Contest #1 — String Quilts

I want to compile a list of links with string quilt variations for HeartStrings so if you’ve made a string quilt or have a favorite link to a string quilt share the link on this post for a chance to win a prize. Each link you share gets you one chance to win and if you share a link that inspires my next string quilt you’ll win too!

I’ll start off the list with some string quilts I’ve made(these link to instructions for making the quilts too):

String Tumblers
Amish Stripes and Strings
Chinese Coins with Coins border
Chinese Coins – Easy version
Chinese Coins – Easy version #2
Chinese Coins ~ Uneven Version
Strings ~ Half Square Strings
Strings ~ Patriotic Star
Strings ~ Purple Project Quilt #1
Strings ~ Purple Project Quilt #2
Strings ~ Rectangle Strings
Strips and Strings Log Cabin
Strings ~ Hearts

This Coins quilt doesn’t have instructions but it’s based on a quilt by Karla Alexander on the cover of this book.

Here’s my String Courthouse Steps quilt based on one by Sandy Bonsib on the cover of this book.

This is my HeartStrings quilt with green centers — instructions are available here and here’s my Pink version.

It doesn’t have to be a quilt of yours to share the link but make sure I can contact you by email if you win. The contest will end on June 22nd when I get back to town.

Now, what are your favorite string quilt variations?

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  1. Mary, thanks for sharing your string quilts, they are beautiful. We're gonna use the string quilt block for our next charity sew-in and now I have a place to refer people so they can see how cool these quilts can turn out.

  2. Oh, what fun! We've made lots of heartstrings and I'm looking for something else. I should have a bunch of links, but to get started for now, here are 3 of the more different hearstrings quilts I've made or my committee has made using your patterns:

    Rainbow rectangular heartstrings

    Different rainbow square heartstrings (not yet finished):

    Fighting Illini (local university sports team) colors heartstrings:

  3. Hi Mary, I love all you string quilts. I have always wanted to make truly scrappy quilts but for some reason I seem to have a mental block (not a lack of scaps or fabric). You have inspired me to get over it and just go for it. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Robin in Seal Beach, CA

  4. Here's some fun eye candy. Looking at this stuff sure gives my creative energies a boost. Have fun!

  5. I love string quilts and always use my scraps! My blog has one I just finished with strings used in rectangles, logs, triangles and squares. I'll go post it! Love to read your blog.

  6. Glad to see there are folks that have made more than I have!

    “M” quilt is here

    star quilt is here

    St. Patrick's good Luck

    And a Heart string one

    Hope they inspire others. String piecing is great fun!

  7. This is one of my favorites.

    Roogrr's back to 100% after his second TPLO. I see him a little stiff when he gets up, but seems to walk it off right away. I am taking him to hydrotherapy to bulk up some muscle in those thighs. I am glad I don't have to worry about the “other knee” anymore! Did you get Chesty on some glucosamine?

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