Monday, January 11, 2021

More String Blocks

My sewing machine has been humming along as I continue to make string blocks. I am using all colours of strings in my blocks but I am tending to use more of the medium tones.

I have made a total of 3 batches of string blocks that I have already cut into squares using my Studio cutter. I didn't count how many squares I got from the first batch but I did from the second and third. My string blocks are pieced on 8" papers and I made 17 in the second batch and 20 in the third. 

I am using the 2.5" studio die to cut my squares and I got 153 from the second batch of string blocks and 180 from the third. It was amazingly quick and easy to cut all of those 2.5" squares. Just a few passes through the Studio cutter and voila! 

I find that the whole process works much better for me if I remove the papers and give the blocks a spritz of starch before pressing. On more than one occasion I have stitched my seams a bit too narrow because my strings are not all straight. If I remove the papers first I have an opportunity to check for wayward seams and I can fix them prior to cutting the blocks to size.

I have also started cutting the quarter square triangles for the hourglass blocks using another Go die. I already had some stashed in my bins that were leftover from a quilt I made for my niece Amanda. I need to add a lot more variety in the colours and I need a ton of neutrals as well so I still have lots of cutting ahead.

5 comments:

Chantal said...

I love your blue hour-glass quilt. It's amazing! Lucky niece. I am intrigued. Are the string blocks to join the hour-glass blocks? Oh! I can't wait to see more of this project. Enjoy! ;^)

Unknown said...

Wow! 2 1/2" string blocks? How will you set those? I make 8" string blocks, and the make 1/2 HST with them.

Cheryl said...

Amanda's quilt is beautiful. The colour combo turned out so nice. I love your string block quilts and I am so looking forward to seeing this new one.

Love sis

LuAnn said...

Are you using papers to sew the quarter square triangles? Your blue quilt is just striking. And I enjoy making string blocks, too. I think it’s relaxing.

LuAnn said...

Are you using papers to sew the quarter square triangles? Your blue quilt is just striking. And I enjoy making string blocks, too. I think it’s relaxing.