String Quilt Blocks Tutorial

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Tutorial for creating string quilt blocks using a muslin foundation: -   String Quilt Blocks Tutorial

Tutorial for creating string quilt blocks using a muslin foundation:

Supplies:

  • Start by saving strips and strings of fabric. Don’t worry about trimming them to any particular size — a good variety of sizes looks best in a string quilt. Strips ranging in size from 1 1/4” to 2 1/2” are a good choice. Although smaller strips can be used, they don’t show up well after seam allowances are taken into consideration, and larger strips tend to take up too much of the block. Squares of fabrics can also be used for string blocks — they are perfect for using on the corners of the blocks.

Tutorial for creating string quilt blocks using a muslin foundation: -   String Quilt Blocks Tutorial

  • You’ll also want to collect fabric for your foundation squares. A thin muslin fabric works best. Using this method will result in a quilt top that is a little bit heavier than normal, however, you can use very thin batting or even a piece of flannel in place of batting to keep your finished quilt from becoming too bulky.
  • Another idea to save on bulk is to skip the batting completely and use flannel or corduroy for the quilt backing.
  • There is also the option of using newsprint or other thin paper for your block foundation — this paper is then removed before sewing your blocks together. However, the removal of the paper is time-consuming and can result in stretched, distorted blocks due to the bias edges of the fabrics.
  • These squares can be cut to any size depending on the size you want your finished block. Add 1/2” to your desired finished block size. For example: cut 8 1/2” squares to end up with 8” finished blocks.

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