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Thread: Using muslin

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    Using muslin

    I wanted to order tHe 10 in piecing squares Missouri quilt co has and has a tute on it also. The site says out of stock so I went to my local shop when I asked about them the lady said oh don't do that just cut musli draw lines that way u don't have to tear paper. Well I am a very inexperienced beginning quilter I just stood there and finally said ok. Now I know I'd need 10 in muslin squares but how far apart do I draw the Lines? They are slanted not straight.. Forgive my Silly question but it's the only way I know to find out and this group is so kind to beginners.

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    If you want to make the string quilt, I just watched the tutorial and it is very simple. You can use 10" muslin squares or just use any cotton fabric you have on hand that you may never use (as long as it is a light enough color that it won't show through your strips). You don't even need to draw lines, she didn't in the tutorial and the paper squares they sell don't have lines. Just start with a strip down the center (corner to corner) and add a strip to each side until your square is covered. Using muslin will make your quilt heavier but you don't have to pull off the paper. I have even seen people use pages from phone books (just cut to size). Pages are very thin and easy to remove. You can also get very thin typing paper if you want to go the paper route. I have been make blocks using Christmas strips left over from stockings I made a few years ago. Using many different widths and they are coming out very cute. Good luck on your project. Just go for it.

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    I knew someone would know! I thought there were lines. Glad to know it's easier than I thought. Thank you!!!

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    It's not a silly question. When I start my blocks I use a glue stick to lightly glue down the main strip face up. After that the next strip is sewn on right sides together (RST) then flip and press. Repeat this process on both sides of first strip, using different width strips to add interest. For my foundation I use any cotton (perhaps something too thin to use in a quilt) fabric I have on hand sewing to the wrong side which is usually lighter, I don't care to mess with paper and like the heavier block. If you use the same solid color for main strip that gives a different look.

    Here is a link to pix of string blocks, I hope I've helped a little. Good luck!
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&g...BuPnyAGCvoG4DQ

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    Great pictures!

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    Thank you Neenee586. It was fun looking at all the possibilities.

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    I just completed a string quilt - I draw two diagonal lines about 2 1/2" apart on each square - Then stitch and flip fabric on each side of the line. When the blocks are put together it looks like there is a white path around each block. This is such a simple and fast quilt to do. The pieces in mine were chosen because they were odd cuts or less than a fat quarter. It didn't matter if they were brights, civil war, pastel or dark - it turned out nice.

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    I love string quilts and usually use muslin.

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    I cut 9 inch squares of backing fabric 9 inch of batting then I start sewing my strips on to the batting, you have to pin the backing and batting as they will move when you are sewing I then trim all my blocks to 8.5 but you could do any measurement you wanted. I then put these blocks together QAYG. I only wish I could add a photo as I have made 5 quilts like this one a king size

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    thats a great idea!! I'll try one block both ways and see how it does!!! Ya'll are so great!!!!

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