My favorite quilts are scrappy quilts. I always have a huge amount of scraps so I really love making string-pieced quilts. It’s a great technique for using up scraps.
I start by choosing the color scheme. I store my fabric in 60-quart plastic tubs. I have one tub for each color. And I often choose the color scheme of my quilt based on which of the tubs is the fullest.
I try not to be too “mitchy-matchy” as I’m selecting fabric to use. If my quilt is blue, I use everything from denim blue to turquoise and often throw in a bit of green and purple just because it adds interest.
I don’t pay attention to the mood of the fabric. I use everything from very classic reproduction prints from the 1800s to novelty prints.
I wrote a blog a while back about my son’s String Theory. There might be helpful information there.
I did a video lesson on string piecing. You’ll find it here. In the quilt shown above, I used a strip of pastel aqua in each block. I liked the look.
And if you use one bold fabric in each of the string-pieced parts of your quilt, you can get a dramatic effect as seen in the String Me Along quilt pattern.
And here is a link for three free quilt patterns, all featuring string piecing.
One of the things that I often forget to tell people is that you can vary the width of your strips. If you need a quick quilt, use wide strips. If you want to use lots of your scraps and it’s okay if the process takes longer, use narrower strips.
If you want to try something different, we have a video on combining string piecing and a drunkard’s path block for a real twist on that block. In the video, they’ve used plaid fabrics for another twist.