Minnesota area Sew-in

From (L) to (R) Teresa, Mary, Sheree, Sue, Virginia, and Kathy
Our first Minnesota area Sew-in was a success. Sue hosted the event at her home in Stillwater and we had 6 participants. We worked on HeartStrings projects, had show & tell, got to know one another, and even had an outing for lunch and a stop at the local quilt shop.

In addition, HeartStrings quilters from all over are participating in a virtual retreat this weekend.

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Little bits and pieces

So what do you do with those leftover scraps from string piecing that are too small to use? Crumb piecing (also known as Mile a Minute blocks) uses even the tinest bits of fabric.

I have to admit I’m more a fan of string quilts than crumb quilts but Tracey recently posted this quilt on her blog which really appeals to me. This one might not necessarily be pieced with crumbs but it does use short strings. Visit her blog to see more of her crumb quilts.

Crazy Day-sy O’s for Liberty House

Michele wrote “I made this little quilt, with the Heartstrings Quilting Project in mind, and will donate it, and eventually, others similar to it to Liberty House. I named this quilt “Crazy Day-sy O’s”, referring to the daisy-like flowers and little circles…which I added not only as anchors for the crazy days these children have, but for the quilting and anchoring of the strings in the quilts.”

Read the complete story at Michele’s blog.

Retreat Weekend

Don’t forget that in celebration of National Volunteer’s week we’re having a retreat weekend this Saturday and Sunday.

Work on HeartStrings Blocks to send in for group quilts

Work on Chinese Coins sections for our short term project for April/May

Work on any HeartStrings project you have in progress.

Make sure you let us know what you accomplish!

Email Mary

(For those of you who may have picked up that National Volunteer’s Week was April 15th -21st, you’ll have to excuse us being a week late – my calendar had the 23rd through the 29th)

A Team Effort

Melva’s first HeartStrings top quilt by Cher

At the start of the project Melva was one of the first to have a top completed and ready to send off to a volunteer quilter. This one was quilted by Cher and donated to Wrap them in Love. Melva was also the first to create the HeartStrings *logo* quilt – it was her 2nd one for the HeartStrings Project.

She soon wrote us that she had her husband Guy making string blocks along with her and posted photo’s of her 3rd and 4th HeartString tops.

In a recent email she wrote ….I got the HandiQuilter set up and have one quilt quilted…have another all loaded but haven’t had a chance to work on it this week…We have done 5 tops plus the one that Cher quilted. I have a group of blocks ready to send to SueF…and did make some Chinese Coins I’ll probably send on also…just need to get the 5 I have, done. Then can start more blocks.

And here are a couple more finished tops.

In Memory of Louise Casey

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One of our members, May Sisk of New Jersey, wrote “this Heartstring top was made in memory of my sister Louise who passed away 2 weeks ago. Making the this quilt top was good therapy during the past few weeks.”
May mailed the top to me for quilting and it will be sent back to her to donate in her sister’s memory. Can you see the quilted hearts? Appropriately enough this pantograph by Jodi Beamish is called Heartstrings.

Make a Blanket Day – HeartStrings for Project Linus

Cheri Sullivan is a member of Illini Country Stitchers Guild in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and co-chair of the Project Linus Committee.

She emailed “I found your website from a heartstrings logo on someone’s blog, and thought the string quilt would make a great project. I cut the muslin squares and attached the center string (with one adjacent string, since they are stitched together) because I thought that was the only critical strip to have placed correctly. As it turned out, some of the people who came to Make A Blanket Day (a Project Linus event) could not really sew (one woman was the grateful mom of a blanket recipient), so I was glad I had started each block. Still, they did a GREAT job on the blocks!”

Cheri posted directions for making string blocks on their group blog and shared the HeartStrings quilt in progress with her members.

She recently emailed the above picture of the finished quilt and these photos of the Illini Country Stitchers work night at Sew Sassy where they were making another string quilt for Project Linus.