Quiltmaker’s Block Network: String Piecing and Giveaway!

We’ve just posted another episode of Quiltmaker’s Block Network. Have you discovered these free videos yet? I sure hope so!

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Today it is my turn. I had so much fun making this happy little block called Pinwheel o’ Strings, designed by Rachel Griffith of P.S. I Quilt. If you’ve wondered what string piecing is, or how it’s accomplished, be sure to catch this episode of what we’ve dubbed “QBN”—for Quiltmaker’s Block Network.

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I think Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville fame has introduced a lot of folks to string piecing. It’s her fault that I love it so much! In 2010, I charged headlong into Bonnie’s annual Quiltville mystery quilt, loving the first few clue-steps she gave in “Roll Roll Cotton Boll.”

But then came a clue that made me groan: String piece a boatload of units onto phone book pages using light neutral fabrics. I was so bummed. I just knew it would be miserable sewing.

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Photo by Cathy at Sewingforlife! Used with permission.

And then a funny thing happened. I made one. And a second. And by the third, I realized I was enjoying it. I was having so much fun, I couldn’t stop making them. It was a blast!

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One of the class samples when I teach String Piecing 101 is this conglomeration of blues, greens and black/white prints.

I’ve been hooked on string piecing ever since. I’ve made several quilts with string piecing and have a list of more I want to try. I’ve developed a class on string piecing so I can introduce others to the joys of stress-free, carefree, form-free piecing. It’s just wonderful!

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One of my students made these rainbow string blocks in class.

The best part is how much people enjoy string piecing when they try it. They love it because it’s easy and carefree. There is absolutely zero stress.

I want you to try it. And to make it easy, there are loads of ideas on Quiltmaker’s Pinterest board entitled String Quilting 101. You may get lost in there! Please go have a look. It’s all completely free.

I also have three books on string piecing to give away.

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String Quilts by Elsie M. Campbell has 10 patterns for string quilts and includes some beautiful applique, one of Elsie’s specialties. Don’t miss the 14-page feature called “Elsie’s Top Tips for Successful String Quilts,” which in itself is worth the $19.99. So much good information here! Published by and available at Good Books.

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Strips & Strings by Evelyn Sloppy features “16 sparkling quilts”—and if you’ve never owned one of Evelyn’s books on scrap quilts, this would be a great place to begin. She has a way of pulling scraps together into beautiful projects! I have a couple of her titles and I love them. My favorite quilt in this book is The Elegance of Red—it’s on my bucket list. Available only as a ebook for just $16.99 from Martingale and you’ll have it instantly. Highly recommended.

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You’ve no doubt heard of Bonnie Hunter’s String Fling: Scrappy, Happy and Loving It! It includes not only Roll Roll Cotton Boll as mentioned above, but a dozen additional great designs featuring string piecing. As one of the queens of scrap quilting, Bonnie always pulls together great designs with lots of piecing that anyone with a little determination can complete. An inspirational title you definitely want to own! Find it at the Pickle Dish Store for $25.95.

For your chance to win one of these string piecing books, please leave a comment below by midnight Thursday, August 29. I’ll choose three winners randomly and announce them here after the U.S. Labor Day holiday weekend ends. Good luck!

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Be sure to watch String Piecing Playground on Quiltmaker’s Block Network to learn how easy it is to get started.

And the winners are…. Denise Rosbicki, Debbie Gallett and Carol Nichols! Congratulations ladies and thank you to everyone who participated!

About Diane Harris

I'm Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I've been writing pattern instructions and product reviews, and doing a host of other tasks necessary to help produce a national pattern magazine. Now I work remotely from rural Nebraska to generate some of our online content. I manage the QM Scrap Squad, our blog tours and our Quilt-Alongs. I have one of the best jobs in the world.
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771 Responses to Quiltmaker’s Block Network: String Piecing and Giveaway!

  1. Joye says:

    I love strings and have made several projects with them. My grandmother made lots of them and I have some of the final pieces she made and plan to complete them some day. Would love to have any of these books. Thanks!

  2. Gayle Chappell says:

    I love your video and would love to win a book. I’ve done some of Bonnie Hunter’s string-pieced blocks, but can’t learn too much.

  3. Sylvia Jacobus says:

    Strip quilting is awesome and so challenging. I love Bonnie’s work!

  4. MJ Modjeski says:

    I alreday love string piecing and am always looking for different ways to make the blocks. Bonnies Roll Roll Cotton Boll is still a big topic on Yahoo groups. I would love to win one of the books and think it is a lovely opportunity by you folks, thanks!

  5. Nancy W says:

    I recently discovered Quiltville with Bonnie Hunter and all the beautiful quilts from scraps that she has made and inspired. I had no idea that there were so many ideas out there for strings from scraps. I would love to win and discover others who are so inspired by this form of quilting.

  6. Neecy says:

    Looks like a lot of fun. And a great way to use all those scraps I hate to throw away.

  7. All of these books sound fantastic. I certainly have enough scraps for string piecing!

  8. Terri E says:

    Roll Roll Cotton Boll is on my to do list! As soon as I finish some UFO’s I plan to start string piecing. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of these fabulous books!

  9. Karen Pollard says:

    I would LOVE to win Bonnie Hunter’s String Fling. I could kick myself for not buying it when we were at Pigeon Forge last May.

    Thank you for the opportunity!

  10. Nancy Angerer says:

    I love scrap quilts of all kinds! Thanks for a great give away.

  11. Carol Yoder says:

    I would love to win any of these books!! I enjoy stringing.

  12. Bonnie says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win 1 of these books. I am just getting started on this adventure of string piecing .

  13. Lucy D. says:

    OH, these are just gorgeous. I *MUST* sort my scraps by color now! I hope I win.

  14. Sue Kooiman says:

    I’m just about to start my first string quilt and look forward to “stress-free” quilting!

  15. Sandy O. says:

    Have never made a string quilt. After seeing the great video I will have to make one. Would love to win one of the books to get me stated. Thanks for doing this.

  16. Wendy Ferguson says:

    Love Bonnie Hunter and scrappy quilting!

  17. Debbie Esper says:

    I would love to win any one of these books. I love string piecing. I use muslin or phone book pages. Love love love it.

  18. Carolyn Kerr says:

    I’m just getting into string piecing, and it’s a blast! Would love to win one of these books to learn more.
    carolyn

  19. Karen says:

    Oooooooo…..Love string piecing!!!!! I would love a chance to own any one of these three books!!!! Thanks for the chance to win…:)

  20. carolee c. says:

    I would love to learn how to do this! Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. Diana DeFrancesco says:

    Luv the idea of using phone book pages. Looking forward to taking a Bonnie Hunter class in October. She will be the guest speaker and workshop teacher for the Brazos Bluebonnet Quilt Guild. Yeah for string quilts.

  22. Mary Val says:

    My first experience with string blocks was also the Roll Roll Cotton Boll mystery quilt. It is fun to make string pieced blocks, the results are fabulous.

  23. Diana DeFrancesco says:

    Luv the idea of using phone book pages. Looking forward to taking a class from Bonnie Hunter in October. She’s the speaker at our guild meeting and she’s teaching a class the next day. Yeah for string quilts!

  24. Jen B says:

    Just started following Bonnie Hunter and anxious to try a string quilt.
    Thanks for doing this give away.

  25. Carol crow says:

    I found Quiltsville by accident a couple of months ago. I am so addicted to strings!!
    I have already made Normantown Landing! Lots of strings but so much fun. Would love to learn new ideas.

  26. Sara Parnell says:

    I love Strings!!!!!!

  27. Jen B says:

    Just started following Bonnie Hunter and anxious to try a string quilt.
    Thanks for doing this give-away.

  28. Jo says:

    Love scrappy quilts and using strings is a great way of using up some of those scraps.
    A ‘give-a-way’ with more ideas would be great. Thanks for the opportunity to win

  29. Susan Yonkers says:

    Any one of the books would make a great addition to my collection. What fun!

  30. Deborah Tell says:

    I especially love the look of string quilts because scrappy quilts are my favorite!

  31. anna says:

    I have done one string pieced quilt with my sister. It was fun. Would be great to have the books for more great ideas.

  32. Norma Sterbenz says:

    String piecing is my favorite way to relax. I love finding new string piecing patterns. Bonnie Hunter is my inspiration. Quiltmaker magazine is a favorite of mine.

  33. Barbara says:

    Love books almost as much as string piecing!!

  34. Debra Yates says:

    I’ve watched a few videos on paper piecing it does look easy and fun. Winning one of these books would be a great way to get started. Thank you for the chance to win.

  35. Pat Evans says:

    Looks like fun. Another way to use up all those scraps.

  36. Sherri I says:

    Oh, is there any chance that I would win one of these wonderful books?

  37. Ann Ormston says:

    Enjoyed the video. The tip about folding both the paper square & wider center strip to be sure you have it all straight was so simple and quick. Thanks for the videos. There is always something quilters can learn from each other.

  38. Sherril says:

    I am a big fan of Bonnie Hunter, although I did my first string pieced block back in 2004 when I took a quilting class through community education.

  39. Sue Bennett says:

    Would love to win the book. Just got boxes of strips in different widths that would work with the book..thanks for the chance.

  40. Tracy Cox says:

    I’m hooked on string piecing too! I made three queen size string quilts last year and I’m
    thinking of making another soon. Would really like some new books to give me some more ideas. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Tracy

  41. Marjorie Sweeney says:

    Have Strips and Strings and I love it. What a wonderful way to use those leftovers. Hope to add more to my repetoire!

  42. Diane S says:

    I love seeing what people do with string piecing.

  43. Diane S says:

    I love seeing what people do with string piecing. This is fascinating to me.

  44. Rea says:

    I learned string piecing on BH’s Orca Bay mystery quilt and since then, I save all my odd strings for days that I don’t want to concentrate so hard but yet want to sew. And it uses up scraps without waste (I just can’t throw them out and people give me theirs!). I sure could use some more pattern ideas in those books!!!!!!

  45. Julie Shipp says:

    I would love to win a book.

  46. Cathy Clark says:

    I would love to win one of these books; I haven’t tried string-piecing yet, but I’ve saved a phone book for it! Thanks to Bonnie, I’ve started a bin full of strings, too. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of the lovely books.

  47. Ruth Koerting says:

    I love string piece quilting. I have made several quilts this way. I like it because you can use your stash up and the patterns are endless. Love Bonnie Hunters quilt patterns and would like to win any of your give-aways.

  48. Cathy Clark says:

    I would love to win one of these books; I haven’t tried string-piecing yet, but I’ve saved a phone book for it! Thanks for the opportunity to win one of the lovely books.

  49. Julie Shipp says:

    I LOVE string pieced quilt & am always looking for new ideas. Winning would be wonderful.

  50. Mary Wilbanks says:

    I enjoy string piecing. I am making my very first one. It’s looking good.

  51. Diane Alsleben says:

    I love, love, love, string piecing!!! I have to admit that I had done some string piecing before I got hooked on Bonnie Hunter’s website, but I had just had cataract surgery when BH got to the string piecing on Orca Bay and I could not see well enough to do matching….this filled the bill! I have now done the String Geese and am working on a Spiderweb quilt! Don’t we all know that Quilting is an addiction! lol Diane

  52. Sue says:

    Have done a little string piecing, but really need a book for reference..
    Crossing my fingers !

  53. Cathy says:

    I haven’t done a string quilt yet, a book would be so helpful! Thanks for the giveaway!

  54. Lorri says:

    Love to String piece also-Did Talkin Turkey in Red’s and Cream and Ocra Bay in Raspberry Pink and Lime Greens from Bonnie’s Books.thank you for the chance to win a book.

  55. Ramona Collins says:

    All the books being offered in your giveaway are great. I love to string piece and have to say it was Bonnie Hunter who got me started on them. I have borrowed from our guild the Strips and Strings book and love “The Elegance of Red” too. Thanks for introducing me to the Quiltmaker’s Block Network videos.

  56. Shirley Wells says:

    Love string quilts! But I’m the 400th commentator & that doesn’t bode well for my winning! HA!

  57. Mary says:

    Love string piecing. It was Orca Bay that got me hooked. Those 5″ blue blocks were just like chips, hard to stop at one or 51.

  58. Karen Garcia says:

    I would love to learn to string piece. I’ve been intimidated by it.

  59. I am a fan of string piecing. I will admit BH got me started. I love that it’s a very cathartic way of sewing! It helps me relieve stress left over from a busy/challenging work day. Grab your scraps and start piecing. BTW, just finished a “String Geese” quilt top….inspired by an antique quilt- introduced by BH.

  60. Sharyn Woerz says:

    I was with you about the Roll Roll string blocks but I was doing them on a vintage WWII machine. When I switched that part of the mystery to a modern machine with thread cutter I was in heaven again :) Where there is a will there is the way!
    Sharyn

  61. Carline Anthony says:

    I love the look of string piecing but so far haven’t tried it. Maybe I just need to win a book to get me going. Happy quilting

  62. Patsy Pearl says:

    I love these strings! I have string fling and have had a blast with it! How great that there are more books about this. I can hardly wait!

  63. Patty Lennon says:

    Would love any book related to strings!

  64. Beatrice Kiesow says:

    Made my first string several years ago in my earlier quilting years and love the simplicity of it and still achieve such sticking quilts. Have recently become addicted to Bonnie Hunters blog, which has awaken my interest inn doing
    more scrappy to clean out my sewing room and have some lap quilts to donate to the local homeless shelter.

  65. Avon Bingham says:

    I would love to win one of the books! Thanks for the chance.

    Avon

  66. Leah Barido says:

    I have Bonnie’s String Fling book and had the pleasure of holding up some of the quilts when she came to our guild, but I still have not made a string block. I would love to have one of the other books for more inspiration!
    Leah

  67. Maxine Ensor says:

    I will be taking a class with Bonnie in Oct. and I’m so looking forward to making my first string quilt!
    Your three books look so interesting. They are now on my bucket list.

  68. Marti M says:

    I have never made a string quilt, looks like fun!

  69. Sherry says:

    I’m so excited at a chance to win one of the string piecing books. This is one of the types of quilting I enjoy! Making a string piecing quilt is on my must due list of quilts to make. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of the three books.

    Sherry

  70. Marcia says:

    Great demo of string piecing. I would love to have any of these books for definite ideas using string blocks.

  71. Deana says:

    I’d love to win any one of these books. Bonnie Hunter also got me hooked on string piecing. just an FYI, I stopped by our local newspaper and they gave me the end roll of their unprinted paper at no charge. It works great for the backing. as easy to tear off as the phone book pages. Thanks for having the giveaway.
    Deana

  72. Shirley Merrill says:

    I live string piecing it is so relaxing. You can’t have to many ideas.

  73. Jan Thompson says:

    I love string piecing…..it is so much fun. I would love to win one of the books. I have String Fling but I have lots of friends that don’t and I would share…..I also love Quiltmaker magazine.

  74. Sheila Fernkopf says:

    I would love to win any of the books! I’ve made three simple string pieced quilts for charity quilts. I would love to have more ideas on piecing them.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win. :)

  75. Peggy says:

    I love string blocks. I’d like to win any of these — but would LOVE to win Bonnie Hunter’s String Fling the most. Just love her quilt patterns.

  76. Nancy James says:

    I love string piecing and would love string fling.
    Nancy James

  77. Pam M, Australia says:

    I think string piecing is fabulous and would love one of these books

  78. Debbie Gallett says:

    I love that bright string pieced pinwheel design. I just made a string pieced flying geese quilt inspired by Bonnie Hunter. I would love one of those books.

  79. Ivani Vieira says:

    I love Stress Free String Quilts. This afternoon I was working with my blue and yellow string blocks, what a coincidence to know about your post and giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Ivani in Brazil

  80. Gladys says:

    My friend is making her first string quilt. She is having so much fun that I want to try it too. I would love to win one of these awesome books. Thanks for offering this great give away!

  81. Marjorie Anderson says:

    Love the videos. I love to do string piecing.

  82. Dolly Lavoie says:

    Would love a chance at winning one of these great books, thanks!

  83. brenda evans says:

    I wanna win!!!! :)

  84. Rita west says:

    LOVE,LOVE, LOVE string piecing. They make great quilts for Project Linus. I would love one of the books..

  85. brenda evans says:

    I’d love to win a book on string piecing! Crossing my fingers!

  86. Kay Pungitore says:

    I would love to win a book about string piecing. I love the samples!

  87. debbie siltala says:

    I would love to win one of these books. I am a big Bonnie Hunter fan so I have done some string piecing lol. Thanks for the chance to win

  88. Kate says:

    Love the appearance of string piecing. It appears so easy but the results are colorful. It looks like someone planned it all out instead of the blocks just happening. Would love to win a book on string piecing.

  89. Jane says:

    Wow! I’d love to win one of these. Thanks so much

  90. Lisa says:

    What a fabulous giveaway! I would love to have this.

  91. Deanna W says:

    Love doing string units for no thinking sewing days. I have done Orca Bay Mystery of Bonnie Hunter’s and loved what the string units did for the quilt.

  92. Pat Barnes says:

    I love scrappy quilts and would love to win one of these books.

  93. barb price says:

    String piecing is fun, i’ve done a couple of blocks, would love to make a quilt, maybe a book would help. lol

  94. Missy says:

    I’m making my first string quilt right now!

  95. Lin Miller says:

    I love string piecing and would love to make one from this book.

  96. kathy sontum says:

    I love string and scrap quilts. Thanks for the chance to win!.

  97. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. I am looking forward to doing more string piecing.

  98. Brenda J. says:

    String piecing is the best! Thank you so much for the chance to win an inspirational book!

  99. Carol Pennington says:

    Love love string piecing. Having so much fun with the blocks

  100. Jean says:

    I love the Evelyn Sloppy book so much that when I thought I’d lost my copy, I bought another. Have made several of the quilts for myself and charity. Would love the Bonnie Hunter book as I follow her website.

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