Where do you find inspiration?

Have you been browsing through the new HeartStrings Blog Ring? Here are some recent quilts posted by members.

From my blog
, Half String Hearts. An instruction sheet for making this quilt is available on my MaryQuilts.com site.

On Becky’s blog, a Funky Caterpillar quilt from RWB coins donated by HeartStrings members. She also wrote instructions for this quilt and shared them.

Ruthie shared a chinese coins quilt that she dressed up with buttons and yo-yo’s.

If you are a HeartStrings quilter and have a blog, you can join our blog ring.

Let’s go Green for Guys

After getting some input from HeartStrings members who attended the WI/MN area sew-in August 2nd, I chose Green for Guys as our special project for September and October 2008.

Think guy quilts as you create HeartStrings blocks using a center green strip. Use the guidelines and remember to replace the center red or blue strip with a 2 inch green strip.

Make one block, a set of 48, or anything in between. Email me for the address to mail blocks.


Every now and then it’s fun to try something different. Here are a couple fun string quilt variations from HeartStrings members.

Melva’s quilt uses a block with strings in just half of the block – doesn’t the sashing add a lot to this quilt too?

Lori’s quilt uses light and dark strings on each side of her center rather than mixing them all up.

Donated tops

In addition to donations of string blocks made according to our guidelines, HeartStrings accepts completed tops. We quilt, bind, and donate these tops to local charities and I thought I’d share a few that I’ve finished up this week.

This top was pieced by Sue’s Mom from blocks sent in by HeartStrings members.

We also accept non-string pieced tops like this one pieced by Deb in AZ.

This HeartStrings top was pieced by Barbara in FL.

This pretty pink string top was pieced by the quilters at St. Mary’s in CT.

If you’d like to donated a completed top or volunteer to quilt and finish tops that have been donated, email me.