String of Beads


I first saw this block design soon after I started quilting,

but have never seen it made up,

probably because it would have been very tedious to do as a hand appliqué.

It was described as ‘modern’ in 1920s—1930s.

In June 2004 I pieced together 16 background blocks using creamy fabrics from the stash.

The beads were added at the Hi-fibre Retreat, August 2004,

then I tackled the machine buttonhole stitch around the beads on 11-12 Sept,

machine quilted 13-14 September,

and started hand quilting around the beads the next day.


The binding was completed on September 27th

and the quilt was shown in the

Golden Harvest Quilters

‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’


over the first weekend of October 2004

58 inches square

Machine pieced, appliquéd, machine and hand quilted.

Pattern published by Judy Butcher, 2005.

Released as printable PDF in 2010, the first pattern made available through the

Virtual Quilter’s Pattern Place

4 thoughts on “String of Beads

  1. Judy,

    This looks like EXACTLY the type of quilt I’m looking for to start (gasp) into the scary field of quilting with techniques other than simple piecing. Not only is it a beautiful quilt, but it’s not too intricate for someone like me. Theres some fusing, some hand quilting, some machine work… all good. Thanks for posting it. Now I have to figure out how to purchase your pattern in Aussie dollars. I’ll get there. Thanks!

    • Kimberly,

      I can remember being a very nervous beginner ……. but though making a start was a bit nerve wracking, even for someone who had made all her own clothes for about ten years ……. it has been a great pastime ever since.

      Welcome to the wonderful world of quilting.

      Judy B

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