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Perfect Your Skills: String Piecing

Each month, learn a fun trick or tip to make your quilting easier and more polished!

String Fling from American Patchwork & Quilting August 2012 (buy it here)


The rules for string piecing are simple–there are no rules! So give this technique a try. It’s the perfect way to use up your scraps while enjoying the freedom of piecing without perfection.


1. Position a strip diagonally across center of a muslin foundation square. (Note: foundation square should be 1/4″ larger on all sides than finished block.) Pin in place.


2. From an assorted print scrap, cut a strip that is at least as long as first strip.


3. Place print strip right side down on first strip; align a pair of long edges. Sew through all layers with a 1⁄4″ seam allowance.



4. Press print strip open.


5. Roughly trim print strip about 1/2″ beyond muslin foundation (Photo D).


6.  Cut a third print strip that is at least as long as the long raw edge of the first print strip. Repeat steps 3–5 to add third print strip to foundation.


7. Continue in same manner, covering each half of foundation square with print strips; skew strips in opposite directions so interesting angles are created.


8. Trim foundation to desired square including seam allowances to complete a string block.


One Response to “Perfect Your Skills: String Piecing”

  1. Cool. Easy thanks for the instructions!