Archive for May, 2010

Pull out the Homespuns!

For our June/July project we’ll pull out those Homespun fabrics and make some quilts suitable for donating to organizations for men.

The guidelines are as follows for blocks that will be sent in for group quilts.

Start with an 11 inch muslin foundation

Center string is BLACK cotton fabric, cut 2 inches and it can be a print but it should be tone on tone and read fairly solid.

The remaining strings should be from homespun fabrics.

Blocks are trimmed to 10.5 inches after piecing.

We will set them 6×8 blocks for a quilt that will finish at 60×80.

As always, these guidelines are just for blocks that are sent in for group quilts. If completing your own top or quilt you can modify them but for tops that you will be sending in for quilting, please keep them about 60×80 in size.

Sew-in for Quilts of Valor

Donna organized and held a sew-in yesterday in Winfield IL to work on Quilts of Valor. More photos can be seen in her online album but I wanted to share some of the HeartStrings quilts they worked on here.

Dakota County Star Quilters

Robin shared these photos with us of her guild’s work day making HeartStrings quilts. She writes that many of their quilts will go to Quilts of Valor and Women’s Advocacy¬†programs. Click on the thumbnails to see a larger photo.


After seeing my post on Julie and her HeartStrings helpers, Diannia had to make her own string star. She wrote that she quilted the top on her domestic sewing machine using muslin that had a preprinted quilting design and donated her quilt to the church for a fundraiser.

A MN/WI area sew-in

A group of 10 met Saturday in Shoreview MN to work on a variety of HeartStrings projects. In addition to assembling a couple blue centered tops, we worked on yellow blocks and tops for our current project, Quilt as you Go blocks, other HeartStrings blocks, and tying and binding quilts. It was a very productive day!

Other photos from the sew-in