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Thread: Can anyone point me in the right direction to make a string quilt?

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    Can anyone point me in the right direction to make a string quilt?

    Hi friends,
    I've been working on a hexi quilt and have a lot of leftover 1 x 5 inch strips. I used a lot of charm squares and had the leftovers. I am interested in making a string quilt but have very little knowledge of going about it.
    Thanks so much.
    Susie

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    Check out the Boxes of Strings tutorial on QB. Quite a few of us are working on reducing our scraps with this pattern and there is also a quilt a long thread to chart our progress.

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    I've made lots of these. You can use adding machine tape as a backing or any other shape of paper. Ripping the paper off is messy. I've used dryer sheets as a backing. They do smell which some people may object to. I don't but the resulting quilt is rather stiff. I will wash it when finished with it to soften it. It's a wall hanging. I've also done no backing. Just sew strips till you get to a pre-determined size and then square it up. I love to make them (like eating chips--can't stop). Honestly though, I don't see that they reduce the stash. The strips still seem to multiply. Lots of pictures on the QB. Have fun with it!

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    I use thin muslin or cotton. I cut 8 or 12 squares, sew the first string diagonally then continue on each side. I usually vary the width of stings or you can do the same size. I like making them because they require very little thought
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    Bonnie Hunter has a tutorial with pictures.

    http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/...ng-primer.html

    Be warned! Her site/blog/mysteries are addicting!

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    yep, Bonnie Hunter has tons of free patterns. have fun!!

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    here is a pic of one on this forum. it is lovely. https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictur...y-t297246.html

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    If most of your strips are 1" by 5", I would not attempt to make the string quilt shown on Bonnie Hunter's site. Your pieces are too small, unless you're going to make really small block. If all your strips/crumbs are that size, you'll have to sew them end to end to use them effectively. Then you would sew them side to side. The top one on this page will give you an idea of what I'm talking about. https://www.houzz.com/discussions/53...le-of-ufos#n=8

    In the quartered strip block, your strip has to go all the way from one side to the other. a 5" strip would only cover the shorter edges. Look at some crumb quilts. That's not exactly what I mean, but it will give you another idea of what to do with the nice scraps.

    Of course, Pinterest is full of photos. Of course, you can never find the origin of the post. I think it's designed to keep you going round and round on Pinterest and not find anything.

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    When I made a string quilt as part of a class, I went to Joann’s and bought a very lightweight type of interfacing. You sew directly onto it and never remove anything. It’s very lightweight and far better than paper.

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    As a different type of string/scrap quilt, here's an idea that I plan to work on myself soon:

    http://filminthefridge.com/2012/02/2...ck-a-tutorial/

    It would be much more orderly if all your strings are 1x5, and much easier to cut your background strips.

    This is another that I am burning to do, but it uses different length strips so if you could pull other strips together, you could use your 1x5s closer to the corners where it fits:

    https://bloomingpoppies.net/tutorial...ipes-tutorial/

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    Sephie, thanks for the last link. I've not seen it done that way before. very nice.

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    When my ex-husband decided he was going to take up quilting in his retirement, I suggested a string quilt because it is a really good beginner pattern. I cut a bunch of 8" x 8" squares from inexpensive muslin for him and gifted him a bag full of strips in every color under the rainbow. This is the result - you can see that the binding wasn't done when I took the photo and I've cropped off his head, but he had a huge grin. You can do it too - can't wait to see yours.
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    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Here is a stained glass stitch along using scrappy strings:
    https://www.victorianaquiltdesigns.c...titchAlong.htm

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    1x5 strings may be too short for most “traditional” string blocks, but they would make a great piano key border!
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    You may want to sew two strips together end to end to get 10" strips, or larger, for bigger blocks. A 5" strip done diagonally will only make about a 3" block. Though tiny blocks done with 1" strips would be very cute! I also suggest using gift wrap tissue paper as your foundation as you won't have to remove the paper when you're finished. Tissue paper just dissolves and washes away so no need to remove it.

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    Google "string quilt tutorials" and then click on "images" to find one you like the looks of.

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    I love making string quilts, too. I usually use a paper (adding machine tape, phone book pages, cheapo newsprint) to help stabilize the blocks, and yes, removing the paper can be a pain.

    I do have a question: I see the term "crumb" fairly frequently, but don't know what it means. Can someone enlighten me, please? TIA
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    https://quiltville.com/crumbspf.html this is one of many. left over fabrics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanabee Quiltin View Post
    When I made a string quilt as part of a class, I went to Joann’s and bought a very lightweight type of interfacing. You sew directly onto it and never remove anything. It’s very lightweight and far better than paper.
    I do the same only with thin thin white muslin (cheapy kind at 99 cents a yard.....back in the day when i bought the whole bolt)

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    I woukdn’t do a string with pieces that small. By the time you sew seam allowances, the width is only 1/2 inch. And 5 inches would only cover the diagonal if a tiny block.

    Maybe try one coin collection block instead and see if uou like it. I do doll quilts in that pattern—but not with anything narrower than 1.5 . Just don’t have the patience to work with teeny pieces.

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    dang you sephie! now I have another scrap quilt calling my name! Thanks for the tutorial!

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    Keep in mind that dryer sheets are highly flammable. They are not something I would use unless I could get them off easily.
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

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    Thanks everyone!!!
    It does sound like they may be too small but the idea of using them in a border is fantastic!
    I still want to do a string quilt though so thanks again

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    I participated in a QAL last summer hosted by Amanda Jean. It uses 5 inch strips to make a fun quilt.

    http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2...al-week-1.html
    She has a great book that is on my wish list...No Scrap Left Behind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sephie View Post
    As a different type of string/scrap quilt, here's an idea that I plan to work on myself soon:

    http://filminthefridge.com/2012/02/2...ck-a-tutorial/

    It would be much more orderly if all your strings are 1x5, and much easier to cut your background strips.

    This is another that I am burning to do, but it uses different length strips so if you could pull other strips together, you could use your 1x5s closer to the corners where it fits:

    https://bloomingpoppies.net/tutorial...ipes-tutorial/
    Thank you for the link showing the HST scrap stripe blocks. I like the modern look and there is she shows so many design layouts to consider.

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