Bonnie Hunter penned the "original" tutorial for this block.
Then the Nittany Block Party posted instructions on how to add the white stripes down the sides of the strings.
Technically, I made four of these blocks, but I wanted to have a set of them put together in a nice roundish shape.
This is another great block for making your favorite fabrics last a wee bit longer, especially if you follow the Nittany variation with the skinny (white) stripes down the sides - your strings only need to be 3.5" long to stretch across the paper.
I used this pattern on my Habitat challenge quilt last year, which still sits unfinished in my sewing room closet.
If you do decide to use the Nittany variation, though, mind your skinny stripes as you square up the blocks. You'll want to make sure that you square up the blocks evenly, so that those skinny stripes match up when you piece together the blocks. It's slightly easier to fudge without the skinny stripes, simply because there aren't as many seams to match up.
There are some pretty amazing (finished!) variations of this quilt out in blogland. For your consideration:
- Stepping Stones by Trillium Design
- Rainbow Connection by Diary of a Quilter
- Controlled Scrappy String-X - Okay, it's technically not finished, but I have my eye on this one, mainly because I'm fascinated to see how it turns out with the different triangle prints.
Any favorites among the group? Any good-looking examples I missed?