Natalie from Greenleaf Goods requested an 18″ Woven Strings block for February’s quilt in the Love Circle of do. Good Stitches.  Through an organization called Wrap Them in Love, our circle of 10 makes quilts to benefit children who need a little extra love and attention.

Cutting table

As I was making this block, I tried keep my strings, and the overall block, as straight as possible.  I discovered that over time, the strings in my stash often changed size – magically.  Well, it’s probably less magic and more due to improper pressing (pushing the iron instead of lifting up and down over fabric) and due to the mix of off-cut and purposefully-cut strips in my scrap stash.

This block calls for joining some strips end to end before sewing the long sides together.  Sometimes I trimmed before joining end to end. Most times I trimmed the short end so it was aligned with the grain, matched the end-to-end seam on my cutting mat, and then trimmed the length of the strip.


Natalie asked for navy, warm reds and yellows, pink, teal, coral, and some low volume.

Woven Strings Block

The quilt that inspired Natalie’s block choice this month is included in a new book, Scraps Inc, from Lucky Spool Media.  Kati from from the blue chair wrote an insightful book review, and you can see more pictures of the quilt there.

Woven Strings Quilt from Lucky Spool's Scraps Inc.

Photo Credit: Lucky Spool Media, Photographer Lauren Hunt



  1. Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl

    The full length teal geometric print strip is really speaking to me. I have actually found that when I am trying to piece really straight lines that it matters to my sewing machine what kind of fabric is on top versus the bottom. If the weight of the two fabrics is the same, then all is well. If there is a lighter fabric, it has to be on top or it gets really stretched. Just the quirk of my machine, but one I try to keep in mind.

  2. Nurdan

    My long strips tend to lean towards one side if you know what i mean. When I press them and put them on to my cutting board, none of them come out perfectly straight which annoys the crap out of me!!
    I love how your quilt came together. All those strips look quite in a harmony. Very nice.

  3. Alison Wood

    I really love scrap/string quilts and this is a fantastic alternative to my usual on-the-diagonal method.  I am itching to try it out with my bright scraps.  Thanks so much for sharing your block – lovely balance of colours – and linking to the book review and author of the design.

  4. Ruth

    Really pretty block and I know what you mean about strips changing size! I sometimes thing I sew too fast on the straight and am not keeping 1/4″the whole way. Have that book on my wish list – looks really good.

  5. erin

    I love string quilts and this looks like it will be gorgeous! A little tip: when you are sewing strips together, they tend to drift if you sew them all in the same direction (i.e.: top to bottom). The reason for this is that the bottom fabric (where the feed dogs are) is fed under the presser foot at a different rate than the top fabric is (no feed dogs). You can do one of two things to remedy this: 1. Use a walking foot (or machine with differential feed) to make sure they fabrics are pulled through at the same rate; or 2. Alternate the direction in which you sew the strips. 🙂

    1. Daisy

      Erin, that is great advice! I know to do that with quilting, but I forgot that the same concept would apply to piecing. Thanks!

  6. Kelsey

    Your block is lovely. When you listed all the colors, I wasn’t sure what it would look like, but “warm” and “gorgeous” fit it quite nicely. That is such a beautiful way to pull together scraps for a charity quilt. I will have to remember it, especially because it doesn’t require matching up any corners making it that much faster. Thanks for sharing, Daisy 🙂

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