I pulled out the 6 books that are sitting on top of my quilting bookshelves, opened them up and pulled out a step from one of the blocks. Truthfully it wasn't completely random because steps that are very specific to a particular block wouldn't work, but general technique steps. I chose which one would be most appropriate for the first step, then randomly numbered the others. And those became the instructions for building 4 blocks.
1) Make a string block (or, 4 blocks)
2) Stack them, and make 3 vertical-ish cuts; shuffle each section, and sew. Square up
3) Cut diagonally, corner to corner, and make half-square triangles.
4) Using fold and flip method, add triangles to opposite corners
5) Sew 4 blocks together, with sashing between
6) Twist the blocks
So, I raided my bin (confession time: ONE of the bins) with strips and strings, waiting to be sorted some day (wink, wink)
and selected greens and browns to start piecing.
When I had pieced enough strips to make squares from the piecing, I squared them up to 11-1/2" (the largest that I could get out of all 4 blocks.)
After stacking them, I did the vertical-ish cuts and shuffled them so each block would have 4 different sections.
Here are completed blocks.
I'd like to tell you that I then went on to the next step but I liked these so much that I quit! It turns out that this is going to be a good technique for a quilt concept that has been rolling around in my head for several months now. Maybe one day soon I'll go on with the other 4 steps. Or maybe I'll start with plain squares, rather than strip pieced. Or maybe I'll start with a 9-patch, or maybe....
So many ideas, so little time.....