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AngeliaNR 03-11-2018 08:50 AM

Basic Instructions for Boxes of Strings
 
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Basic Instructions for Boxes of Strings

Foundation paper is 4 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Center triangle is 4 1/2" at the base

Cut a template for your center triangle (I used cardboard).

Trace the template and cut your fabric triangle.

Center it on the foundation paper (I like to use a swipe of glue stick to keep it in place).

Add a light string to the right side of the upward-facing triangle and a medium/dark string to the left side. I placed a light string on first in each block for consistency. Note: I like my triangle points to float a little, so I don't lose them--my triangle point allows for this.

Continue until the paper is filled. All the blocks will have the same color orientation.

Trim block.

Assemble in columns; this makes it easier to match up your triangles into diamonds. Note that the columns are offset--one begins with an upward-facing triangle, and the next with a downward facing one, etc.

My quilt is 9 blocks wide and 20 blocks long. It finishes at 74" x 84".

My strings were from 3/4" to 1 1/2" (approximately) wide. If you wanted to do this with wider strips, you might want to increase the size of the foundation and the template. Just keep the same ratios: the foundation should be twice as wide as it is tall (finished size) and the triangle base should be 1/2 the total width of the foundation paper (finished).

Tartan 03-11-2018 08:59 AM

Goody goody gumdrops! I have been waiting for you to post your tutorial! I will be wrangling some more scraps into blocks! Thankyou! Can you tell by the exclamation points that I am super excited?:)

sunrise450 03-11-2018 09:40 AM

You are not alone Tartan! I have to make this. Or at least put it on the back burner till I can get it done. Thank you AngeliaNR . This is great!

jclinganrey 03-11-2018 10:07 AM

Thank you! Thank you! I am so impressed with your quilt. It's definitely on my to-do list.

Kwiltr 03-11-2018 11:00 AM

Thank you for your great tutorial! Your quilt turned out awesome and appreciate your generosity!

QuiltnNan 03-11-2018 01:00 PM

thanks so much for the tut!!!

AngeliaNR 03-11-2018 02:14 PM

You are welcome-- I am so flattered by the interest. Easy, isn't it? :)

copycat 03-12-2018 02:41 AM

Thanks for the Boxes of Strings info. Put this one on my bucket list for sure.:)

helou 03-12-2018 02:59 AM

Thank you very much for taking the time to do this tutorial... it is such a different and original quilt!

QuiltMom2 03-12-2018 03:20 AM

You've got smart brains!! Very neat and thanks for sharing. Every year, I try to have a different string quilt for spring church bazaar and this will work!

jmoore 03-12-2018 03:56 AM

Angelia, what a great tutorial and photos. Thank you for taking the time to post this...it looks like a fun project and a wonderful way to use up some scraps.

ka9sdn 03-12-2018 04:06 AM

Thanks. I will do this one next, just have to finish the one in process. I love this quilt.

WMUTeach 03-12-2018 05:01 AM

Thank you ever so much for this tutorial. I have the strips in abundance and it will be refreshing to make a quilt with something other than.... 2.5 squares. Well, done! You can see many of us appreciate your effort to share your skill with us.

deeleigh 03-12-2018 06:39 AM

My thanks also! I am going thru my loads of scraps right now to make a couple of quick quilts but i know I will have plenty left to make one of yours. Dee

ppquilter 03-12-2018 07:33 AM

Great scappie quilt!

southernmema 03-12-2018 07:51 AM

Thank you so much for sharing! I think this is beautiful!

"cat"astrophy 03-12-2018 08:08 AM

Thank you for sharing! Your quilt is really beautiful!

Chris Denno 03-12-2018 09:02 AM

I prefer to use a plastic template to cut the triangle, but I'm not sure what angle it is...60 degrees??

JanieH 03-12-2018 09:41 AM

Love your tutorial for your fantastic quilt! Like all the others, I am excited about it and your instructions are very clear.
Thank you, thank you.

AngeliaNR 03-12-2018 01:47 PM


Originally Posted by Chris Denno (Post 8020456)
I prefer to use a plastic template to cut the triangle, but I'm not sure what angle it is...60 degrees??

I don't think it is 60 degrees. The base and the height are equal unlike an equilateral triangle where all sides are equal. No math whiz here--help anyone?

nativetexan 03-12-2018 03:05 PM

oh thank you. i was going to try to remember this quilt.

Jules51 03-12-2018 03:34 PM

Adding my thanks for the tut. Instructions are very clear and I loved your quilt.

Rose_P 03-12-2018 04:16 PM

Thanks for the great tutorial!

ccthomas 03-12-2018 05:39 PM

Looking forward to trying this string quilt variation. Thanks,

maryellen2u 03-12-2018 06:47 PM

As I said before I love this quilt. Now I have a tutorial! Thank you very much for your great pictures and explanation. You are very talented And generous. What a wonderful combination! Thanks again!

sharin'Sharon 03-12-2018 08:01 PM

Ditto to the thanks for the tutorial and for your time to do it. I am so inspired by your 'what if' brainstorm.

wolf3349 03-12-2018 08:13 PM

I can,thank you enough for the pattern. Wayyyyy to many scraps here to get used up. Thanks again for another project to do.

Tiggersmom 03-12-2018 08:33 PM


Originally Posted by jmoore (Post 8020298)
Angelia, what a great tutorial and photos. Thank you for taking the time to post this...it looks like a fun project and a wonderful way to use up some scraps.

I couldn't agree more!!! I will have to share with my minigroup.

Murphy224 03-13-2018 02:07 AM

Thank you so very much for the tutorial. You are wonderful to share with us. I am going on a quilting retreat the first week of April and had planned to take my string scraps and make string blocks. Didn't have any particular quilt in mind, just wanted to get those strings sewn up into something. Now with much thanks to you, I have a Plan. All I need to do is get the foundations and the triangles cut before hand, and maybe I will be able to finish all the blocks needed.
again, thanks for your generosity.
Murphy

sJens 03-13-2018 10:53 AM

Thanks for posting your tutorial.

QuiltnNan 03-13-2018 01:18 PM

When you place you first [light] strip along the edge of the triangle, do you then sew 1/4" from the two met edges? I'm thinking the answer is 'yes', but I just wanted to confirm. TIA

AngeliaNR 03-13-2018 01:29 PM

Yes--1/4". String blocks are really forgiving, though, if it is a little bit more or less. :) You do want that first seam as consistent as you can get it, so your triangles will match up to make diamonds when you put the blocks together.

landers1 03-14-2018 04:58 AM

Thank you that is great

MamaLinda 03-14-2018 06:46 AM

Great instructions. Thank you.

leahbug 03-14-2018 04:24 PM

Thank you for my next project.

Shrink42020 03-14-2018 06:49 PM

Thank you very much I have been anxiously awaiting this post!!

pojo 03-14-2018 08:25 PM

Thank you for showing how to do your quilt.

Maggie_Sue 03-15-2018 10:44 AM

Thank you so much for the great tutorial. You are very clever!

Watson 03-15-2018 12:59 PM

A big thanks from me as well.

Watson

QuiltnNan 03-16-2018 01:43 AM


Originally Posted by AngeliaNR (Post 8021104)
Yes--1/4". String blocks are really forgiving, though, if it is a little bit more or less. :) You do want that first seam as consistent as you can get it, so your triangles will match up to make diamonds when you put the blocks together.

thanks for the clarification


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