Super String Quilts: 13 Paper Piecing and Scrap Quilt Patterns
By: Jessica Nichols, Editor of FaveQuilts.com
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You've never seen scrap quilt designs like this before! Super String Quilts: 13 Paper Piecing and Scrap Quilt Patterns has all the string quilting tutorials you need to use up your skinniest scraps and make a gorgeous paper pieced quilt.
Whether you're an experienced string quilter or you've never even heard of the technique before, you are sure to enjoy the tutorials and patterns in this eBook. If you are a beginner, you can start with the string quilting primer in our very first chapter and then move on to the beautiful string quilts in the rest of the eBook. If you've already made your share of simple string quilt blocks and diamond string quilts, then you'll find quite a few creative, unusual string quilt patterns to give new life to your scrap quilt patterns. We have easy patterns like string quilt table toppers and advanced patterns like a star quilt made up of string-quilted diamonds. Stick with something simple for a quick scrap quilt, or challenge yourself with a more intricate pattern.
If you've never heard of string quilting before, prepare yourself for the best scrap quilt designs you can find in Super String Quilts: 13 paper Piecing and Scrap Quilt Patterns! String quilting is a method of making scrap quilts using skinny strips of fabric. Quilters often slice their fabric scraps into strips, sort them by color, and save them until they are ready to make their next string quilt. This makes string quilting one of the best ways to use up scraps, since it accommodates strips of fabric as small as 1" wide.
In string quilting, quilters sew strips of fabric side by side onto a lightweight piece of fabric or paper. This is called foundation piecing since you use the paper or fabric as a foundation for the scrap strips that are sewn onto it. If paper is used as the foundation, the technique is known as paper piecing. Once the foundation is completely covered in strips, the piece is trimmed to the desired size, and you have a string quilt block.
Strings are often sewn onto the foundation block on the diagonal. This makes it easy to create intriguing layouts with the string quilt blocks. A finished string quilt has a scrappy feel, but the pattern created by the stripes of fabric in each block unifies the whole piece. Diagonal string quilt blocks can be used to create scrap quilts with diamond, chevron, zigzag and other geometrical patterns. For an example of the basics of making string quilts, the first tutorial in our eBook, the "String Quilt Primer" (pg. 5), shows you a standard paper piecing pattern start with.
The basic unit of a string quilt is the string quilt block. You can use paper piecing patterns or foundation piecing techniques to make a string quilt block, or you can even piece the block without a foundation if you feel confident doing so. The most common string quilt blocks are made by sewing strings onto the block diagonally, from corner to corner, and working outwards from the middle strip. The block patterns in the Super String Quilts eBook give you just a few ideas for how you can use string piecing in a quilt block.
To make abstract geometric string quilt blocks like the "String Star Quilt Block" (pg. 12), you can simply sew your strips onto your foundation fabric at different angles. You can also change the way the block looks by varying the widths of the strings you use. Combining the blocks in different ways creates different patterns and shapes, much like turning a kaleidoscope. The possibilities for string quilt blocks are endless with just a few tweaks in string width and position.
Of course, you can also create more pictorial string quilt blocks by using strings for only certain parts of a block. Use a string quilted piece for just the center of a block, or use string quilted strips for the borders of a block for modern string quilts based on quilting classics, which you'll find with the "Sun Rays Quilt Block" (pg. 9) and the "String Spool Quilt Block" (pg. 15).
While making a throw or bed-sized string quilt can be a great way to use up a ton of scraps, a project of that size can be a little daunting. Whether you're short on time or scraps, you'll enjoy the smaller string quilting patterns included in the Super String Quilts: 13 Paper Piecing and Scrap Quilt Patterns eBook. This chapter includes string quilts and paper piecing patterns for two table quilts, a pillow, and a set of potholders. You can make each of these projects with a smaller collection of strings and just a few hours. If you choose attractive scraps and coordinate the colors of your strings, these projects can become gorgeous decorations for your home. For example,the popular "Rainbow All-Sort String Pillow", made with an assortment of solid, bright-colored strips, is a bright accessory for any room in your house.
Don't for get that these string quilting projects can make great holiday decorations as well. Simply substitute holiday print fabrics for the strings in each project, and you'll have a quick and easy holiday-themed quilt project. You can even use a holiday color combination -- like red and pink for Valentine's day or black and orange for Halloween - to make a string quilt project that subtly celebrates a season. Make a gorgeous table runner quilt pattern similar to the "Heart String Table Runner" (pg. 17), and give your home a designer look for less.
These foundation pieced string quilt tutorials are a treasure chest of patterns for scrap quilters. Fabric hoarders will love all the ideas for using up their stash in beautiful string quilts. These quilts are large enough to be lap quilts, throw quilts, or even bed quilts. All that extra fabric you have lying around will turn into a comfy, cozy blanket to snuggle under.
The patterns in this chapter of Super String Quilts: 13 Paper Piecing and Scrap Quilt Patterns depart from the basic string quilt pattern into more intricate patterns that you won't see on every quilt rack. We start with the "Dreamy Lattice Quilt" (pg. 27), a string quilt in a restrained diamond pattern that calls for specific fabrics, so you try out a quilting pattern with a well-coordinated color scheme. The next few quilts branch out a bit more, calling for unusual string quilt blocks or specific color schemes. One of our favorites is the challenging "Out on a String Quilt" (pg. 41), which combines string quilted stars with bold sashing in a truly unique design. It's a great project for more experienced quilters to try when they get bored of plainer quilts.
Don't miss out on these wonderful string quilt patterns. Your stashbusting efforts will never be the same once you have these patterns in your arsenal of scraptacular quilt projects. You can download Super String Quilts: 13 Paper Piecing and Scrap Quilt Patterns and have all of these awesome string quilt patterns at your fingertips in minutes. Print out the whole eBook or even individual patterns so you can keep them handy while you work on your projects.
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