Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sewing Strings

I have been sewing strings!


I never realized what fun these were to sew (now I see why so many people make them, and such a great way to use up scraps). I love piecing without much thought, very relaxing.


I started with an 8" square of paper cut from an old phone book. The 1+1/2" white strip is lightly glued with a glue stick. Four 8" blocks use 1 strip of fabric (cut the width of the fabric) with no waste.


The blocks are trimmed to 7+1/2" when all the strips are added (they will be 7" finished).

When I cut most of the strips the other day I cut them between 3/4" to 2" and later realized that I needed some wider scraps to make it easier when I came to the corners -


Luckily I had some more scraps left and found some wider ones! Yikes! I have decreased my scrap bins down to 2 from 3 though.


All kinds of fabric for these blocks - nice to see some old "friends".


I also started the "12 Days of Christmas" (a mystery mini sampler quilt) from the Temecula Quilt Co.
These are 3+1/2" squares (they will finish to 3"), today was day 4 (the four patch). Quick and easy!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

11 comments:

LiahonaGirl said...

What a great way to use up your scraps. I've been saving strings to do a string quilt ... one of these days! Happy new year!

Wonky Girl said...

Ah, someone else likes to use paper foundations for their string blocks :) Yes, they are addicting. I plan to sew lots of string blocks this coming year.
Your blog is fun and so much creativity going on!

Kristie said...

Oh, I just love sewing string blocks! I pieced a string top this past year, but it still needs to be quilted. Seeing yours just makes me want to start on another one. :)
Kristie

Wendy said...

Love the colors of your string blocks!

Joan said...

String blocks look great. I guess you just tear away the paper after...never been too keen on foundation piecing - but must admit the string blocks look great.Happy New Year ♥

Deanna said...

Oh, you are NOT nice. Now I want to drop everything and go to work on a string quilt. Not fair! But, I must be a good girl and clean a bit first. And make the mini quilt. And...

Seriously, thanks for the inspiration!

Needled Mom said...

I always love string quilts and they are great for using up scraps.

Karen said...

Can't wait to see how you are going to quilt the strings - you always do a spectacular job with the quilting!

Scrappy quilter said...

I love making string blocks. I have a couple of string quilts made right now and ready to quilt. Hope you have a wonderful New Year. Hugs

Rosa said...

They stunning!I love making these blocks too.

Happy New Year!

Raewyn said...

Your strings are looking great!! I haven't done any before but can see they would be a great way to use my scraps..something else for my to-do list! I have been following the mini mystery too... quick and easy to keep up with :-)