Boxes of Strings Instructions

Basic Instructions for Boxes of Strings

Foundation paper is 4 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Center triangle is 4 1/2" at the base  

Cut a template for your center triangle (I used cardboard).

Trace the template and cut your fabric triangle. Center it on the foundation paper (I like to use a swipe of glue stick to keep it in place).

Add a light string to the right side of the upward-facing triangle and a medium/dark string to the left side. I placed a light string on first in each block for consistency. Note: I like my triangle points to float a little, so I don't lose them--my triangle point allows for this.

Continue until the paper is filled. All the blocks will have the same color orientation.

Trim block.

Assemble in columns; this makes it easier to match up your triangles into diamonds. Note that the columns are offset--one begins with an upward-facing triangle, and the next with a downward facing one, etc.

My quilt is 9 blocks wide and 20 blocks long. It finishes at 74" x 84".

My strings were from 3/4" to 1 1/2" (approximately) wide. If you wanted to do this with wider strips, you might want to increase the size of the foundation and the template. Just keep the same ratios: the foundation should be twice as wide as it is tall (finished size) and the triangle base should be 1/2 the total width of the foundation paper (finished). [So, for example, you could begin with a 10 1/2" x 5 1/2" foundation, and the base of your triangle would be 5 1/2".]

If you make one of these, please let me know--I'd love to see it.

I am happy to provide these instructions free of charge, but I'd love at least a mention when you use them. :)


  1. Im extremely interested in trying this pattern. Also will continue to read your blog.

    1. I'd love to see your progress. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. I love this concept. I'm going to try it and I will for sure send you a pic if I get one done. Thank you so much for sharing. Greatly appreciated in this time of solitude!!!!

  3. Wow! That's is spectacular. Thank you for sharing the instructions. It is definitively on my to-do list. So many strings, so little time. ;^)

  4. I just saw this on a Facebook group, Conquering Mount Scrapmore. Thank you for sharing your beautiful quilt and the instructions for making one!

  5. Also saw and Mt Scrapmore. Thank you for the great directions. Will be following blog.

  6. Neat quilt. The triangle template should be bigger than the triangle on the paper, correct? Thanks for the pattern

    1. My template is the same size as the triangle on the paper.

      Thanks for visiting my blog.


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