Archive for March, 2010

More QAYG finishes

Linda and Jennifer were at the Nebraska sew-in and after piecing a bunch of blocks, both them started assembling a set of QAYG blocks. They were smart and decided to use the basketweave setting that Sheree and I figured out the night before which decreases a LOT of bulk.

Nebraska sew-in

On the same day the New Hampshire group met, another group was working in Fremont Nebraska and assembling Quilt as you Go blocks.

A big challenge with the QAYG blocks is the bulk in the seams when assembling the blocks. We worked on developing a basket weave variation that would decrease that bulk but still look good.

New Hampshire sew-in

Last week a group met in New Hampshire to work on HeartStrings blocks and tops and the photos below show them hard at work. They have plans for another sew-in sometime in May.

HeartString’s sew-ins

Although we’re mainly an internet based group, we do try to hold sew-ins when we can gather a few of our members together in person.

This Saturday, we’ll have two groups meeting – one in Nebraska and one in New Hampshire – and we’ll celebrate National Quilting Day making quilts for those in need.

A few of us met a day early in Nebraska to get a start on assembling the Quilt as you Go blocks being made the last couple months.

See other photos from our day.

Project Linus

The  Illini Country Stitcher’s have been making HeartStrings quilts for Project Linus.
Members come from Champaign, Illinois, and the surrounding communities.  Click here to visit their website and see more of their recent HeartStrings Quilts and what a difference changing the color of the center strip can make in these quilts.

A request for Quilts of Valor

Can you help? Alycia wrote on her blog:

In May of 2010 over 200 Wounded Warriors will come to Colorado Springs to Compete in the Inaugural Warrior Games. This is the first year they are holding the games, and they are inviting military from all service branches.

This is a great opportunity to show service members from all branches, wounded service members – that we, as a grateful nation, are appreciative of what they have done. That we are proud of them for the progress and accomplishments they have made, even through their injuries, and that we would like to offer them our thanks.

She needs the quilts  by May 1st and you can read more details on her blog.

(Quilt Size – Minimum 50 x 60, Maximum 72 x 90)

In support of

Many of us make Quilts of Valor but I was especially touched to get an email from Robin with a photo of this HeartString quilt she made for her niece to show support for her as a military wife.

Instructions for making your own HeartStrings quilt for a loved one or to donate to someone in need.

782 + Pillowcases

HeartStrings members made over 782 pillowcases to donate to a variety of charitable organizations in January and February. We’ll add those to the numbers of the One Million Pillowcases project at the All People Quilt Website.

Thanks to everyone who participated. Some of us will be making more throughout the year as they make great stashbusters!