Rocky Road to Kansas
A string quilt
63 x 63
Last year when my string box was overflowing I separated out all the pink and white strings for quilts. Most of them were long quilt back trimmings. I wanted to make a quilt I hadn't yet made of strings so started looking through some bookmarked patterns I wanted to try someday.
I happened to run across a quilt called Chance in the book Making Quilts with Kathy Doughty of Material Obsessions. She constructs the blocks with triangles but I thought I could modify the pattern and use strings instead.
These are actually 31 inch Rocky Road to Kansas blocks and were a great use for long strings. (I used the shorter strings in another quilt). I happened to have enough of that pink polka dot for the centers and then couldn't decide what to use for the background. I finally decided to try some of that red calico with little black and light blue flowers. I bought a lot of it on sale a long time ago to use for quilt backs. I figured a darker background would help the white and lighter pinks stand out.
I hand quilted it with pink perle #12. In the triangles I just quilted across with straight lines with no marking at irregular intervals. In the background diamond shaped areas I quilted concentric diamonds at 1/4, 2 and 3 inches in from the sides and then I put a little tie in the middle. No matter how I tried to take a picture of that quilting it just didn't show up.
In the center I used an old cardboard template my daughter picked up for me at a garage sale, marked around it with mechanical pencil and hand stitched.
I used a gray calico with pink flowers on the back and filled in with some pieces of pink gingham. With the light shining through from the front you can kind of see all the hand stitching.
That light shining through was the result of a beautiful sunrise.