Block 9 - String BlockThe String Block is an old block that probably came about as a way to use up long snippets of scrap leftovers. In and of itself, it's not very impressive, but I mocked up some ideas to show you what this block could look like in a quilt. Take a look:
|This idea still uses the X&O theme, but without the lighter shaded block. It's very interesting to look at - almost painfully so with all the movement and action going on!|
Some things to keep in mind. For one block, color selection doesn't matter so much - just make sure to have a variety of shades from lighter to darker.
If you were to make an entire quilt of this block, I would consider making sure to put a very dark fabric in the center so that when you place your blocks you'll have a strong X and O visible. With all medium or light colors, the X and O would get lost and your eye wouldn't know where to look. But as with all of quilting, experimentation is key. Try a variety of options to get the look you want!
|After you decide on your fabrics, cut them in wedges about 1 1/2" to 1". Of course some fatter at one end or skinnier on the other would be interesting, too!|
|I laid out the wedges roughly how I wanted them to go and put my 6 1/2" square ruler on top to make sure I had enough strips cut. Sew them together, pressing to one side.|