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maviskw 02-03-2020 06:20 AM

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.

maviskw 02-03-2020 06:26 AM

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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maviskw 02-11-2020 11:45 AM


Originally Posted by Bobbinalong (Post 8321854)
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.

You've almost got it! What I forgot about is that you have two different blocks. The white stripes and the colored stripes lay in different directions. One slants to the right and the other slants to the left. So for the whites the triangle beginnings are put on skinny side up on the left side and fat side up on the right side. For the colored blocks, the triangle beginnings go fat side up on and left side and skinny side up on the right side. I found it easier to do all of one color-way first, so they all laid the same way, and then do all the others that will lay the same. And I made my triangles 60. Most rulers have the 60 mark on them.
I have actually made one now, and it turned out beautifully. A lot of people were asking me how I made it.

Maire 02-12-2020 06:58 AM

love this!

maviskw 03-04-2020 10:40 AM


Originally Posted by R-sea (Post 8198222)
Thanks Tartan, I have never come across dryer sheets have never heard anyone talk about any thing like them. I do not have a clothes dryer , there is no need for one with our weather summer or winter , but in saying that young family's with children find them handy when we have three or more days of rain. When I go shopping next I will see if I can find anything like them

They are called Fabric Softener.

nativetexan 03-05-2020 10:18 AM

if you don't like dryer sheets just get some light weight interfacing.

Jazzy'sMom 03-10-2020 02:48 PM

Thank you so much. gotta make this one.

GingerK 10-19-2021 02:00 PM

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And another application. Finished blocks are 2.5 x 6 inches. Love the look. AngeliaNR thank you again!

beaqltr99 11-25-2021 09:42 PM

Great tutorial. Another project to add to my list.

Mkotch 11-26-2021 02:32 AM

Wow! Thanks so much. This is something I've got to try. My box of strings is overflowing!


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