You know those strips you have leftover after finishing a project? Where the directions told you to cut a 2 1/2″ strip to subcut for only 5, 2 1/2″ squares? And you needed to do that for all five fabrics in the quilt? This is a great way to use those strips & thereby creating a “free” quilt top!
First start with pre-washed muslin as your foundation base. Cut this into either 7″ or 13″ squares. (I’ll explain why these measurements later):
Now take your first strip & lay it right side UP across the middle diagonal of the block. The strip should be long enough to cover both points. Note that this is the ONLY time you will place the strip right side UP:
Now take your next string & place it right side DOWN on top of the first strip, making sure the long edges of the strip match. Notice that the second strip is long enough to over the muslin:
Now sew that with a 1/4″ seam allowance and press open. Next you are going to lay a strip on the other side of the center strip:
Sew that strip down & this is what your block should look like:
Pick a side to continue building upon. I chose the “left” side:
Now what do you do if your strip is a little long, like this one:
Very easy! Just give the strip a little trim to make it the size you need! But don’t throw away that excess, you may be able to use it in the end:
Now continue along, adding strips to both sides of the block as shown in these photos:
And ta-da! You have a string block!
Here is a 13″ block complete:
And here is a block that uses strips at random. It may look odd here, but in a quilt full of these, it has a great scrappy look!
So go make lots of string blocks! Also consider making some for Quilts from the Bluffs Children’s Square Project!
Next week I’ll show you how to square up the blocks & I’ll hopefully have some pictures of completed string quilts! Enjoy!
Here are other other String Quilt posts:
String Quilt Tutorial Part 2
Quilting for Good: String Quilts for Children’s Square
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