The Scrap-A-Palooza quilt for August is moving along quite nicely! This month we are putting together a string quilt and as shared in part one, I have decided to start with a nice big backing fabric out of my stash and choose the colors for my quilt.
There are a number of tutorials available for making string quilt blocks. Some quilters use paper, some use temporary glue, and some draw lines on their foundations to align their strips with. I prefer to use a fabric foundation for my blocks and not mess with glues or marking. Rather than create another tutorial, I thought I would share this one on Craftsy (no affilitation) that is the same method I use with a few exceptions that I will share.
Here is one of my blocks. I do not precut the lengths of my strips. As I am sewing on my strip, once I sew off the foundation, I simply
I also chain piece a number of blocks at a time. This saves a lot of time getting up to press. Last night I did this stack of 16 blocks in about 2 hours. I spend very little time selecting the scrap I am sewing next. I just try to get all the colors in a block and not repeat fabrics.
Note: If you have taken the time to pull your scraps based on the color parameters you have set, theoretically, they should all go together.
I also do not pin or glue my fabrics to the foundation so my strips are not always centered. I fix this when I trim my blocks by using the 45 degree mark on my ruler and running it down the center strip. When I trim, I don't worry about the location of the foundation fabric on the back.
Because I cut with both hands, I orient the block like this so I can make all four cuts without picking up the block.
I am cutting my blocks to 10 1/2" square. I find that a larger block size works well with wider strips, and that is what I have mainly in my scraps.
Aren't they so pretty when they are trimmed?!
This pictures also shows my favorite cutter. I very fond of my big 60mm Olfa cutter. While that big blade can be daunting, I love it to trim up these string blocks.
This is definitely going to be a very colorful quilt! And I am so happy to see some of these old scraps get worked into a finished project.
Hope you decide to give string quilts a try. They are simple, fast and very forgiving! A great project to use up some of those scraps.
And remember, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.
Now let's sew up some string blocks!
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