Tuesday, January 10, 2012

String Blocks!

Foundations made of phone book pages

I usually press after each strip set- one per side, then press. But, I am working with very wrinkled strips. If the strips were not so wrinkly, then I could probably just fold them over and press them open with my hand.

One about to be trimmed, one after trimming. These are turning out 8 inches. I was hoping for 8.5, but the pages were too small. Oh well!

A nice stack of work. The strips I'm using were sorted into mostly green or mostly purple. I just grabbed a handful of each. The center strip is from the mostly red pile. Sometimes, it seems, that means pink!

sewn into 4 bloc X's. I'm getting them to the 4 block stage, and letting them pile up. I think aroung 96 small blocks will make a good quilt.

Of course, If I wanted to set them as a zig zag, or barn raising ( any of the sets used for log cabin quilts work for string blocks) Then I would not put them into this arrangement. Great thanks to Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.com for teaching me this method, through her lovely blog and website! I feel like Bonnie is my own personal quilt godess, even thought we've never met. Go check out her website for tons of free patterns and tutorials!
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DragonPoodle said...

I've been thinking about string blocks lately, and here they are! Funny old world, isn't it? I love traditional patterns. Your blocks look great.

Michele Bilyeu said...

Love string quilting! I always have a bag full of strings and some blocks in progress. Helps keep the quilting blahs away!

Magpie Sue said...

You *almost* inspire me to start making string blocks myself! I always love the end results. Someday!

Clare said...

Oh strings! Just don't start me off. Please don't! Oh darn it!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I did strings for several Valentines blocks in the last week. I just need to finish the appliqued hearts on them. They can be time consuming but fun!