Scrappy X String Block
This month’s block is adapted from the String Block in “Quilt Improv” by Lucie Summers. It is made up of four units sewn together so that the diagonals of each unit meet to form a white “X”.
For this block, you will need a cardboard square cut 6 ½” to use as a guide.
An assortment of blue strips in a variety of prints and solids, ranging in width from 1” to 2.25”.
Four 1.5” x 10” solid white strips, for the centre diagonal of each unit.
To make one unit:
Place one white strip along the diagonal of the cardboard square.
Cut 2 blue strips (or “strings”) of fabric slightly longer than the cardboard square.
Stitch the blue strings on either side of the white strip, right sides together. Press.
Add more strings, stitching and pressing until the card is covered.
Flip the unit over and use the card as a guide to draw a square on the wrong side.
Using a rotary cutter and ruler, cut out the square.
Make three more units the same way.
Stitch the four units together as shown, so they come together to form an X.
The block should measure 12.5” square.