April's Block for do. Good Stitches in my group was a couple of string blocks. Simple enough...I've made a whole string quilt before...this time last year in fact. It was a gift for my MIL.
So I thought that a couple of blocks would be easy peasy. Hmmm... Well let's just say it was a little more work than I bargained for. You see, these string blocks for do. Good Stitches are actually made from a 9 patch of string blocks. And I had to make 2 blocks. So doing a little bit of quick arithmetic will lead you to discover that I needed to make 18 4.5" square string blocks.
Pretty though, right? Perseverance was key here for me and remembering that this is for charity. I shouldn't begrudge a quilt for charity. And they really are kind of fun to make. Kind of. ;) Our color scheme was very Sherbety to me...oranges, pinks, yellows, and green. I raided through my stash and found an assortment of fabrics in these shades. This is a great stash busting block! Because those squares are so little you can use some of your smaller scraps up! And it's always fun to add in little pieces like this one.
See the castle?
The blocks really do look fabulous together and I'm comforted by the fact that I've seen a few other blocks with some of the exact same fabrics that I chose. So I think that they will all look like they belong together in the end. I of course am my overachieving self and always swirl my seams with a nine patch block...even string ones! It definitely helps the block lay flatter. (eta: a number of people have asked how to swirl your seams. I have a tutorial in my sidebar and you can also find it HERE) And I like to sew the blocks together with the paper backing still attached because it helps to keep the blocks from stretching too much when working with all of those biased edges.
Oh and I thought myself quite clever when I used origami paper as the backing for these blocks. A quick trim, and they are a great size and weight for these little squares. And then I spent a good portion of time tearing all that paper off the blocks while watching the newest Harry Potter on DVD. Good times. :)