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. Donna says:

    I haven’t tried string piecing yet but the more I see the more I am determined to try it. I would love to win one of these books and get started!

  2. Bonnie Thiem says:

    String piecing is new to me. I’d like to try it.

  3. String piecing can be additive. Our Guild made one for a raffle to raise funds for the local college female sports supporters. String piecing is really fun done as a group, (so much more variety of color.
    Caroline in Maryland

  4. Andee in AZ says:

    Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay Mystery was my very first string experience…I honestly didn’t like them at first and then suddenly found I did! I now have drawers devoted to strings and am looking forward to my next string project!

  5. Susan in ME says:

    Love string quilts. Can’t wait to try one.

  6. Kitty says:

    I have a boat load of scraps and want to try string piecing. I just a book to teach me how :-)

  7. Kristy says:

    I have been wanting to get String Fling ever since it came out. I love the idea of string piecing, but have not yet tried it. Would be super fun to win one of these and start trying out that string quilting. :)

  8. Sally Murray says:

    I’d love to win any of these, especially Bonnie’s. Started Roll, roll cotton boll and have lots of string blocks but have misplaced the rest of the instructions somewhere in my studio….LOL

  9. Sally Murray says:

    I’d love to win Bonnie’s book; well, actually, I’d love to win any of them!!!!! String piecing is a blast–very relaxing! Still have the ones I did for Roll, roll, cotton boll–lost the rest of the pattern somewhere in my studio, LOL.

  10. Robin says:

    I love string quilts. I only wish there were more hours in the day or more weekend days in the week to stitch, stitch and stitch some more. Thank you for a chance to win one of these beautiful books.

  11. Amanda Best says:

    Thanks for the chance to win an awesome prize!

  12. E. Engman says:

    It”s always amazing how much variety there is in a simple block.

  13. Maureen Trotter says:

    Thanks for sharing your hints with the rest of us. The books look very interesting!

  14. Bonnie says:

    Thanks for the chance to win one of the wonderful books. I love string blocks even though I haven’t made very many.

  15. ruby aljets says:

    I have just started quilting and I am excited about saving scraps for string piecing. thanks for the opportunity to win a book. ruby

  16. Nee says:

    Such a great idea. I used up a rubbermaid bin full of tiny scraps by using the string method and the configurations are endless.

  17. Nicole Westling says:

    I have so many scraps and pieces of various fabric. I would love to use them by learning how to make a string pieced quilt.

  18. Helen says:

    string piecing uses up so many scraps, and always ends up being beautiful, Helen

  19. Elizabeth says:

    I love the blue, green, black & white strings. I need to save more strings for play. Thanks for inspiration.

  20. Susie De Soto says:

    All of these books look amazing. I’ve not tried string piecing yet, but would sure love to give it a go.

  21. Sherri O says:

    I love the look of string quilts. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of these books.

  22. Sue Carey says:

    For me, string quilts are a little reminder of the quilts I’ve made in the past and the person I made them for.Always puts a smile on my face. I would love to win one of these books so I have more ideas for more fun quilts.Thanks for a great give away!

  23. Judy C in NC says:

    Would love to win any one of these fabulous books. Thanks for this great opportunity. Judy C

  24. Linda Woods says:

    I love string quilts and I have even inherited a couple that one of my grandmothers had made into a summer quilt. It is a wonderful way to see a persons fabric stash, thanks for a chance to win any of these books full of inspiration!

  25. Jansie Martin says:

    Looks like so much fun! I definitely want to give it a shot. Thanks for the chance to check out some books!!

  26. Diane says:

    Looks like fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Lee says:

    I would love to learn to do strings! thank you for the giveaway!

  28. Shelly says:

    Oh I would love to win one of the books on string piecing. I have so many scraps to go through. I am with you on Bonnie Hunter; I’ve been to two of her trunk shows and love working along with her on Quilt Cam.

    Your video’s are wonderful on string piecing. Time to get busy and make some pinwheels.


  29. Lynn Walker says:

    I find that I make only string quilts at the moment- so much variety – no two the same. And such easy, relaxing sewing is just what I need after busy, busy day. I’d love a chance at these books. Thanks for the offer.

  30. Kathy says:

    I’m just learning to quilt but LOVE all that I have seen and read of string quilting. I am saving my scraps just for this purpose. Thank you so much for this chance at a great giveaway. kathleen dot lutz at doh dot state dot nj dot us

  31. Helen says:

    I love string piecing, Helen

  32. Virginia says:

    Im always looking for more quilting ideas and making a string quilt would be perfect for the scraps I have and especially the scraps I have from my grandmother.

  33. Loretta O' says:

    Lovely pics! I hope to win the books!

  34. Patty Poltack says:

    Oh how I love string quilts. I wound love try making one using selvages. Also love Bonnie Hunter and her strings.

  35. Sharon Heironimus says:

    How I love string piecing. Made a king size donation quilt out of my stash and you could not tell that we made a dent into the bin of scraps.


  36. Ginger says:

    I have a string quilt that my great grandmother made. I would love to make one too.

  37. Barbara Y says:

    I have always loved string quilts. Then I started to make my own quilts and discovered Bonnie Hunter – HEAVEN. I currently have 2 quilts in progress – they are the perfect project to work on when you only have a couple of minutes to sew on something.

  38. Susan says:

    I like string piecing as it is really hard to make a mistake. It is perfect for beginners as well as seasoned quilters. They can be as scrappy as you like or you can go in the opposite direction. Would love to win one of these books, especially Bonnie Hunter’s.

  39. Rita Anne Hope-Haverman says:

    I love strings. I am sewing all my beautiful batik strings together for a challenge quilt by my small group. I cannot wait to see what I come up with after sewing the strings together. No matter what, it is going to be beautiful because of the batik fabrics. Thank you for this web site. It is so much fun. Also, thank you for giving us quilters the opportunity to win one of the lovely pattern books.

  40. Sue Atkins says:

    I love string piecing, it just makes me so happy to see all those skinny little scraps find a home.

  41. nancy mcmahan says:

    I have not tried string piecing yet but am going to right after i finish the quilt i am working on. It looks like fun. Thank you for the chance to win one of those cool books.

  42. Debbie says:

    Just made my 1st string quilt — what a blast!! Would love to keep going and win one the new books!

  43. Kris Jacobson says:

    I love string piecing. I have made a couple quilts but I am always looking for new ideas.

  44. judi says:

    Love making string quilts. Always have a pile of string blocks of some sort going as brainless sewing. Would love to have more ideas for strings!
    <3 judi

  45. verna baumgarten says:

    Thanks for a chance to win a string piecing book.

    happy quilting

  46. verna says:

    Thanks for a chance to win a book.
    happy quilting

  47. Sherry says:

    I could never manage to make a scrappy quilt until a fan of Bonnie Hunter taught me the string Spiderweb pattern. Just love it! I have saved my phone books in preparation for more string piecing. Thank you for the giveaway.

  48. Dot says:

    I’ve made three string quilts so far, and need to make several more, to use up my scraps. Thanks for the giveaway!

  49. Catharine says:

    Love the idea of these scrappy quilts! I’ve saved all my scraps & old phone books in anticipation of doing a few of these in the future.

  50. Kathy Wagner says:

    I love everything Bonnie Hunter and would love to try string piecing!

  51. Catharine says:

    Would love to get a book on string pcing. In anticipation of doing so I’ve been saving my old phone book & am happily looking to use up my scraps.

  52. Kathy Wagner says:

    I love everything Bonnie Hunter and would to try string piecing!

  53. Sandy Kahler says:

    I love to string piece. I am a member of HeartStringsQuiltProject@yahoogroups.com .
    This is a good resource for pictures of heartstring quilts. With making quilts from strips it is like getting a free quilt top. Using your left over fabric that is not large enough to make another quilt. It is wonderful so many people are getting into
    the string quilts.

  54. Jill Froelich says:

    I have been wanting to do a strung for a while, just have not taken the first step.

  55. Dolores Kastello says:

    I’m working on some applique blocks now, and have been looking for how to make a ‘stringy’ alternate blocks for this quilt. I’m sure I would find a number of ways to make my ‘stringy’ blocks. Thanks for giving me a chance to win!

  56. JudyH says:

    I love to make string quilts and would love some new ideas..

  57. Jana Franklin says:

    I have all of Bonnie’s books..Love to string piecing..

  58. Kathy says:

    I love making scrap quilts and use Bonnie Hunters method of storing and using scraps. I love all the ideas Bonnie gives us. I would love a chance to win the above books thanks for the awesome opportunity.

  59. Dianna says:

    Hi ya’ll! Love Bonnie and scrappy quilting! Haven’t tried strings, yet, but would love to try it! Looks like fun!!! Count me in!!

  60. Diana Kiley says:

    have just fallen in love with Bonnie! I am now madly making blocks for her scrappy trip around the world. Looking forward to more scrappy!!!

  61. Mary Ann says:

    A group of members from our guild get together monthly to make string quilts to be given to patients at our local cancer center. They are so easy and we have so much fun!

  62. Lovie Ball says:

    Have all of Bonnie’s books, would love to win Elsie’s book. I have phone book pages covered in strings ready to use. I also find strings addictive.

  63. Jean Schowe says:

    I have made a couple of scrap quilts and have really enjoyed making them. Can’t wait to do the pinwheel block. Thanks for the chance to win.

  64. Wendy says:

    Love Bonnie Hunter and scrappy quilting.

  65. Wendy says:

    I love to make scrappy quilts and follow Bonnie Hunter’s blog. Have never tried string piecing.

  66. Kristi says:

    When I first started quilting years ago, string quilting was popular. I made many gift items out of string pieced squares: tote bags, needlecases, eyeglass cases, decorative yokes on my daughter’s dresses, etc. Now it’s a great way to use up my stash.
    Thanks for the memories and the giveaway!


  67. DebV says:

    Thanks for this quick tutorial. I like the pinwheels with black the best. I never thought of all the ways you could rearrange them for such delightful quilts.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  68. karla says:

    I acquired sister vintage string quilts in a sale. They seemed tohave no rhyme or reason. The more I learn about string qquilting the more intrigued I am! Great tutorial and videos.
    My next project I hope to have a string quilt created

  69. Brenda Specketer says:

    I love these scrappy quilts. I’d love to have one of these books to see so many neat ways to put them all together.

  70. Judy P says:

    Sometimes we all need a fun and relaxing sewing project, — not making ourselves crazy matching every little point. String piecing can give you stunning results, without the stress! Thank you for the giveaway to help spark our creativity.

  71. Celeste says:

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

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