The block is made up of 4 parts each 8" and strips of various sizes from 1" to 2" wide. I really enjoyed pulling strips and seeing what happened. The first block I pulled as I went, deciding on the go and then the second I thought I'd be a bit more organised and laid them out to speed things up. It was great fun playing with colour!
I had made some string blocks as part of the Craftsy 2012 Block of the month and Amy Gibson's method was a little different. Her method used a square of background fabric that you pieced the strips to and left the fabric in place. This method uses lightweight paper which you remove before sewing the 4 pieces together. This is what it looks like from the back once the paper is removed.
It is important to use a lightweight paper as the paper is torn out and to shorten the stitch length to make the seam stronger and denser to make it easier to remove the paper. I'd normally use 1.5 as my length for paper piecing but I found it was bowing the paper and giving me a curve so I used 2.0.
There is a lot of bias on the edges once the paper is removed and pressing was tricky. If I were to make this again with this method I'd use starch and press the finished block once the 4 pieces were sewn together.
I pieced mine in a diamond shape in the end, it was the most pleasing with the colour combination of the 4 pieces.
I really like it in this larger block size (Crafty BOM finishes at 12"). I think in the end to avoid all that bias I'd use the leave in foundation method to make these again. I do like the look of this block and it was fun to piece and a real stash buster; brilliant for using scraps of all lengths!
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