Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 15 of 15

Thread: String Quilt

  1. #1
    Super Member cashs_mom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    6,088

    String Quilt

    I've been wanting to make a string quilt and I think the planets have aligned and are telling me I should

    We've been clearing out the inlaw's house. They went to assisted living about a month or so ago. Wow, what a mess. They had only lived in this house for a little over 10 years but they had so much stuff. We found a whole plastic tote of cell phones. There must have been 10 or 15 of them! So it's been a big job and I'm thankful they didn't have a bigger house.

    Anyway, yesterday I found some old white sheets. They were soft and well washed but the fabric seems strong. I'm just finishing up the "Dogs in Sweaters" quilt and will post it as soon as it's quilted so I'm thinking this is the time to start on a string quilt. I saved a video from the Sat morning quilting show about a really cute string quilt idea. I think I'll watch it again and do some cutting this week. I'm excited about this project!
    Patrice S

    Bernina Artista 180, Singer 301a, Featherweight Centennial, Rocketeer, Juki 2200 QVP Mini, White 1964 Featherweight

  2. #2
    Power Poster nativetexan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    home again, after 27 yrs!
    Posts
    18,628
    Blog Entries
    2
    That is on my list. I think i made one but it's still a UFO. black and white with orange. I must get that one out!!

  3. #3
    Power Poster Jingle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Outside St. Louis
    Posts
    34,272
    Lots of patterns for string quilts or just make up your own. Thay can be QAYG or just make as a regular quilt. a good way to use up some strips. I have lots of them planned, waiting until I use up the bigger scraps so I can use all the leftovers. HAHA, you never use up all the scraps.
    Another Phyllis
    This life is the only one you get - enjoy it before you lose it.

  4. #4
    Super Member Jeanne S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Tulsa, Ok
    Posts
    4,070
    You can also use those sheets for quilt backs. I do this a lot and it works great.
    I just want to spend the rest of my life laughing.

  5. #5
    Super Member Teen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Location
    Southwest Idaho
    Posts
    4,170
    I've only made one string quilt and I improvised the pattern. Super fun quilt to make and can be a creative opportunity to play with colors. Have fun and be sure to share....
    Quilting therapy for the therapist...
    My Summertime Swap blocks: https://www.quiltingboard.com/member...bums19923.html

  6. #6
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    1,211
    Old sheets would be a great foundation for a string quilt. I read somewhere about a quilter using used dryer sheets also. I noticed they are rectangular - may just make one like that. I generally cut an 8.5" square out of flimsy paper, like old phone books.

  7. #7
    Super Member jmoore's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Boothbay Maine
    Posts
    7,941
    Blog Entries
    2
    I love string quilts...they are fun and don’t have to be precise. I keep a bin of strip fabric and throw in all lengths. I have about 40 blocks I’ve done here and there and will someday have enough for a quilt. I will have to see if I can find the Saturday Quilt Show episode.

    Can’t wait to see your progress...keep us posted.
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

  8. #8
    Super Member ArtsyOne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Canadian in Minnesota
    Posts
    3,061
    A tip for your string quilt: no matter how ugly a fabric may be on its own, it will work great in a string quilt. First one I made I purposely used all fabrics that were really ugly (from scrap bags) and it's been my prettiest string quilt so far. The ones I made that were "planned" have never turned out as nice.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Location
    Central Texas
    Posts
    453
    Here’s a challenge I’m doing, right here on QB. https://www.quiltingboard.com/quilti...g-t295603.html
    It contains a link to the tutorial on the forum & has been easy to follow. All my blocks are made (navy triangles for the center have run out) & I began joining blocks last night. I’m eager to see the completed top!

  10. #10
    Super Member hobbykat1955's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    3,107
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanne S View Post
    You can also use those sheets for quilt backs. I do this a lot and it works great.
    Me too...I search thru Thrift Shops just for old 100%cotton sheets..They really make the quilt hang nicely due to weight

  11. #11
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Arlington, MN
    Posts
    2,274
    What is the Saturday quilt show you are mentioning?

    Thanks

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Richmond, VA
    Posts
    510
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanne S View Post
    You can also use those sheets for quilt backs. I do this a lot and it works great.
    I have backed charity quilts with sheets from Goodwill, more than once. I say charity quilts only because the newer sheets can be pretty dense and are hard to needle when doing binding by hand, whereas I could use a serpentine stitch to finish a charity one.

  13. #13
    Super Member quilting cat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Lake Stevens, WA
    Posts
    2,085
    Your soft, well used sheets should make great string quilt foundations. Press well with a little starch after trimming to easily handled chunks, then cut your foundations.
    Retired math teacher --
    I CAN FIGURE IT OUT!

  14. #14
    Super Member cashs_mom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    6,088
    Quote Originally Posted by ArtsyOne View Post
    A tip for your string quilt: no matter how ugly a fabric may be on its own, it will work great in a string quilt. First one I made I purposely used all fabrics that were really ugly (from scrap bags) and it's been my prettiest string quilt so far. The ones I made that were "planned" have never turned out as nice.
    I learned that when I made a jacket out of a log cabin variation. I used up some fabrics I didn't like that much but they were the right colors. They looked great in the finished jacket. It's one of the things I really like about string quilts. You can use up so many scraps and fabrics you might otherwise not use.
    Patrice S

    Bernina Artista 180, Singer 301a, Featherweight Centennial, Rocketeer, Juki 2200 QVP Mini, White 1964 Featherweight

  15. #15
    Super Member tuckyquilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    1,642
    Blog Entries
    1
    My Opinion:
    I use the thinnest tissue paper I can find. Usually get it at a big box store and they sell it in boxes of 1000 sheet. BUT I just share with friends. OLD phonebooks (at least 1 yr old to make sure the ink is set) are not bad either.

    I personally don't like the extra weight that a fabric adds to the blocks, and dryer sheets are ok, but still pretty darn thick. The idea is to make the Paper Pieced blocks (PP) with the least amount of bulk possible, to avoid quilting issues later.

    I make string blocks all the time as leader/enders when sewing other quilt blocks. I sew other blocks to the tops and cut like a HST. I've used them to make star points around a square.

    SO go for the gold on your string blocks. Great way to use up your smaller strips and they don't have to be the same width either.
    Attached Images Attached Images


    Jackie
    Lover of Scrappy, Chocolate and Wine

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.