Two of Linda’s Hearts

Three sisters were vacationing with their husbands in Nevada in 2014. Stopping at Rainbow Vista, the ladies searched for cell service while the husbands explored a nearby trail. One of the men found a little quilted heart, with a tag saying “I need a home”. Finding a heart created and hung by a stranger transformed their lives, creating a brand-new purpose for the sisters.

The sisters started the I Found A Quilted Heart project that year. The project’s purpose is to brighten someone’s day. To date, hearts have been hung and found worldwide. The project asks that the maker not sell or profit from the hearts; the focus is on the finders of the hearts, not the makers. The sisters want the making and hanging of the hearts to be an act of kindness between two strangers.

The IFAQH website encourages heart makers to be creative.  So for the maker, there is almost complete freedom to experiment with all the facets of quilt making, such as color, embellishment, balance, texture and edge finishing techniques. 

Participating in this project brings me great joy and a sense of completeness. I am very happy I started making hearts. 

Mel Beach wrote an article about IFAQH quilted hearts in the Fall 2022 Issue 115 Quilting Arts Magazine, pages 42 – 46. Her article has directions and illustrations for the hearts she made. For more information, visit the I Found A Quilted Heart site at 



As quilters, we artists share a love of fabric, fiber, color, texture and design. Most often that gets expressed in art quilts for the wall, bed and lap quilts for our loved ones and dear friends, charity quilts made for strangers and all manner of fiber and mixed medium artistic creations.

Does your creativity get expressed in other ways? Do you crochet, knit, embroider or do needlepoint? What about paper and fiber collages, scrapbooking and custom card making?

Do you venture into unusual, nontraditional creative projects? Do you paint your floors or line your shelves with fancy wrapping paper? Does your creativity propel you further afield? London Kaye creates yarn art pieces in public spaces. In the Nevada desert, Burning Man creators are totally wild and uninhibited. We are creative. We get inspired, we have unexpected, novel and unique ideas. We pursue them.

Recently I was talking with a friend, a former Electronics Test Engineer. While she loves art, her inspirations do not get expressed in fabric and fiber. Her creativity flows more along technical lines. She excels in thinking “what if.” Her inspiration is to build a hardware device, learn a new software language, create something tangible.

Beside my passion for quilting, I love science and technology. My husband is very technical and very much a happy “geek.” In the early 90’s he belonged to the Seattle Robotics Society. One summer I went with him to the Robothon Northwest convention. While the techies were busy, I took a class there and built a robot. I decorated her with roses and lace, programmed her to speak and to move back and forth in time to music (“The Stripper”) and won First Place in the Robot Floor Exercise contest.

Recently I have been looking for nontraditional creative projects to challenge my mind. I pulled out my robot (Rosebud), found new batteries for her, and got started relearning how to program her movements and speech.

Rosebud the Robot


Quilts are part of the family…….

Two Hundred years from now, will your descendants know who made your quilts?  This is a very real issue.  Quilts are treasured family heirlooms, passed down through generations.  They are a tactile, visual history of the time in which they are created.  Most importantly, they are a unique expression of the person who made them.In the 1980’s, while living in Phoenix, AZ I used to volunteer on a quilt search project.  We would drive out to these little mountain communities, away from the cities.  Families would bring in their quilts to be documented.  Old men would come in with an inherited quilt.  Asking them how old is this quilt, who made this quilt, you would get the most interesting responses.  They would start reminiscing, “Uncle Jed got this quilt from great grandpa Sam, who inherited it from his great Aunt Sara….let’s see, was that before or after great, great Grandpa came across in the covered wagon as a young child?” Those quilts were a cherished member of the family.The quilts we make today document our lives, provide a brief glimpse into who we are and what brings us joy.  It is really, really important that you label your quilts.  Doing so documents your personal creative journey.  It sends a message to the people who come after you.  It says, “I was here, I created this quilt for beloved friends and family members, I made it for you who come later to cherish and enjoy.”



Sometimes the yearning to see new pretty fabric, to browse and maybe buy something that inspired us, arrives in the middle of the night, or after a long, busy day. In addition to our wonderful local quilt shops, which we cannot do without but which are probably closed at that time, the ability to visit an online fabric shop can fill that midnight need.

I would like to make some modern quilts in addition to continuing to make art quilts. After recently joining the Modern Quilt Guild it seems my stash can use a little refurbishing. So, I went looking one night….Here are some interesting sites you may enjoy.

Linda Lunt

Lancaster Home & Fabric

Shabby Fabrics

Stash Fabrics

Bloomerie Fabrics

Modern Quilting

Crimson Tate

Fabric Worm

Old South Fabrics


Fabric Bubb

Stacked Fabric Company

Stitchin’ Heaven

Rebs Fab Stash




Cut fabrics larger than the batting

I’m trying a new technique (quilt-as-you-go) in the midst of a time deadline, with 3 quilts due for completion before the end of the year. One is a Christmas gift and there are 2 smaller challenge quilts also. Its probably not the best time to start learning something new, especially on a gift, but the technique is intriguing and a wonderful, big challenge.

My quilt pattern does not require sashing. The quilt will be used frequently, tossed over the couch, cuddled in, washed. It will be used in a non-quilting household as a nice but utilitarian object so it must be sturdy. I don’t have much time available and my fingers cramp with hand quilting, so no hand sewn joins.

Based on those requirements I choose one of the 7 Methods (links below) in which the pieces of batting are machine sewn together with a zigzag stitch but not seamed, then the join is covered by extra-wide seam allowances that are topstitched down by machine.

My husband wisely suggested making a sample first. With the sample blocks I made a couple of mistakes and altered the technique just a bit.

7 Quilt-As-You-Go Methods
Explanation, demo, samples of joined blocks

Join the batting edges

Join the batting edges

Seam Allowance

Layer, fold, stitch seam allowances – back closed first, then top closed