Top 10 Reasons String Piecing Is the Best Thing Ever
1. It is ridiculously easy.
If you are a beginner, string piecing is your friend. Or, if you are an expert who needs a relaxing project, string piecing has got your back.
2. But it looks complicated so you can impress all your friends and drive your frienemies mad with envy.
This is from a Bonnie Hunter quilt called Emerald City. The finished quilt is going to be stunning and it's not difficult at all.
3. It is super fun.
Trust me, once you start you are not going to want to stop.
4. Major scrap buster
If you are wanting to slim down your scrap stash, you need this in your life! String piecing uses up a TON of scraps.
5. It is mindless sewing.
Screw quilt math. With string piecing, you can leave your brain at the door.
6. You can’t mess it up.
Truly, you can't.
7. Since you can’t mess it up, there’s no reason to get your seam ripper involved.
String piecing, you had me at #7.
8. Trimming your finished block is more satisfying than popping plastic bubble wrap.
I sh!+ you not...
You start with something similar to this ratty-looking thing...
Flip it over and trim using your paper template as a guide.
And BAM... you get a gorgeous block. It's almost like magic!
9. SOOO pretty
Always a good thing!
10. No pattern needed
As a person who sells patterns, I am probably shooting myself in the foot by telling you this, but it's true. You can make a stunning quilt just by arranging your string-pieced blocks in a pleasing manner.
I made this quilt in 2020 and it is still my all-time favorite one. And I didn't use a pattern. I just made two million string-pieced blocks and sewed them together to make this king-sized monstrosity.
Plus, if you get bored with basic string piecing, you CAN get yourself a pattern and make something truly unique. Personally, if I didn't have so many damn UFOs to finish, I would do nothing but string piecing for the foreseeable future. As it stands, I do plan to release a couple of patterns this year that are heavy on the string piecing, so if that interests you at all, stay tuned!