I should have known better than to post and not give details. I always love to receive details so I humbly apologize for not sharing all the current particulars for the blocks I'm making.
I think Beth came up with the 4 inch measurement because she was in close proximity to the actual quilt. Although I think I remember her stating in an email that she kinda wished she had gone smaller. These are perfect for me. I'm making them 4 inches, so they finish at 3.5" when sewn together.
I cut my strips at 1", 1 1/4" and 1 1/2". I did not measure with extreme precision. I just guided it toward the line and whacked.I cut way too many strips...I already know I did. I had scraps and then I kept looking at my stack of FQ's and wishing I had just a smidgen of that or this and I started cutting. Who knows there could be more than one quilt before I'm done. Oh and I also decided not to use a backing fabric. I started on a thicker muslin and hated the stiffness of the joined seams. So those got the backing cut off and from then on I have just sewn strip to strip. I sew like 12 at a time in chain piecing fashion. I have a mat on my sewing table beside my machine and I just use the corner 4 inches to measure the strips keeping them at 45 degree angle. You don't have to maintain that angle, I decided to so I am. It's your choice.
I'm making mine the same size I believe Sharon's quilt is made.... 7 blocks by 10 blocks. When I say blocks I mean each tiny block. I think this will make it work for both the wall and the table perfectly. I have 42 made as of today. 4 more rows to go and I think I can bang those out tomorrow. I would have gotten further but I sewed together some Valentine charm squares and then cut them again to make new squares. Well, you'll see. I saw it some where in a book once, but I think I went too big...and oh well. I have to put a border on tomorrow and then quilt it and I can get it on the coffee table for the holiday.
So there's all the details. I expect to see some lovely string quilts out there. I'm still sewing the Christmas sampler blocks, but slower and hey, Christmas is a long way off and I have a few holidays before then that need quilts too. SO I'll still keep up with it, never fear!