Sunday, April 29, 2018

Skinny Strings Scraps {Tutorial}

(Edited to add: see the finished quilts HERE)

Back in January I cut my string scraps that were less than 2.5" down to a uniform width of 1.5". Since then they've been aging in a couple of large ziploc bags. This weekend I decided the time had come to do something with those scraps!  As many scrap quilts have made I remain amazed by how many quilts can hide in a scrap bin.


Scraps are irresistible to me. Much more so than yardage.  I had an idea in my head for what I wanted to do with these strings and I decided to photograph the process for a tutorial.  I started by sorting out the cool colors, which probably constituted half of the strings. (I *might* have a problem with the color blue... the "warms" pile was pitiful by comparison.)


I sewed the strings together at their short ends to make one looooooong string.


Locate both loose ends, put them rights sides together, and start sewing down one long side toward the middle.  When you reach the middle it will probably be all twisty. Cut it and complete sewing the two strips together.


Press your string pair, then repeat the process. Find both loose ends and start sewing your pairs into a four. Press and repeat, sewing your 4-string string into an 8-string. This takes a long time if you started with a lot of string like I did. The bright side is that every time you fold it in half and sew, it ends up half as long, so as you go it gets easier.


Keep going until you have a long panel 16 strings wide.  I considered stopping at this point and just making a quilt top out of horizontal strings, but I decided to continue with my original plan.  I sub cut the panel into squares, each 16.5" square. I put these up on the design wall alternating directions, this would make a cool quilt, too.


Then I did the same process with my neutral colored strings.  I took the neutral and cool colored squares and turned them into HSTs.


I marked the line with a sharpie and pinned the blocks so they didn't shift while I sewed on either side of the line.



If you put the squares together with their strips running the same way, then in the HST they will turn.  If you put them together with their strips perpendicular then in the HST they will run the same direction.



I chose the first method so the two different colors run at different angles.  With my blocks turned into HSTs the options are limitless... Any layout that can be made with HSTs.  I haven't sewn these together yet, still auditioning layouts to find my favorite. Which do you like best?






Linking to Oh Scrap!

26 comments:

  1. LOVE THE AFFECT I LIKE THE FIRST LAYOUT BEST hjrogers@sympatico.ca

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  2. Great tutorial, boy, you had a very long strip ;) I love the 1st, 3rd and 5th layout. Your blocks with red are stunning!

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  3. Love the effect of those strings made into HST

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  4. They are all great, but I think I like the 1st one the best.

    I have done the jelly roll race before but never thought about treating it as "made fabric".

    Thank you for a great option.

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  5. Oh wow, I just love this! The first and last layouts are my favorite.

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  6. Amazing! How fun and simple is this...yet the finished piece looks so complicated? :-) I think I like the first and third layouts...difficult to choose just one! :-) Thanks for sharing your process...I'm sure there will be many of your readers giving this a try sometime soon! :-)

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  7. I like them all but I think my favorites are the first and last. I like the squares and also the effect with the red. Great job. That was a lot of sewing (and pressing)!

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  8. Love all your play with strings. Thanks for the ideas.

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  9. I like the first and the third layouts.

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  10. Love the first and last layouts.

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  11. I have a weakness for string quilts. All of your layouts are amazing. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  12. I like them all! You can't go wrong with any one of these layouts because they are so full of scrappy goodness. Must resist pulling out all my strings now... :)

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  13. What an absolutely fantastic idea. Since I have a good couple of 'STABLE'(s) in my sewing room with a ton of neutrals, I can see a few of these quilts being put together. The color combinations are beginning to boggle the mind. :)

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  14. O you brave soul! I would have stopped after cutting the strips into the 16" squares and set them Rail Fence style. The triangles are so much more dramatic though. Personally, the first layout is my favorite.

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  15. Oh my, I love every single layout! However, my favorite is the first one. What a brilliant idea for strings!

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  16. Love the technique. I'm a scrap addict myself must try. Love the first layout. Thank you

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  17. Beautiful and a great use for those "too small" pieces. I love the little pieces too.

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  18. I really like the first layout. However, I think that my favorite is the third layout. It's just different and I like that.

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  19. Wow, I love all the layouts! I like the mixture of warm and cool colours best -very dramatic. Third layout is very eye-catching too. I wonder hitch in you chose? I use strings a lot but never seen your idea before on how to sew them up.

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  20. I like one and three~ so fun, I will try it. I have done a jelly roll quilt before so this is similar except more interest.

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  21. I love this idea. And I have lots of 1.5" strips. Anything smaller gets dumped. Lots of 2.5" as well. Thanks.

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  22. I love your creativity! I especially like the first layout!

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  23. First layout and LOVE the idea!!!!

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  24. Also first and third are my favorites

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  25. Oh my! I love scraps too. These are awesome ideas!

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  26. These are all cute and unique but, I think #3 is my fav. Actually a quilt made with all of these different block’s would amazing.

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