Hearts of Hope Sew-Along Introduction!

Our Hearts of Hope Sew-Along begins TODAY with this introduction!

Part One will go live Friday 3/25/22 with each part coming on Fridays until we are done.

This Sew-Along will run over the course of 4 weeks.

More info can be found under the Hearts of Hope Sew-Along tab at the top of the blog.

This introduction post and any subsequent parts will be linked under that tab, so look to find where it is so you know where to go when you need it! (Best viewed on a real computer, not a phone.)

Click HERE for Printer Friendly PDF Version in English.

I am grateful for our translations offered by quilting friend Elisabeth Kremer! Thank you!

Here it is – Our Hearts of Hope quilt!

Quilt Size: 56” X 56”

The block repeat in this quilt is easy enough that you can do some simple math to make this quilt whatever size you want it to be.

It would make a great lap size quilt if you were to add 2 more rows of hearts in length.

Add more borders if you desire.

I have combined my love of string piecing and scrap using with easy-to-piece units.

If you prefer to use solid fabric units rather than string pieced ones, those sizes will be given with each part so you can eliminate the string piecing.

However – I believe it’s the string piecing that really brings this quilt to life with direction and dimension.

I would classify this quilt as enthusiastic beginner friendly.

This introductory post will let you see what we are making from beginning to end, and help you start pulling your fabrics so you are ready to go.

I made this quilt from blue and yellow strips & strings already in my Scrap User’s System. I cut into new neutral fat quarters (Thanks to Connie for the 60th birthday gift in January!) to cut the larger neutral triangles for the heart bottoms – but the neutrals for the heart top triangles also came out of a box of squares in my Scrap User’s System.

Yardage Requirements:

Assorted blue fabrics: 3 yards total

Assorted yellow fabrics: 2 3/4 yards total

Assorted neutral fabrics: 1 5/8 yards total

String piecing means we lose a lot of fabric in the seam allowances, so yes, it takes this much.

String prep:

If you are cutting strings from fat-quarters and yardage, you can use any width of strip from 3/4” up to 2” in width – that said, 2” strips really are on the WIDE side for the size of these blocks, so use them sparingly.

If you wish to cut these ahead of time, just cut a good variety of both the yellow and blue, knowing that you can cut more as you go for more variety.

Foundation paper cutting will be given with each part along the way. Use this week just to pull your fabrics together. (I know everyone wants to jump in, but this is a SEW-ALONG, not a SEW-AHEAD!)


Lola tested. Lola approved!

Other needful things:

Foundation paper.

I do my string piecing on old phone book pages. Yes – they are still out there. Ask a friend or a local business if they have any lying around. For this quilt my phone book pages were about 8” X 10 1/2”.

You can also use doodle pads or coloring books from the dollar store, financial prospectus pages, newsprint, or designated foundation paper piecing paper.

I have Carol Doak’s paper in the rulers, notes & tools section of the Quiltville Store HERE.

Why paper? It adds stability and gives us a size to shoot for so we can keep seam allowances away from where we don’t want them to be.

Sew with a small stitch length (1.5 or 14 -16 stitches per inch) and the paper is easy to remove and leaves no added bulk in an already piece heavy block.

Rulers:

I use my Essential Triangle Tool for cutting the large triangles for the heart base, both the yellow (quarter-square triangles) and the background (half-square triangles.)

Traditional rotary cutting and piecing methods will be given to those who don’t have the rulers.



Hearts of Hope on the Quiltville Inn porch!

While there is no cost to participate in the Hearts of Hope Sew-Along, there are a couple of things I would love to be considered.

If you are making blocks with friends – see if you can donate a quilt to a reputable organization such as Lutheran World Relief. They’ll get your quilts into the hands of those who need them most. There will be a big call for quilts in the future.

But right now what is needed is help in the form of funds.



If your guild or group makes this quilt – perhaps they can do it as a “donation” quilt (otherwise known as raffle but renamed for those whose laws state they can’t say raffle.) with funds all going to our GoFundMe, Quilters For Ukraine.

Instead of purchasing a pattern for Hearts of Hope from me – my own hope is that you will donate as little as $10.00 to Quilters For Ukraine simply because you are participating in this Sew-Along.

Every little bit is helping. ALL of this will be going directly to Together Rising in their continued efforts to provide real support – boots on the ground support – for the people of Ukraine.

Go pull those fabrics!

We’ll see you here next Friday and dig into Part One together –

Remember – It’s a Sew-Along, not a Sew-Ahead!

Slava Ukraini!

And for those who are joining us for the first time to participate in this Sew-Along – WELCOME!

A couple of other things went live this week, and I want to be sure you are clued in.

The response on our March ’22 PDF pattern releases has been fantastic! Thank you so much!

The Quiltville Etsy Store has been busy for those who prefer to order from Etsy and like the way that PDF patterns are delivered.

Just remember that you need to download your files through your computer browser after logging in to your account. It doesn’t work from the app.

I will slowly as time allows put up other PDF patterns there as well. Right now there are just the most recent dozen or so. I have added an Etsy tab to the top of the blog for easy access.

Of course, digital patterns, books, rulers, notions and other goodies as well as PDF patterns are available as always in the Quiltville Store on my website.

Did you enter the gift away yet?

I will be drawing for TWO winners who will each receive the Monkey Business & Bear Branch Pattern Bundle with one winner receiving a Facets of Brown Color Roll, and the second receiving a Facets of Aqua color roll from Cotton to Quilts!

Winner must have fabric prize shipped to a USA address. If you are outside of the USA, we can send it to a friend within the USA who can forward it on to you.

I’ll draw for our two winners on Saturday, 3/26/22.

Good luck, everyone!

Quiltville Quote of the Day

I’d like to think the things I do will outlast me in one way or another. This applies not only to my stitches, but to my family, and friendships.

Do ONE thing today that will outlast you.

Maybe it’s these Hearts of Hope quilts we are making.

What do you think?


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