Neutral Strings and Flowers

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I thought you might enjoy seeing a little project I am working on that involves…..lots of neutral strings.

Neutral Strings and Flowers

Neutral Strings and Flowers

I have this huge container of neutral strings, oops….I found some yellow in there that will get moved to my yellow/orange container.

Anyway, these are definitely string pieces. Nothing is wider than 2 inches and most are much narrower.

Neutral Strings and Flowers

I had 4 string blocks with flowers on them and I decided to make a wall hanging and just add more neutral strings to the corners. It looked pretty good on my design wall floor.

Neutral Strings and Flowers

After making the 4 string pieces the bucket of neutral strings….doesn’t look like any were used. That is really okay because I need to make more of the string squares for a pattern I am working on.

Neutral Strings and Flowers

I hung it up on my wall which is across from my sewing machine and while I was working on something else yesterday I would glance up and look at the neutral string wall-hanging.

The more I looked at it the more I thought it looked boring. Hmmmmm what to do.

Neutral Strings and Flowers

Last night I used my favorite tool or I guess I should say my MOST used tool…..the seam ripper and removed the corners. I am going to add a flanged border in dark green and then put the corner strings back on. I think this will really make the center design pop.

Neutral Strings and Flowers

I finally finished the wall hanging with the green flanged border. I think you will really like it!

Neutral Strings with Flowers and Flanged Border

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  1. I always love the projects you create with your strings.

  2. Mary Huey says:

    I like the applique on the string pieced background blocks! I'm pretty sure that when one "opens" a container of "scraps" the oxygen stimulates breeding?!? Looking forward to seeing the rework of this piece!

  3. Love those strings and applique-the flange will be a nice addition.

  4. Great wall hanging and I think the green flange will really make the centre xx

  5. I just love your work, and how you explain your thought process. Looking forward to the re-do.

  6. Lin Marsh says:

    That looks beautiful, but I was noticing the rulers on the wall. How do you have rulers attached to the wall? I can't see any nails, etc. Looks like it might be an idea I can use. Thanks, would love an answer.

  7. Lorna McMahon says:

    Your creativity has no bounds! Thanks for the little peek into your sewing room! Looking forward to your tutorial for Inspired by Fabric and seeing your quilt.

  8. very beautiful, love it !

  9. Oh goodness…so many strings! It is just amazingly beautiful!

  10. Valerie Reynolds says:

    OOOHHH I LOVE IT! I have a basket of neutral fat quarters I've been collecting….your work inspired me to take another look at them….love how they create such a nice background for the flowers!!

  11. Just Quilt It says:

    I love these flower blocks and would love to see it when completed. Very pretty.

  12. Love your flowers on neutral strings! I wish I had half the neutral strings that you have!

  13. Pam @Threading My Way says:

    The flowers really stand out against the neutrals, Connie… love them. Sounds like you are super organised having scraps sorted in colours.

  14. madebymeinred says:

    This is amazing! I keep looking at it. Makes you feel good to use up those strips too. Now back to seeing what's new on the Linky.

  15. Jacqueline says:

    I liked it as is too but think you might be right about a dark fabric around the center making it pop. Sort of the middle being like a medallion center.. Anxious to see the next step.

  16. super cute! I love your ideas on this one…..and would love to dive into that pile of strings, too!

  17. Missy Shay says:

    I love the way you dressed up your string blocks!

  18. Hi Connie, It's been a long time since I have dropped in here and made any comments. I have been reading blogs and trying to keep up with things, but life keeps getting in the way. I love your blocks with blooms. I quite liked it the way it was but on reflection I think what your going to do to it will make i tbetter. Keep up the good work.

  19. Kevin the Quilter says:

    What a great little project! And when you are working with neutral strings, you are playing my song! Sing it again Sammy!

  20. Oh I am so glad I am not the only person that keeps every piece of fabric that I have ever cut out!! LOL! My tubs look just like yours!! Now you have given me an idea on what to make with my "string" fabrics! Thanks! 🙂

  21. PeggyinNO says:

    What a beautiful quilt to come out of the "explosion"!! I love the applique on top!
    I've been working on string quilts myself (using selvages) for the past 6 months and it hasn't even made a dent in them! Sew much fun!!

  22. Podunk Pretties says:

    Looks like those scraps exploded! Love the block.

  23. Connie ~ I love that but think you are going to make it much more beautiful with the green breaking things up between the flower and outside. I can't wait to see it when you finish it.

  24. Connie I laughed out loud when I saw your overflowing box of neutral strings. MAN! That's a lot o'stuff!! I'm always struggling to find neutrals so I have to say I'm a little envious. And I agree that a border between your flower centers and the string corners will really 'make' the design.

  25. I wish I had that overflow of neutrals! Love your little flower string block and a flange sounds like a good design pop.

  26. Uhhh HOW FUN! love that you appliqued on top of the strings, hmm now you got me thinking!

  27. Can't wait to see it with that 'pop' of green! Looks like your container of strings is trying to take over your sewing room lol!!

  28. Honestly, I liked it before you unsewed the corners. But I can picture how different it will look when you put it all back together.

  29. I don't think it looks boring! But look forward to seeing how your new design element changes it… the before and after shots! What a great box of strings you have to play in!