Who’s who?

Ginger wanted to identify the quilters in the Maine photos and since there isn’t an easy way to do that in the photo galleries I’d posted, I thought I’d try to do it here.

Mary – that’s me on the right … I’m one of the coordinators for the HeartStrings group.

Bev is our hostess … she organizes the sew-in each year in Yarmouth Maine and is on the right in the photo below …. and Brenda from NH is on the left.

Ann from PA brought SOOO many quilts to donate and hand sewed the bindings. We were so jealous of how fast she worked!

Jackie from NJ

“Little” Mary from Maine (not to be confused with me!) in the front and Brenda’s friend Barbara in the background.

It was Susan’s first sew-in

Jackie’s friend Karen from Virginia Beach was playing with crumb blocks.

Sharon (on the left) and Mavie (on the right) are also from Maine

Day 4

Today was the 4th day of the Maine sew-in and the last one for me until next year but Brenda will take and share photos with us tomorrow.

Today’s photos feature more HeartStrings quilts, the St Louis 16 patch, and there are a couple Sharon Quilts in progress too. Barbara got her top assembled and “little” Mary has blocks in progress. Susan even pieced a Quick Strippie. Click on any of the photos below to see a slide show.

If you’d like to make your own Sharon Quilt (a planned version of our HeartStrings quilt) this link will take you to an older post with the guidelines.

Day 3

More fun, more accomplished! I can’t believe I didn’t get a photo of the quilt stacks today but I was busy … tying quilts and chatting! I look forward all year to coming and sewing with Bev and the other quilts who come to Maine to work on HeartStrings and other donation quilts.

Bev is busy sewing and Mary is chatting while waiting her turn at the ironing board!

Click on any photo below to view a slide show of the images.

Day 2

So much being accomplished here in Maine!

Our stack of quilts is growing, some were finished before the sew-in and brought to donate and others are being pieced, tied, and bound here. You can see, we’re all hard at work! Plenty of HeartStrings blocks but we like making other patterns too.

Click on any of the photos below to see the slide show!


I was looking back over some old photos tonight and came across these two HeartStrings quilts that I’d quilted for the group and donated years ago.

I loved the project we did with the black and white strings with bright centers …

And here’s a limited color scheme that works great too!

February finishes

Stephanie has been busy as usual and is sharing her February finishes with us!

First up was Interlocking Plus, one of many Plus quilts I started over the past couple of years. I finished piecing this one in January for Charm Squares month, and quilted it in February.

This Zipper quilt is from a Missouri Star U-tube. 

It used a single Kate Spain Horizon charm pack. Border and background found in my stash. I think the background is actually a Christmas fabric, it has tiny silver stars all over. 

This Heartstrings one is another 24 blocks towards my 365 challenge. 

A friend gave me the solid blue, there was exactly enough to cut 24 pieces, 2.5 inches wide. Next I chose the fleece backing, then picked my strings and selvages to coordinate. 

These two were FQ UFOs, both designs by Allison Harris (Cluck Cluck Sew). 

Stacks is from her book “Growing Up Modern”, with a small modification by me. I made the two sides from the same fabric and added a matching strip top and bottom to give a faux border effect.

Road Trip is a free tutorial from her blog, again with a modification by me. I added sashing cut at 1.5 inches, both to add to the size of the quilt, and to separate the prints.

Ann’s February finishes

The Dresden Fan was my oldest ufo. 104×104. There was never a plan on how many blocks or how to set them so it has languished for years I just decided to sew until it was all gone. The brown and teal Yellow brick road was fabric I was gifted 11 years ago for doggy sitting for a friend. The brown and pink was a kit a friend bought and decided it was too much work to appliqué those flowers so she gave it to me a couple of weeks ago. It feels good to get stuff done.