Christa’s Quilt Along 6.0 – String of Pearls Introduction

Ever since Lizzy House’s Pearl Bracelets line was released, I’ve been itching to make a quilt from it but I couldn’t think of what to do. Then I saw variations of this block popping up every where and thought it would be perfect for another quilt along! I’m calling my version String of Pearls.

String of Pearls

String of Pearls 66″ x 66″
Designed in EQ7 by Christa Watson

Of course, you don’t have to use Pearl Bracelets – any colorful set of fabrics will look fantastic! How about using solids, or  scraps you’ve been hoarding saving?

The key to the success of this design is in the contrast. Just make sure the bands around the “pearls” (center squares) really pop and that your background, or “negative space” really contrasts or recedes.

String of Pearls Kits are available in 2 options: a complete kit including all of the fabrics for the quilt top, or a starter kit with the Pearl Bracelets fabric only.

String of Pearls

Click the picture for the Complete Kit

Starter Bundle

Click the picture for the Starter Bundle

Fabric Requirements

  • 12 chubby eighths of colorful prints – a chubby eighth measures approximately 9″ x 20″ or half of a fat quarter. You will need one extra 2.25″ x 20″ strip for a scrappy binding.
  • 1.5 yards solid black – I am using Kona Pepper.
  • 2.5 yards grey or neutral background – I am using Kona Medium Grey.
  • 4 yards for backing (or lots of scraps and leftover pieces).
  • Piece of batting that measures at least 70″ x 70″.

Quilt Along Schedule – links will be active at the completion of each step:

Please note, this time around I will go two weeks in between each step. I’d like to give everyone plenty of time to work at their own pace.
String of Pearls Quilt Along

Be sure to share pictures of your progress on my flickr group: Christa’s Quilt Along. I can’t wait to get started!


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35 Responses to Christa’s Quilt Along 6.0 – String of Pearls Introduction

  1. Gina K says:

    I have FINALLY gotten all my fabric cut for this quilt and will be able to get it sewn together when I get home from vacation! (I took all the fabric with me so I could get it cut during slow evenings during vacation).

  2. karen says:

    I love this quilt, im going to book mark it as a near future project

  3. Kerri Hunter says:

    I have finally finished my string of pearls will upload pics to my flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/81706521@N04/
    Thanks Christa I loved making this quilt.

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  5. Finally finished my String of Pearls Plus. Whew. Thanks for the QAL, Christa. It was fun.

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  9. Georgia says:

    Posted my pieces to Flickr. I will blog about it later today or tomorrow. I collected fabric while traveling out west with my husband. Guess it will be a memory quilt. Can’t wait to start sewing the pieces.

  10. Tammy says:

    I received my package of Pearls from Christa’s so I’m ready to go. Will be cutting tomorrow.

  11. Susan says:

    This will be my first quilt along! I have made 2 quilts so far, so I’m looking for some experience and company! Thanks for organizing!

    • Kerry says:

      I haven’t as yet made a quilt but when I saw this I felt it
      was something I had to try. Unfortunately whenever I mention anything
      about crafts I get the eye rolling action or that’s a waste of money response.
      I was delighted to find Christa’s quilt along and to be able to see what the
      end product will look like. Happy sewing and hopefully not to
      much seam ripping (lol)

  12. Kerry says:

    I’m teaching myself patchwork/quilting. Looking at your layout I think I will try
    this, I would love to make a modern version of dresden plate. One without points.
    Maybe your next QAL (lol)

  13. I think I’m going to try to QAL. Not sure how to Flikr but I think I’ll figure it out by the end of the QAL.
    Just love this quilt.

  14. dawnhollingsworth says:

    I love this! I don’t know that I will find the time to stay caught up :( but, I’ll definitely be watching and saving! :)

  15. MElissa says:

    I love the colors in this quilt!! beautiful!

  16. lattegirl40 says:

    i am so excited! love this quilt!! I like the 2 week intervals too!!

  17. This is a great looking quilt! If I didn’t have so very, very many unfinished projects, I might give this one a go too! (I have an unfinished one that looks pretty similar, in fact. Maybe I should actually work on it and then pretend I’ve just elongated the blocks and decided to do it all with inset seams.. ;D)

  18. Georgia says:

    Looking forward to it! This will be my first quilt along!

  19. Corinne says:

    I am in, great pattern.

  20. Gina says:

    I’d love to join this quilt along, but I have SOOOO much fabric in my stash that I want to start using up, would it be ok to use what I’ve got on hand rather than buying more fabric?

  21. Sarah says:

    I’m in. I love this pattern!

  22. Cheryl says:

    This is so pretty! Count me in! I could do it just from my scraps. :0)

  23. Marjorie says:

    Is the center (the pearl bracklet part) one piece or cut and pieced? It looks like a fun quilt!

    • Christa says:

      It will be one continuous piece. The picture came out like that due to the limitations of the design software, but each center square is cut 5 1/2″.

  24. dezertsuz says:

    Great summer project! Can’t start ’til I’m home from vacation, but it looks like a good one to work on a bit at a time.

  25. Loris says:

    Fun new design, Christa. I finally got my updated Hugs and Kisses pic loaded to Flickr. Still need to sew the blocks together but I’m working on a birthday quilt at the moment. You know those deadlines :-) Hope your running is getting off to a good start! I’m trying to walk more.

  26. I have some pearl bracelet but need blue. I am looking forward to this quilt!!!

  27. Adrienne says:

    I’m excited. Can’t wait to get my fabric order and get started. This is my first ever ‘quilt along’, Yay!!!

  28. Ann says:

    Ok! I’ve been hoarding a batik bundle… Waiting for the perfect showcase. I’m in! I like the 2 weeks segments. Done just in time to present as a negative space challenge quilt for my Aug meeting! :)

  29. Lesley says:

    Oh wow! This is another pretty one, but I am still making Hugs and Kisses so may have to watch along from the sidelines!

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