do.

Mystic Quilter said...

Although I did leave a brief comment on your site I decided to check here also! Yes this is one for me, definitely. I may change the size of the blocks and will be organised for next month

Janie said...

Very exciting, I'm drawn by the reds and oranges and the colors that compliment them.
I'm in but at my own pace, lots going on around here.

O'Quilts said...

love love love

Quilter Kathy said...

Sounds like fun!

Marly said...

I'm in! In spite of my resolution NOT to start anything new until my UFO's are dealt with, I've talked myself into this one! I have enough strings cut already and it's time they saw some action!

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

Oh, this is going to be fun. I'm committing to using my scraps and to the string blocks. Five inches?! Okay, maybe not that small. I love the Electric Socket Shock and want to use that to determine what color scraps to use. So, shocking colors from full scrap buckets.
Now to figure out how to get some piecing done while the studio is out of commission. It may be months before I can start up, but I'll catch up, maybe. Who knows?

Ann said...

I'm so glad you all are enthused and ready to start! See you next month. I can't wait to see where you take this simple idea.