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Stringalong 2019

Lori, with Humble Quilts is having a string-along this year. I didn’t discover the string-along until February 1 so I missed the January link up.

String piecing or string quilts are named for the strips (strings) of fabric sewn to a foundation such as muslin or paper. As with all other quilt blocks there are numerous layouts for string quilts.

Creating string blocks is one of my favorite ways to relax and sew. I can make a block while I wait for my embroidery machine to stitch out a design. String piecing is stress free because accuracy and perfection aren’t required. The only drawback is removing the paper foundation — I usually remove the paper during TV time so it doesn’t bother me that much.

My February string projects are below.

The African Print string quilt measuring 46 x 56 inches was a UFO from 2015. The fabrics were gifts from my mother in law. I am happy to finally have it finished.

string quilt – african print finished

I used my blue and neutral fabric scrap bags to create the star baby quilt. I am quite happy with this layout.

string quilt – blue star wip

I made this 22 x 22 inch string heart quilt for my sewing room. I used the last bit of my Kona scraps to make the mini quilt. I LOVE the scrappy binding β™₯β™₯

Love Yourself Mini Quilt

For the star and African print string blocks I used the Missouri Star 10 inch foundation papers. 250 sheets come in one pack – the paper tears away super easily and quick. For the heart string mini I used 8.5 x 11 inch newspaper print. I cut the sheets into 3.5 inch squares for the foundation. I purchased the newsprint paper from Amazon — 500 sheets for $10.

You can find the February String along link up here. If you get a chance stop by to see other amazing string quilt ideas.

Happy Sewing!

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14 thoughts on “Stringalong 2019

  1. Beautiful projects! I especially love the string star quilt.

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  2. I haven’t researched sting piecing but you mention it’s on a paper foundation. Is it like paper piecing?

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  3. Hi Karla! Ooh-la-la!! That blue string star – OMG, it is gorgeous. I love each and every one of those blues. Your African print fabrics are cool, and those strips match up so well. It’s nice that you have finished up a UFO, especially using those prints from your MIL. Last of all, your pretty heart looks so lovely and happy on the pretty yellow wall. That’s the color of our sewing room too – a pale yellow with Disney Princesses in frames. TMI, huh?!! Thanks for the link – I’ll check that out. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    • Hi Roseanne–I’m super happy with the blue star also! All of our rooms are the pale yellow, the plan was to paint them all eggshell before moving in, but Pete and I both ended up having surgery — so no painting. I’m actually now liking the yellow walls πŸ™‚

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  4. Such great quilts! That black sets off the African prints in such an amazing way!

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  5. dezertsuz on said:

    Three wonderful examples! I really like the bright heart for your sewing room.

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  6. Love that blue string star! So bright and cheery! You’ve made some good quilts with strings; I’ve not done one yet.

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  7. I love them all but that blue star really just jumps off the screen ❀ I've heard the newsprint tip before but forgot about it, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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