Thursday, August 20, 2009

We've moved!

We're in the process of updating our website and have combined our blog and the website into one.

All our posts from this blog can now be found there so update your bookmarks and come visit us at

Friday, August 14, 2009

Happy Blocks

Do you remember the Happy Block project we started back in January and February? Well we're still making and finishing quilts in fact I put the last stitch in the binding of one tonight and I was excited to read the email from Sue about her group. She wrote:

When I saw this site with the happy block quilts, I linked it to the leader of our Sarasota KIDZ Quilts group and we have been making dozens of them for 2 months now!! We donate all of them to the NICU of the Sarasota hospital...and they are so appreciated.

She sent along some photos and I chose a few to share here.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Northwest Sew-in photos

I'm late getting these photos posted from the last HeartStrings Sew-in which was held on the 26th of June in the Seattle area. Doesn't it look like fun? The next one will be held in Roberts, WI so plan to join us!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

More donations

Nine HeartStrings tops arrived today from Sue and her Oroville/Chico California group which has been meeting once a month since January. They'll be quilted and donated by me and other HeartStrings volunteers in the coming months.

I'm constantly amazed at the generosity of quilters who have participated in HeartStrings over the last 2 and a half years and I love the grassroots effect of the project with quilters working on their own within their communities and groups to make these quilts for those in need.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

An upcoming sew-in ---- Roberts, WI

The Roberts Sew-in is August 22, a Saturday, from 8:30 until about 3 (we stop a little early so we can visit a local quilt shop on the way home!)

We'll do the usual potluck lunch. Bring your sewing equipment and we'll make blocks and quilts and have a great time. There is a database set-up on our Yahoo list so we can see what others are bringing for food and sewing equipment - you don't need to belong to that group to attend -- just email Kathy to let her know what you'll be bringing and for directions.

We'll be at the Warren Town Hall just outside the village of Roberts.

Mark your calendars and come to the wonderful Wisconsin countryside to see some HeartStrings friends and have a great sewing day.

Email Kathy ( privately for directions. It's easy to find.

Monday, June 29, 2009

A soldier quilt by JoAnne

Here's a gorgeous QAYG HeartStrings quilt made by JoAnne.

To learn how to make one of your own, take a look at Jan Mac's tutorials.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

String Quilt Inspiration

In addition to our typical HeartStrings quilt, many patterns can be adapted for use with strings. I've compiled a list of inspirational links from HeartStrings members and readers of my blog to share with you.

Don't forget to take a look at the HeartStrings Photo Albums for even more inspiration!

I got a lot of Flickr links emailed to me and rather than listing them all here, I'll link to a Flickr search for String Quilts -- check it out there's lots of good inspiration there.

And finally, some links from my own quilts. These quilts have instructions sheets posted on my website in case you want to give them a try.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Creative Quilters - AZ

I received an email from Mary today sharing this gorgeous HeartStrings group made by her group. She wrote:

I just wanted you to know how much good the heartstrings pattern has done. The picture included in this e-mail is of a quilt that our group did earlier this year. We live in a retirement community and our visitor’s center need to raise some funds, so we decided to make this quilt and let them raffle it off. It was such a delightful project. All the ladies made the blocks, one lady sewed the blocks together, I quilted it, and another lady did the binding. It was really a group effort.

Thank you for all you do.

Mary Holland

Creative Quilters

Sun City, AZ

You can find instructions for making your own HeartStrings quilt at this link.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Tying a HeartStrings Quilt

At our Nebraska sew-in, Jay shared how he learned to tie a quilt from his grandmother. I'd been interested in posting instructions on tying HeartStrings quilts so I took the opportunity to take photos and create a tutorial.

How to Tie a HeartStrings Quilt

Julia and Sheree pose with the finished quilt.

Monday, May 4, 2009


We had back to back sew-ins in MN and NE and worked on assembling the Happy Blocks sent in from all over during our January and February project. Eight tops were assembled and sent home with quilters and even more block sets were taken home with members to be assembled, quilted, and donated.

Thank you so much for participating -- there will be many very cute quilts for kids finished in the coming months as a result of your generosity.

Click on the links below to:

See photos from the MN sew-in on April 25th

See photos from the NE sew-in on May 2nd

Look at our completed quilts for 2009 to see finished happy blocks as well as other quilts finished so far this year.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


We've been making Quilt as you Go blocks to send to Australia but it's a great technique if you want to try it yourself.

Jan Mac created a tutorial for making the blocks and a Part 2 for assembling them.

Hanne's been busy

Check her blog to see her recent progress.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Chinese Coins variations

Becky's working with RWB coins donated by HeartStrings members and is trying a new setting. Chinese Coins quilts are great because you can use up those short strings.

Becky also has a tutorial for another great coins quilt and there are instructions for several quilts at my site.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Quilts for Hospice

Kathie recently shared this bright, happy HeartStrings quilt on her blog. Visit her to read about the project she's working on to make quilts for her local hospice.

In memory of Marilyn Gossen

A donation was made by Linda in memory of her friend Marilyn. It was a thoughtful way to remember a quilter by helping to provide quilts to those in need.

For those that would like to participate in HeartStrings, visit our website to see how you can help.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

QAYG project for AUS

Are you making QAYG blocks to send to Australia for those effected by the bushfires? If so, you might be interested in this blog that shares the quilts being made, collected, and donated.

Oz Comfort Quilts

If you'd like to help - join us in making QAYG blocks in March and April. We'll collect them and mail them to Jan Mac, a HeartStrings member who will asssemble them.

Monday, March 16, 2009

This week

March 21st -- Las Vegas -- The Las Vegas Quilters will be working on some HeartStrings projects during their sew-in and welcome other quilters.

They will be sewing for St. Judes Ranch new group home for unwed mothers -- contact Tonie at

Thursday, March 5, 2009

QAYG blocks

Although we'll be sending the QAYG blocks to Jan Mac unassembled, Maxine shared this tutorial from Keryn Emmerson showing how to assemble these blocks by machine.

For those of you making these and donating them locally, I hope the link is helpful.

Keryn's tutorial

Sunday, March 1, 2009

A special project for March & April

Now that we've finished up our Happy Block project, if you're interested in making some Quilt as you Go blocks to send to Australia for quilts for those affected by the bushfires, you can find the information here:

Jan Mac's QAYG tutorial

Tutorial for assembling blocks into a quilt

Sue will be collecting and sending these together to save some postage costs so if you make them, email me for the mailing address at .

As always, we accept blocks made according to the guidelines all through the year so feel free to make up a batch of these too!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Alycia's QOV Goal - 400 Quilts

Are you following Alycia's quest to donate 400 Quilts of Valor in May 2009? She works with students to make these quilts and with this ambitious goal this year has been getting help from HeartStrings members and many other quilters.

She recently spoke to a group and her project was mentioned in the local paper.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Australia - helping out

There are plenty of ways to help those affected by the bush fires in Victoria but we're quilters right? So lets make some blocks.

Jan Mac is a HeartStrings member who will be collecting quilt as you go string blocks for assembling and donating. She's posted a tutorial on her site if you'd like to help her out and send some blocks.

I've got strings -- I've got batting leftovers -- I'm going to make some to send.

You can contact Jan Mac at

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Do you want to attend a Sew-in?

The MN/WI group has been getting together since our first year and now more groups are starting to coordinate Sew-ins in their area. Here are the current ones scheduled. For more information email the contact person or Mary at

March 21st -- Las Vegas -- The Las Vegas Quilters will be working on some HeartStrings projects during their sew-in and welcome other members. They will be sewing for St. Judes Ranch new group home for unwed mothers -- contact Tonie at

April 25th - Virginia is hosting at Hope Christian Church in Shoreview, MN.

May 2nd - Jay and Julia are hosting in Fremont, Nebraska. Contact Jay at

June 27 - Cindy & Mary H are coordinating in Seattle, Washington. Contact Mary H at

August 22 - Kathy & Rhonda are hosting in Roberts, WI

SF Bay Area (Date TBA) - contact Cynthia H. at if you'd like to participate

Friday, January 30, 2009

Dawn's scrap quilting class

Earlier this week Dawn gave a talk about scrap quilting at a free community Library Quilt Show in Shelley, Idaho.During her talk, she also shared information about HeartStrings. Here is what she wrote to us:

They LOVED the heartstrings quilts. I gave them the link to join us,on my handout and told them about all of you. I told them all the great and easy ways that they could be a part of Heartstrings. Sue sent me three completely different quilts with different looks so that I could teach and quilt them for charity - they were really impressed with how wonderful the quilts looked.)

Dawn is a member of HeartStrings and a longarm quilter; she has an excellent quilting DVD (yes, you can quilt her designs on your domestic machine too) and I have used her designs on many of the HeartStrings quilts I've finished in the last year.

Thanks to Julia for sending me the photo and you can see a couple of Julia's recent string quilts on her blog.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Make a Blanket Day

Project Linus National Make a Blanket Day, February 21, 2009 is almost here! Just a reminder that this is the day that Project Linus chapter volunteers and blanketeers across the country celebrate Project Linus with special blanketmaking events.

Please check with you local chapter to see if an event is being planned in your area,
or set a goal to make a blanket to be donated to your local chapter by February 21. Project Linus is very flexible -- whatever works for you and your schedule. Keep in mind that depending on weather and local circumstances, the local chapters may have an alternate day of celebration in your area.

We hope that you will honor this day by making a blanket for Project Linus or by helping at a blanketmaking event in your area.

To find a Project Linus Chapter near you, check out

Thank you!

Here are a few ideas to get you started!

Happy Blocks

Quick Strippie

String Quilt

Twisted Happy Blocks



Roman Stripes

Friday, January 23, 2009

Happy Block Quilts

Here are two Happy Block quilts by Mary Hopkins - finished and ready to donate. She added borders to hers but they look equally good without.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Happy Blocks - are you making them?

We're continuing to work on our Happy Blocks and Happy Block Quilts through the end of February and I've heard people comment that they either don't have a variety of novelty fabrics or don't have a variety of framing fabrics so here are a couple ideas.

Jessica used the same fabric for all her centers. (photo linked from her site)

LauraJean used just two fabrics for framing her blocks.

So you can see, even with limited fabric choices, these quilts can be really successful.

Happy Block Instructions

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Martin Luther King Day

Looking for something to do on MLK Day (January 19th)?? Go visit Cheri's blog and read her suggestion.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Darlene's first HeartStrings quilt

Made with red centers, Darlene recently posted her first HeartStrings quilt that will be donated to an orphanage in Tanzania.

Instructions for making a HeartStrings quilt.

Monday, January 5, 2009

The beginning of a new year!

We started out our 3rd year of service making Happy Blocks. They're a departure from our usual string blocks but every now and then we like a new challenge.

If you'd like to join in, we'll be collecting blocks for use in group quilts through February and you can find the guidelines are the link below.

Happy Blocks for HeartStrings

Take a look below at some of the blocks and tops being made by HeartStrings members.

This set has all cat prints.
I love the graphic black and white of this top.
Here's a *manly* set from Lori.
And a twisted version.