Classic to Contemporary String Quilts: Techniques, Inspiration, and 16 Projects for Strip Quilting

Classic to Contemporary String Quilts: Techniques, Inspiration, and 16 Projects for Strip Quilting

by Mary M. Hogan


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Get ready to stylishly bust your stash and scraps with a fresh take on a time-honored quilt making technique—string quilts! Strings are strips and scraps of fabric that are usually too small to be useful for most projects, but they’re just right for the fun designs in this complete step-by-step guide. Classic to Contemporary String Quilts takes quilters through every step of the string quilting process with helpful tips and suggestions. The front of the book is packed with string quilt techniques followed by 14 quilt projects with clear instructions and diagrams. Author and quilting teacher Mary M. Hogan reimagines many traditional and beloved quilt blocks, like the Card Trick or Churn Dash, as string blocks. Using strings, each classic quilt is unique, and updated for the 21st century with bold colors and contemporary settings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947163041
Publisher: Landauer
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 362,445
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Mary Hogan is a former university professor who teaches and designs at The Quilting Season in Saline, MI. She focuses on teaching, improvisation and using as many fabrics as possible when creating her string quilts. She is the author of Landauer Publishing's String Quilt Style and Fast-Fold Hexies from Pre-cuts & Stash.

Table of Contents

Strings Make Quilts Unique 7

Tools and Foundations 8

Essential Tools 8

Some of My Favorite Tools 8

Foundations and Backgrounds 9

Start Stringing! The Basics 10

Preparing and Cutting Strings 10

Cutting Selvages 11

String Widths 11

Choosing Foundations or Background Fabric Blocks 12

Marking Paper Foundations or Background Fabric Blocks 13

Foundation Paper String Blocks 14

Diagonal Square Block 14

Centered Seam Block 16

Two Half-Square Triangles 18

Combining Half and Quarter-Square Triangles 20

Combining Two-Directional Quarter-Square Triangles 22

Trimming and Removing Paper Foundation from Blocks 25

Background Fabric Blocks 26

Single Half-Square Triangles 26

Half Covered Background square 28

One Corner Covered Block 29

Four Corners Covered Block 30

Star Points 31

Adding Interest and Variation to Blocks 33

Crooked Strings 34

Disappearing Strings 36

Selvage Strings 38

Pieced Strings 39

Skinny Strings 39

Speciality Techniques 40

Making Tree Panels 40

Making Dresden Plate Sections 44

Using Tulle for a Foundation 46

String Quilt Projects 48

Night Flight Quilt 50

Carpenter Star Quilt 56

Circling Geese Quilt 62

String Churn Dash Quilt 68

Shoo Fly Quilt 74

Rainbow Sherbet Quilt 80

Starry, Starry Night Quilt 86

Card Trick Table Topper 92

Dresden Plate Wall Hanging 98

Dresden Plate Table Runner 104

This Way and That Quilt 108

Confetti Columns Quilt 114

Fout Seasons of Trees Wall Hangings 120

Terms and Definitions 126

About the Author/Resources 127

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Classic to Contemporary String Quilts: Techniques, Inspiration, and 16 Projects for Strip Quilting 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Debable 7 months ago
3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 Hogan's directions for making string (scrap) quilts are clear and easy to follow, starting with the basics of helpful tools. The photographs make it easy to follow along. The key is biting a basic concept off in little chunks. I prefer to see the projects at the beginning of directions, rather than the end of the book. These are not 'art quilts,' but use up your stash quilts. I wasn't inspired by her work, but I could follow along easily and gain new skills.
bookaholique 8 months ago
I just recently became aware of this concept of string quilts. As a life long lover of quilts, I only knew about pieced and appliqued quilting. String quilting seems much more approachable to me. I was very happy to receives a copy of this book. I liked the way this book was laid out. The instructions are straight-forward and easy to follow. There are some lovely project ideas. I think string quilting is a good starting point for anyone like me who wants to get involved with this craft. This book is a welcomed addition to my craft library. My thanks to Fox Chapel Publishing, Landauer Publishing and Netgalley.