Monday, March 25, 2019

It's A Trick


I first want to thank CARLA for hosting this unique HOP, the first day already blew my mind.  I joined to stretch myself out of the comfort zone as I am not fond of string blocks personally.  So I had to work something different to make it tickle my bones.


One of my 'do this year' items was to revisit the Card Trick Quilt Block.  The standard method of starting with the hour glass center.  Then people were coming up with short cuts to make them with squares and rectangles.  THEN - the lightbulb moment!  I remembered seeing some large block quilts made with strings for the Hands2Help Challenge - the good ole' Trick was formed.


I pulled out all the brights of four colors for a bit of Spring fun.  Three blocks of each color used them right up and the setting triangles cut from a background.  Layed out in the Card Trick and then I changed the colors around after this photo.


I made 6'5" unfinished size blocks; foundationed on old phone book paper which is so easy to remove.  I like to press those setting seams with a lot of bulk open to help make the finish smoother.
**Update**  People have asked if they make this size what amount of background is needed - six 7" squares cut diagonal once for setting triangles and you can get those with one WOF cut; so a quarter yard works.  If you want to add a border - depending on the width you want to use - use your quilter's math for how many strips.  The number of strips x's width of border = inches of fabric needed.


See, I switched those colors.  I like to make quilts (or large wallhangings) in two sections and then join the two halves.

And I just now have discovered I deleted my files of the finished piece!  I heavily 'pencil' straight line quilting in aqua, lime green, sun yellow, bold orange, and white threads.  This piece was donated to the Easter Egg Exhibit  (Mildred Vrooman was a gr.gr. aunt) raffle items.  Maybe I will get a photo of it while hanging there as I am part of the Old Stone Fort weekend events during the first open weekend of the egg exhibit.

**recovered the lost photo





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48 comments:

gin said...

Bright and beautiful.

Carla said...

I love this quilt so much, Sharon. WOW, I really want to stop everything and try this. Thank you for joining the All About Strings Blog Hop. I am so inspired!

Nancy J said...

Love the blocks, and using strings makes it so much fun/

Anna brown said...

Hey cool idea...tyty for sharing this....happyness04431@yahoo.com

Carol said...

I love this quilt! What a great way to use strings! Thanks for sharing!

Stitchin At Home said...

What a fun project! I love this idea!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

What a great idea, and it's absolutely gorgeous!

Danice G said...

What a great idea- Card Trick using strings. Those colors are so Spring-time happy. Truly pretty work.

Libby in TN said...

I had to look a second (and third) time to figure out how you did it without the quarter-square in the middle. Genius!

Debbie said...

Love your creative invention here! You may not love strings, but you did a special version:)

tink's mom said...

Wow, what a terrific idea and great finish. I'm so glad you were able to recover the picture of your quilting it is a wonderful addition to a great piece.

Diane N. said...

Love this idea. I will try this. Dian

Sherry said...

Ooohh! I like it. Great job.

Needled Mom said...

That is wonderful and such a great idea for that pattern. Love it!

Lori Smanski said...

This is so cool. I love this. Wouldnt this idea make a wonderful table runner or pillow? Thank you for inspiring today.
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MissPat said...

A terrific adaptation. This is genius. I need to get back to making string blocks for RSC. Somehow they always get left for the end of the month and then I run out of time.
Pat

Rozz01 said...

Wonderful use of scraps...no one would ever know as the end result is awesome.

Karrin Hurd said...

Love the cheerful colors! Great use of scraps. Thanks so much for sharing!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Talk about mind blowing... you String-y Card Trick left me SEW surprised. There was NO WAY to see that coming, but I absolutely LOVE it!!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Really great blocks...maybe I'll walk into my sewing room today 😁😁

Calicojoan said...

I would have never thought of the card trick block for strings. Now you have my interest peaked in other possibilities. What great inspiration. Needless to say...I love it!!!

ShirleyC said...

What a great idea! Love the colors too!

Anonymous said...

SUCH A NEAT QUILT! THANKS FOR SHARING!

Vasudha said...

This is so clever - using string blocks to make another block. I love it! All those things we can do with a string block!

Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity said...

Great use of strings. Enjoying seeing all these projects!

Mary Ann said...

Turned out fantastic. Thanks for sharing today.

Karla said...

beautiful -- what a great idea!

Moira said...

What a great idea to make that block and a quilt. Definitely one that I'll have to remember.

Farm Quilter said...

Seeing how you put Card Trick together finally makes the block construction make sense to me!! I've never made one because I don't like working with Y seams...after seeing yours, I know I don't have to!! Love your quilt!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Wow great quilt and love the bright colors and how you change the car trick a wee bit to make it super simple!

Nancy said...

This was a great idea for a quilt. I have been so amazed by all the ideas these past 2 days. Can't wait to see the next two.

Scrapatches said...

Sharon, I would never have known you had a comfort zone when it came to quilting if you had not told me. I will take your word for it. Hard to believe, though. You always come up with the most creative (with common sense) approach to a pile of fabric and a challenge. It is always the "now why did I not think of that?" moment in any blog hop for me. I love this use of strings. Thank you for sharing ... :-) Pat

thatfabricfeeling.wordpress.com said...

This is a fun design element which is an adorable finish.

Unknown said...

Your card tricks is wonderful. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

tubakk said...

Just lovely.

Lisa Marie said...

Well that is a super clever way to use string blocks! It looks great!

Vicki in MN said...

Oh wow, wow, wow, I love this idea Sharon!!! Are you OK with me copying it someday? I need to think outside the box I guess, haha.

Cheryll said...

I LoVe it Sharon... well done... xox

Marian said...

I love it Sharon, so bright and bubbly... the fabrics are wonderful and I love how you put together that Card Trick block.

Carol S. said...

This is really pretty in those colors! I've never made a card trick quilt, but this makes it look like fun.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Oh My Gosh!!! What a fabulous idea! and the colors are just yummy!!!

Janice Holton said...

What a great design for using strings up! Very clever. And attractive too!

BarefootThunder said...

A fantastic card trick !! wonderful spring colors. thanks for sharing.

Theresa said...

I love this! Beautiful fabrics. Thanks for sharing how you put it together.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Oh my, I have to try this! Such a clever idea! Thanks for sharing :) xx

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Nice job on the string quilt.

Kate said...

A great way to "redo" the card trick block!

Sue D said...

I like this clever and colorful design.