# Basic Instructions for Boxes of Strings

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I made my string blocks differently. I didn't like the seams in the white and colored strips, so I made mine without seams there.

I made the foundation the same, but then started with the triangle, cut in half with a seam allowance added. I put that on one short end of the foundation and added strips of the same colorway all the way across to the other side; then added the second half triangle, which goes on upside down from the first one. All the strips slant one way. Then I took a second foundation, put the triangle on it the other direction, added strips of the other colorway and the end triangle. You have two blocks; one slanting to the right and one slanting to the left. Sew the triangles together to make a row and rows together, matching triangles. Now you have your four triangles making a large diamond. All the seams are in the diamond piece and there are no seams in the strips.

I made the foundation the same, but then started with the triangle, cut in half with a seam allowance added. I put that on one short end of the foundation and added strips of the same colorway all the way across to the other side; then added the second half triangle, which goes on upside down from the first one. All the strips slant one way. Then I took a second foundation, put the triangle on it the other direction, added strips of the other colorway and the end triangle. You have two blocks; one slanting to the right and one slanting to the left. Sew the triangles together to make a row and rows together, matching triangles. Now you have your four triangles making a large diamond. All the seams are in the diamond piece and there are no seams in the strips.

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Join Date: May 2012

Location: Central Wisconsin

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I made my string blocks differently. I didn't like the seams in the white and colored strips, so I made mine without seams there.

I made the foundation the same, but then started with the triangle, cut in half with a seam allowance added. I put that on one short end of the foundation and added strips of the same colorway all the way across to the other side; then added the second half triangle, which goes on upside down from the first one. All the strips slant one way. Then I took a second foundation, put the triangle on it the other direction, added strips of the other colorway and the end triangle. You have two blocks; one slanting to the right and one slanting to the left. Sew the triangles together to make a row and rows together, matching triangles. Now you have your four triangles making a large diamond. All the seams are in the diamond piece and there are no seams in the strips.

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I made the foundation the same, but then started with the triangle, cut in half with a seam allowance added. I put that on one short end of the foundation and added strips of the same colorway all the way across to the other side; then added the second half triangle, which goes on upside down from the first one. All the strips slant one way. Then I took a second foundation, put the triangle on it the other direction, added strips of the other colorway and the end triangle. You have two blocks; one slanting to the right and one slanting to the left. Sew the triangles together to make a row and rows together, matching triangles. Now you have your four triangles making a large diamond. All the seams are in the diamond piece and there are no seams in the strips.

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I think I've got this. Cut your template for the triangle in half vertically and add 1/4 seam allowance to the cut edge (to make a seam later). Place the half triangles to each end of your rectangular paper/muslin with the cut edges at the ends. Sew strings between the triangles, all light or all med/dark. I guess the second half triangle is sewn on last?

When you join the blocks, you are joining the half triangles, hence the seam allowance. Just remember to alternate the light and med/dark blocks to get the effect.

Thanks maviskw, for a good idea.

When you join the blocks, you are joining the half triangles, hence the seam allowance. Just remember to alternate the light and med/dark blocks to get the effect.

Thanks maviskw, for a good idea.

I have actually made one now, and it turned out beautifully. A lot of people were asking me how I made it.

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love this!

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