Friday, January 17, 2014

"Modern" String Block

A few of you expressed interest in making string blocks without using a foundation.  Some of you called them modern strings so that's what we'll call them.

I don't remember the size background square in my first block but I know it was 9" or 9 1/2".  You can decide whatever size you wish to work with.  You can use a 1" x length of fabric strip and do all of the same color strings or mix them up.  Your length of string will depend on your background size.  Longer is always better so you don't come up too short.

Make your angle cuts in whatever direction you wish.  I decided to slant in the same direction for this block.  Be sure not to have a cut too close to a corner because you'll be squaring up your blocks and you don't want the strips right at the edge.  You can refer to the finished block in the first photo.

Work in order -- background, strip, background, strip and so on.  This keeps you from getting your pieces turned around or mixed up.  You align each piece you will sew at the top corner.

Self-explanatory.  Do what you wish.

You'll notice the uneven top edge.  No worries -- just keep aligning the corners.

See how the block is mostly a straight edge at the top.  It doesn't have to be perfect because remember -- you're going to square up.

Here you go -- this is an 8 1/2" square but you may square your block to whatever size you wish.  Remember -- don't square up too close to your strip edges.

You did it!

Now go make a quilt!  :o)  Have fun.

*Please feel free to link back to this tutorial but do not use any of my photos or content without permission.  Thank you very much.

~Piecefully, Stephanie


Candace said...

Great block, and another wonderful way to use those valuable scraps!

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

Thanks for even more inspiration, Stephanie!

eva said...

Great tutorial, Stephanie! And a wonderful way of making a variant on the string block.

Lynn said...

Thanks for sharing. This is great for those fabrics that I can't bear to part with the smallest scrap.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Thank you Stephanie, they look like fun!

Cille said...

It's a really great block and good tutorial. I can't wait to get home from Sweden and get started on a string quilt.

Needled Mom said...

Those will make a beautiful quilt. Thanks for the tutorial.

pratima said...

Pretty block, Stephanie! Thank you for the tutorial :)