Friday, August 13, 2010

String Blocks

I was able to spend quite a bit of time in my studio today.  There was a Dear Jane class I should have attended, but I really wanted a full day (at least while the kids were at school) at home.  It was a lot of fun but not as productive as I had imagined.

String blocks have been on my Want To Do List for some time now.  Cluck Cluck Sew's bag of scraps seemed like a perfect place to start.  I was asked "when you're sewing the strings together - do you use the paper pieing method... or do you just sew strings together?

Well, that's a good question because I spent quite a bit of time reading, researching and deciding this very issue which is why it has taken me so long to start this project;-) The three big squares sent by Allison were made using this method involving copy paper.

I was too lazy for that method, and instead, sewed strips together with a stitch and flip method.  I think this worked pretty well.  The above picture shows my blocks and Allison's.  Can you tell which is which? 

I used the scraps from squaring up the blocks to make these two four inch blocks.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a layout of these string blocks?  I would like to make a 36" square wheelchair quilt.  I appreciate the input.

Have an amazing weekend!


  1. Hey rene' the blocks look great! I haven't done much with strings so i can only say to PLAY! ;-)
    as far as paper piecing goes, I save my old phone books, and on a smaller stitch it tears away very easily... oh! also, you may need to change my blog link... yours is set to the old link...
    the new is Http://
    I'm coming to florida monday, is it scorching hot?

  2. Thanks René

    i misspelled piecing but i think we all understand.


  3. Love your string blocks! Great colors! I like to paper piece these using just scrap copier paper. It's a little thicker to tear away, but it's what I always have on hand. Happy to see you got some time to be so productive!