Sunday, May 03, 2009

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I'm home after a 4 day trip to Nebraska to attend a HeartStrings sew-in. You can see the Happy Blocks on the wall behind me which were our main task but I was thrilled to work with Jay to hand tie a HeartStrings top that had been pieced by Laura.

How wonderful to be so connected to the past just by the act of tying a string quilt....Jay even had an old blanket that we used as batting and showed me how to bring the backing around to the front of the quilt for a binding. Talk about knowledgeable -- Jay's a librarian so it was no surprise to find him a great source of information but I really enjoyed hearing about how he was taught to quilt by his grandmother.


If you'd like to see some more photos from our sew-in please visit our HeartStrings NE Sew-in album. Photos were not allow during our visit to the International Quilt Study Center but they have a wonderful website so be sure to take a virtual tour.


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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for coming Mary and Sheree! I had lots of fun, and I am trying to make the sew-in in October workable with my schedule and other issues. I hope I can attend.

Jay

Clare said...

Great photos. Looks like you had a lot of fun.

How many ties to a block? Doyou do one in each corner and one in the centre?

Owens Family Adventures said...

You look so happy!! There is nothing like spending time with other quilters!!!
dawn

Vicki W said...

That looks like it was loads of fun!

YankeeQuilter said...

Spending time with other quilters is always fun...maybe don't get as much done but fun!

Brooxie said...

How fun! How many strands of the perle cotton do you use and what size yarn darner?

jovaliquilts said...

I have never tied a quilt, but think I need to get over that hump and do one! Can you use regular batting?

Judy Laquidara said...

Glad you had such a great trip! I like the looks of that design wall back there.

Quiltin' LibraryLady said...

After reading your post, looking at all the pictures and reading the Heartstrings posts I'm even more sorry I didn't make it. Needing to start out at 0 dark hundred, after my quilting buddies begged off, just squashed my enthusiasm for the trip. I'm glad you all had such a good time and got so much done. When I saw the picture of the food table I was stunned.........and only six people made it?? Who has to eat all the leftovers??

jan said...

Gosh, this brought beack memories for me. I used to have a house group and when it was one of the ladies Ruby W/A - 40years - the rest of us - 6 in total - decided to make the happy couple a Ruby quilt, it was great fun, we decided to tie it by hand. I bought 12 different Ruby embroidery threads, we seperated them all into single threads, then put one of each to tie the quilt, 12 threads at a time, it was hard going but it looked fabulous. She still has this Quilt and the ties are still in, so we must have done it right. Great fun, I don't think Tying is done enough these days....Jan

Sølvi's blog said...

Thanks for sharing - I have been looking on all the pictures now - wish I was there...

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