Nikki’s String Theory

Nikki writes:

I finished and finally took pictures of the quilt I mentioned a month ago in the group.  Perhaps others would like to see it although it is not our normal string quilt.  There is a close up of the blocks and then a wider shot.  Of course all the 4 legged ones tried to get in the photo.

It is called String Theory.  The original pattern is in the April 2017 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.  It is by Sharon Tucker of Grass Roots Quilt Studio.  You can see her blog post here:

Only today after sending Sharon a picture of my quilt, did I find that the pattern was a QAL for American Patchwork.  There are videos on their blog.

I didn’t have enough red so I used green.  It was super fun and I am now doing it again in turquoise and yellow.  When I got to the 20 inch block I quilted as you go and then used a tut I found that showed how you didn’t have to use sashing.  It worked great.  I don’t have a long arm and so I can do it this way for my charity quilts.  I did use lots of starch to keep the little bits from curving.

I am making another one with turquoise and yellow with a Scooby Doo fabric on the back.  Hubs came up with the fabulous idea to fussy cut a few scoobys for the 4 center blocks.  It looks GREAT!


I LOVE getting to see photos of what groups and HeartStrings members are working on. Terry in Idaho recently wrote about a project she’s involved with.

Well, our library quilt show is in the books. Lots of people and lots of quilts, and FUN.
Just thought you would like to know the tally of donated string quilts. There were 550. !!! Green string blocks donated, enough to make 7 twin size quilts.
Quilters are generous people. There are ladies who will take a batch and put the tops together. And others who will finish them before they are donated. So I call it a success.
Thanks to everyone for the inspiration!
Terry in Idaho

I love this article and photo of her with all the blocks.

They limited the colors to yellow and green and she shared some finished tops with us!

From Susan

Our guild has a quiltathon every February where members donate tops and backs and the guild donates the batting. We members sandwich (sew or tie) them and give them to local charities. We generally put together between 80-100 quilts that day.


I’m so used to using a single fabric center string that I’ve forgotten how wonderful our HeartStrings quilts look with different fabrics used for the centers.