We’re in the press!

Read the Article (PDF file)

An article about The HeartStrings Quilt Project has been published in the May issue of Australian Homespun magazine.

Find out more about the magazine at a www.homespun.com.au
To buy a copy of this issue, go to the website, click on the Subscriptions tab, then click on the How to Order tab.
Readers in North America can buy copies from www.craftmags.com
Ask for Vol 8, #5, issue #48.

Chinese Coins Project

addendum: Page down to see another Chinese Coins top, this one was made by Barb.

It’s not too late to join the fun. There’s one more month to participate in the Chinese Coins Project. Of course, you can always make one of these yourself but we’re collecting sections for the months of April and May to make group quilts. Click the above link to find the guidelines.

Stephanie in Australia sent me a photo of her finished top which she says “will be sent to an online mate who is quilting and finishing donated tops for her 2007 African orphanage project.”

I also made one that I will start quilting today. You can check my blog in a couple days to see the finished quilt.

Here’s a top finished by Barb.

Annie’s strings

I was browsing yesterday and came across Annie’s blog. She was writing about participating in the HeartStrings virtual retreat and reported her progress. I’ve seen some photos of her blocks but I had no idea she’d been so busy.

In addition to this top, she reports she has enough block sets for 5 other quilts, 2 other completed tops, and more blocks in progress.
See more of Annie’s work for HeartStrings at her blog.

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.

Click here to see more photos

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!

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(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)