I’ve posted “In progress” pictures of this quilt before, but this week I was able to sit down and put the borders on to get the top finished.
Thanks to roccagal on Instagram for the great name suggestion. Jaded fits this quilt perfectly.
This quilt finishes at 64 1/2″ x 70 1/2″.
Approximately 7 Yards each of green and neutral fabrics.
Note: This seems high because it is a STRING quilt. The are a ton of seams in string quilting, and it requires more yardage than traditional piecing. You can use wider strips in your string piecing to reduce yardage.
Step One: Making Strings
If your fabric is not in strips already, cut it into strips of assorted widths. I use anything from 3/4″ to 2″ as a string. Most of my strings are the end of a piece of fabric that I cut off to square up the fabric piece, or the leftover bit at the end. Often times they aren’t straight, and that variation adds interest to my piecing.
You can choose to make them all the same width if you want.
Reserve approximately 1 Yard of green for borders.
Step Two: Foundation Papers
You will need three different sizes of foundation papers.
6 1/2″ Square: Cut 90
4″ Square: Cut 4
4″ Strips: Enough to equal approximately 250″ long
Step Three: String Piecing Units
Using the 6 1/2″ foundations squares, string piece a green fabric and a neutral fabric together on the diagonal. Press open.
Continue adding strips to each side until the block is covered. Press open after each string is added.
If needed, trim off any excess fabric from the edge to make the units 6 1/2″ square.
Using all of the 6 1/2″ foundation papers, make 90 of these units. Remove foundation papers.
Step Four: Blocks
Lay out your completed units into blocks of 6 units, as shown below.
Join the units together in rows, then the rows together to make blocks.
Make 15 of these blocks.
Step Five: Layout
Using your complete blocks, join them together on the short edge in rows of three.
Then join the rows together to make the center of the quilt.
Step Six: Inner Border
Using GREEN fabrics, cut 2″ strips and join them end to end. Measure your quilt for length at the center of the quilt. My quilt at this point was 57″ long.
Cut two strips to your length and sew them to the sides. Press open.
Next measure the quilt width at the center. My quilt at this point was 57″ wide. Cut two strips to your length and sew them to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press open.
Step Seven: Outer Border
Using the 4″ square foundation papers, piece green strings together on the diagonal to cover the foundation. Make 4 of these corner stone units. Remove foundation papers.
Using the 4″ wide foundation strips, piece neutral fabric across to cover.
Remove the foundation papers and join these strips together end to end.
Measure your quilt length and width at the center of the quilt. Cut your neutral string strip to fit your length and width. At this point my quilt was 57″x 60″.
Sew your string borders to the sides of the quilt.
Using the remaining border strips, add corner stone blocks to each end. Be careful that you turn your cornerstones correctly, as shown below.
Once you have the cornerstones attached, sew the borders to the top and bottom of the quilt.
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I’d love to see your variations!
Until next time,
The Quilt Police