Okay, you have that never-ending box of fabric scraps -- scraps
that are just too good to throw away. Now, just what to do with
them? How about putting them together in a great Scrappy String
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Step by step - here we go!
1) Find fabric for the foundation.
I like to use old white sheets. Don't have any white sheets
around your house? I contacted the laundry department of one of
our local hotels and asked if they had any sheets they could no longer
use. The result - a big handful of sheets! Garage sales are
also a great place to find sheets at a very minimal cost. Ask
family members if they have any old sheets just taking up space.
Remember, the sheets don't have to be perfect. :)
2) Cutting the foundation squares.
The fun part about making a string quilt is you can make your
squares any size. I like to cut mine 6-1/2" x 6-1/2". This
makes a good size block when you put four of them together. Some
quilters like to work with bigger squares and some quilters like to
work with smaller squares. Experiment and find a size that works
for you. Cut a stack of squares. I like to cut a bunch up
at one time. You'll be surprised how fast these blocks work up.
3) Set the foundation square on point.
4) Select a strip of fabric
that will be the center strip of your foundation square. Lay the
fabric strip right sides up down the center of your foundation square.
5) Select another strip of
fabric. Place this fabric strip right side down on the center
strip matching the edges of the fabric on the right side. Sew a
1/4" seam down the length of the combined strips. I like to use
any color thread I have an abundance of. Color of thread really
doesn't matter unless you are working with really light fabrics.
6) Flip fabric strip over and
press. Select next fabric strip. In my example, the next
strip is going to be a "corner". Place it right side down, again
matching the edge of the fabric on the right side. Sew a 1/4"
seam down the length of the combined strip. Flip fabric over and
7) Repeat Steps 5 and 6 for the remaining side of square.
8) Squaring up!
Turn over completed square. Using the foundation fabric as a
guideline, cut away excess fabric.
9) Combine two squares to create half of a block. Press
seams to one side. Combine 2 sections to complete your block.
There you have it! Your first completed
block!! Combine blocks together to create a great Scrappy String
Quilt. Just remember - this quilt looks great no matter what
color of fabrics are used. Happy Quilting!
Making the world a better place, one
quilt at a time.