For my regular readers, I am participating in the We Bee Learning Bee, organized by Mrs. Pickles Garden. February is my month and I need to do a tutorial for my fellow bee-mates to follow. So, today for Building Blocks Tuesday, I am going to show you all (or y'all) how I built this string block.
This block is not original. There are plenty of other tutorials out there like mine, including this one from Film in the Fridge, and this one at PS I Quilt, and another from the Sometimes Crafter. There are probably dozens of tutorials out there for this block, but I had never tried a string block until this morning (the reason Building Blocks Tuesday is a little late today).
OK, here we go....
You will need:
- a 13 inch square of muslin**
- one 18 1/2 inch strip of solid white (I used Kona PDF White)
- various strips at least 1 1/4 inch wide to 2 1/2 wide, varying lengths.
- fabric glue OR Elmer's Washable School Glue (the washable part is key!)
It is a very similar effect as the Depression blocks we made in January with the HST's. Just different.
Here are some additional tips:
- the muslin is optional, but you do need some kind of foundation. You could use paper, but if you do, make sure it is very thin, like paper-piecing paper, or telephone book paper. Because I wanted my blocks to be 12 1/2 squared, and I didn't have any paper that size, I used the muslin. You can tape paper together, but it might leave a little residue on your needle when you sew through the tape. You will also need to remove the paper at the end after you have trimmed your block to size. I am LAZY and didn't want to deal with the mess. I had a bunch of cheap muslin laying around....you get the idea.
- OH!! If you use paper, make sure you shorten your stitch length to 1.5 or 1.3 so the needle will perforate you paper as you go, otherwise it is much harder to remove the paper afterwards.
- When laying your strips down, make sure they at least reach the edge of the muslin foundation. I had you start with a 13 inch square, so there will be some trimming. There is a little distortion though, so don't rely on that extra 1/2 inch.
- Strip width - I found anything wider that 2 1/2 inches just looked like an enormous chunk of fabric in the block. Likewise, anything smaller than 1 1/4 inch tended to be a little too thin and warped a little.
- The ends of you strips do not need to be perfectly cut, but it is easier to sew a strip that has a consistent width.
- Strips like it best when cut on the grain instead of on the bias. Leftover binding tails are wonderful!
- It seemed easier to use leftover triangle scraps in the corners instead of little thin strips. So get out those HST leftovers or the triangles you cut off when joining binding, etc.
- COLORS!! My eyes tend to be drawn to cool colors, but I don't want to limit you. So anything goes!
- However, please choose colors and fabrics that you like, otherwise if you use a fabric that isn't your favorite -- it will stick out like a sore thumb! I'll let you guess which fabric I used that I wish I hadn't!
So what have you been working on this week?
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