HeartStrings Sew-in

Our Maine sew-in is this week and I’m thrilled to be here after missing 3 years … first COVID and then my back problems last year.

I tie quilts when I attend and surprisingly I love doing it.

I learned how to tie quilts years ago at one of our Nebraska sew-ins and I always think of Jay who taught me when I’m tying a quilt.

And of course, I miss Rebecca too … she was my binding buddy here in Maine.


  1. Our church sewists make quilts for Lutheran World Relief. And they’re all tied. They look wonderful. I know you’re enjoying the friendship of these folks.


  2. When I first started quilting in 1989, I tided all of my quilts. But now I have a good long arm quilter. How things have changed over the years……

  3. I’m betting you have really been enjoying being together with the Maine group in person. My mom tied ALL of her quilts, and she taught me to tie them too. I always feel that tied quilts look best with “poofy” batting. I haven’t tied one in years. Might have to consider that again for some donation quilts.

  4. When I was a fairly young bride we had moved to a new community, and I wasn’t working yet. I decided to join our church’s Community Services and met mostly women of retirement age. Clothing donations were sorted and given away in one area, in another area women were piecing simple quilt tops, and in the back women were sitting around quilting frames tying them for donation. Most of the time that I helped out there I was tying quilt tops. I enjoyed getting to know this older generation and later tied whole cloth (sheet, batting and sheet) together for some comforters for us. Later I used cheater cloth and tied them as well. Now that I piece quilts together I use a long arm quilter to do that job. If I make scrappy for donation, I’ll likely tie them as well. It is good to have a choice. I love your string quilt!

  5. Hi Mary, Can you please share your tying method and what you use to tie them with. They are all beautiful. Thank you!

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