(Go to the end of the page to see my finished top)
Blocks will be pieced on a muslin foundation and then trimmed to 6.5 x 9.5 inches.
Muslin foundation is cut 7 x 10 inches
BLACK center strings should be cut 2 inches. You may use tone on tone prints but the center string should *read* as solid when you step back and look at the blocks.
The most important thing to remember with these rectangle string blocks is that you need to make mirror image blocks. That is half the blocks need to have the center string going from bottom left to top right and the other half of the blocks need the center string going from top left to bottom right.
The easiest way to accomplish this is to start blocks in sets of two as shown below.
Sew a string to either side of the center and press open.
From this point, I sew a strip to both sides of the block before getting up to press and I make blocks in groups of 8-10 at a time. You can make fewer or more – whatever works best for you.
When I get to the corners I use an oversized triangle or a wide strip to avoid having tiny pieces on the corners. Remember these blocks are going to be trimmed down and it’s easier on those assembling them.
If I get to a corner and just have a small section of the foundation to be covered, I’ll frequently use an oversize piece as shown below and then trim the string underneath being careful not to cut the foundation.
Here my foundation is completely covered with strings and I’m ready to square up the block.
I always trim my blocks from the back and first I trim about 1/4 off the right side and top and then flip the block around and trim the remaining two sides leaving the block at exactly 6.5 x 9.5 inches as shown below.
Here’s my finished block.
And here is my quilt in progress. If you’d like to make a more color coordinated version and plan to make the entire top or quilt yourself, take a look at my rectangle strings to see how a different color scheme would look.
If you’d like to make your own top or quilt rather than sending the blocks in; here are a couple versions to get you started.
Make 36 blocks and set them 6 x 6
Cut an inner border 2 inches
Cut an outer border 5.5 inches
Quilt will finish at 49 x 67
Make 80 blocks and set them 10 x 8
This version finishes at 60 x 72