We’re sewing in Maine!

The first quilt has been tied and bound and blocks are being pieced and tops assembled here in Yarmouth Maine.

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Learning to make HeartStrings blocks

I had an opportunity to teach a class and give a presentation to the Lincoln Quilt Guild in Nebraska this week. It was fun to see everyone excited about making string blocks.

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WI/MN sew-in

HeartStrings met on Saturday in Roberts WI to work on quilts for veterans entering hospice.

Kathy hosts the Roberts sew-ins twice a year and chooses a theme or project for the group to focus on although everyone is always welcome to work on their own quilts in progress.

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Sue is the coordinator for the US and accepted blocks sent in by members who wanted to contribute but couldn’t attend the sew-in in person.

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Betty took over photography duties for the event and is pictured here with one of the assembled tops.

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Fun!

Here’s a fun setting by Stephanie!

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July’s project

Red/White/Blue HeartStrings blocks with BLUE centers for the USA to send to Sue. You can use red or white centers if you are making the entire set of 48 or completing the top or quilt yourself.

Regular scrappy HeartStrings blocks with WHITE centers for the Aussies to send to Stephanie.

For anyone who wants to participate but not do the above, we always accept our regular red and blue centered blocks.

Center strips on all the above options should be cut 2 inches and the remaining strings can vary in width.

Please review our standard block guidelines if needed for information on block size and foundations. We will construction these blocks the same as our regular blocks but with the colors outlined above.

Block guidelines

I got a late start but just finished my first of two sets I plan to make.

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Virginia shared a couple HeartStrings quilts that she’s finished that will be donated in Bemidji, MN.

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More Red/White/Blue

Nancy and the Peace by Piece quilters from St Mary’s made these tops. They’ll be completed and donated to veterans entering hospice in WI.

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Red/White/Blue

Kathy in WI will be working on quilts for veterans entering Hospice and has invited anyone who wants to participate to make some RWB blocks and send them in. You can find the instructions by clicking here.

Alycia shared a recent finish. The blocks were pieced by Al Lind, a WWII vet who got involved making HeartStrings quilts years ago. You can read about how June got him started here.

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Al went on to piece many HeartStrings blocks and tops for Quilts of Valor. He died in 2010.

Nikki’s quilt shows how effective a limited color scheme can be. Chose three colors and make your own heartStrings quilt.

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National Volunteer Week – Part 2

We’ve been sharing information about ourselves this week to celebrate National Volunteer Week. We appreciate all the contributions of our members whether they make blocks, make quilts from start to finish, or work on any of the steps in between!

Lori has the same reasons for joining many of us did and writes

I joined this group because it fit what I wanted to do. Donation quilts and dent my stash. At least ONE goal is working! I’ve been a member a long time. Project Linus, QOV, nursing homes. I’ve made string quilts, happy block quilts, whatever caught my eye. But when I donate a quilt I attach a Heartstrings label.

Stephanie is our coordinator in Australia and writes

I love this, and enjoy the challenge of creating warm hugs for those who need them, from the things other people decide they don’t need. Most of these I quilt on my plain Jane domestic machines.

Sometimes when I have spare money, I have a batch quilted by a long armer who gives me a nice discount for community quilts.

I am still a frenzied maker of blocks, and have completed the 365 challenge every year since Tresica first posted the photo of her 365 and inspired us with that challenge.

I have donated to many different places/causes over the years here, both local and overseas.

My current list includes Aussie Hero Quilts, a cancer hospice, a children’s shelter, and a women’s refuge.

Previously, Quilts for Africa, lots of QAYG blocks to Jan Mac for East Timor and local places, bushfire and flood relief quilt drives (different times/places – Australia is a land of extremes), Royal Flying Doctor Service, Ronald McDonald House, various shelters/hospitals and several seriously ill people that people have contacted me about.

This week I am working on a child’s shelter quilt and couple of small bereavement quilts for a local hospital for the sad times when a young child comes into the emergency room and loses their battle right there.

AnnG in MN writes

After making string quilts on my own, and taking a string quiting workshop, I was just searching the internet for more string quilt ideas – I was in love with them (and still am). Having found the HeartStrings web site, I was excited to start making blocks. I love uncontrolled scrappiness, and would much rather make blocks than assemble or quilt the tops, and since I give away almost everything I made, the charity focus is a good match. Over the years, I have continued to make mostly string blocks, but love Happy Blocks too. I’ve assembled a handful of quilts, and finished a couple, but usually I just send my blocks to Sue and my tops to Mollie, or take them with me to the WI/MN sew-ins. I’m happy to be able to contribute to so many causes supported by our members.

Mary in WA writes

I really enjoy all the photos and conversations sharing what we do. I retired in 2013 and am relatively new to quilting. My stash is limited but I’m working on it, lol. I’ve joined 2 local groups and have participated in the charity giving, one gives to the neo-natal and the kidney unit at our local
hospital. They are always looking for ‘boy’ quilts so I concentrate my
efforts on those. The other group gives to a safe house for abused and
battered women and their kids. They have fewer ‘restrictions’ on what
they will accept so most of my beginner projects go there.

I’m learning that I prefer scrappy quilts and HS blocks are so much
fun, I think this is my nitch.

Glad to be a part of this group and sorry to be too far away to
participate in the sew-ins.