Tutorial: Quilt As You Go String Block
Refreshing some old blog address links to the new website, so please forgive the double post today!! I hope this tutorial will be a good reminder to you as well as to me....I have a collection of, quilt project, fabric leftovers that need to be organized and made into something pretty! I see another Quilt As You Go String Block Quilt in my future!!
For this QAYG project, I determined the size of my blocks by what scraps of batting I had in my binds. The largest size I ended up being able to cut my blocks was 6". Ideally I wish I had 6.5" or 7" blocks so that I could have had the 1/2"-1" for trimming and seams, but this is about using up scraps so you go with what you have!!
Start by cutting your batting and backing squares to the largest size you can, remember you will be trimming your blocks back to square before you sew the blocks together, which means your blocks lose size for timming and seams. Then grab all you scrap strips and lets get sewing!!
Place your first strip down right side up somewhere near the center, place the next strip on top, right sides together, wrong side facing up. Make sure each strip you use is long enough to cover the top and bottom edge of your block.
When you are done it will look something like this. Now the reveal... You can see from the back shot that the batting and backing shifted slightly and that is why you should cut the starting block a little larger so you can clean up the block during the trimming.
So using a squaring ruler, trim your block from the back so you can see the square shape