Tired of winter?

Pull out those bright strings and brighten up your day while making a HeartStrings quilt for someone in need.


More Happy Blocks

The New Year’s sew along is finished but we’ll continue to make Happy Blocks during the month of January. If you’d like to make some and send them in for group quilts, check the instructions here.

I love how Stephanie laid her blocks out in this one.


We’re making Happy Blocks!

Cathy made a top with hearts!


And Betty made a twisted version.


Are you ready for Happy Blocks?

We’re having another holiday sew along and we’re making Happy Blocks. It’s been a few years since since our first Happy Block project and it’s time for another.

We’ll start on January 1st, New Year’s Day, and sew through the weekend but feel free to start early! Stephanie has already made a set of blocks and it’s not even Christmas yet. We’ll continue making blocks through the month of January and you can send them in for group quilts, assemble a top and send the top in for completion, or finish the quilt yourself and donate it locally.

Here’s a photo from the last project to inspire you – this was a group at a WI/MN sew-in assembling blocks sent in.


Happy Block Instructions

And if you’re making the top or entire quilt yourself and would like a grown up version using a package of Charm Squares … I have instructions for that too. Instructions for my Charmed Squares quilt.


Do you sense a theme here?

Cathy has finished a 3rd top for our current Black and White project … She used another polka dot fabric for her centers and I love how all of hers turned out.


There’ still one more week to participate … The Black and White project ends on October 31. Details are at this link.

More quilts from our Black and White project

This one is from Joyce


This one from Sarah


And this one from Cathy – don’t you love the polka dots!


Remember, our project continues through the end of October and if you’re sending in blocks you should use a red center with your black and white prints. If you’re making the entire set of 48 or completing the top yourself you can use any color to accent the black and white!

A couple recent finishes

One of the fun things about HeartStrings is working with other quilters. I had the pleasure of quilting and binding these two string tops.

This one pieced by Tish


And this one by Jackie


Both of these will be donated in Maine.

Another group effort

A top pieced by a group in California, quilted by Teresa, a volunteer in PA will be donated along with an earlier quilt to a local domestic violence shelter. The quilt back was also donated but I’m afraid I don’t remember who pieced this particular back.





The generosity of quilters never ceases to amaze me. Tish is a very generous quilter who has, for years, been sending backings and some quilt tops to me to finish and donate for HeartStrings.

In the last 4 years she has donated too many backings to count … Pieced, pressed, and ready to use from beautiful, good quality fabric. I’ve been the main recipient but others have benefited also.

This week she sent 3 boxes … 29 backings total for us to use in Maine and she sent backings earlier in the year too prior to our April sew-in.

Since then I tied a number of quilts using these backs and this week, Brenda took all the trimmings and with some help from Carol, she turned them into a beautiful HeartStrings top which I tied last night. Brenda bound it and it’s now ready for donation. She has more strings from the backing trimmings and there will be more quilts to come.

Brenda making the blocks


Brenda and Carol with the top


And here’s the finished quilt


Thank you Tish for your generosity and hard work!

More Black and White

The Maine sew-in continues and in addition to lots of other progress, these two were completed for our Black and White project.

This one by Bev is already quilted and bound.


And this top was made by Jackie


Keep in mind if you’re sending in a partial set for group quilts the center needs to be red and then black and white fabrics should finish the block – all the information is at this previous post.