How to Make String Blocks

Since several of my patterns call for string blocks, I thought it was time to show you how I’ve made mine.

Note; I am not talking about “quilt as you go” where you sew the strings to batting and a backing. That is a different technique.

First, choose your backing.

The most common choices for making these blocks are to either not use a base or to use a base to sew your strips on.

It doesn’t matter what you use as your base- the method used would be the same.

If not using a base for stabilization, simply sew the strings together. They will look like this: Trimming them to make a diagonal block is a bit more complicated, but can be done.

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The other option is to use a base for stabilization purposes. Your choices seem to be - fabric, preferably something flimsy or thin, paper, or interfacing.

There are pluses and minuses for each choice - but that’s not my point here. I want to show you how to make the block.

The method will be same no matter what base for stabilization you use. I will show mine using interfacing. This is a cheap, nonwoven interfacing (not fusible!).

First, collect your strings. Follow the pictures I took for you as I made this block.

This diagonal block seems to be the most common style of strings blocks made.

You can make strings blocks that are not on the diagonal. Make them up and down: The problem is, they are a bit harder to use than the diagonal ones. They are somewhat harder to make as well since all strings have to be long. With the diagonal ones, you can use longer and shorter strings.

Here are two pictures of some string blocks made not on the diagonal.


I hope these pictures help you understand how I make these blocks. If something isn’t clear, just ask about it in the comments.

Have a great day wherever you are reading this!

Don’t forget to check out what my sis has for you in the store! She’s keeping busy keeping you in fabric!

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