Friday, December 4, 2009

one turtorial for string quilts

one of the many reasons i love this quilt is because you get to use ALL kinds of scraps!!! :) i seem to aquire ALL kinds of paper around my house because i have two in school. lucky for me this year i have a 6th grader and they don't have as much paper coming in.i cut the 8.5 x11 piece of paper to an 8.5" square. you can make it as big or little as you like depending on the size paper you have. in my opinion the bigger the better because this is an intense project that will go on for at least a few months.
for this tutorial i made my white strip 2". and i would do that again for the next string quilt. it will show off the fabric more. (i think) then you just lightly glue it on the diagonal to the paper.
get a scrap and put it face down on one side of the white strip and sew 1/4" seam.

then iron the fabric back.

continue doing this on both side until your square is full. you need to sew then iron, sew then iron and so on.

when you are done you square should look like this with the extras on each side.

flip it over...

and start cutting off the excess in line with the paper.

when you are done you now need to rip the paper off the back of the square. if will seem like it is perferated so it's not so bad. fold it back and then rip it off.

continue to do this until all the paper is peeled off.

when you are done you have a fabulous square. :) (that's my opinion) :) now i'm not really a teacher but a few of you asked how to do this and i thought i would put my two cents out there. if something wasn't clear let me know and i will do my best to explain it better.

thanks so much for all your very kind comments. you guys are so sweet!! :) have a great day


  1. well....I think you explained it GREAT! What a fun quilt to make!

  2. Wow! You explained it very well and I can't wait to make one!

  3. That explains it really well...can't wait to get home to start mine.

  4. Excellent! Thanks so much. I'll be trying this soon.

  5. You did a great job explaining. The result is fabulous!

    I have a question, if you don't mind. Do you try to make all the strips in each square the same so when you join the squares they stripes all line up, or is it just willy nilly? I can't imagine trying to line up all those stripes. Please tell me they are all random. LOL! (I can't really get a close enough look at the quilt you have laid out to be able to tell for sure)

    Again, awesome quilt!

  6. Great tutorial....I can see how this will take a while...but it is really pretty, the finished look...I will have to try this next year....thanks again!

  7. I can do that...thanks so much

  8. Great tutorial. Your block looks great!

    i wondered how to do that!

  10. Thanks for the tutorial! I've been wanting to try this so maybe now I will.

  11. I love string quilts. I have read that old phone books are good to use for the paper because it tears off easily.

  12. I've been working on a string quilt like this for several months now and had been using a piece of cardboard as a template for what the finished square should be. Sometimes the strips come out short though. Your instructions are great. I've never been able to grasp the whole sewing to the paper thing. I may have to give it a try. The paper taring thing would be a great project for my son who is always wanting to help with my projects. Thanks.

  13. thanks for explaining it so good, i will try it soon. this might be the answer to my scrap-sacks.. thanks again, claudia

  14. Nice explanation, well done. I'm making one of these next year, judging by the amount of strips I have...


  15. Thanks for the tutorial. I am definitely making this for my daughter. How do you decide on the width of the strips?

  16. great tutorial, heather! i LOVE the red and aqua block. that would make a CUTE quilt, wouldn't it???

  17. Such a great tutorial!! I have many selvages saved up, and I'm heading up to start it!! Thank you my dear!