Are you looking for a fun string pieced quilt block tutorial? You’ll have fun making this String Bean (because it is green) table runner using this easy tutorial!
String Bean Table Runner Tutorial
14″ x 28″
This is the last Saturday of greens for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge so I decided to make this little green string bean table runner from all of my quilt scraps.
The size is 14″ x 28″ but you could make this string block table runner any size.
This tutorial is also a great way to use up old telephone books if you can find them, remember how big they used to be! I wonder if this is one of those things that our grandchildren won’t even know about.
String piecing is also known as strip piecing
These are always fun to make and a great way to use up your fabric scrap stash. No scraps? You can find some great deals on fabric here.
Making the String blocks
- Cut the telephone book pages into 8-inch blocks.
- You’ll need 8 of them.
- Make a diagonal line down the center of the telephone book page and another line ¼ inch from one side.
- The ¼ inch line will be the stitching line.
- Use a smaller than normal stitch so it is easy to rip off the paper when you are done.
I cut my strings from ¾ inch to 2½ inches.
Normally I only use the 2½ inch strings as the last strip to cover the corners. This is also a great place to use squares if you have them.
Place the first fabric strip RIGHT side UP.
Next place your second fabric string on top right side DOWN.
I usually press after I have added a string to each side.
Continue adding strings until the entire paper is covered.
Turn the block over, press and then trim evenly with the paper. Sometimes I like to use a little starch on my blocks.
I usually remove the paper now.
If you stitched with a small stitch the paper comes off very easily. As you can see, it barely made a dent in my green string scrap box.
Now cut each block as shown below. You could make 4-inch blocks, to begin with, but I find this faster.
We now have 32 – 4-inch blocks
Arrange your blocks like this – 4 rows of 8 blocks.
- Sew groups of 4 blocks together.
- Continue sewing all blocks together.
- I like to sew groups of 4 blocks together, then 4 larger blocks and then the 2 big blocks.
I like to sew groups of 4 blocks together, then 4 larger blocks and then the 2 big I decided to use Bottom Line thread from Superior Threads because it is very fine and wouldn’t overpower the design.
I used Warm & Natural batting and when I free motion quilt I put a couple drops of Neutrogena Hand Cream on my finger tips.
I have tried gloves and the little finger things that are used to count money and I still go back to using the hand creme. It just works better for me.
I just did a loopy swirl free motion quilting on it.
My binding was cut from 2½ inch strips, sewn to the right side, folded over and then I stitched in the ditch.
I now have a new little runner to put on my Great Grandmother’s hope chest.
String Bean Table Runner Tutorial
Finished size – 14″ x 28″
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