Nancy Zieman String Quilt Revival



Virginia Baker and Barbara Sanders, sisters from Tennessee, have an affinity for string quilts. Their grandmother made these quilts from any and all used fabric—worn-out clothing, feed sacks, curtains, tablecloths, and of course remnants. They’re ideal scrap quilts!

Wondering what the term string means, according to the quilting sisters, it’s any piece of fabric that’s normally too small to save!

Combining their fondness of this past art with the convenience of present techniques, this quilting duo has revived the look and process of creating string quilts. Their first, and I’m sure not their last book, String Quilt Revival updates this time-honored quilting process.

I had the privilege of working with Virginia and Barbara—better known as Ginger and Bobbie—on the DVD that accompanies the book. First hand I learned their revival secret, using lightweight stabilizer as the foundation. Clever! Why not watch a preview of the video?

Now for a tutorial of the Super Star Technique!

  • Cut a half-square triangle from the stabilizer.Nancy Zieman String Quilt Revival
  • A star shape (template given in book) is positioned on point.
  •  A string of fabric is aligned on the side of the star shape, right sides together.


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  • Notice that the strings are longer than the stabilizer. Due to the angled shape, the strips must be slightly longer.
  • Stitch the strings to the stabilizer.


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  • After stitching, the string is flipped and pressed on the right side.


Nancy Zieman String Quilt Revival



  • Add a string to each side of the half-square triangle, adding random colorations.


Nancy Zieman String Quilt Revival




Nancy Zieman String Quilt Revival



  •  Trim the half-square triangle, four segments are sewn together to create a block.


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  • What a dramatic look!


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13 Unique Projects in String Quilt Revival!

What I like about this book is that the projects are perfect for beginner quilters and there’s no need for precision. How’s that for ease?


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Do you have any fabric strings?

One box . . . two boxes . . . unknown number . . . ! Just curious.

 Bye for now,

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