Tuesday, September 30, 2008

More on Tying Quilts

(Photo used with permission)

Tanya posted about her group at church tying a Prayers and Squares quilt for one of their members.

In addition to being a quicker way to finish quilts, tying a quilt can be a way to incorporate prayers for an individual into the actual gifting of the quilt.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tying a HeartStrings Quilt

While most of our HeartStrings quilts are quilted by volunteers there's another way to finish these quilts. Tying was a traditional way to finish string quilts and is still a wonderful way to finish HeartStrings quilts.

Bonnie Hunter
posted photo's of her Charity Bee tying a HeartStrings top that was pieced and donated by Laura (the photos are shown here with Bonnie's permission).

More information can be found at the links below.
Tying a quilt
Quilt Tying Tips from Quiltmaker Magazine

What happens to the HeartStrings Blocks you donate?

In addition to all the HeartStrings quilts made from start to finish by individual members of our group, many of us work on assembling, quilting, binding, and donating quilts from the blocks sent in for group quilts.

I wanted to give you just a small sampling of the numerous quilts that have been made from blocks YOU have sent in and thank you all for participating in our Block Party this weekend that will result in even more quilts that will be donated to those in need.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Block Party Weekend

We're sewing up HeartStrings blocks this weekend to replace our depleted inventory. Please join in and make a few blocks with us.

Blocks should be made according the the guidelines but you can use RED, GREEN, or BLUE centers this weekend.

Block Guidelines

Email me for the address to send in blocks and to let me know that you've participated and how many blocks you made (1 or 100 - it's all good!)

Email Mary at mmcjohnson@gmail.com

Thursday, September 25, 2008

MN/WI area Sew-in October 25

Mark your calendars and join us for a sew-in in Rochester, MN

Date: October 25
Where: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, off Elton Hills Dr
Hours: 9am - 4pm

What to bring:

  • Sewing machine
  • Strips and Strings
  • Pot Luck contribution if staying for lunch
Please contact us for additional details or to let us know you'll be attending by emailing Mary at mmcjohnson@gmail.com

Monday, September 22, 2008

We're having a Block Party

Sue tells me that her block inventory is getting low so we're going to have a Block Party next weekend - September 27-28.

We'll sew on Saturday and/or Sunday and you can make 1 block or 100 to mail in to Sue (or Stephanie if in AUS).

You can choose to make GREEN centered blocks for our Sept/Oct project or BLUE or RED centered HeartStrings blocks. (RED for AUS)

Please use the guidelines for making the blocks:

Anyone participating will be eligible for some door prizes - again, the number of blocks you make doesn't matter - participation does!

If you're unable to participate on the weekend - you can sew up a few blocks this week and still be eligible for the door prizes.

Will anyone join me?

Green for Guys

Are you making HeartStrings blocks with green centers for our September/October project? I'm leaving out the pinks, purples, and large florals and tossing in a bit of everything else for my blocks.

Please consider making some blocks and sending them in to be combined with other donations into quilts for guys. Email me for the mailing address at mmcjohnson@gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Checking in with Alycia's QOV project

The current count on Alycia's blog is 136 tops and quilts, of these 90 are quilted. She's well on her way to meeting her goal of 400 Quilts of Valor for 2009.

Pictured below is the most recent HeartStrings top, sent by Laura.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Happy Quilt

Annie is a HeartStrings quilter who had made a ton of HeartStrings blocks and tops. She recently posted this Happy Quilt on her blog and talked about where this one is being donate.

One reason this caught my eye is that I just sent a HeartStrings quilt to Tristan, another little boy with Leukemia. I hope the quilts bring these two boys some warmth and comfort as they face the challenges ahead.

Monday, September 15, 2008


Inspired by the blocks below pieced by Cheri, Helen decided to make her own Rainbow string quilt. Click on their names below visit both their blogs for other inspiring quilts.

Cheri works with Project Linus and has used HeartStrings blocks in the past with her group to make and donate quilts.

Helen lives in the UK and makes and donates quilts to a variety of children's charities.