Here’s Part 2 of the String Quilt Tutorial! (Part 1 is over here.) Do you have your blocks ready to be trimmed?
We are going to trim the 7″ blocks down to 6 1/2″ & the 13″ down to 12 1/2″. That way you can combine the blocks for a great scrappy quilt!
The example I will show you here is for the 7″ blocks- but the same theory will hold for the 13″ blocks.
Start with turning your string block upside down, with the strings going from the top right corner to the bottom left corner (that is if you’re right handed):
Now we are going to setup our ruler for trimming. Right handed quilters will want to first trim the square on the right side & top. Place a square ruler (my favorite is the 9 1/2″ square by either Omnigrid or Creative Grids), on top of the muslin foundation with the numbers starting a 0 in the top right corner. Make sure the muslin base extends far enough to the left & bottom to pass the 6 1/2″ mark:
Go ahead & with your rotary cutter, cut the right side & top. Remember to always cut away from yourself. Your block should now look like this:
Next you will take the ruler off so you can rotate your block to trim the other two sides. Take the newly trimmed corner & place it so that it is now in the bottom left corner. Place your ruler on top of the block & now you will align the 6 1/2″ markings to the left & bottom sides. You should have muslin extending from the top & right of the ruler:
Now go ahead & now trim the right & top sides:
Congratulations! You have a completed string block!
To get an idea of what they look like together, here’s a pic of a string quilt I quilted last year for Quilts from the Bluffs. I love the scrappy goodness:
Lastly, please consider making some of these blocks for Quilts from the Bluffs: Children’s Square String Block Collection. These blocks will be made into quilts that children will given immediately upon entering their new temporary home at Children’s Square. Our members have seen firsthand what receiving a quilt can do to these children’s spirits- join Quilts from the Bluffs as we work to help enwrap these children in love.