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4-Square String Quilt Block Swap-USA Only

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4-Square String Quilt Block Swap-USA Only
Swap Coordinator:twobluecrows (contact)
Swap categories: Sewing  Art  Quilting 
Number of people in swap:8
Location:Regional - USA Only
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:March 19, 2010
Date items must be sent by:April 13, 2010
Number of swap partners:4

String quilts are easy to make using long narrow scraps from your other quilt block projects.

EDITED--THE SIZE OF THE BLOCK IS CHANGED TO 13" TO MAKE IT EASIER TO FIT IN WITH OTHER string quilt SWAPS GOING ON RIGHT NOW. Thanks to beancounter17 for the help in the arithmetic!

EDITED Again: make your foundation piece at least 14" because sewing on the strips makes it tighten up and shrink, and go off-square. (15" squares give plenty of room to straighten out the square and re-size it at the end.)

This swap is for one large 13" square cut into four 6.5" squares of string quilt block--and each is sent to four different partners.

A foundation of muslin cut to 13" (or 14-15") is used as the base. Then you take a strip of 100% cotton quilt fabric (any color or pattern--it's a scrap quilt)--

For this particular project, thinner strips will make for a better end result--1" strips minus two 1/4" seam allowances will make a nice 1/2" strip. It's also ok for your strips to not be totally parallel--you can have somewhat triangular shapes--a little narrower at one end than the other--it adds to the homemade aspect, and allows you to use long skinny bits that aren't straight! Recycle everything!

--and top stitch it down in the center, diagonally, about a scant 1/4" from the edges. Somewhere between 1/8" and 1/4" so it won't show when the next pieces are added. You could even just iron it down with stitch-witchery or something like that.

Then, you take more strips and stitch them down on either side of the center "string" until the block is covered, trim any overhanging excesses so the finished block is 12.5" square (once sewn together with other blocks they will be 12" squares).

The stitching is done by placing the right sides together and sewing the seam so that when you fold the new piece out and press it, it's in position to take the next one--see this easier-to-understand tutorial.

When you have your big block finished, cut it evenly into four 6.25" squares and send one of each of them to one of your four partners. This way we'll all get 4 different little squares to combine to make a larger one to fit with any of the scrappy quilt block swaps going on right now! Or, continue making these and make your own project. This size would make a nice pillow top, or with a few more, a table runner.

Because its a scrap quilt block, the colors and prints are all sender's choice.

Anyone wanting this to be International--feel free to make a swap for it. I am just a little postage-limited.

No Flakers! I'll be checking the list before assigning partners and communicating with anyone I may have questions about. PM me if you have questions.

Newbie swappers are welcome if they communicate with me and have sewing and quilting experience!


crochetjunkie 02/18/2010 #

wow, @beancounter17 has a swap VERY similiar to this...and she's been doing them for a while now. Did you make sure it was okay with her before creating this swap?

twobluecrows 02/18/2010 #

I actually saw her swaps and was intrigued, but decided they didn't do what I wanted in a block to fit with my other ones, so I created this one. She and I have recentl;y been PM'ing about it, too. Hers are all making individual 6.5" squares I believe, and mine is cutting them out of a (now) 13" block and swapping them with four partners so they all get switched around and no one has the same ones. Just a different way of distribution of the bits of fabric I think.

beancounter17 02/22/2010 #

Thanks @twobluecrows for editing your large square so that the finished squares are interchangeable. Hope that people will consider cross-swapping.

miniquilts 02/25/2010 #

I am a newbie here but have been quilting for almost 10 years now, I hope that it is o.k. that I joined in your swap AmyJo

twobluecrows 03/ 5/2010 #

BIG HINT here for beginners--I learned the hard way--make your foundation piece at least 14" because sewing on the strips makes it tighten up somehow, and I did three 13" squares and only ended up with 4 usable 6.5" blocks because of the shrinkage!! I'm doing them again,m this time maybe with 15" foundation squares just in case!!

twobluecrows 03/10/2010 #

14" worked fine and I have all 12 blocks I need now (only four for this swap!).

twobluecrows 03/21/2010 #

Partners are assigned!! Let's swap! I've had my blocks ready for weeks! :)

ladydy5 03/26/2010 #

Finally got it right. Can we do this again?

twobluecrows 04/ 9/2010 #

ladydy5, I was just thinking that very same thing! I'm heading over to start the swap right now.

twobluecrows 04/11/2010 #

I've been trying for two days to create the swap and it's glitchy and won't go up. I PM'd Admin, and I'll keep trying...

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