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    String quilts

    After looking at gorgeous string quilts on Pinterest, I have decided I want to try to make one. How do you all make yours? I don't have much in the way of scraps, so I am unsure how to start. I thought about buying fabric and cutting strips that way. Will that work? I love calico's and think that will be my first try at a string quilt.
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    Pm me with your address and I will send you some strips!
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    I have a tutorial here at the board to make a string quilt with various sizes of strips. Here is the link. Good luck in your project, I have used scraps and sample sets to make mine with.
    Magic Crazy Patch Block aka Taming the Scrap Pile
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    Oh gosh dont cut them up just for strips... Find a box and toss wonky strips and strings and when it multiplies over night make a quilt...

    Heres what I do:
    start with a mess that needs to be tamed:

    Then I figure my focal color- In this case it was red.. This strip is the only one I kept even through out- I used a 2.5 strip for each center strip.. the rest can be odds and ends..
    I used fabric spray adhesive to keep the red center strip straight...

    Then randomly add strips till both sides are covered- I omit any focal colors in this process.. As I prefer the eye to see only red in the center..
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    And this is what it turned out to be..
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    Do you mean the string quilt that you sew 2 1/2" strips together end to end and then cut about 10" off one end. Then you fold stip in half and sew sides together. You keep on folding and sewing until you get the size that you want. This is also called the "1600 foot '" quilt. When you are done the seams should be staggered. No other cutting involved. A stash works great or yoiu can buy 2 1/2" set to give you a start.

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    Here is an easy string quilt tutorial that uses strips cut from WOF (width of fabric). You don't need scraps.

    http://www.seamstobeyouandme.com/201...uilt-tutorial/

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    Check out Quiltville's strip piecing free patterns.
    quiltville.blogspot.com
    Also try cutting one or 2 strips from the leftover fabric and throw into a box. Then you will have a good start on the strip quilt. Luann
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    Carslo's tutorial is great, follow it. I used this technique on two string quilts, it was lots of fun to make. There are lots of string quilt methods out there including the spider web quilt which uses foundation piecing, they are fun tool The more you quilt, the more your stash will grow, this is a perfect stash buster. Those little 1 1/2 strips have a purpose here, where as most of the time I find it hard to use anything less than 2 inches. Have fun.
    Quote Originally Posted by carslo View Post
    I have a tutorial here at the board to make a string quilt with various sizes of strips. Here is the link. Good luck in your project, I have used scraps and sample sets to make mine with.
    Magic Crazy Patch Block aka Taming the Scrap Pile
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    I have lots of various colored strings (none less than 1 inch) and would love to send you some free. Send me a PM if you want them!

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