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Exploring String Quilt Blocks

If you’re a quilter looking to add some pizzazz to your next project, then string quilt blocks are just the thing for you! String quilt blocks are a versatile and creative way to use up your fabric scraps and create stunning quilt designs. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the world of string quilt blocks, exploring three popular designs: Log Cabin, Spiderweb, and Pineapple. These classic quilt blocks are not only fun to make, but they also offer endless possibilities for customization and creativity. So, let’s grab our fabric scraps and sewing machines and get ready to explore the art of string quilting!

Log Cabin

Log Cabin Quilt Block: The Log Cabin quilt block is a timeless design that has been popular for centuries. It’s known for its simple yet striking appearance, making it a perfect choice for both beginners and experienced quilters alike. To create a Log Cabin block, you start with a square piece of fabric in the center and then add strips of fabric, one at a time, around the center square in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. The strips are typically sewn in a “log cabin” fashion, with each strip building upon the previous one, until the block reaches the desired size.


One of the unique aspects of Log Cabin blocks is the endless possibilities for customization. You can play with the color and fabric choices to create different looks and effects. For example, you can use a single color for the center square and then use different colors for each surrounding strip, creating a rainbow effect. Or you can use a gradient of colors, going from light to dark or vice versa, to create an ombre effect. The possibilities are truly limitless, and you can let your creativity run wild with this classic quilt block.


Spiderweb Quilt Block: The Spiderweb quilt block is a striking design that resembles a spiderweb, with its radiating strips of fabric coming from a central point. It’s a bit more complex than the Log Cabin block, but the end result is worth the effort. To create a Spiderweb block, you start with a small square piece of fabric in the center, and then you sew strips of fabric, one at a time, from the center out to the edges, forming a web-like pattern.

One of the key elements of the Spiderweb block is the use of contrasting colors and fabrics to create a visually appealing design. You can experiment with different fabric combinations to achieve different effects. For example, you can use dark fabrics for the center and lighter fabrics for the strips, creating a dramatic contrast. Or you can use fabrics with different patterns or textures to add visual interest to the block. The Spiderweb block offers endless opportunities for creativity, and it’s a great choice for quilters who are looking for a challenge and want to push their quilting skills to the next level.


Pineapple Quilt Block: The Pineapple quilt block is a stunning design that features a central square with strips of fabric radiating out from it in a pineapple-like pattern. It’s a more complex block to make, but the end result is a show-stopper. To create a Pineapple block, you start with a square piece of fabric in the center, and then you sew strips of fabric, one at a time, around the center square, creating a log cabin-like effect. However, unlike the Log Cabin block, the strips in the Pineapple block are cut at an angle, creating a unique and eye-catching design.

One of the most exciting aspects of the Pineapple block is the opportunity for color play. You can use different colors for each strip, creating a rainbow effect, or you can use fabrics with different patterns.


I recently created a FREE String Busting Guide.  It includes tutorials for each of these blocks plus a bunch more.  Make sure to get your copy.  Then start creating great string quilts.

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