DIY dishtowel hack

How to make a string block

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I was looking for a quick and easy quilt block to put together to practice some free-motion quilting on and actual quilt. Like many of you, I’m sure, I have some precuts hanging around in my sewing space. I picked up a “sushi roll” (aka jellyroll) and and “origami square” pack (aka layer cake) of some sweet Flower Sugar from Lecien. I quickly decided on a simple string quilt and made a short video tutorial on how to make a foundation pieced string block. So simple and fun!

I think a quilt made with this simple and fun block will be busy enough to take the pressure off “perfect” quilting–which sounds pretty good to me! I’ll keep you updated on its progress. I’ve already sewed up most of the blocks in just three evenings. Plus, my new Juki is so fast, that I feel like such a boss stitching these up.


You can check out the Daylight Slimline Floor lamp here.

The seam roller is available on Amazon here.

Flower Sugar fabric is available at the Fat Quarter Shop here.

DIY dishtowel hack

sew illustrated video tutorial

In case you missed it on the C&T Publishing blog yesterday, check out our video tutorial for one of the projects in the book.

DIY dishtowel hack

new sewing illustration video

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My co-author and designer Minki and I created another video just for you! This one shows how sewing illustration is done with fabric accents, which is so charming. It is very much like raw-edge applique, but has a bit of a different aesthetic, in my opinion.

Check out the video, and don’t forget to subscribe to the channel so that you don’t miss any of the videos we will be making!

I will be talking more about this technique and how it’s done, as well as sharing some of the projects from our book, Sew Illustrated: 35 Charming Fabric and Thread Designs, as we get closer to the August 2016 launch date.

I’m so happy to share this video with you, and we both hope that it is helpful. If you feel inspired to make something in this style, make sure to share it with this hashtag on Instagram: #sewingillustration