Archive for October, 2008

Inspired by HeartStrings

Linda shared these photos of her “Autumn Splendor” quilt inspired in part by our HeartStrings quilts. I love the sashing and border choices she made in this quilt and the Baptist Fan quilting looks great too.



Project Pink


Jennifer continues to make progress on the Project Pink quilts, she just posted this photo of the 10th quilt she’s finished (from donated blocks and tops) on her blog.

Rochester Sew-in

Sorry, not the best photos here but we had such a good time at our Sew-in yesterday and I wanted to share the photos with you.

In this first one, Sue is standing with the pile of blocks she bought with her. Since the inventory was almost completely depleted before our Block Party a few weeks ago – these are all recent donations – and Sue has already sent some of them out and there are more coming so you can imagine how many blocks there were made during the Block Party.

In addition to sewing more blocks – we assembled 7 tops yesterday – unfortunately I don’t have photos of most of them – not sure how we managed to miss taking photos of them all but Sue did share some tops that were assembled by her and her Mom that are in the link at the end of this post.

We also learned how to make pillowcases with the “sausage roll” method – no exposed seams from Ethel. We’re planning a pillowcase Virtual Sew-in next month and I hope you will all join us.
The rest of the photos can be seen in the MN/WI October 2008 Sew-in album.

Green for Guys


Just one week left in our Sept/Oct project to make green centered blocks and quilts for guys. Here’s a top already completed by Laura, it’s heading to Jay in NE where it will be quilted and donated.

For the mailing address to send blocks – email me at mmcjohnson@gmail.com

HeartStrings and Quilts of Valor

Do you remember the story of June, a HeartStrings member, and Al? Take a look at this previous post and then click on the YouTube link to see Al’s video.

June and Al – HeartStrings quilts for Quilts of Valor

Al’s video

Also, don’t forget that HeartStrings members are helping Alycia meet of her of 400 Quilts of Valor.

Alycia’s Blog

Don’t forget the MI/WI area Sew-in

Where: Rochester, MN

When: October 25, 2008

Time: 9:00 – 4:00 PM

Email Mary at mmcjohnson@gmail.com or Sheree at estes@kmtel.com for details.

Sometimes it’s fun to pick and choose

I’m a big fan of string quilts that have a little of everything tossed in but I also love ones that have a bit of a plan too. Take a look at the following quilts and be inspired to create your own.

By Peggy
Peggy, a new HeartStrings member shared a link to photos of string quilts she’s made and donated including this black/white & red one.

Peggy’s String Quilts

Here are a few other HeartStrings quilts with a coordinated look.

RWB by Fran & Lynn
Pink and Green by Marianne & Jennifer
Yellow and Red by Hanne

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Last year we did a special project using pink strings and made a number of quilts that have been donated to Breast Cancer patients.

Thanks to the great response we had, Jennifer continues to work with the blocks received to assemble, quilt and donate additional quilts.

If you’d like to make and donate a HeartStrings quilt for a breast cancer patient, you can find lots of inspiration in our online Pink Strings album.