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 an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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771 Responses to Quiltmaker’s Block Network: String Piecing and Giveaway!

  1. Linda Hodges says:

    These books look great. I would love the chance to win one and try the method for myself. Thank you.

  2. Mandy Adams says:

    would love the chance to win the string books. I have never tried a string quilt so it’s goo to do something new.


  3. Sara says:

    The books look great!!Thanks for the chance!!

  4. Jean Ross says:

    I have not tried string piecing yet. Stress free you say? I don’t know, your blocks look very color coordinated! I’d love one of the book and I promise I will start one! Thank You!

  5. Barbara Orozco says:

    I’ve heard so much about string piecing, but I haven’t tried it yet. I should do so, shouldn’t I? These books would be a welcome treat. Thanks for the chance!

  6. Lisa B in AK says:

    The books look great! I have Bonnie Hunter’s String Fling and love to quilt vicariously through it in the evenings!

  7. Rockgranny says:

    I’m already hooked on strings, right now I’m making low colour volume quilt

  8. Béatrice says:

    I would be so happy to win one of these books, thanks for the chance !

  9. I made string pieced blocks for the first time when I made the Roll Roll Cotton Boll Mystery Quilt with Bonnie Hunter. I enjoyed it so much and still have bins of strings just waiting to be used! I would love to win a book. I love all these ideas I have seen here, and can’t wait to start more string piecing projects!

  10. Sheila Newhouse says:

    I was just introduced to string quilting, a friend gave me some of her sting pieces of feed sacks, and I learned to go outside the box with these..getting hooked is easy.

  11. Chris says:

    String Quilts are the best. Thanks for the chance to win.

  12. Chris says:

    String quilts are a great way to use up scraps and just have fun. I love them. Thanks for the chance to win.

  13. Judy Forkner says:

    Did my comment get published?

  14. Judy Forkner says:

    So glad I decided to check out Bonnie’s blog today so I found out about your great giveaway! Now I’m wishing I could get those phone books I already recycled back again…

  15. KathyTimmons says:

    I would love to have any book on string piecing..I love it!!! Thanks so much for having this giveaway.

  16. Colleen Reilly says:

    I really like to read all about it in the book and then sew it out
    Thank you for the give away …. Hoping I win and wishing everyone good luck

  17. Jennifer Uppencamp says:

    I would enjoy receiving one of these wonderful books! Thanks so much :)

  18. sally lansing says:

    thanks for the opportunity to win one of these books. I enjoy Bonnie Hunter so very much, and can’t think of a better way to get rid of those old phone books.

  19. katie reinke says:

    Terrific give-away

  20. katie reinke says:

    I would love one of the string piecing books!!

  21. Janet Ernst says:

    I never thought I would like to make a string quilt, but just as a fluke decided to make a web block – talk about being hooked!!! I love it and am begging friends for their old phone books!!!! Love all the books in the giveaway, it’s a great chance to win some fantastic books and hope I am lucky!!!! Thanks for the chance!!!

  22. Marion says:

    Thank you for the video. I will try it the next days. And thank you for the giveaway.

  23. Sandra C. says:

    I have started my first string pieced blocks, using holiday fabrics and a small phone book, and I love it. Thank you for the chance to win these beautiful books. :)

  24. Annice Sware says:

    I LOVE Bonnie Hunter’s designs & follow her article in Quiltmaker constantly! Would love to have her “string book” to add to my collection. String blocks are sooo much fun & great for recycling…………

  25. Ann Dunn says:

    I made one string quilt and loved how fast it went. It was liberating not having to measure widths. It turns out that quilt is one which is on the floor where my granddaughter’s mirror is. It’s nice to know that she sits on the quilt and sees herself in the mirror. What a great giveaway.

  26. PT in SC says:

    How generous, I would love one of these books. Thanks Bonnie for giving me the headsup on the the giveaway.

  27. liz says:

    I’ve never made a quilt like this, getting a free book would probably be the push I need.

  28. Terry Rowland says:

    Bonnie introduced me to string piecing and I love using all those thin strips to make wonderful block to incorporate into my quilts. could always use more inspiration Please select me for your givaway :0)

  29. Kathy says:

    That Bonnie Hunter….she is the best. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway. Pick me, pick me!!!!!!!

  30. patricia golightly says:

    I love watching block network videos. Thanks for the book giveaway.

  31. Eva Selnick says:

    I am ready to start sewing!!!! Thanks

  32. Terry Johnson says:

    What a fun give away. Thanks for the chance. Love strings. Crossing my fingers!

  33. Eva Selnick says:

    I am ready to start sewing!!!! Thanks

  34. Janet says:

    Thanks for a terrific giveaway!

  35. Annette Z says:

    I’m still building my strip scrap pile so I haven’t tried this technique yet! Would sure love to win one of those books for ideas!

  36. MaryEllen Thobodeau says:

    Trying again to leave a comment!

  37. MaryEllen Thobodeau says:

    I know making string blocks is easier than leaving a comment tonight!

  38. sue roit says:

    I love the liberating feeling of string piecing—The books look grea t and I would sure enjoy receiving one to share with friends We couold stitch up a true storm with our fabric and scrap collections

  39. Norine Mohs says:

    Very generous of you to give away some books. Love strings!

  40. pat says:

    I really, really need a string quilt book. I’m drowning in left-over scraps. I just can’t bring myself to toss them. Bonnie’s the Queen of String!

  41. MaryEllen Thibodeau says:

    Strings and phone book pages, how funny, I can’t wait!

  42. nancy says:

    I have to try string piecing. You’ve convinced me! Now I’m going to go check you out on Pinterest.

  43. Elizabeth Bolton says:

    Thrilling! I have tubs and tubs of scraps, and I need to get to piecing them together! Thanks for the chance to win!

  44. Kellie Green says:

    Would love to be a winner in this giveaway! Loved the video. Keeping fingers crossed!

  45. Julie in GA says:

    I would love to win any of these books, especially Bonnie’s!

  46. Jean says:

    Would love to win one of these books.

  47. Beth Strand says:

    I love string piecing…just the idea of using all those “waste” pieces to make something beautiful just delights my frugal soul (and saves me money to buy more fabric! lol)

  48. carol says:

    Would love to win Bonnie K Hunter’s book! Actually any of them! Watched your string video, I think you are having fun. I have made a dozen string blocks…maybe for a border someday! Would like a book for more ideas, Thanks!

  49. Celeste Hauser says:

    Ever since I first heard about string piecing it peaked my interest. Now I am definitely going to try it!

  50. Lynn says:

    A nice little tutorial Diane. Loved the out-takes!
    I have been wating Bonnies book ever since I found her annual Mystery Quilt last year. Fingers crossed.

  51. Jan says:

    I haven’t tried string piecing yet. Looks like it’s something I would like to do. The blocks look wonderful from the samples you showed above.

  52. judy brill says:

    I love making doll quilts using both string piecing and crumbs. At the moment I have nine doll quilts ready for decorative stitching and binding for charity. Great fun and great way to use up my scraps. I love trying to figure out where to put small and odd shape pieces. Both of these kind of quilts are fun and addicting.

  53. Laurie says:

    I would love to win one of these books! I’ve been watching Bonnie Hunter and getting inspired to give a scrap quilt a try. Thanks!

  54. Bonnie says:

    I would love to win one of these books!

  55. LaDonna Fabian says:

    I love making use of ALL the bits and pieces! I just cut phone book pages to start a Bonnie Hunter string pattern!

  56. Andee in AZ says:

    Thanks for the chance! I am Bonnie’s # 1 fan!

  57. sara stockton says:

    been prepping scraps just for string piecing and i have my paper scraps ready to go. love not having to think about matchy matchy quilting. love the randomness of scrap quilting.

  58. Holly Harvey says:

    I’ve just started quilting and love this process!

  59. Patti Tappel says:

    I have made several string quilts, but you know I’d love to keep on making them!

  60. Karen Runge says:

    Bonnie Hunter sent me over to your page. I also am addicted to string piecing and would be thrilled if you would draw my name. In the mean time I will be digging deeply into my scraps and piling up those string and scrappy blocks for a someday project. Karen.

  61. Charmaine says:

    These books look great! Hope I get lucky :)

  62. Auntie Clark says:

    I love quilting and string piecing. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  63. Carole Hall says:

    Love all of these books and the ideas….would love to win these books.

  64. Diane Martin says:

    Winning one of these books would help pull me into starting string quilting. Ian intrigued.

  65. Carole Hall says:

    I love quilting and do make a lot of string quilts but…I need help as I find myself making the same string quilt time after time. I change colors and the sashing I do different every once in a while..but I need new inspiration to get my out of this rut. I would love to win these books. Thank you..

  66. Carole Hall says:

    I love string quilts, but get in the rut of making the same one over and over again, different colors & do change the sashing a bit here & there. Help I need new ideas…
    I would love to win these books. Thank you.

  67. Evelyn says:

    Oh what a wonderful influence Bonnie Hunter has had on me. Scrap quilts offer such a great opportunity to be creative.

  68. Barb Coonrod says:

    I have wanted to try string piecing for quite awhile but can’t ever seem to get started. I think I am way too pattern oriented. I love the quilts you have made. Maybe I will finally get one started. Thanks for the video.

  69. Mary says:

    I would love to win one of the books, I enjoy making scrappy and hate to toss any scraps. I hope I’m one of the winners!

    Good Luck Everyone

  70. Deb says:

    I’ve never worked on a string quilt but think it would be absolutely fun!

  71. Karen says:

    String blocks are so versatile. Thanks for sharing.

  72. Chris says:

    I absolutely love scrappy quilting, and have been saving the crumbs and strings for just the right project! I have Bonnie’s String Fling, but would love either of the other two for more inspiration!

  73. Char Rutland says:

    Fun, fun, fun! Hope I win one!

  74. Tina Elmore says:

    I have been playing around with string piecing – would love one of these books to give me some direction! Thanks for the chance to win one!

  75. Josie says:

    My sisters and I are having a sisters’ quilt retreat in a couple of weeks, and we’re doing string piecing! The string piecing will be a first for me. I would love to win one of these books!

  76. Tracy DVR says:

    Thanks for the chance to have one of Bonnie’s books! I’ve been following her blog for quite awhile, and made baby/lap quilts using string piecing. Always love when she comes out w/ a new pattern or book.

  77. I have scraps ready and waiting for me to try string piecing.

  78. Sue in Scottsdale, AZ says:

    Because of Bonnie, I fell in love with scrappy quilts and crumb quilts. Now I am working up to string quilts. I would love to win one of these books so I can really get started. Let the love affair begin!

  79. Janice Dentler says:

    Thank you for the chance to win. I would love to learn more about string quilting. Anyone of these books would help me.

  80. Heather says:

    I did some string blocks for a quilt group challenge, and gave them to the person who gave the challenge. The quilt turned out beeeeaauuuutifully. Some sweet day I’d love to strip piece something for myself, too. And, since I’m such a Bonnie fan, I hope it’ll be one of her designs!

  81. Denyse Eisenhardt says:

    I am a Quiltmaker subscriber since issue #1 and especially love string piecing . Hooray for your contest. I hope I win!

  82. Caryn S says:

    I have done a crazy block in a similar method for a pillow and quilted a string quilt top for a charity (heartstrings), but it would be fun to do this myself, especially because it would use up scraps. I would enjoy a book of ideas.

  83. Andra Ridout says:

    I have a string quilt that just needs the string triangles added for the border. This makes me want to get moving on it. I would love any of these books. thanks so much for the chance to win!

  84. Marianne Caporale says:

    I just took a string piecing class with Bonnie Hunter in Hershey. I must say they are addictive and I would love to win a book. Thanks for the tutorial.

  85. kbo says:

    Now this technique is on my “quilt bucket list”. I hope to try it someday.

  86. Marca Fritzemeier says:

    I’ve got a sack of scraps just waiting for a string quilt to happen. Can’t wait!

  87. Maureen in Portland says:

    String piecing — one of my favorite techniques! I enjoyed your soft-spoken tutorial on making the pinwheel block, but I really loved your off-the-cuff comments at the end! Thanks for this opportunity.

  88. Laura says:

    Thank you Quiltmaker for offering this give-away to your readers!
    I would love to receive any of these titles!
    This Spring I have been working on my first quilt and first string-pieced blocks. They have a black strip across the diagonal center, then a mixture of pinks, purples and aquas. A few nights ago, I hung my “design wall” sheet and began deciding the layout. As others have said, this is easy, fun, and a good way to use up scraps.

  89. Arvella Gatlin says:

    I just started with Bonnie’s stash building project and now stringing along with her on her quiltcam. I am SOOO addicted. I have just retired and plan to spend oodles of time stringing along!

  90. Becky Gilliam says:

    I have made Bonnie’s Roll Roll Cotton Boll also, so much fun!! I would love to win one of these books. Thanks for the opportunity to win.


  91. Tammy says:

    I love string quilts. And I love scrappy quilts.

  92. Portia H. says:

    I love the idea of string quilts, although I’ve never made one. Definitely inspired by all this!!!

  93. Oneta Unruh says:

    I’ve just started making string blocks with Bonnie Hunter, and find it addictive. I would love to win one of the books to give me more ideas. So much more fun than more structured piecing.

  94. Judy McNeel says:

    I would love to win one of those books! I am currently piecing a spider web quilt with string piecing–blacks and oranges, of course! I’m also collecting as many phone books as I can get my hands on! They may decide to stop printing them someday.

  95. Dianne Hoffman says:

    Just learning to quilt and love all the great ideas shown on the many, many great blogs out there. String piecing is so practical and relaxing. I would love more instructions from the book giveaway that would help a novice like me especially with setting the blocks together. Thanks so much for a great giveaway. D

  96. Jeannette Leafdahl says:

    I like scrapping very much. Spiderweb blocks are fascinating to me. Have done crumb blocks also and other foundation piecing projects with strips. Friends share scraps with me often because they are not interested in working with them. Free quilting fabric!! Hello!!

  97. Sue Goodin says:

    I want to thank you so much for sharing what looks to be wonderful books.
    I would love to be a winner.

  98. Brenda says:

    All of these books look wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win.

  99. Terry Hammons says:

    I haven’t made a string quilt but I love the look and it is on my list of future projects. One of these books would be great inspiration.

  100. Gayle Chappell says:

    I’ve done a couple of Bonnie Hunter’s string blocks, but loved your video and can’t learn too much from too many people. I’d love to win a book.

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