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About This String Quilt Block
Learn How to String Quilt

Make a string pieced quilt block.

© Janet Wickell
The Historic Carson House, built in 1793, is located in McDowell County, North Carolina. This string pieced quilt block was inspired by a block within a silk and ribbon quilt that's on display at the house (and is repeated on a barn at the property).

The Carson House quilt was sewn during the Civil War by Hannah, a slave who lived in McDowell County. Hannah used textiles to add African symbols to the quilt, symbols that may have been related to the Underground Railroad that helped slaves find their way to freedom. Her daughter finished the quilt in the mid 1890s.

All of the string blocks in the quilt are different, as you can see in this photo.

If you have never sewn a string quilt, read my string piecing basic instructions before beginning this project.

Finished Block Size: 12" x 12" -- Alter to Suit Your Own Needs

Cutting Instructions

Read the entire pattern before selecting and cutting fabrics.

  • (1) 13-1/2" x 13-1/2" piece of muslin or other light fabric for foundation (for a block that finishes at 12" square)
  • Cut several strips of fabric about 3-1/2” long and in widths that range from 1-1/4" or so to 2".
  • Cut several longer strips of fabric in varying widths.
  • An approximate 6" square to use for two block corners (size could vary, depending on your block).

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