With simple foundation piecing and a bit of twisting and turning, you can make this stunning quilt with scraps.
Skill Level: Beginner Quilt Size: 60" x 80" Block Size: 10" x 10" finished Number of Blocks: 48
• Assorted scraps white, gray and cream background prints • 15/8 yards burgundy batik* • 5 yards lightweight fabric for foundation • Backing to size • Batting to size* • Thread • Basic sewing tools and supplies *1895 Bali Handpaints fabric collection from Hoffman California Fabrics; American Spirit 80/20 batting from Fairfield used to make sample.
Cutting From assorted scraps white, gray & cream background prints:
• Cut at least 336 approximately 11/2"– 21/2" x 14" B strips, cutting straight and angled strips as desired. • Cut 24 (5") squares. Cut each square in half on 1 diagonal to make 48 C triangles.
From burgundy batik:
• Cut 2 (15" by fabric width) strips. Subcut strips into 48 (11/2" x 15") A strips. • Cut 8 (21/4" by fabric width) binding strips.
From lightweight foundation fabric:
• Cut 16 (101/2" by fabric width) strips. Subcut strips into 48 (101/2") squares.
Completing the Blocks
1. To complete one String Line block, select one foundation square, one A strip, six or seven B strips and two different C triangles.
2. Refer to Foundation Piecing on page 28 for step-by-step instructions to piece the block, starting with the A strip centered on the diagonal of the foundation square, adding three or four B strips on each side and the C triangles at opposite corners. 3. Trim the pieced unit to 101/2" square to complete one String Line block, centering the A strip as you trim as shown in Figure 1. 4. Repeat steps 1–3 to complete a total of 48 String Line blocks. Return any leftover B strips to your scrap basket.
Completing the Quilt
Refer to the Assembly Diagram for positioning of the blocks as needed.
1. Arrange and join six String Line blocks to make a row; press. Note: Turning the blocks as shown in the Assembly Diagram creates an angled medallion design with the A strips.
2. Repeat step 1 to make a total of eight rows, being careful of the block orientation in each row.
3. Join the rows to complete the quilt top; press.
4. Create a quilt sandwich referring to Quilting Basics on page 109.
5. Quilt as desired.
6. Bind edges referring to Quilting Basics on page 109 to finish.