Archive for September, 2015

Inspired

Lynn shared two tops she just finished inspired by the string quilts other HeartStrings members are making.  

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You can find instructions for the half square string blocks on my website
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A Sharon Quilt Challenge

It’s always fun to see Sharon’s planned HeartStrings quilts and she’s inspired us again to repeat our Sharon Quilt Challenge this year with the two quilts she worked on at the Maine Sew In.  I could tell I was going to love this first one just seeing the blocks as she was piecing them. 

  
She was going for a ‘guy’ quilt and I think she nailed it.  

 

Her second one was a winner too! That’s Jackie holding it up after binding it. 

 

If you’d like to play along with us, here are the guidelines:

EDIT: please review the guidelines to see how we make our blocks first and then adapt them as noted below. 

  • Choose 8 fabrics – I yard each ( not all of each fabric will be used)
  •  All strips are cut 2 inches (fabrics 1-7)
  • For the corner triangles (fabric 8), use the same fabric on both sides of the block and they are cut from 4.5 inch squares (cut the squares first and then cut them on the diagonal).
  • This is a planned quilt with all the strips in the same place for each block.

The deadline for the challenge is Midnight, December 31 but you only need to have the top finished. 

NOTE: Nann made one last year and was a little more precise in her fabric measurements — we just estimated a yard of each knowing there would be some leftovers but I’m including Nann’s measurements here in case you have some fabrics you’d like to use but have less than a yard of them. 

*It turns out that you don’t need one-yard pieces of all eight fabrics. Label the center 1, the strips flanking it 2 and 3, then 4 and 5, then 6 and 7, and the corners 8. #1, #2, #3 — 16 strips (32″). #4 and #5 — 12 strips (24″). #6 & #7 — 11 strips (22″), #8 — 4 strips (8″). That is handy to know if I try another Sharon quilt. 

Starting with the back

Jackie started with a back that she liked (pieced by Tish and sent along with others for the sew-in), pulled some matching strings, made some blocks …

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….added a border and this little top is ready for tying.  We’ll roll that backing around to the front for binding and just think how cute this one will be. 

Maine sew-in

It’s time again for our annual Maine sew in hosted by Bev in Yarmouth. It officially begins tomorrow and we’ll be here all week. 

Ready to tie – look at this huge roll of batting Bev has set up for me.  

 

Brenda and Jackie opened boxes from Tish with backings and from Kathleen with two tops and a set of blocks! We appreciate both their contributions and will put them to good use. 

  
Stay tuned for more updates!