By: Pat L. Nickols
String quilts are constructed from a large number of scraps using the pressed-work technique. They were made as utility quilts, because this technique is fast, simple and practical. One wonders if another name for this technique could be the “the unworthy quilt” as we find many single blocks, unfinished tops and only a few string quilts. These quilts were utility bed covers, “using quilts,” and were indeed used up.