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.