Monday, July 27, 2009

strings are fun!

It's a good thing I like string quilts, because I've had literally bags and bags of pretty little fabric strips fall into my lap over the past couple of months. That's in addition to the strings I cut myself when I first got excited about string quilts.

The front and back sections of Alex's cat bed have been pieced for a while, but I decided that quilting them to some heavy batting would make the whole thing more durable. I'm still having fun stippling, so that plan worked out just fine. (Note to self -- remember to put the presser foot down after you lift it to shift the fabric!)

And at some point during the process, I decided that it would be a good idea to add a zipper to make it easier to take out the stuffing and wash the cover if disaster struck. Would've been a perfectly reasonable idea if I'd put in a zipper during the last twenty years, or even remembered how to put in a zipper.

My google search for zipper tutorials only turned up results for installing invisible zippers into the sides of skirts. Skirts are the deep dark root of my secret zipper hatred. I found a tutorial for adding a zipper to a bag, but it told me to follow the directions on the package, which my thrift store zipper didn't come with.

So I borrowed the zipper foot from my twelve year old daughter's machine and winged it. The zipper is attached. She's been warned not to ever ever unzip it unless there is a laundry emergency, because I'd rather trash the entire project than try that again.

The cat, of course, wants nothing to do with her new bed and spent last night sleeping in the bathroom on a wet towel.

I also got the string blocks for that baby quilt assembled. Now I need to figure out what I can back it with. I really want to find some more cheap thrift store sheets!

Today's quilting was derailed by a migraine and a hundred mile drive to replace a water bed mattress with a split seam -- just what I felt like dragging four kids along to do when it was 102 degrees out there! On the bright side, my migraine meds did work and we caught the leak before it flooded our bedroom too badly.

I've got higher hopes for tomorrow!


Jocelyn said...

Oh I'm with you about zippers! Do you have a basic pattern that you use for the string quilts? Or do you just sew strips together and go from there?

JRZ Jenn said...

Me too with the zippers. I rarely put them in - and I get other people to do it if I can help it. I don't know why I have a hate/hate relationship with them, but I do. And I just love your string quilt - I'm working on a super scrappy one. I just love the way yours look

Alison said...

Oh, that's beautiful!

--AlisonH at

Amanda #1 said...

First of all, it's probably just as well you didn't have the instructions with the zipper, b/c those are dumb. They make it much harder than it needs to be, esp for something as simple as a pillow.

I started to try to explain how to put in a zipper, but then realized it was making no sense, LOL.

Voila! A tutorial that makes way more sense than I ever would have!

Val's Creative Life said...

SO glad you shared this one under our T.A. pet bed theme...I've been wanting to try my hand at strings and a pet bed like this would be the perfect thing to try it with. :)


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