The guild’s fabulous Charity Coordinators have rolled out a new pattern for charity blocks for Q2: String blocks. This post was originally posted on the forum.
String blocks are a wonderful way to use up scraps. We will be making quilts from 2 types of string blocks, paper foundation pieced and quilt-as-you-go.
There are many paper foundation pieced tutorials to be found in blogland. We like this one over at Film in the Fridge. Please note: we are using an 8.5″ paper foundation and 1.5″ center white strip for our block.
We’ve put together this tutorial to show you how to make them using the quilt-as-you-go technique, and we have provided specific measurements for the blocks we are making for our charity quilts.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Jennifer or myself.
a piece of batting, cut to 8” square
a strip of solid white fabric, such as Kona Solids, cut to 13” x 1 ½”
6 assorted prints cut to the following measurements:
– 11” x 2 ½” (2)
– 8” x 2 ½”(2)
– 3” x 2 ½” (2)
Note: All seams are ¼”.
1. Center the 13” x 1 ½” white strip corner to corner on the 8” square piece of batting.
2. Pin an 11” x 2.5” prints right side down on top of the white strip, aligning raw edges. Sew.
3. Remove pins and press to the side.
4. Pin an 8” x 2.5” strip on top of the newly sewn 11” print, right sides together with raw edges aligned. Sew.
5. Remove pins and press to the side.
6. Pin a 3” x 2.5” strip on top of the newly sewn 8” print, right sides together with raw edges aligned. Sew.
7. Remove pins and press to the side.
8. Repeat steps 1-7 for opposite side of the block.
Turn the block over and trim, adding a ½” seam allowance.
Block will be 9” square.
Turn over and admire your work!