Are you ready?

We’re going to kick off a new project as the summer comes to an end and we head back to our sewing rooms.

For the months of September and October we’ll collect blocks with black center strips and bright strings. Following our basic guidelines, we’ll start with a foundation that is cut 10 inches and a center black string cut 2 inches and then add bright strings to finish the block. The center string does NOT have to be a solid but it should be either a tone on tone or solid rather than a multicolored print. Blocks will then be trimmed to 9.5 inches.

Stephanie got an early start and made this top


Here’s another top, this one from the July WI/MN sew-in that inspired us to choose this combination.


And because I still have lots of Homespuns AND I like to offer a second option, you can also send in blocks that use the center black string as described above but finish the blocks with homespun strings.


You can make as many or as few blocks as you’d like to send in, you can compete the top and we’ll find a volunteer to quilt and donate it, or you can make the entire quilt from start to finish and donate it locally.

Of course we always accept blocks made according to the guidelines with our BLUE or RED centers if neither of the above options work for you.

I hope EVERYONE will join in over the next couple months.

7 thoughts on “Are you ready?”

  1. I sure like the looks with the black center strip..
    and to use this for homespuns as well.. this will be a very nice block too..and I have homespuns -whoo hoo


  2. Oh, Mary! Both of these are fabulous! I used up lots of my brights for quilts for my grandkids at Christmas, but I am sure I have enough left to make at least one! (I have been amassing “regular” sets of 48 blocks each week for the past several weeks, but have not mailed to Sue yet.)


  3. Oh wow, I like both ideas. Maybe will send blocks using brights and also some homespun blocks.
    Just received a huge order of Kaufman Kona solid black. It was on sale so I stocked up. 🙂


  4. Mary, you have the knack of getting us all excited and ready to charge ahead with the next project. Thank you for your leadership and enthusiasm. You keep me motivated to “pass it forward”. I love both of these new heartstrings quilt designs.


  5. New project sounds good to me. Haven’t done much sewing recently as we’ve had some work done in our house but as soon as sewing room is back in order I’m hitting my stash and will be sewing away on some black centered strings. May


  6. Mary, quilted my VERY FIRST QUILT you donated to our charity (quilters give back in Tomahawk) without any puckers. I am very happy with it and thank you so much. Besides quilts of valor, a homeless shelter just opened in Rhinelander and your quilts will be on the bunks for kids (how cool is that). Thank you again for entrusting me with your groups’ gorgeous work. Any time you have extra, I would be glad to do them for you. Mary in Tomahawk, WI


  7. I meant to address this to Sue! My name is Mary (obviously) and read the author was Mary, but the above is for SUE!!!!


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