For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 1, click here.
Part 2 mystery instructions calls for piecing 72 string blocks. Strings? In a nutshell, string piecing is taking cut fabric strips, or scraps, and piecing them together, using a stabilizer for backing. The stabilizer can be used dryer sheets, muslin, newsprint, interfacing, etc…. In my case, I’m using old phone book pages. I had all 72 paper squares prepared in a very short time by simply tearing with the edge of my ruler.
No rotary cutter necessary. Simply tear.
I was very indecisive about what color these scrappy string blocks ought to be. Should I use orange (one of my very favorite colors)? How about yellows? Then I remembered that one of my goals for doing this mystery is to ‘lighten up’; be random. So…how about I use a warm palette? Then I can have it all.
A fabulous, feel good warm pile of unsquared string blocks!
Pressed and peeling paper! Oh, the excitement of it all! The paper practically falls off when a short stitch length is used.
And a closer look. What a funny bonus! I did not notice what this phone book page said until I was snapping this photo. I’m doing my part to go green!
Four of the string blocks, pressed, squared to 3.5″, and peeled.
These little babies are sweet!