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Strings n Things

 Strings n Things

Hello Dear Friends and Readers.  Perhaps we all have a bag or a jar or two of fabric strings and off cuts that are being saved for………..???????   Who knows?

Strings n Things, Strings Blocks for quilts

So what to do?  Well, they can just stay where they are, or, maybe we can make some string blocks together?

I can say for sure, that making string blocks is very enjoyable!  Once the shape or size is decided,  then, it’s a delight to sew the strings onto a base (paper in this case) and make some lovely blocks.

I have to admit…I did begin to make some 60 degree string diamonds, and… dont get me wrong, they are pretty, but…. let’s get a a reality check here, for me, right now, that;s just not going to happen!  They would probably need to be hand sewn, and as lovely as that is,  I needed a quicker solution that can be machine pieced with ease.
Strings n Things, Strings Blocks for quilts

Today, I am using some junk mail pamphlets as my base. They tear quite easily, there is no cost involved, and the dye is not coming away from the paper.

I have decided to make my papers 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ and that will be my block size.

The strings can be any size as long as they can accommodate a 1/4″ seam on each side of each string and the length will reach past each edge of the paper.   The strings can be applied vertically or horizontally across the block. It is useful to use a smaller stitch length, to improve the strength of the block and make the paper removal easier.
Strings n Things, Strings Blocks for quilts

Begin in the centre, one strip facing upward.  Place a second string right side down on the first one so that the raw edges line up. Sew 1/4″ seam along that edge.  Fold back the top string. Finger press open.  Place the next string right side down onto the previous string, so that the raw edges meet again. Sew as 1/4″ seam continue until the paper is covered.  Trim to the size of the paper.  Tear out the papers.
Strings n Things, Strings Blocks for quilts

Tip.  When tearing out the papers, if you are having difficulty fold along the seam line to help break the paper, then tear.  I do have a plan for these blocks, stay tuned , but you can adapt them as desired or make whatever block size or shape you like.  Or they could be joined together to make a lovely border, or be used as a smashing sashing!  It’s up to you!
Strings n Things, Strings Blocks for quilts

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Happy Stitching!

All the Best,