String Style Strip Blocks:
1. Choose at least 12 fat quarters and trim off the selvage (save for later, or send them to me!)
2. Press the fat quarters and layer them 3-4 on top of each other. Using a ruler along the length of grain (same direction as the selvage) cut strips of various widths. (I cut mine 1", 1 1/4", 1 1/2", 2", 2 1/4", 2 1/2")
3. Choose 10 strips to sew together lengthwise (or enough to make 13" wide panel)
4. Trim the ends even. Cut a 12 1/2" segment and square it up. Cut a 4 1/2" segment to use later.
5. Now cross cut the 12 1/2" square on the diagonal from corner to corner.
6. Flip the pieces as shown in the photo.
8. Sew these units together with the strip in the middle, lining up the points as shown.
9. Trim the corners and square up the block to 8 1/2".
You will have two finished blocks! That's right, one strip set will make two blocks!
I hope you enjoy this fun little method of non-string-piecing-blocks that have the string pieced look.
No waste, no mess, no picking, no bother!
Enjoy every stitch!
LOL - but the whole point of a string quilt is to use up all those leftover strips that you have in your scrap basket -- not make new ones! I have heard but haven't done - use a piece of very thin muslin and sew your strips to it and you don't rip anything off the back just leave it as is.ReplyDelete
Interesting block though and your method is a good one.
I use muslin squares and sew my strips to it. Just trim them to size when done and you have a stable strippy block. You can cut it on the diagonal as you have shown or sew them together to create a secondary pattern.ReplyDelete
I have been eye-balling those string blocks lately. I love the scrappiness of them.:)ReplyDelete
Very fun - that's a LOT of polka dots! Thanks for the tutorialReplyDelete
Great tute and a good way to use up those fabrics that " seemed like a good idea at the time..."ReplyDelete
yes, that's exactly what I was thinking! lolDelete
I love this tute! I have SO many fat 1/4s that I have collected--esp'ly pinks! Great way to use e, up! thanks for sharing your very creative "string" piecing--and no paper to remove or muslin to quilt through! JulieroseReplyDelete