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. Celeste says:

    I’ve done something similar called mile-a-minute. It is fun and satisfying using up scraps. I’d love to try a string quilt & may have to buy one of the books if I don’t win one. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  3. Dena Martin says:

    I have not had the change to make a string quilt, but I have a couple of friends who are avid followers of Bonnie’s quilt designs and their string quilts are stunning. I know one day I will take the step to try this technique and if I should win your giveaway, I’ll have all the tools I need to do so. Thank you!

  4. Elaine Litton says:

    String quilts are wonderful. It is mindless sewing and the results are stunning.

  5. Donna Toback says:

    I also did Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll and loved it. I would love to win books on string piecing. Making quilts from strings and scraps has been the best info yet.

  6. Sharon Powers says:

    Love string pieced quilts…can’t stop making them. Have 3 of Bonnie Hunters books but not String Fling.

  7. Ann Driscoll says:

    Have only made one string quilt, but loved doing it and had many good comments on the finished product

  8. Sharon Powers says:

    Love string pieced quilts…just like potato chips, I can’t stop at just one. Love Bonnie Hunters’ design…have 3 of her books but not String Fling

  9. Ann Driscoll says:

    Have only made one string pieced quilt, but loved doing it and had many mice comments on the finished product

  10. I have never tried string piecing, but am excited at the prospect of sewing my first one. Stress free quilt blocks! I’m ready

  11. Pattie C says:

    I’ve made one string quilt and I love it. It would be great to have some more string ideas.

  12. Esther Young says:

    love seeing your string quilts…I`v made a few and can`t wait to see your books.

  13. Mary Twombly says:

    Thanks for the fun post. Making string quilts is great therapy! I would love to win a book. Bonnie Hunter is my hero.

  14. Peggy Hendrick says:

    love this website

  15. Peggy Hendrick says:

    Hi, so happy I found this website, I’m madly bookmarking everything and anything so that I can go back and read over all the great ideas…thanks to ps I quilt too!

  16. Debby Siccardi says:

    Thanks for offering these books as giveaways. I have followed Bonnie’s blog for about a year but have never made a string quilt,….yet. I think winning one of these books might just be the push I need :)


  17. Kathy L says:

    Love the look of string pieced items.

  18. Shelor says:

    String piecing is on my bucket list–which keeps growing longer and longer and longer and longer . . . .

  19. Bari in MO says:

    I love string piecing, and in fact am teaching an upcoming class on it at our guild using a block I designed. It would be fun to win one of the books! Thanks for the chance

  20. Beth Scott says:

    Thanks for the chance to win one of these fabulous books! I’ve done a little string piecng and I really did enjoy the freedom of the process. And you actually end up with some wonderful units that can be made into stunning quilts. It also does my heart good to not be wasteful on these great fabrics that I wanted enough to buy them in the first place.

  21. Sandi Marks says:

    Strings are sooooooooo good! Would love a free book.

  22. Karen Seitz says:

    I’ve been saving strings for the time when I will make a string quilt. If I get all the quilts made that are in my project backlog, I will certainly have enough for an additional quilt of strings!

  23. Sandi Marks says:

    Strings are sooooooooooooo good! Would love a free book

  24. Inge Christensen says:

    What a great video and block! I have started making string blocks – inspired by Bonnie Hunter. I am a huge fan! Would love to win a book with even more inspiration for string projects :) thank you!

  25. Rhonda says:

    LOVE string quilts…just haven’t made one yet. A book would be great!!!!!!!!

  26. Freda Henderson says:

    Whst a great give away. Would love to win a book.

  27. Barb says:

    Love thosr string blocks.

  28. Barb says:

    Love those string blocks

  29. Hueisei says:

    Love string quilts. So easy and pretty.

  30. Phyllis Klosterman says:

    String quilts are the greatest! I am always on the lookout for new string ideas.

  31. Doris Bone says:

    I love string piecing. Who wouldn’t want a new book of ideas to use them with.

  32. Amy says:

    thank you for the chance to win!

  33. Judy Phillips says:

    I am addicted to string quilts…. fun to make; and just the seeing the surprisingly beautiful layouts emerge from your blocks is my favorite part. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  34. Regina DeMatteo says:

    I’ve never made a string quilt. Think I’ll start one.

  35. Debbie H says:

    Looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

  36. Sewing Sue says:

    Every time I want the sew but don’t know WHAT I want to sew, I do some strning blocks. One of these days I need to make those blocks into something, and these books look like what’s needed for inspiration. Besides my bag of strings never seems to empty, only to multiply!

  37. Diane says:

    I have soooo many scraps. I would love this book. Thanks

  38. Chris says:

    Scrap quilts are just beautiful! I can’t wait to get started on my first! Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway!

  39. Linda C says:

    I have so many scraps saved and need to make a string quilt (or two) to be
    keep my sewing room from being swallowed !

  40. Darlene B says:

    I have made one wallhanging using string blocks and I get so many compliments on it! I would love to win one of these books for more inspiration!

  41. LizaA says:

    I’ve started a string quilt. Love to piece those blocks! Thanks for a chance to win.

  42. sue guinn says:

    You make string quilting look and sound easy. I’d like to try this.

  43. sue guinn says:

    I love give a ways! You make string quilts look too easy, but like I want to try it. Thanks

  44. Diane says:

    How generous to give away these books. I would love to win them. I am a big Bonnie Hunter fan and love to string piece. Great video too! Thanks.

  45. Jean C. says:

    So exciting I’ve started string piecing too… so far I’m making blocks with red, white, black. It’s been a lot of fun. Sure would love to have Bonnie’s Book… although, the others would be great I’m sure too! Thanks for letting us enter.

  46. Penny Jones says:

    I’d love to win – I love string blocks – the quilts made from them are some of my favorite! Thanks for the chance to win.

  47. Lynn Nicholson says:

    I love string pieces, the are so easy.

  48. Judy Wentz says:

    I’ve been saving strings for quite some time. Maybe this is the time to pull out the box and get started. I’ve also been as ing old phonebooks. Would love to win a book for incentive and I spiration.

  49. Lynn Nicholson says:

    I love, love Bonnie Hunter. Her quilts inspire me, and the string quilting is my favorite.

  50. Lisa says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Lord knows I need to use up those scraps… they’re taking over!

  51. Christine B. says:

    Would love to make a string quilt – I’ve been saving fabrics for one and any one of these books would start me off in the right direction! Thanks for the opportunity!

  52. Pam Schwarze says:

    I so need these books for inspiration. I am new to quilting and I need to get my scraps in some kind of order. I love paper piecing and foundation string quilt blocks sound like so much fun. Thanks for the giveaway.

  53. Christine B. says:

    I’ve been saving fabrics to make a string quilt but haven’t found just the right one to start out with – I’ll keep my fingers crossed and maybe I’ll be lucky enough to get one of these books – I know it will get me fired up and on to making my first string quilt!

  54. Ellen says:

    I have Bonnie Hunter’s String Fling book and love the patterns. She is a great source of inspiration. I’ve made several of her quilts, the largest being a king-size Sister’s Choice. I am trying to get enough stings and crumbs to do a very scrappy quilt (have considered chopping up my stash to get enough). I’m glad Bonnie is part of the Quiltmaker(my fav quilting mag) family. Would love to win one of these books.

  55. Judy says:

    Thanks so much for the Quiltmaker block videos, good information
    and easy to follow!

  56. Linda Fletcher says:

    I love the look of string quilts, and the fact that you can use up your scraps! With one of these books, the possibilities are endless. And, by the way, I never even thought of making a “pinwheel” string quilt. Great Job!

  57. Margaret U. says:

    Enjoyed the video and have decided to make my grandaughter’s 2nd birthday quilt using string blocks. Would love to win one of the books!

  58. Edie says:

    I have ALWAYS wanted to make a string quilt…… I have been collecting my cast-off little strips from everything I make, just to make a string quilt….. Thanks for the inspiration and ideas…. and more!!!

  59. Judy Boots says:

    I love string piecing and it is a great way to use some of my stash. Would love to win one of these books for more inspiration!

  60. Hildy says:

    I first learned about string quilts at a workshop with my quilt guild. The quilt went together so fast and I got to use up many scraps. They are fun and fast to make.

  61. Rosemary Caldwell says:

    Love to make string quilts with scraps. Great for donation quilts.

  62. Rosemary Caldwell says:

    Love to make string quilts with my scraps. Great for donation quilts.

  63. Barbara Corbitt says:

    I have never made a string quilt but would love to try one.babscorbitt@ gmail dot com

  64. Sandy Gray says:

    Yes! String quilting is so pieceful to do. I love making string quilts. Have gotten spoiled to them.
    Hope I win one of the others, I already have string fling.

  65. Janet Evans says:

    Love the string pieced pinwheel!

  66. Joni says:

    I am a huge fan of Bonnie Hunter, her quilts are so inspiring! String blocks are addicting, thanks for the opportunity to win.

  67. Kay Mc says:

    I have tried some string piecing & really enjoy it. I have been saving all of my selvages for quite a while & plan to use them in a string quilt. Thank for the chance to win the great looking books.

  68. Lillian VanderKuur says:

    I’ve made string blocks, but it has been awhile. Now your giveaway has me fired up again to go back to making more! Yea! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  69. Tammie Bivins says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  70. Tammie Bivins says:

    I love love string pieceing quilts! Thanks for the chance to win one of the great books!

  71. Sue Dumontel says:

    I’ve been looking from the sidelines and sorta wanting to make a string quilt. With one of these books, I’m sure that’ll give me the push to actually do it. Have a tote box full of strings, just anticipating.

  72. edith mascia says:

    I want to make a string quilt for QOV and I’ve been saving all my strings and bits so any one of the books would be wonderful.

  73. Joyce says:

    I would so love to win one of these books. I love scrappy. Thanks for the opportunity and all the tips and helps you share.

  74. LeighZ says:

    I love string quilts! More inspiration for them is definitely a good thing!

  75. I would love to win one of these books–string blocks look like a lot of fun!

  76. Connie says:

    I love making string quilts and would love to win one of these great books!!

  77. Pam Butler says:

    I adore string quilts! I have made several of Bonnie’s mystery quilts including the Roll Roll Cotton Boll and the Orca Bay. LOVE the way she incorporates string blocks into her quilt designs! Looking forward to making many more!

  78. Debi Brockamp says:

    Wow! These are SO cool! String piecing is just a crazy no-stress type of sewing and I’d love to expand my abilities with one of these. Bonnie’s other books are amazing, so I’m sure this one is, too.

  79. Lisa Harrett says:

    I SO want to make a string quilt!!

  80. diane rizor says:

    I would love to get bonnie’s book. string piecing is on my bucket quilt list. roll roll cotton ball would be fun!! it’s hard not to be a bonnie hunter fan when she makes everything seem so doable with her relax ways of quilting. thank you for offering such good quilters in your magazine, it’s my favoret too!

  81. Ann Flower says:

    When I started quilting I made only scrappy quilts because that was the fabric I had. It is fun to see all the new ways to use your scrapes and make beautiful quilts. These books look like fun.

  82. Rebecca says:

    With so many entrants I don’t think there is a chance of me winning but thank you for the opportunity!! This looks like fun.

  83. Pam says:

    Love string quilts and thanks for a chance to win one of these books. Pam from Mt.

  84. Holly Elder says:

    I’ve already got my foundation papers ready for a string quilt. But, after seeing some of the examples….I’m not sure which color way I want to make! So many ideas here.
    Thanks for the chance to win a book!

  85. Kathleen McCormick says:

    Love string piecing – my next charity quilts are going to be string pieced from leftovers from my recent quilts. Would love more inspiration.

  86. vera schmidt says:

    love string piecing so would always love more ideas in books re string piecing

  87. Ruth Ann Hurst says:

    I love the freedom of string piecing. A few years ago, I was working time and my brother was terminally ill in the hospital a couple of hours a way. I just didn’t have any time for quilting. But when I could find 20 or 30 minutes, I would sit down and piece a few strings. It was such good therapy! I still love stringing along!

  88. Jennifer says:

    I love string piecing, have just started to play with it, so would love to win one of these books to help me along! Thanks for the give-away – even if I don’t win!!

  89. Angelia Ulrich says:

    I enjoyed watching your video. Bonnie Hunter introduced me to string piecing too :) I was excited to learn that Elsie Campbell combines string piecing w/applique! Applique is my favorite technique & now I can combine it w/string piecing! Thanks!

  90. I would love the copy of String Fling! I have been eyeing it for a few months. :)

  91. Ele W. says:

    I would love to win any or all of these books, as I love string piecing like crazy, but have to extra cash to buy books. Thanks for the chance. Ele W.

  92. Karen says:

    I love string quilts and Bonnie Hunter’s String Fling would be a great addition to my library.

  93. Bobbie Wheaton says:

    I just started working on some scrap blocks I saw Bonnie Hunter working on. It is truly addictive. Got my daughter started, she got her daughter started and it is just so much fun and we can’t stop ! Love it !

  94. Ann says:

    I love string quilts and have made many. Happy to see that Bonnie Hunter now has a book dedicated to them!

  95. Vida Arrington says:

    Have always wanted Bonnie’s book. Would love go try string piecing.

  96. Edna Kidd says:

    I would love to win the giveaway…Thank you for the opportunity…

  97. Edna Kidd says:

    I would love to win the giveaway..Thank you for the opportunity…

  98. katherine mcneese says:

    string quilts are so much fun!

  99. Barbara Clark says:

    Oh, how I’d love to win. Making string blocks for charity quilts has become my favorite thing to do.

  100. Marilyn says:

    Hi. I would LOVE to win this wonderful gift.

    Thanks for giving us all the chance.

    Marilyn in MS

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