Thanks everyone for your comments. I guess I shouldn't be concerned about quilting over all those seams. I'll do whatever I feel the quilt calls me to do without over thinking....which I'm famous for!!!
BTW, I agree that a lighter weight foundation or paper foundation is the best way to go for my next string project. Every quilting experience offers a new lesson to learn from for the next one.
If your string quilt is quite multicolored, as most of them are, it makes a good practice piece for free-motion quilting. Your mistakes don't show up nearly as badly as on solids. (Ask me how I know! )
Love your string quilts Carole and CJ! Since we just got new phone books and always have a good stash of scraps, I'll have to try this method. I don't know about me doing the free motion feathers. I'd need a lot more practice--the BSR doesn't solve all problems.
I have good results with used dryer sheets as my foundations. They are lighter than muslin so make for less bulk.
As the used dryer sheets need to be pressed before stitching, they can sometimes stretch, so I plan to trim to a set size after the strips are attached. The brand I'm currently using trims to about 9" x 5". I've also had good luck piecing over-size diamond shapes and then trimming to size.
To answer an earlier question: Yes, it is just strips of fabric sewn to a foundation of some type. (I've also used paper, but then you must get ride of the paper.) For those of us who are compulsive scrap savers, this is a good way to use scraps.
First one was done simple quilting down the middle of the stings on the diagonal.
I have recently started doing FUN AND DONE style quilt as you go style of quilting.
I cut the backing about an inch larger than the blocks with the batting under the block. Frequently the batting is cut about 1/2 inch smaller, to reduce bulk. I quilt each block individually.
Then I sew the two blocks together backing side together using a zipper foot to get as close the the blocks as I can and I sew them together. I then sew down the turned other edges of the block to make it own sashing. Sounds harder than it is to actually do. I am not good at writing instructions.
Our sewing group makes charity quilts and this is a good way to get everyone helping out.... Made our group more productive.
My string quilt blocks are foundation pieced on muslin and there's about 12 strings per 6" block. The foundation makes the top heavier and all the seams make it bulker. There's a 1 1/2" inner and 5" outer border.
I'd sure love some suggestions on the best way to quilt it. Would stitch in the ditch be the best solution for the strings and add a decorative design on the border? Would all the bulk and seam intersections make it difficult to do a quilt design on the strings? I'm afraid my BSR would create alot of skipped stitches.
Also, I have some lightweight, thin wool batting. Would that be a good choice? Should it be washed first?