Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Heartstrings block of the month project

Well, my guild had their once a month meeting tonight, and the block of the month for February was a red-centered heartstrings block. Here's a picture of all of us that participated:


We brought in 56 completed blocks. I'm the fat one in the purple shirt, back row. :) We also had two tops to show. Here's mine,using my 30 blocks, forming a pastel heart in the center and red strings around it:


I plan to add one more row of 6 blocks to the bottom of this one. Our quilts are going to be donated to a nursing/convalescent home, so we're using all sizes, from little wheelchair lap quilts to hospital bed size quilts.

And here's the other top at the flimsy stage, Peg B. made a 20 block red-stringed version where she added piano-key style sashing. I like the sashing - somehow I'm ending up with a lot of shorter strips after I use the longer bits on the long diagonals, this would help me use some of them up:


So altogether, the guild has done 106 blocks for heartstrings, and there were more who said they had blocks at home they didn't bring. We're having a contest, with a door prize for the most blocks brought in. This month was red center strips, for March, we'll do blue strips down the center. There was a LOT of interest in making these, so I'm hoping we double our results next month, so actually I'll accept both red AND blue centers.

16 comments:

Mary said...

Jane, this is amazing! It is so cool that you've gotten your guild members excited about the Project. I like both tops - I'm also having a lot of shorter strings leftover but I think I'm going to use mine for a chinese coins version similar to the bright string top I made last month. Since the rows are different widths I figure I can sort by size and then sew them together.

Hanne said...

What a lovely guild idea.
I still have not seen a string quilt I do not like :-)
Your heart is very cute.

Helen in the UK said...

Looks like your guild members had a blast making the string blocks. Love both the tops - sounds like you'll have a wonderful variety of quilts to donate. Great work :)

Patti said...

Great looking blocks! What a wonderful project for your guild.

YankeeQuilter said...

Those blocks all came together great...and none of the usual group project woes of sizing or colors! Great job to all...

Laurie Ann said...

That is so exciting! Your group really went all out. Your heart string quilt is really sharp! Good job!!!!

Linda_J said...

Good job, quilt group! Sounds like a lot of your group are getting behind this and even the most inexperienced sewists can do these blocks.

Pretty EQ sketches too--I keep wanting to put a little red spot on the bottom of the pastel strings to make it red all around. (anal retentive, right?)

Norma said...

Your group has done an excellent job! I love that heart shaped quilt! Simply gorgeous!

Joanne said...

What a great group you have. I'm hoping to interest my quilt guild in the heartstrings project, too.

Cynthia said...

your guild has done a great job with the string blocks.

Ann said...

Love the heartstrings top! Was fun seeing pictures of some of the gals I met last November, too! Tell them the Marshmallow lady says hi!

Veronica said...

So nice to see a picture of your group and what a wonderful job you've all done! Love all the string blocks and tops. Keep up the good work!

Carolyn said...

Wow, what a great group you have! The blocks and quilts look great...

Dawn said...

Oh what fun! I like the sashing strings too!

Tracey said...

Thats great that your group is so enthusiastic about making the blockss! I love Peg B's setting with the shorter strips...great way to use up those small pieces.

Elaine Adair said...

To the fat one in the purple shirt ... you should be beaten with uhhhh, something or other! By the time we get this age, MANY of are the 'fat one' and usually purple is OUR color! So ... quit that!

LOVE those strings, and glad your group got together to make them. I started, then got sidetracked (so what's new about that?)

from Elaine Adair, the uhhhh ...slightly rounded one in a purple sweater.

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