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Thread: How many quilt blocks are in a bag of strings?

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    How many quilt blocks are in a bag of strings?

    I have been making many string quilts lately and have been gifted with bags of strings from a few of my guild members.

    As I sorted them by colors into smaller bags, I came across quite a large number of floral , pastel and neutral strings that appeared to have been cut together. They were stacked neatly and I have enough to pack a medium sized zip lock bag full.

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    My challenge for myself is to sew these into 6 1/2 inch string blocks. I will then decide how to set them once I see how many I end up with.

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    It will be interesting to see how many blocks are actually in this bag.

    Only quilters wonder about things like this....but I know I am not the only one!

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    What a fun scrap challenge!

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    Those are going to make a pretty quilt!
    “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
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    I will guess about 3 quilts. Scraps go farther than you think. That is why my scrap box is never empty.....I can't seem to use them all.

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    Some pretty quilts in there waiting to emerge. Enjoy sewing them.

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    Have fun. I love sewing these.
    Retired teacher, loving it.
    Love quilting also.

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    They multiply when you aren’t looking!

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    such pretty floral pastels. needs a touch of lace some where.

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    Looks like a real fun challenge. Are you using paper backing or some sort of light fabric like muslin for your foundation?
    Just curious as I am going thru my scraps and can't decide if I want to do paper or muslin. If I use muslin, will I still use a light batting? Sounds like you have made many string quilts so you may have some good advice for me.

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    Wow! Lucky you! You will have great fun with all these beautiful fabrics! Enjoy and send us pictures!

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    Hi....I use a paper foundation, either phone book pages or plain newsprint. I like this as it keeps the strings straighter. I am using a 6 1/2 block as I have a square ruler this size and it makes for easy trimming to size after the block is full. I shorten my stitch length slightly and generally leave the paper on until it's time to sew the blocks together

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    Looks like a real fun challenge. Are you using paper backing or some sort of light fabric like muslin for your foundation?
    Just curious as I am going thru my scraps and can't decide if I want to do paper or muslin. If I use muslin, will I still use a light batting? Sounds like you have made many string quilts so you may have some good advice for me.

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    Such soft, sweet colors, the quilt will have to be beautiful!

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    I use thin muslin for my backing, cutting the squares 7 1/2 inches and cut them into 7 inch squares when done. I went to the auto and window glass near my home and had them cut them out of plexiglas--very reasonable. I'm not sure what width your strips are but I'm estimating seven strips will fill the block. I usually cut 3 or 4 inch squares, cutting them into triangles for the end pieces. When setting the blocks together, I use a 1/2 inch seam because I like to press the seams open. For me, making string blocks is addictive.

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    Have fun!

    I will occasionally get some donated bags of scraps that coordinate also. I keep them together until I get in the mood to use them. It is amazing how many blocks can be made quickly when the strips are cut nicely. I usually make scrappy strip blocks with them too.
    Connie

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    Thank you Judy for the information. I have seen Jenny Doan on MSQC us paper sheets that I believe were 10" squares and it looked fairly easy to sew on and then just tear off the paper so I was thinking about ordering a packet. I live in a small town and our phone books are quite small so that would not work and we don't get a newspaper so thought going with the MSQC sheets would be the way to go. And by the way they have free shipping today! Yeah!

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    I love doing string quilts too, but after I go to bed the strings in the bag breed & multiply!

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