Usually you’ll find us playing in our strings but we’re doing something a little different with our current project. We’ve been making 3 yard quilts. Quick and easy to piece and they bust a lot of stash quickly! You can make up your own 3 yard quilt or find patterns online. Many of us are using patterns from Fabric Cafe and my Quick Strippies are made from just 3 fabrics too!
I love the orange stripe Robina used as her center strip with her green strings! While our “everything goes” scrappy HeartStrings are great, it’s fun to play with different color combinations too.
We’re playing with tumblers this month! We’re having lots of fun and so many cute quilts will be donated. Some of us are using templates and some are using tumbler dies. These are just a few of the ones we’re making. Click on a photo and scroll through the slideshow.
Happy Blocks are one of our favorite projects to work on and always make such cute quilts. Here’s a recent finished top that Ellen shared with us. Some of our quilts are scrappy with blocks mixed in from a variety of quilters and others are more planned like this one. I have several different instructions on my website and I’m not sure which measurements Ellen used, but we’ve done lots of variations with the center square – from cutting them 4.5 or 6.5 inches to using Charm Squares (5 inch squares).
Just 24 HeartStrings blocks, some sashing and a couple borders and look how gorgeous Kathleen’s quilt turned out! So many different options with our HeartStrings quilts and I never get tired of them.
Our Maine sew-in was canceled this week but we still worked on our Rainbow HeartStrings quilts and I thought I’d share some inspiration here for those of you thinking of making your own quilts. You can click on the photos below to see larger versions.
You can find brief instructions for the Rainbow blocks on my website at this link. Jackie used HeartStrings blocks with half neutrals and half rainbow strings for two of her quilts shown at the top of the gallery.
One of our HeartStrings challenges for those that want to participate is to make 365 HeartStrings blocks … some do it over a single year, others just keep track and take more time. Marianne, one of our members passed away earlier this year and as she wasn’t able to participate in the challenge as she typically did, we’ve been finishing 365 blocks for the year in her memory. Here are a few of the tops and quilts we’ve been working on. So far we’ve hit 750+ blocks and we’ve surpassed our goal.
Stephanie made her own version of our Rainbow Strings quilt, rather than use a single color in each block she used a white center strip and pieced half of each block with strips of one color… it takes more planning but it’s gorgeous!
Are you making Rainbow String blocks? Sharon is and she just shared a photo of her top with me. Doesn’t it look great? These blocks can be assembled with or without sashing but I love how the black sashing with the colorful cornerstones looks.
We’re doing a Rainbow Strings project for the Maine sew-in this September and we’ve been working on blocks at home. If you’re interested in participating you can find the details by clicking here.
I haven’t posted here on the website in a while but we’re still making and donating HeartStrings quilts. If interested in joining us, come on over to our discussion group on Groups.io.
We’re still making our regular Red and Blue centered HeartStrings blocks but we like to play with variations too. This one of mine uses lights on one side of the center strip.
And I recently finished quilting this Sharon inspired HeartStrings quilt pieced by Barbara … a real group effort! Our Sharon inspired quilts are more planned and you can find instructions at this link.