How to Make a String Quilt

Quilty | Episode 151

Mary has a lot of fun with string quilts. Our string quilt tutorial provides instructions, so you can learn how to make one of these marvelous creations. The pattern Diamonds & Rails featured in Quilty Summer 2012 uses this String Quilt technique! Check out Chevrons and Rock Island Campfires, too! For more quilting ideas and tips visit!

Quilty Summer 2012 Digital Issue      Diamonds & Rails Digital Pattern










  1. Mary, i really like the way you did that, i can do that thanks.

    Phyllis, 3 years ago Reply

  2. Love it – it’s easy and everyone thinks it’s complicated. Maybe now I’ll be able to finish something. Ha!

    Sandi, 3 years ago Reply

  3. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! Just what I would love to do ALL the time.

    MOLLIE, 3 years ago Reply

  4. Hi Mary,
    I’m making a similar quilt using lightweight muslin and a jelly roll, so you don’t even have to remove the paper, just cut the block to size. I really love the idea of using my remnants for a scrappy look! Great idea!

    Karen, 3 years ago Reply

  5. Can’t believe it – I LOOOVVVEEE YOU. Mary, you do a terrific job.
    Thanks so very much.

    Dolores, 3 years ago Reply

  6. Very inspiring! You make it look fun and easy.

    JANIE GIORDANO, 3 years ago Reply

  7. This is great. Can’t wait to get started

    Ruth Suchon, 3 years ago Reply

  8. I enjoy EVERY episode! You are talented, smart and beautiful!

    Suzanne, 3 years ago Reply

  9. Love It! Thanks for another great show……btw…would love that care package as I am currently working on some quilts for charity!

    Thanks again for the inspiration!

    Sara, 3 years ago Reply

  10. Mary, great idea to use my cazillion scraps. Thank you.

    Jennifer White, 3 years ago Reply

  11. Mary, you did so nicely and give me such a good idea what to do with my small, medium, large scraps. Thanks a lot. <3

    Nonie Abdul Salam, 3 years ago Reply

  12. I do this also with my scraps but I use muslin. That way I use my muslin as battling then put a back to it and quilt it. Light weight quilt for not so cold days.

    Jo Ann Pilgrim, 3 years ago Reply

    • I found a site that had “crazy quilts” and they advised using muslin on the back, and I did make one like that. I even used wonder-under to secure my pieces because I used any size scrap and I zig-zagged them so they would overlap. Made a beautiful quilt. Probably could have just used a dot of fabric glue for each scrap like this video advises on the string quilt.

      Jewel Ogle, 2 years ago Reply

  13. Table topper for a co-workers retirement (out of the blue need something quick) present. boo-yaw. Now i just hope my perfectionist side doesn’t kick in…okay, okay…ocd-ish. ;-) still doing it.

    Laura, 2 years ago Reply

    • I am glad to know that I am not the only one who is OCD about quilting. When I am in the mood to quilt, I am not in the mood to do anything else. I think I have 15 quilt tops still to put together so I am still plugging away at it!

      Jewel Ogle, 2 years ago Reply

  14. This is the ONLY kind of quilt I ever knew my mom to make. We had some beautiful quilts in my younger years. But I make just plain old patcwork quilts most of the time. But this is my favorite. Your instructions are exactly like mom did it, but she used cut-up newspaper. To be honest, she didnt always tear the newspaper off the back, but I do. Her theory was it is going to dissolve anyhow once you wash it. But I was concerned about the newsprint ink.

    Jewel gle, 2 years ago Reply

  15. I love paper piecing …. I love scrap quilts … I love stripes… So this quilt is perfect …. I’m here to remind you that you said you might be sending a bag of your scraps to a fan… could that be me? Hoping so! I checked out this video after purchasing Quilty this week! Loved the black and white drunkard’s path on the cover- gorgeous. Also loved the chevron quilt and the cream- black- grey 3D quilt and August Intensity and Homestead! All I need now are those scraps and lots of time in my sewing room. Thanks for a great issue.

    Carol Eberhardt, 2 years ago Reply

  16. Mary you are a hoot ! You make sewing look so much fun. I love your enthusiastic energy. WTG I really enjoy your mag also…right up my alley as a young quilter. :)

    Mandy Smith, 1 month ago Reply

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