Saturday, June 28, 2008

String Blocks

A few months back, I signed up for a CYOC (choose your own color) string block swap at the HGTV message board. The ideas was to make each participant 2 - 6" string blocks in the color selection of their choice. There were 23 signed up. This turned out to be a really fun swap for several reasons. For one thing the blocks were super easy to make. Because they are string blocks, there were no twisted seams and seam allowances are not important. You know I get bored easily, so only making 2 blocks in a variety of colors kept my interest. I had lots of strings left over for Heartstring quilts. For the first time ever, I received all the blocks from all the swappers on time.

I chose a dark green center string, with fall colors on the remaining strings. I think I will need to make more blocks to make this a more substantial size, but I really like the results so far.

Another CYOC swap was just started up at HGTV, so of course I have signed up again. This time only 12 swappers have signed up, so we all decided to make 4 blocks instead 2. I thought it might be a good idea this time to show you the blocks as I make them. It is interesting to see the different colors and maybe it might inspire someone to make some of their own. The deadline for this swap is way off at the end of October. I won't show you the ones I receive until I receive them all (it would be rather boring don't ya think).

Jeanclaire of California (also the swap hostess) requested a white on white center string with citrus colors of yellow, lime and orange.

Janae from West Virginia wants a white on white center with bright purple strings.

Sandie in Washington state asked for a black on black center with autumn colors strings.


Vicki W said...

I LOVE your autumn string blocks!

auntann11 said...

Very nice B. You are going to have to make another kitchen sink palette when you get done.

Exuberant Color said...

That is a great block to use for a swap. It could be easily trimmed if all blocks weren't exactly the same size. The great thing too is that it looks good in any color combination.

bingo~bonnie said...

I just finsihed reading/looking at all of your blog entries with your CYOC string blocks! How neat and what a wide variety.

They will all make some great quilts... and be intresting to see how they are set together.

Can't wait ot see all of your blocks you received all togeher :)

I hope they do this again in '09!!! I'll be playing! ~bonnie