Wednesday, September 16, 2015

String quilt

I am in the midst of a STRING quilt.
Very satisfying WORK!!
It is work and play ALL wrapped up together in ONE
and I LOVE it.

After pulling this block out of the orphan box Monday
and wondering what color to make NEXT.....
I knew (Within 2 minutes)
that my blocks needed to be
I KNEW I had enough scraps for this one!

I was so excited after making block #1...
I kept sewing.
Sue asked for my block info...
so I'm adding it here today.

My squares are 6" x 6"
After sewing strings together....

I trimmed and pressed.
You need FOUR of these 6" squares for each block.
For the corner triangles..
I used one piece of 7"x7" phone book page
(If you're careful with that 1/4" seam
I'm sure you could do it with 6 1/2" as well...
but I like some "Elbow room")
I paper pieced the strings
beginning in the niddle and pressed as I added strips.

When the paper was full....

I turned it over....
Trimmed along the edge of the paper....

and removed the paper backing.

I cut a 7"x7" muslin square
and cut that diagnally as well.

I sewed a string triangle and a muslin triangle together
then I had to trim ONCE more
to make the square 6" x 6".
Each block needs FOUR of these half square triangles.

I now have this beautiful set of blocks
GLOWING on my sewing room floor.
Initially I thought I would add muslin sashing
around/between each block.....
I'm going to let it GLOW a bit longer
and see if this quilt helps me DECIDE!
I kind of like them ALL close together.
Happy sewing!


  1. thanks Beth for the instructions.
    lovely blocks, and i know it will look great once it's all together..
    as always, you amaze me!!

  2. oh WOW - you are right - it just GLOWS. love it!!!

  3. This is really beautiful! I would love to work on something like this, too.

  4. Thanks for the instructions to make this. Pulling out the scrap bin to make block #1!

  5. String quilts are my go-to when I just want to play. Great blocks!

  6. I love it and now want to make one too!

  7. Oh sew fun!!! And I have scraps..... hmmmm

  8. I love string quilts! Thank you for the tutorial and inspiration!

  9. What a great way to use up your scraps!

  10. Great design, Beth! I have been cutting 7" x 1.5" strips in anticipation of making something. These blocks may be that something.