I am determined this year to make a significant reduction in my stash of strings and strips. I have been piecing string blocks and stacking them on the shelf until I have enough to make a quilt. I have used various materials for foundations – most recently used dryer sheets. Before using the dryer sheets as a foundation they need to be pressed with a cool iron. You start with a pile that looks like this:
And you end up with blocks like these after trimming to 6″ square.
I have 121 – 6″ trimmed blocks on the shelf right now.
I need to decide which quilt layout I am going to use these blocks in so I know if I am close to having enough blocks for a quilt top. I am always on the lookout for ideas to use string blocks so I don’t have to continue to repeat the same design over and over.
I have also been piecing larger blocks (8″ square) onto fabric foundations. I was gifted some broadcloth from my MIL’s stash. The fabric is more lightweight than I like to use in my regular quilt blocks but it makes a great foundation for string blocks. These are a few of the string blocks. There area a total of 95 – 8″ blocks in this stack on the shelf.
String blocks pieced on a fabric foundation make for a heavier quilt top than string blocks pieced on a dryer sheet foundation.
Despite all the string blocks I have been making, I don’t seem to have a significant reduction in the string / strip stash. I think I will be making string blocks for some time to come!