This Modern String Block is perfect for quick, minimalist quilts or table toppers. Use up some of your scraps to make these wonky striped blocks in order to create a gorgeous, understated finished product.
A few of you expressed interest in making string blocks without using a foundation. Some of you called them modern strings so that's what we'll call them.
I don't remember the size background square in my first block but I know it was 9" or 9 1/2". You can decide whatever size you wish to work with. You can use a 1" x length of fabric strip and do all of the same color strings or mix them up. Your length of string will depend on your background size. Longer is always better so you don't come up too short.
Make your angle cuts in whatever direction you wish. I decided to slant in the same direction for this block. Be sure not to have a cut too close to a corner because you'll be squaring up your blocks and you don't want the strips right at the edge. You can refer to the finished block in the first photo.
Work in order -- background, strip, background, strip and so on. This keeps you from getting your pieces turned around or mixed up. You align each piece you will sew at the top corner.
Self-explanatory. Do what you wish.
You'll notice the uneven top edge. No worries -- just keep aligning the corners.
See how the block is mostly a straight edge at the top. It doesn't have to be perfect because remember -- you're going to square up.
Here you go -- this is an 8 1/2" square but you may square your block to whatever size you wish. Remember -- don't square up too close to your strip edges.
You did it!
Now go make a quilt! :o) Have fun.