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

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

Old 05-31-2018, 04:04 AM
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Default 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.
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Old 05-31-2018, 04:38 AM
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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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Old 05-31-2018, 04:53 AM
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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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Old 05-31-2018, 05:48 AM
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Bonnie Hunter has a tutorial with pictures.


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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Old 05-31-2018, 06:09 AM
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here is a pic of one on this forum. it is lovely. String Theory
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Old 05-31-2018, 06:27 AM
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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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Old 05-31-2018, 07:16 AM
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As a different type of string/scrap quilt, here's an idea that I plan to work on myself soon:


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:

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