Sunday, January 6, 2019

Block-of-th-Month- Bring to January Meeting

BOM's are always fun- especially when you have the chance to bring one, and come home with a whole hand full!  Bring one (or more) string quilt blocks to the January guild meeting. For each block you enter, you have one chance in the drawing to win them all.  Below is a tutorial for making this month's block.

This great tutorial is from the blog, "A Quilting Life".

Photos via A Quilting Life
Here is a simple tutorial for creating string quilt blocks using a muslin foundation:
**Cut 10 ½ inch square muslin for foundation piece
**Strips are Scrappy – your choice of color and width
·         Start by saving strips and strings of fabric. Don’t worry about trimming them to any particular size — a good variety of sizes looks best in a string quilt. Strips ranging in size from 1 1/4” to 2 1/2” are a good choice. Although smaller strips can be used, they don’t show up well after seam allowances are taken into consideration, and larger strips tend to take up too much of the block. Squares of fabrics can also be used for string blocks — they are perfect for using on the corners of the blocks.

·         You’ll also want to collect fabric for your foundation squares. A thin muslin fabric works best. Using this method will result in a quilt top that is a little bit heavier than normal, however, you can use very thin batting or even a piece of flannel in place of batting to keep your finished quilt from becoming too bulky.
·         Another idea to save on bulk is to skip the batting completely and use flannel or corduroy for the quilt backing.
·         These squares can be cut to any size depending on the size you want your finished block. Add 1/2” to your desired finished block size. For example: cut 8 1/2” squares to end up with 8” finished blocks.

Begin by placing one strip of fabric face up diagonally across your foundation piece. Secure the strip to the foundation using a couple of pins or a few dots of appliqué glue. You can also use an acid-free glue stick to secure the center strip. This step is important to prevent shifting before the strip is secured on both edges to the foundation.

Add a second strip of fabric, right sides together, to the center strip. Sew through all layers using a 1/4” seam allowance. Press to set the seam, then open up and press the top strip open.
Continue to add strips in this manner until one side of your foundation is completely covered with strips.
Then, begin to use this same method to cover the remaining half of the foundation square.