Quiltville Custom Quilting

Basket Weave Strings
~Class Supply List~

Finished quilt size approx  67" X 73"

Do you have this need to save every scrap with the hopes of using them up someday? If you are like me you have boxes and bins of saved strips from leftovers.
You can quickly turn these uneven, irregular strips
(also called strings) into a beautiful quilt!

The objective in this workshop is for students to learn the basics, and the fun and freedom of string piecing!

Students will bring scraps and strips to share with others in the class so that everyone has a variety of fabrics to play with. You will need a good sized box, bag, bin, or basket with a good variety of scraps to keep you busy through the day. The more the merrier! No exact yardage is given as you can make this quilt as big as you want by making more or fewer blocks. Be sure to include lights, mediums and darks, and a wide variety of colors and sizes of prints. EVERYTHING goes!

In addition to your fabric you will need the basics:

Please print out the quilt directions from the Quiltville.com website here:  http://quiltville.com/basketweavestringspf.html
Each student is responsible for bringing their own pattern with them!

  • Sewing machine in working order (including power cords and extention cords)
  • Thread, scissors, seam ripper, pins and any other notions you usually sew with.
  • Rotary cutter, mat and ruler. Treat yourself to a new blade before class!
  • An extra rotary cutter with an old blade is GREAT for cutting paper foundations, bring one if you have one.
  • Wooden seam presser, unless individual irons are approved for your venue. Please don't overload the breakers and blow the fuses!
  • 1 tablet "newsprint" type drawing paper. This paper tears easily for removal. Printer paper is a bit tougher, but can be used in a pinch.
  • Optional instead of newsprint....ONE OLD PHONE BOOK!!
  • Please wear your guild name tag so I know who you are!
This is a great class to use up all your half full bobbins of various colors of thread that have been sitting around for too long! 

I use a paper foundation because I often hand quilt my projects and don't want to hand quilt through an extra layer of fabric, but if you wish, you may use muslin as a foundation instead of paper. Some people even have success recycling dryer sheets and using them as foundations. Just beware that using any fabric as a foundation will add weight (and bulk where blocks are joined) to your quilt and quilting/tying may be more difficult.

String Quilting is a no-holds-barred method of piecing and we are bound to have a wonderful time revisiting our old fabrics, making new friends and sharing stories of  quilting in days gone by.

If you HAVE an antique string quilt in your collection, please bring it. It would be wonderful to have a show and tell on how string piecing has been used in the past! I will bring as many different string quilting projects as I can to add to the show and tell!

Of course, if you have any questions, you can email me!