Quilting with scraps – Foundation Piecing to make the String Quilt!

Quilting with scraps – Foundation Piecing to make the String Quilt!

Hi it’s Jenny from the MSQC. Today I want to talk to you a little bit today
about foundation piecing and making string quilts. Now string quilts have been made ever since
there was scraps. We have had scraps forever and it’s a great
way to make a quilt block to use all those little tiny scraps and little tiny pieces. And what I have behind me is a little string
quilt that I made with a honeybun which are inch and a half strips. It’s a Bungle in the Jungle honeybun. And it’s just, you know, we just lined them
up. But we’ve made this easy for you. So what we’ve done is we have ten inch foundation
papers for you to sew your strips on. And I have, I do a lot of binding here at
Missouri Star. When people send their quilts in oftentimes
they will want me to bind them. And I’ll have a little piece left and I
throw it in a, a bin. Hi it’s Jenny from the MSQC. Today I want
to talk to you a little bit today about foundation piecing and making string quilts. Now string
quilts have been made ever since there was scraps. We have had scraps forever and it’s
a great way to make a quilt block to use all those little tiny scraps and little tiny pieces.
And what I have behind me is a little string quilt that I made with a honeybun which are
inch and a half strips. It’s a Bungle in the Jungle honeybun. And it’s just, you
know, we just lined them up. But we’ve made this easy for you. So what we’ve done is we have ten inch foundation
papers for you to sew your strips on. And I have, I do a lot of binding here at Missouri
Star. When people send their quilts in oftentimes they will want me to bind them. And I’ll
have a little piece left and I throw it in a, a bin. And so I have loads of these 2 ½
inch strips. So I started making some squares with the 2 ½ inch strips. Now these are,
this is great fun because you can do so much with these. These papers come in a package
of 250. That is a lot of quilt blocks. And, and I just want to show you how I do it. You
can, because it’s a foundation you can do anything with it. You could put a piece in
the middle and put pieces all over it. But what I’m going to show you today is an easy
way to string piece. So one of the things I use for this is the
lapel stick. And it’s a great little glue stick but it doesn’t clog up your needle.
And it won’t, it dries soft. And it just washes right out. And I’m going to run a
bead of this glue from corner to corner right here. And then I’m going to take a white
piece and put it right down the middle. Now you could put any color of strip you wanted
down the middle. But if you always put a white one down the middle then when you start lining
these up you’re going to get a secondary pattern in there with this line. Also generally
string quilts are made using all different sizes of pieces. But I have a lot of 2 ½
inch strips so that’s what I’m going to use today. But please use your imagination
and use whatever you’d like. So what we’re going to do is I’m going
to gather up some of these pieces out of my bag. I always try to color coordinate them
and put them in bags or bins. And I’m just going to lay it face down on here. And I’m
going to sew it to this first white strip right here just a quarter of an inch like
we do. And we’re going to iron that back. First we’re going to come over here and
just do our quarter of an inch all the way across. You’re going to sew right through
the paper. And you stay right along there. It doesn’t really matter if you’re straight
or not. None of that matters. And the paper on the back is going to become your pattern
when we’re done because you’ll have all these different sizes of strips laying all
over the place. So then I’m going to bring this over here and I’m just going to iron
this back. Lay it right back like this. You want to make sure that you pull it all the
way over so that you don’t have any folds. And then we’re just going to add another
strip on there. Now if you want to you can, if you want to you can clip the extra off
but I kind of wait until I’m finished. This is a little piece of a binding strip. I’m
going to see if I can just take that off there. But I don’t have to. That’s one of the
really nice relaxing things about this. So then again you can see. I just lay that strip
right along there. And we sew it on. I don’t sew the strips all the way out to the edges.
I just sew them where the paper is because that’s going to be my block. Alright, let’s
add another. Iron open. And then we’re going to add another one in there. This little one
looks like it will be perfect and I’m going to have to iron this open. There we go. Set
it on there. They go together so fast. And it’s just a great way to use up scraps.
Normally, also they don’t like put their quilts together in colorways like this. But
I have my green bag right here. But normally they don’t really go together like that.
They just go together, you know, hodge podge, however you want to put them together. Now
I can see right here on the very end of mine, you can see right here I have a tiny little
piece of paper and that needs to be covered. So we’re going to put a little piece on
there, right here. Just sew down there real quick. And then we’re going to do the exact
same thing to the other side. Ok so now I’ve got all these strips sewn
on, crazy pieces. But all we do is turn it over and then we’re going to slice these
off. So we’re going to use the paper as our cutting pattern. So I’m going to lay
my ruler right along the edge of the paper. And I’m just going to slice along here.
That will take these off. And remember you’re going to want to save all these pieces because
they’ll work for little bits and pieces of the next one you do. Somehow I think your
strips kind of multiply. Your scraps kind of multiply when you’re doing this kind
of thing. It’s like no matter how much you think you’re getting rid of, there’s always
more. So I’ve got this almost almost trimmed. One more side. Cleaning up very nicely. Alright,
there we go. Ok so this is what we have. This nice little
block right here that we made with scraps. Now on the back is paper. The paper comes
off very easily. You can just crease it and it just comes right off. This is a great job
for grandchildren or you know, you. If you want, whenever you want. You can give it kind
of a pull, and it will also release. It will, just comes off really easy. So what I want
you to do with this is I want you to use your imagination and think about different ways
you can use this. Because this is, this is really fun. When you set these together. You
can set them, and I’m just going to lay some out here so you can see them so that
you have an X, an X block and an O block going together. See this will make the big. Let
me clear some of this off so we can put some more stuff in here. See how it’s going to
make this big triangular one this way. The other thing I want you to remember is that
these are the same size as layer cakes which is why we chose the ten inch square so that
you can pair them with the layer cake. Also remember that if you were to cut this in half
it’s going to be a half square triangle. So you know you’ve just got to let your
mind go. There’s all kinds of things you can do with this. And it will help you use
up some of those scraps. Or you could put one together that’s perfectly ordered with
a jelly roll or a honeybun like I did with this one. Anyway we hope you enjoyed this
tutorial on String Quilting from the MSQC.


  • Bev McMullen says:

    Jenny can I make string squares as per your 10 " square tutorial and include those in a rag quilt or won't they fray properly ?

  • worshipthenephilim says:

    Oh that's so brilliant! I'm going to have a go!

  • Melody Loveless says:

    can I cut the 10 in paper down to 5 in squares?

  • Jennifer Moore says:

    Where did you find the 10 x 10 paper?

  • Susan Sherman says:

    Why do you need to use the paper? Can't you just piece together he strips?

  • Linda K says:

    I am looking for 12 inch squares. You don't have them. 🙁 the "pattern" we want to do needs slightly bigger squares. Can you get them or direct me to someone ?

  • ARPIT GUPTA says:

    where i get these paper squares i m from india

  • nrsicindy says:

    Some quilters use All Purpose, dry wax paper, Deli Wrap. I bought mine at Costco
    12" x 10 3/4, 500 sheets. Bonnie Hunter uses the smaller phone book pages for her smaller string quilt squares. Use a smaller stitch so it tears off easier.

  • Onwardbe says:

    thank you …once again Jenny you are my hero..

  • Janet Jones says:

    I have never done paper piecing, but this seems like a no fail way to begin! Have done many quilts but can't wait to tr this! Can I get these at Joanne's or do I order them online?

  • liz rondelle says:

    Thanks for this! If you have a lot of fabric and need to use them up this is the block! I didn't have the paper so just sewed strips together, then cut out a square on a diagonal. Don't do this! so wasteful. This paper piecing pattern does not waste fabric, is fast (mainly because you don't have to worry about the dimensions of the strips, just be fairly
    consistent when cutting them out). Be sure to iron the strips down;;the paper tends to bow up. Because it was late at night I used printer paper. Mostly worked.

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  • Judith Benton says:

    How can you not love what Jenny does? She is awesome and the most lovable teacher. Thanks Jenny.

  • Laila Abdelfatah says:

    good work

  • Vanessa Odom Machen says:

    I used your papers and made blocks with the white in the middle. I love how it turned out. I used one whole glue stick to get all the blocks done. It's a full-bed size. This is a EZ pattern. I used up a large amount of scraps. Thanks for the video.

  • Diane Negron says:

    It's like sewing a crazy quilt but in strips. Great idea on using the paper. N I C E!! 👍👍

  • Alta Gard says:

    Cool iron! What brand? Thanks for the video instruction.

  • Carole Just Carole says:

    My mother and grandmother made me a string quilt top using the scraps from the clothes I sewed for my kids, mixed with scraps from their sewing. It is very bright and random. They used cloth foundation squares to make it more secure, as grandma was in her 80's at the time. It has become this issue of overthinking for me, keeping me from actually quilting it up! I finally got started on the pillow shams. This has been in my sew room for at least ten years! 😳 with mixed color ways it really doesn't look good with any binding I have tried. Finally, thank you Jenny, I watched a video on self binding, and that is what I am going to do. These are a great way to memorialize scraps.

  • charlotte barnes says:

    your great but like to see you more ideas you simplify your instructions good job

  • charlsie smith says:

    I just love your videos.cannot find the paper blocks on your web page. My town has not one fabric store. Or quilt shop😡 Thank you so much

  • Monica Shahatit says:

    I just want to tell you, since the first video on Dresden Plates, I watched, you have been my favorite. You make things fun, I smile while watching and talk back to you, every time. You have defiantly inspired me. Thank you for all your videos.

  • Betty Frezon says:

    I love Jenny. I could only wish to go that fast. But I do love Jelly roll quilts for a quick treat for little ones. Care quilts and the like. Shop Missouri often. Thanks to your helpers.

  • Ruth Freeman says:

    I love this pattern… my girlfriend and I made this 2 1/2 in strips with white as the corner to corner color on your 10" papers… but nothing matched.. we were matriculate with cutting 2/1/2 in strips… we creased the white strip to center on the corners… and double checked our seam allowance… can you give us some advice and to what went wrong

  • Hazel Giles says:

    Is your foundation papers 10×10 please how much are they to buy

  • Bonnie Bartloe says:

    The paper thing is so cute. It gives your creative part to go a different way and rip paper, we all like to rip paper and quilt, this was fantastic. I really liked it?I'm going to do oneBonnie

  • Sharon Martin says:

    Ever since this tutorial I've become addicted to string quilts. There's so much variety and ways to sub cut your strings the possibilities are endless. Thank yo so much for all of your great tutorials Jenny. You've truly changed my life and introduced me to a wonderful, easier and fabulous way of quilting. I just think you're the greatest teacher out there!

  • Desiree Evans says:

    hey jenny so what other kind of paper can I use for that, if any. thanks. I love that Block.😊👌

  • Keressa Beverage says:

    Where can I find this paper? Thx!

  • Beverly Nelson says:

    I made my string quilt using squares of batting, instead of paper squares.

  • Racer Goddard says:

    I love to sew and I'm nine

  • Hazel Giles says:

    Thank you for all your tutorials l love all what you show l can recommend your papers they are fantastic bought mine why I was in the states now back in the uk

  • Hazel Giles says:

    Can you tell me how many strips to make a quilt please

  • Vonnie Coffman says:

    I have done strip/scrap/andd crazy quilts using this method for years. But I just buy a bolt of cheap muslin when its on sale…cut off a few yards,wash and dry it and then I cut it up into 10-15 inch squares and start sewing! Put a warm flannel or fleece backing on it and it will make a warm and snuggly winter quilt! Next time I am going to try it with the QAYG method that was recommended previously. Great idea!

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  • Cathy says:

    can you tell me if this is like wax paper? I want to press lots of pieces of fabric together and kind of do freehand quilting

  • Jamie Turner says:

    Hi. I enjoyed the tutorial. I'm trying to find out why use a foundation? Why not just sew pieces together?

  • Colleen Ross says:

    smaller stitches when sewing??

  • Debra Rich says:

    I finally tried this and I love it!

  • vidya dixit says:

    Loved this. thanks !

  • Anthony Olseski says:

    Wanted to thank you for all your tutorials. They were a god send during my chemo treatments.

  • Augusta Porter says:

    I love your Tutorials! I have learned so much from you. I looked at some other tutorials but you make things so simple and easy to understand. Kepp up the great work and God bless!

  • Loretta Bjornstad says:

    I agree that scraps seem to multiply! Great idea for a quilt!

  • Brenda Stuntz says:

    You could always make a crumb quilt with the remainder of your scraps that have "multiplied" after cutting your blocks.

  • Cláudia Brasil says:

    Love it! Thank you Jenny for sharing!! I was looking for this!
    Do you have others videos with fabrics on back? XO

  • Dee Attwood says:

    Sandy sing

  • Renée Lortie says:

    Where can I order that paper 250 sheets per pack

  • Cynthia Esquibel says:

    Jenny, I love the way you encourage us to be creative on our own. Many tutorials make you feel like you need to do exactly what they do, but not you. You're a wonderful teacher.

  • Jed Linnen says:

    …. always good to see Jenny demonstrate a technique… these stripes look great and the easy block looks as good as anything else more complicated. As always with Jenny a great tuturial… many thanks

  • Eleonore Loundermon says:

    That was fun.Thanks,I will try it. Where does one sent the quilt to finish it up.Please reply.

  • petmom ful says:

    You can also do this on your embroidery machine, using a light weight stabilizer, instead of paper. It is really cool because you piece the block right in the hoop.

  • Vikki Toton says:

    could you then use that block and make a heart or something and applique it to another block?

  • Julie D. says:

    Will it mess up the effect to use pieced strips? There are so many short pieces left and not that many corners!

  • Debbie Stead says:

    Jenny I love this video I went to your web site to purchase the foundation paper for this project but was unable to find it. Is there a different name I should look for!! Thanks in advance for your help and all your fantastic video's!!!

  • Arlene Baker says:

    I love Jenny I have recently just started quilting and I have to say I have learned so much from here.I love this idea also so easy!!

  • Linda Element says:

    I was watching a quilt as you go video now can,t fine it by I think her last name was Day

  • Angela Standridge says:

    I want to do this thanks for tutorial

  • Laurie Kilner says:

    Love it. Layer cake size! I did not know how or what a string quilt was. 🙂

  • Susan Polivka says:

    I bought this product awhile ago. I was to so excited to finally have enough scraps to make it. I made 20 squares & I want to let people know that getting the paper off the back is not that easy!!! It took me about 2 1/2 hrs…plus some of the paper stuck to the glue. Disappointed & the rest of the papers are going in the trash!

  • Marilyn Price Thomas says:

    Can you use any kind of Paper for that?

  • Kathleen Lacey says:

    Have you thought about teaching in Idaho quilt guild in Pocatello ID? Where can I get the paper you used in pieced block?

  • Claire Dillingham-Buckley says:

    Jenny. I love your tutorials, I have made three of your quilts and hope to continue in the future, you are one awesome lady and you do a great job at teaching us from afar, I'm a fan from Australia and i'm about to try the Butterfly pattern…..

  • Hazel Mountjoy says:

    Enjoy your show very much. May I ask, what brand of iron is yours, and where do you purchase one. Thank you

  • Bronwyn Budge says:

    interesting tutorial – can you please remind me of the name for the paper you are using ?

  • Johnna Tellquin says:

    You're so cute Jenny, sometimes I have to watch the tutorial over again because I've gotten off track with your funny ways. Thank you for this tutorial, I have some beautiful, beautiful material that I've been afraid to use because it's so, well, beautiful! It will be (one more time) beautiful sewn this way. May showers of blessings fall all around you and yours.

  • Cathy Taylor says:

    Jenny, if you change the paper to a batting square, can this be done as a quilt-as-you-go project?

  • Catherine Kasdan says:

    I love your videos. You are so pleasant and I always feel like "oh my god I could really do that, too!".

  • 63micham says:

    I am new to quilting, why use paper?

  • Donald Rhoades says:

    Jenny, im new to quilting. Im a 32 year old son, and my mom wanted me to learn to quilt. This video inspired me to do this quilt as my first quilt. But i am making my squares 12 in squares. My queztion is, can you quilt as you go when you are putting the blocks together or would you just recommend having it quilted at a shop. There will be 42 squares 6×7. Im using all my moms scraps…lol. your videos have helped tp show me the easier side to quilting, thank you.

  • Maria Batti says:

    A string quilt would also be good if the squares are 12 1/2 inches so the finished sizes of the squares are 12 inches.


    Could I use waxed paper for foundation? Jenny I love your videos I have learned so much from you!!

  • Debra Forster says:

    I like your Iron , what is the Brand of it ?

  • Stephanie Johnson says:

    I wanted to buy the paper but i see u are out of stock. So can u tell me where i can get it from. I want to try it.

  • Jeanne Mairano says:

    I used tissue paper squares to make my string quilt using flannel baby strips.. it came out beautiful…

  • Carmen Gracia says:

    Genial su vídeo,me gusta mucho como enseña patchwort ,gracias por compartirlo,quisiera saber la marca de la plancha y como conseguirla,gracias denuevo un saludo desde España😊

  • kate weiss says:

    This worked really wel, I used batik scraps found on the internet.

  • Connie Graf says:

    That red bleeds on fabric if you leave to long or use to much glue

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  • Cheryl Nelson says:

    And I've been throwing out my little pieces of fabric for years! Ugh

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  • Rachel Provencher says:

    Hi Jenny, This is a great way to make these blocks. Works beautifully. However, if I could magnify the one block about 5 times, I would have one big string quilt, on the diagonal, without piecing blocks. Any tips? Thanks so much for all your tutorials. Your method and personality is the best around.

  • Rita D says:

    Thank you for the video. Why don’t you backstitch to lock your sewing line?

  • Norma Rideout says:

    Love your iron

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  • Irene Oliveira says:

    Não pode traduzir em Português

  • fortymeg says:

    i love this!!!!
    thank you you are such a good teacher!!!! you blessed an important day today i find out how bad my is pulmonary fibrosis is



  • Michelle Gray says:

    I stopped sewing when my children were babies. My youngest is now 14. I'm addicted to your videos. You're inspired me. You are the Bob Ross of quilting. I sew ALL the time now. Thank you!

  • susan west says:

    jenny do we remove the paper before putting quilt top together or after thank you

  • Alice Domingues says:

    Lovely tutorial.
    Where can we buy these bunch of squares paper ? Please.

  • brenTangle says:

    I can't find the foundation papers so I'm going to try Deli Wrap papers – found at Costco. 🙂 Thanks for this video!

  • Linda Carpenter says:


  • Ed Willey says:

    Notebook paper that we would use for school works just as well cut that into you're finished block size and off you go I've also used muslin

  • Steve Shaw says:

    Jenny thanks so much for this tutorial. Great presenting. Easy to listen to and so clear.

  • Lana Stephenson says:

    Would freeze paper work for backing

  • Ada Encarnacion says:

    Wow Jenny I made my first string quilt block I'm so happy thank you so much for your wasy intructions and tutorial I wish I can show you mine question once I start with the first White Strip can I put dark strips on top of dog strip but different design oh it as to be light to dark ? You are awesome thanks Jenny

  • Andrea Bault says:

    Great tutorial! Now I "get it".

  • LYNN LEGAULT says:

    What is the purpose of the paper… do some people make similar blocks without paper?

  • Sandra Gula says:

    Jenny I feel like a quilting lost cause. I’m new to quilting so I bought your papers (they are great) because I needed to sew, feel, and see a successful block. Well – I ended up have to take apart my first block because I jazzed it up. My second attempt however worked, and the piecing paper held up!

  • Kathleen Pyatt says:

    Can if I d tithe tissue paper youRe thatstripxs

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