MLQ Events

2017 Events

August 18  Workshop at Steve’s: Learn a new block!

All MLQ members are invited to:

Main Line Quilters August Workshop, “String Quilt Blocks”

Friday, August 18
10:00am- 2:00pm
Bring your lunch or plan to order in***
Steve’s Sewing, Quilting and Vac
268 W. DeKalb Pike (202)
King of Prussia, PA 19406

The Main Line Quilters is holding a “String Quilt” Workshop at Steve’s Sew and Vac on Friday, August, 18th.

Ruth Lazarus will be demonstrating string quilt blocks made foundation free.
String quilt blocks foundation free
Basic sewing skills
Reference: Liberated String Quilts by Gwen Marston C&T Publishing

The blocks will be created from a layered base of strings.
You will be sewing strings together to form new fabric and then cut into blocks

basic equipment: machine, small cutting board, rotary cutter, small ruler (12 inch), 6 inch square,
extension cord if necessary, note book and pencil.
If you have a mini iron and pressing board that would be suitable if space allows.

Fabric Cuts: 1 to 1 ½ inch wide and 15 or 19 inches long.( strings to 2 inches may included).
20 or more cuts should be sufficient to give you flexible choices, of course you may repeat the same fabrics. Piece the length if necessary only do so on a 45 deg angle. Create a multi mix string strip if you prefer.
Solids, prints, bold and subtle all can be incorporated to create a new fabric. This is a spontaneous way to use a limited number of fabrics to start. String quilts are random and not over planned. There are many examples of string antique tops that show the creative and thrifty side of quilting.

Bring precut strings as time and space will be limited. You will learn foundation free string assembly. The results will tempt you to continue creating with this particular method.
No sewing assignment prior to the workshop.

See the five attached photos

Questions? Contact Ruth Lazarus at

The MLQ library copy of Liberated Strings has been borrowed. If you have this book or a copy of your own please bring it along to share the many photos and options that Gwen has illustrated.

If Additional time allows, make another string assembly wider than the first and show how to cut into squares that are slightly off center to form odd blocks. This strip will be wider and use more strings.
Or make a half square string with the opposite as solid/i.e.: white, black, other solid.


September 1, “Sew What”, 10-12 See details 

September 5 -October 30, MLQ Quilt Exhibit at Newtown Square Library

September 15, General Meeting, 9:45-12:00, “Super Show & Tell”

October 6, “Sew What”, 10-12 See details

October 20, General Meeting, 9:45-12:00, Speaker:  Cindy Friedman  Check her out here.

November 3, “Sew What”, 10-12 See details

November 17, General Meeting, 9:30-12:30, Speaker: Lisa White Reber. Check her out here.

December 1, “Sew What”, 10-12  See details

December 8, General Meeting, 9:30-12:30, Tea and 2017 Challenge Reveal, ”A Little Color”


 Past Programs

For a list of past Main Line Quilters’ Programs, click here



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