String Block Drive for Covered in Love
Kat at Kat and Cat Quilts is starting off the year with a bang and a block drive. She is looking for String Blocks that are 12.5″ square and would finish at 12″. The link I’ve shared of her website shows a great tutorial for how to make the String Blocks. This is truly a fabulous scrap buster. Other than the 13.5″ block she suggests you build your block from, the rest of the pieces have no size requirement.
String Block Brigade
I have never made an actual string block. Having a broad idea of what that term meant, I read Kat’s tutorial with interest. We have some cheap muslin that we bought YEARS ago for Sue’s first-grade class. She used it for various summer school projects that involved teaching some sewing skills. We would order 20 yards at a time, and somehow some always managed to come home with her. What a great base to build a string block on, huh?!
I have an assortment of binding strips and other important key-rap that I’ve thrown into my sewing table bottom drawer. Squeezed in on the sides are some thread cones and I riffle threw these strips whenever I need a small piece of binding. Or a large piece for that matter. You just never know what works until it does.
String Block Start
The cutting department has a fairly easy job for this unexpected request (meaning it is NOT on The Master List). May I please have two 13.5″ muslin blocks from that cheap stuff that is taking up space in the top drawer? I’ll even iron it for Sue so she doesn’t have to do that! And maybe cut a few extras because once you get on a roll they are so easy to make.
The random diagonal line was a cinch to draw except don’t use a disappearing ink pen like I did. It started to erase with each ironing – oops! We even have a 12.5″ nifty ruler to easily trim these blocks once they are complete. Sweet!
Some of these fabrics are so old, I can’t even remember what project they are from. I did enjoy finding just the right length piece to fit the puzzle. Overall, this project stressed me out. I am not good at random of any sort and sometimes I cut the slanted piece the wrong way – just like when I try to paper piece.
A few pretties to send and share the love. Sue said she liked this whole idea once they were complete. Might there be more string blocks in our future?? This block drive runs through the end of February so there’s plenty of time to make and mail your blocks. Contact Kat directly or I would also be happy to share the mailing address with you if you’re interested. (I’m hoping next month’s request is for a pieced block! We’ll find out on March 1st.)
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