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.

My new favorite

I’m loving all the black and white HeartStrings quilts that are being completed for our current project but I have a new favorite pieced by Ann today at the Maine sew-in.

She used a planned layout and 2.5 inch strips rather than ones of various widths. Here’s her block


And here’s her top


To see more photos from the sew-in click here

Black and White project

Are you joining in? If you’re making blocks to send in for group quilts the centers need to be red and you’ll need to follow the instructions at this post but if you’re making the entire set of 48 blocks, assembling the top yourself, or finishing the quilt to donate it locally you can get as creative as you like.

Cathy used green as her accent.


May used yellow and modified the block to make her quilt a planned version rather than scrappy.


Bev used red and like May she did a planned version.


Remember, we’ll continue these through October and there will be prizes! If you don’t have black and white fabrics, you can still join in by making our regular HeartStrings blocks.

Hopes and Dreams Challenge for ALS

Bunny shared one of her HeartStrings quilts with me and wrote:

I made several ‘heartstrings’ quilts for the Quilters Dream ‘’’Hopes and Dreams Challenge for ALS’’ this year. Hubby Joe won the category for long-arm submissions. They are featuring one of the HS quilts on the website right now. I got a little crazy, so you may have a hard time recognizing it. The lighter cat fabric is the middle strip.

I love that HeartStrings quilts show up in support of so many causes!