BLOCK Friday: String Quilt Scrapbuster!

The string quilt is a scrapbuster, no doubt, and it can also be incredibly liberating. Constructed from a series of thin strips (the strings), string-pieced blocks come in a wider variety of shapes and designs than you might expect.

String Me Along string quilt
Inspired by Dodi Poulson’s String Me Along
Oh, Look! Oh, Look! string quilt
Oh Look! Oh Look! Inspired by Karen Griska’s Fandango

Kris Peterson, staff technical writer at Fons & Porter, talks about the series of string quilts she’s been working on:

I’ve completed a couple projects recently in my series of string quilts. My first one, Oh Look! Oh Look!, was originally inspired by Karen Griska’s Fandango, which I loved for its wonkiness.

For my second string quilt, I drew inspiration from Dodi Poulson’s String Me Along. It was fun to piece on a paper foundation in a “controlled” color scheme of blues and greens and my favorite black and white polka dot fabric.

Members of a small quilt group I belong to contributed scrap strips of differing widths. I tossed all the fabric into a large basket and then just pulled strips as I pieced the blocks.

I found it so freeing to work without a precise plan, and the possibilities are endless.

~Kris Peterson

If you’re intrigued, check out Virginia Baker and Barbara Sanders’ String Quilt Revival.

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