BLOCK Friday: String Quilt Scrapbuster!

The string quilt is a scrapbuster, no doubt, and it can also be incredibly liberating. Constructed from a series of thin strips (the strings), string-pieced blocks come in a wider variety of shapes and designs than you might expect.

Oh, Look! Oh, Look! string quilt
Oh Look! Oh Look! Inspired by Karen Griskas Fandango

Kris Peterson, staff technical writer at Fons & Porter, talks about the series of string quilts she’s been working on:

I’ve completed a couple projects recently in my series of string quilts. My first one, Oh Look! Oh Look!, was originally inspired by Karen Griskas’ Fandango, which I loved for its wonkiness.

For my second string quilt, I drew inspiration from Dodi Poulsons String Me Along. It was fun to piece on a paper foundation in a controlled color scheme of blues and greens and my favorite black and white polka dot fabric.

Members of a small quilt group I belong to contributed scrap strips of differing widths. I tossed all the fabric into a large basket and then just pulled strips as I pieced the blocks.

I found it so freeing to work without a precise plan, and the possibilities are endless.

~Kris Peterson


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