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String Pieced Quilt

on September 3, 2012

String quilts are strips of fabric sewn together on some type of foundation that can be torn or washed away.  This is a picture of a charity quilt top that I have done for the bee I am in.

2 1/2″ fabric strips sewn together on Phone Book paper.

This is a super simple quilt.  I will go over it step by step in this post. Supplies include:

  • 8 1/2″ x 11″ phone book pages
  • 2 1/2″ strips
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Acrylic Ruler
  • Rotary Cutter and Mat

Cut the phone book pages into 8″ x 8 1/2″ squares. *when sewing strips, sew a little past the edge of the paper so the finished squares can be cut into 8 1/2″ squares

Cut into 8" x 8 1/2" pieces

The foundation. It will be easy to tear away.

I randomly picked my strips out of a box of 2 1/2″ strips.  The next project will use floral strips.  The sky is the limit!

This box was overflowing when I started this project!

Take 2 strips put one right side up on the paper.  Place it on the diagonal, or straight, or anywhich way you want.  I did the diagonal.  Place the next strip on top and sew a 1/4″ seam.  Sew about 1/2″ past the paper, cut the strips hanging off.  Take off the sewing machine and open and press the sewn strips.

Start of String Pieced block

Bottom strip right side up, top strip right side down. Sew 1/4″ seam

Pressed "strings"I usually do a stack of 5 and chain piece, then stop and press.  Continue in the same manner until the paper is completely covered.

Covered phone book pageNow it’s time to “square up”.  Turn the block over so that the paper is showing.  On the long sides, cut at the edge of the paper (8 1/2″).  Rotate and measure 3/8″ from edge and trim.  Do same on opposite side.      Trim 3/8" from edge   Now you should have a nicely trimmed 8 1/2″ square.  I tear the paper as I finish the blocks.  You may want to wait until all the blocks are done.  Start at one edge and tear along the stitches.  The paper on the other side of the stitches will lift up.  Then I crease on the next seam and tear along the stitches.  Continue until all paper is gone.  I love this paper.  I’ve never had anything that tears away so easily!

The first String Pieced Quilt, I did 35 blocks, 5 x 7.  Next one is going to be 5 x 6.  Only 30 blocks.  Once you have the blocks lay out in rows and columns.  I tried to make sure none of the same fabric was touching, but please, don’t stress over it.  It will look beautiful, even if same fabric touches!

Blocks laid out in rows and columnsNow you are ready to sew into rows.  Take column A and sew to Column B, Column C and sew to Column D.  Do this to the end of the row.  If you have one left over, sew it to the last group, or wait til the end.  Then sew B to C, F to G, etc., until you have the columns sewn into a row.

Once the columns are together, you then start sewing the rows together.  Row A to B, Row C to D, Etc.  Then it would be B to C, F to G, etc.  Until you have a completed top!  Easy Peasy.

Now for a few tips:

  • Sew 1/2″ past the paper.  This allows for a solid seam at the end of a row.
  • Make sure the strip hangs over the paper on the edges.  This will prevent “holes”.  Or you can always take a deeper seam allowance at that point.
  • Chain piece for 5 blocks.  This will give you a chance to get up and move around!
  • I piece the strips randomly, but I do decide on a color before going to my strip box.
  • I pull the strips from the box, then cut at the end of the seam and those leftover strips are first choice in the next round.  When the selection gets low, I pull more from the strip box.

Let me know if you give this top a try.  It goes together quick.  Contact me if you’ve any questions about the construction.  And send pics!!

God Bless You!

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4 responses to “String Pieced Quilt

  1. ivoryspring says:

    I love the colors in string quilts! Yours looks very nice.

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing about your hockey team quilt – it sounds like a very meaningful quilt.

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