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. sydonna says:

    I so need bonnie hunters book as I have never made a sting quilt.

  2. Rebecca Wilson says:

    Getting strings together for my first string quilt. I’d love a book to help me along.

  3. Janice stewart says:

    I am collecting strings so this would be perfect.

  4. Carol Sc says:

    Besides being “hooked” on quilting in general, I, too, have thoroughly enjoyed string piecing — getting started with Bonnie Hunter a few years ago. I think if I had 48 hours in each day, it would still not be enough time to do all I want to do. Thanks for your good blog. I enjoy it.

  5. Kathy Ohara says:

    Just love string quilting. Love creating new patterns with strings.

  6. BEVERLY DEAN says:

    Have become addicted to scrap quilting to the point that I have to keep buying more fabric to make “scraps”. Thanks, Bonnie Hunter! Would love to have this book to
    get even more great ideas.

  7. Barbara Kelly says:

    I have some precuts and haven’t been able to find a pattern I love. String blocks would be the answer!

  8. Wonderful strings. So easy and fun and relaxing. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Mary W says:

    I was also hooked on string piecing by following Bonnie Hunter. I’d love to win a book for some more ideas!!! Now I have to go so that I can check out that Pinterest board…

  10. MHH says:

    I would love to own one of these books. I haven’t tried a string pieced quilt yet, but would love to!

  11. betty drake says:

    I would love to win the book. It would give me an excuse to buy more fabric – I do not have enough scraps.

  12. Lynn says:

    I am so addicted to scrap piecing that I’ve started “nibbling” from my yardage to feed my habit. The only bad day is a day I can’t quilt. Love all the news!!

  13. Jeanne says:

    I have a huge stash of fabrics and am always looking for ways to use up the leftovers from other projects. Getting fun, easy ways to create useful projects is very beneficial.

  14. claire says:

    I would love to put all/some of my many orphan strings to use…This book may be just what I need to get inspired!

  15. Shirlee Gotterbarn says:

    I am drowning under a sea of scraps and strings and so one of these books would be a life saver. Would also donate the book to the guild library to help save others

  16. Shirlee Gotterbarn says:

    I am drowning under a sea of scraps and strips so one of these books would be a life saver. I would also donate the book to our guild library to help save others

  17. I love, love string quilts. A very nice “giveaway”. Thanks

  18. Shirlee Gotterbarn says:

    Since I am drowning in a sea of scraps and strings, one of these books would be a life saver. I would also donate the book to our guild library to help save others.

  19. Linda H says:

    LOVE string piecing … got into it during a Bonnie Hunter workshop I took last fall … GREAT fun and like potato chips … you can’t stop with just one (block)!!!

  20. Linda H says:

    I’d LOVE to be a winner … Bonnie Hunter is coming to our guild for a workshop but not until 2016!!! This would serve to appease me until that happens! LOL Thanks for the contest … exciting!!

  21. Judy Morin says:

    Love Bonnie Hunter’s book, but still haven’t tried String Piecing although the Evelyn Sloppy’s book looks really intriguing. Have lots of strips and strings cut however, so would only take a little to get me started.

  22. Patricia Z says:

    I love string piecing and would enjoy any of these books as a resource.

  23. Mary Malone says:

    Thanks for the offer to win. I all ready have Eleanor Sloppy’s book, but I would love to win one of the others.

    Mary Malone

  24. Holly Melton says:

    I am currently using strings for a Quilts of Valor block contest. Great using red, white and blue. I also am using my strings on deli paper and then cutting a dresden plate out for a scrappy string plate quilt. Nothing is wasted.

  25. Jan says:

    I have not done string piecing yet. But would love to win a book!

  26. Roberta says:

    I love string quilting – a great way to use up all of those little pieces and strips that won’t can’t be used for something else. Great info on your blog

  27. Debra Crumbaker says:

    Love the string quilts and making them from my scraps just adds to the excitement. The string quilt book would be a great addition (and wish book to keep on my coffee table when I’m not sewing another string block) to my quilt library. I have so much fabric that needs to be used up!

  28. Andree Mantha says:

    I would like to receive a strip quilting book. It would motivate me in using up my huge supply of strips. I have followed Bonnie hunter for many years. I finished Easy street in one month and the current mystery from Quiltmaker is just about done. I have just suffered the loss of my second son by a fishing accident and winning would really motivate me. Thank you in advance.

  29. Becky says:

    Have been looking at Bonnie Hunter books for some time on her site but have not yet come up with the funds necessary to order. Would love winning one of her books to start a collection. Thanks.

  30. Sarah says:

    I saw the video yesterday and love the string pinwheels. I agree that Bonnie at quiltville has done a lot of string quilts.

  31. I have been struggling with string piecing and I know the book would give me some guidance. Thank you for this opportunity.

  32. Sheri says:

    Hi Diane, Thanks for such a great giveaway I recently attended a Bonnie Hunter Weekend. It was amazing. I am doing Blue Ridge Beauty now and a string quilt was next on the list maybe with a new book i could have new inspiration. Hope you have a great holiday weekend, and thank you for all you do for the quilt world.
    Scrappy in PA

  33. Cheri C says:

    I would love to win any of these 3 books! I’ve done a bit of string piecing, but I’m sure that I’ll be making lots more string blocks in the near future! Thanks for the book reviews!

  34. Sylvia says:

    very interesting information, I have strings all over the place. Maybe it is time to get them stitched together.
    Thank you for the great ideas,

  35. Kathryn Brown says:

    Ready to try string quilting – love the look! Just need to finish my grandson’s quilt!

  36. Millie says:

    love the book and want to try several of the pattens

  37. Carol says:

    I am MAD about string piecing and have several projects started. I don’t use foundation paper and I wonder if this is a mistake? Great video!

  38. Kathryn Brown says:

    Will be trying string piecing – love the look! Just need to finish my grandson’s quilt and I’ll be ready!

  39. Deb says:

    I just recently started string piecing. It was something that never interested me until I watched Bonnie Hunter making string pieced blocks during one of her quilt cams. Now I have phone book papers cut to size stacked on my sewing desk, and I try to make one or two a week. How colorful and fun this project will end up!

  40. Beate says:

    It’s so easy to get hooked on string piecing!!!! Scrap friendly for sure and lots of fun. The uniqueness of each quilt is amazing. Even my daughter started her first quilt using “my” scraps going for string pieced layout. Would be great to be one of the lucky Giveaway winners. Good luck to everybody. Best wishes from Germany

  41. Joan Garland says:

    I hosted Bonnie Hunter for my guild a few years ago. She was a blast. great personality and lots of fun. I’ve made about 15 of her quilts and do all her mysteries.
    I absolutely love string piecing , mostly these go to our guild charity, a children’s home and the kids love them.
    I guess if I don’t win one of these books, I’ll have to buy it. LOL

  42. Donna Jordan says:

    I am focusing on cleaning up and using fabric that has sat toooo long in the sewing room. This is a fabulous way of taking care of these scraps and will make wonderful charity quilts to give away. Thanks and keeping bringing ideas to try!!

  43. Alice French says:

    I LOVE string piecing. I always have a variety of strings to use for leaders and enders! Would love to win one of the books.

  44. Danita says:

    I am new to quilting but love the look of these string quilts. I would love to learn more and use up the few scraps I have :)

  45. Marilyn says:

    I have string pieced on paper and on muslin. Fun, easy and a great way to use my skinniest scraps. Thanks for the giveaway!

  46. Sharon Hughson says:

    I love Bonnie Hunter. I would love to win any of these three books.

  47. Marlene says:

    I love to string piece! It uses up lots of scraps…each quilt is unique!

  48. I enjoy string piecing but I use a piece of lightweight batiste to sew on my strings. Don’t have to remove paper and adds stability, hiding all the seams. Just add batting and backing! and you don’t have to mess with those paper bits. Yuck.

  49. Marly says:

    I just started piecing strings onto phone book pages last week, inspired by Bonnie Hunter’s website. As yet I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with them. I would love to win one of these books and get ideas for taking the technique further.
    Whatever the outcome, I shall continue to watch your block network videos; the instructions are perfectly clear and easy for a beginner like me. Thank you.
    The Netherlands.

  50. Mary Christopher says:

    I’ve never tried string piecing. Looks like fun!

  51. Mary of Heartstrings also has some beautiful string patterns she freely shares.


    I love string quilts!

  52. Daune Walker says:

    Love string piecing and Bonnie Hunter. She I from my home state! Take all my usable scraps and cut them up and put in see through plastic boxes by size. That way I’m ready to go.

  53. Daune Walker says:

    Love string piecing as well as using up scraps. I cut all my leftovers into usable pieces and store in plastic see through boxes with the measurements on the outside. That way when I’m ready to get going all I have to do is grab a box. Love Bonnie Hunter too! Thanks for the giveaway!

  54. Susanj says:

    Love strings, love Bonnie Hunter, love scraps!

  55. Susanj says:

    Love strings, love Bonnie Hunter, love using scraps!

  56. connie from St. Louis says:

    I love string piecing. It is such a great way to use up those scraps that seem to multiply. A lady at one of our guild retreats was sewing on phone book pages which really caught our attention. She was string piecing on phone book pages that had been squared up. Of course, I had to try it. Fell in love with the process, the pages tear off so easily and if you use a moistened q-tip, it really falls apart.

  57. Kathy McC says:

    I love string piecing and really like the way Bonnie Hunter uses them in her patterns. I’d love to have more patterns with string pieced blocks. Thanks.

  58. Carolyn S Cecil says:

    Have never tried string piecing but after watching several videos on “how to…”, I am anxiously ready to try! Would love to win your giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity!

  59. Mary says:

    String quilts look like something I want to try. Thanks for the giveaway.

  60. Pam C says:

    I have a large tote of strings I am saving to make a string quilt. I love the look of them.

  61. Donna Albright says:

    I hope I am not too late for my chance to win one of these books. When I was a little girl my mother showed me how to make a string quilt. Being a little girl, I soon became bored with the process, but I still have the little doll quilt that I made. It is so fun to look at the fabric that’s in it and remember where it was used first. Now there are so many different ways to set the string blocks together. It would be wonderful to have a book that shows lots of different ways. Thanks for the opportunity to win one.

  62. Patti Moore says:

    I have been saving a lot of scraps for a project like this. Thanks for posting the video. I’d love to win Bonnie’s book!

  63. bev says:

    String quilts make me happy!

  64. Deb Boucher says:

    I LOVE scrappy string pieced quilting!!!!

  65. joanne says:

    I got hooked on string piecing doing Roll Roll Cotton Bozo too

  66. Gaila C says:

    I have done a little string piecing in the past, but have never completed a project. This makes me want to pull it out and get going. Thanks for sharing.

  67. Guilitta says:

    I am on a string quilt from the book: String fling from Bonnie Hunter.

    Greeting Guilitta from Germany

  68. Liz N says:

    Love, love,love string piecing! It is a relaxing, stress free way to make a dent in those scrap bins.

  69. Donna Pheneger says:

    I was also introduced to scrap quilting by Bonnie and love it! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  70. KT says:

    I have not tried string piecing yet–that’s next on my list to try. Thanks for the chance to win!

  71. I love string piecing! Great way to use up those strips of fabric left over from squaring up a quilt or any strips that are just hanging around. I’ve made a few projects from strings and they are always well received.

  72. Denise Rosbicki says:

    I have never string pieced before but, I would love to start. My scrap stash is looking like my laundry hamper!

  73. Martha Martin says:

    Have made 2 string quilts and will make more.

  74. Margaret Harrington says:

    I have loved string piecing ever since my first class many years ago. As you said it is stress free and so easy to do in 15 minute segments. It fulfills the urge to sew when there is no time for intricate piecing.

  75. Sharmond says:

    Have only string pieced a couple of blocks and loved the results! Thanks for free videos and giveaway opportunity!

  76. Carol Kendra says:

    Was introduced to string piecing and fallen in love. I’m stash busting and scrap quilting and I think stash busting should become a new sport. Dashing from the machine to the iron to the scrap pile is the best exercise I get all day! Any opportunity to play in my stash is good thing!

  77. Diann says:

    I have been string piecing for years and LOVE IT. It’s such a varied look and so many good ways to use up fabrics that need to go…they end up looking great. I’ve even done a quilt of valor that way. A great way to relax and piece at the end of a long day or when you have been busy and otherwise away from your machine. I piece on phone book pp. too and even Kabinet sandwich wax papers. Also a great way to use up various spools of thread too. Quilt on!

  78. Valerie Boudier says:

    Would love to win any of the string books, but especially Bonnie’s

  79. Jenny Smith says:

    I am an ardent admirer of Evelyn Sloppy and Bonnie Hunter!! I am visiting USA for 3 weeks from Labor Day so would love to take one of these books home with me to the UK!!! Jenny

  80. Charlotte Key says:

    I also am hooked on string quilting! It is such a stress reliever for me and you can solve the world’s problems as you string because it is mindless, therapeutic sewing. Would love to win a string quilt book for fresh ideas.

  81. Julie A. says:

    I have never tried string piecing yet but it is on my “to do list.”

  82. Brenda Lizee says:

    I have never tried string piecing before but by winning one of these books maybe the push I need.

  83. darlene macdonald says:

    I’m still new to the quilting world and haven’t tried this block yet…. great video!!!! Love your sense of humor!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

  84. Nancy Lee says:

    I’d love to try this technique! Bonnie Hunter’s mysteries feel daunting to me because of the millions of pieces that go into those bed-sized quilts, but the results are undoubtedly beautiful and I’m envious of people who make her patterns. Thank you so much for this giveaway!

  85. Judy Woodward says:

    I have not done a string piece yet but am very interested in it. I love watching Bonnie’s cams and sewing with her and others. I like Sandies idea of making a strip quilt with her husbands clothes, I have been trying to decide what to make with them and give each child something to remember him by and that was a very good idea. Thanks Sandie. I am still new to quilting and loving it. I would love to receive one of these lovely books.

  86. lindsay rodems says:

    Just the name string piecing gave me anxiety, but after reading your post and watching the pinwheel video….of has me thinking I can do this!

  87. diane says:

    I have this type of quilt in my bucket list and after viewing the video I like them more and more and the ideas are good! Thanks for the opportunity!

  88. Susan says:

    I have never made a string quilt but would love to try one. Thank you for offering these books as motivators!

  89. Sandy Bamford says:

    I would love to win one of these books to help me get started on string piecing!

  90. Celeste Ward says:

    String piecing is terrific. I’ve at least two boxes of pre-cut strings that will go into several quilts soon. These are fast and easy to do in any size! My kids need some new quilts for Christmas, so this will be the way to get them done quickly. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  91. Sandie Copeland says:

    I am wondering if a string quilt will be the quilt to make with my late husband’s shirts, shorts and PJ’s.

  92. emma says:

    Thanks for the chance to win.
    I would be so happy to win one of these books.

  93. mirja says:

    I love string piecing. It is fun, economic, and productive, as well as a great way to pass time when warming up for a new project. Any of these wonderful books would make me very happy.

  94. debbie jamison says:

    I love string piecing! I’ve decided to make “Orca Bay” and am getting the fabrics together.

  95. debbie jamison says:

    I would love to win…I tried string piecing and I love it! I have about 10 blocks finished.

  96. Judy Berna says:

    Hope to win.

  97. Judy Berna says:

    Hope to win as I have a lot of strips to use.

  98. collette mcmanus says:

    Yes, Bonnie Hunter has us hooked on string blocks! Thank you for the giveaway…good luck to us all.

  99. Judy Berna says:

    I would love to win one of these books as I have a lot of strips.

  100. Judy B. says:

    Would love to win of the books as I have a bunch of strps.

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