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Thread: String Quilt Block: A Foundation Piecing Tutorial using Elmer's Washable School Glue

  1. #11
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    Aug 2010
    Georgetown, Texas
    I have made a number of string quilts and I agree that it looks like double work in putting the glue on..just sewing a straight line of sewing on the edge of the strips will do for me..I also use a foundation, usually muslin or a piece of fabric is just too ugly to use on the front of a quilt....

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    Thanks so much for the well done tutorial. I really liked it and will look forward to putting it into action. That was so nice of you to do for us out here. Thanks again.


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    Dallas area, Texas, USA
    I agree that it makes extra work. Not only that, but I thought the whole point of string quilts was using up scraps, and frugality is a large part of that picture. Using that applique paper in this way would easily double the cost! I was raised by parents who lived through war and the Great Depression, and I guess a lot of their attitude rubbed off on me - I'm just too old fashioned for this kind of quilting.

    However, for a more complicated paper pieced block in something that was going to be a bit more special than a string quilt, such as a wedding gift, I think I could get over my resistance. I appreciate that there are talented people coming up with these products and innovations, and it's also fantastic to see that Sharon Schamber's daughter is carrying on with the great quilting as well as the sharing of information.

    You can also tell she has young eyes. That tiny gray font is charming, but it gives me fits!
    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

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    As a beginner, I can definitely see value in this toot.
    Even when I "pin, pin pin," I end up with fabric that has somehow distorted ever so slightly. Also, I have a very bad habit of not taking the pins out as I'm sewing, or I forget just as one is about to hit the needle, and pull it out without lifting the foot (yes, I know, all bad newbie habits).
    Without having to even use pins, this method would keep the fabric from walking away on me, and doesn't seem THAT much more time consuming than putting the pins in and taking out in the first place. Someday I'll be able to sew a straight line w/out pinning...
    I love the look of her "planned" string quilt and the coordinating fabrics. They ARE fun!
    On applique paper...I see it doubling the cost as well, but it sure makes a nice flat back, doesn't it!

    I like it. Thank you for posting.

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