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Friday, October 6, 2017

Longarm Quilting Workbook by Teresa Silva


Blog Hop  - DAY 5

Hi Everyone!

I’m Teresa Silva and Quilting is My Bliss.  Really it is my bliss but also my business. I’ve been a longarm quilter for almost 7 years now and I totally love what I do; so much I decided to write a book and share some of my thoughts with you.  My new book is called Longarm Quilting Workbook, printed by F+W Media.  It’s geared for the beginner longarm, midarm, or domestic quilter all the way up to advanced quilters.  It’s a hardcover, spiral bound book so it makes it so easy to open it up and practice designs on paper or actually quilting them out. It includes information to help you make a decision in buying a longarm, learning new motifs, to creating beautiful whole cloth quilts.  Plus a bonus chapter of “Eye Candy” quilts.  


If you have been following along with me at all, you probably know I’m a huge Quilters Dream fan so it’s my honor to be allowed to post on their blog today.  It’s my number one go to batting choice.  My favorites are Quilters Dream Poly Select, Dream Blend 70/30 and Dream Wool.  I used their batting in all my quilts in this book. Here are a couple whole cloth quilts I did for my book.  I used a layer of Dream Blend 70/30 and Dream Wool for these.
This first quilt – Medallion Stars – Lap Quilt has such beautiful texture.  It is actually my most favorite quilt out of the book. I’m so glad to finally have it home with me.



This second quilt is Scalloped Center table runner.  It’s a small project and works great to practice some of your newly learned motifs.  There is a grid running behind the design to give the illusion of a zig zag running through it.



As you can see it makes the quilting really pop! I have lots of inspiration for you in Chapter 3 – Doodling & Drawing.  Please take the time to check it out and most of all I hope you find something that makes your heart happy and inspires you to create something awesome for yourself!


Please continue to follow along our blog hop and make sure and come back to my blog quiltingismybliss.com on October 17, 2017 and leave me a comment before Friday, 10/20/17 at 4:00 p.m. pacific time when I will choose two winners!  I have some fantastic prizes I will be giving away thanks to some very generous donations.




Make sure to check out Kristen McVane (Stashquilts on Instagram) on Monday, October 9 when she will be posting about my new book.  She doesn’t have a blog but she posts a lot of fun stuff and she has new patterns available and one is featured in my book called “Friendship”.  Check it out!


Monday, October 2, 2017
Teresa Silva – Quilting is My Bliss – http://www.quiltingismybliss.com

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Nancy Jewell – Free Spirit Fabric - http://freespiritfabric.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Leslie Meltzer – 50 sq ft studios - http://www.50sqftstudios.com/

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Carrie Nelson – Moda Fabrics - http://blog.modafabrics.com/

Friday, October 6, 2017
Jane Kinzie – Quilter’s Dream Batting - http://quiltersdreambatting.blogspot.com/

Monday, October 9, 2017
Kristen McVane – Instagram: Stashquilts  (Please leave her a comment and come back tomorrow to our blog hop.)  She will be giving away a Longarm Quilting Workbook.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Carl Hentsch – 3 Dog Design - http://3dogdesignco.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Helen Ernst Longarm Quilting - http://www.helenernstlongarmquilting.com/

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Julie Herman – Jaybird Quilts - http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/

Friday, October 13, 2017
Karen Miller – Redbird Quilt Co. - http://karensquiltscrowscardinals.blogspot.com/

Monday, October 16, 2017
Linda and Carl Sullivan – Colourwerx - https://colourwerx.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Teresa Silva – Quilting is My Bliss - http://www.quiltingismybliss.com


You can purchase the Longarm Quilting Workbooks at the following sites:

http://www.quiltingismybliss.com  (For an autographed copy)




Thanks so much for visiting! Have a fantastic day.

Teresa Silva

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Congratulations to the Winners of our Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS!

Thanks to all the generous sponsors, we were able to award even more prizes this year than we anticipated!  I honestly feel that this year's prizes are better than ever.  Congratulations, to all the winners, and a big THANK YOU to everyone who donated to our 2016-2017 Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS!


Sew Creative Winners:

Winner #1: Anna Lee Turner in Brook Park, OH
Winner #2:  Nancy Kurlich in Erie, PA
Winner #3: Pultneyville Reformed Church in Williamson, NY



Sew Lovely Winners:

Winner #1:  Chris Milodrovich in Missoula, MT
Winner #2:  Michelle Schroder in Guthrie, OK
Winner #3: Helen Emmerich in Stony Brook, NY


Sew Generous Individual Winners:

1st Place:  Pat Stacy in Versailles, KY
2nd Place: Grace Bomarita in Venice FL


Sew Generous Quilt Guild Winners:

1st Place: Sew Happy Quilters in Dover, PA
2nd Place: Venice Area Quilters in Venice, FL
3rd Place: We Bee Sisters in Tracy, CA


Sew Generous Quilt Shop Winners:

1st Place:  Tiger Lily Quilts in Utica, NY
2nd Place:  Around the Block Quilt Shop in Minocqua, WI




Sew Generous Professional Quilter Winners:

Joe Filer in Galesburg, IL
Barbara Hutton in Carolina Shores, NC




Voting will begin soon to choose the winners for our Sew Popular Category! 




Presenting Sponsor:

J.N. Harper, Co.                www.jnharper.com


Grand Sponsors:

Baby Lock                                             www.babylock.com
Dragon Threads                                 www.dragonthreads.com
hang it dang it                                     www.hangitdangit.com
Judy Martin Books                           www.judymartin.com
Kimberbell Designs                          www.kimberbelldesigns.com
Marcus Fabrics                                   www.marcusfabrics.com
Minick and Simpson                        minickandsimpson.blogspot.com
Modern Quilts Unlimited               www.modernquilts.mqumag.com
Nestlings by Robin                            www.nestlingsbyrobin.com/
Perkins Dry Goods                            www.perkinsdrygoods.com
Prym Consumer USA                       www.prym-consumer-usa.com/
Quilters Dream Batting                   www.QuiltersDreamBatting.com
Quilters Travel Companion           www.quilterstravelcompanion.com/
Quilters World Magazine               www.quiltersworld.com
Raggedy Ruth Designs/ Forever in Stitches LLC     www.ForeverInStitches.com
Shannon Fabrics                                shannonfabrics.com
Siesta Silver Jewelry                        www.siestasilverjewelry.com
Straight Stitch Society                     straightstitchsociety.com
Suzn Quilts                                           www.SuznQuilts.com
The Wooden Bear                              www.thewoodenbear.com
THREADS printable inkjet fabrics www.printablefabrics.com
YLI Threads                                          www.ylicorp.com

Charm Sponsors:

Island BatiksIslandBatik.com
June TailorJuneTailor.com
May ChappellMayChappell.com
Paper PiecesPaperPieces.com
Quilting Creations InternationalQuiltingCreations.com
Robert Kaufman FabricsRobertKaufman.com
Tuanton TradeTaunton.com
Fox Chapel PublishingD-origianls.com
ClothworksClothworks.com
American Quilters SocietyAmericanQuilter.com
Dreamworld NW (Sew Steady)SewSteady.com
Quilters CornerQuiltersCorner-pa.com
Fabri-QuiltFabri-Quilt.com
Bo-NashBonash.com
Kenzie Mac & Co.KenzieMac.com
Henry Glass & Co.HenryGlassFabrics.com
Cherry BlossomsCherryBlossomsQuilting.com
Studio 180 DesignsStudio180design.net
The Gentle ArtTheGentleArt.com
Seams Like A DreamSeamsLikeADream.com
Weeks Dye WorksWeeksDyeWorks.com
Coats & Clarkww.MakeItCoats.com
Happy Hollow DesignsHappyHollowDesigns.com
McKenna Ryan DesignsPineNeedles.com
Direction PressNeedleTravel.com

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Hopes & Dream Quilt Challenge for ALS

We are sincerely grateful to everyone who has helped to make our 2016-2017 Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge a wonderful success!



During the 2016-2017 Challenge, which lasted from Aug. 1, 2016, until July 31, 2017, we received 1112 quilts and quilted items generously donated by caring quilters who gave their time, talent, and supplies to provide love and support to the ALS community.




Most of the donated quilts have been hand delivered to ALS patients throughout the United States with the help of many chapters of the ALS Association.  The quilts provide not only warmth to patients, but wrap them in the love and comfort that a handmade quilt brings.

We often receive and publish on our Facebook page lovely notes and pictures from ALS patients who have received a Hopes & Dreams quilt, which touches our hearts and show just how much these quilts mean to patients and their families.




Select quilts and craft items are sold, auctioned, and raffled to raise funds with 100% of the money used for ALS research!  This year we attended Virginia Beach's Santa's Stocking Craft Show and the Aviation Museum's Air and Auto show and sale.  Quilts were also sold at Richard Stravitz Fine Arts Galleries. 

The Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS raised over $17,000 for research, supporting Emory University School of Medicine, The Packard Center for ALS Research, and the Felman Lab ALS Research in their fight to find a treatment and an eventual cure for ALS!



We will soon be announcing the winners of the Challenge, and posting pictures of select quilts to vote for your favorite in our "Sew Popular" division!



Thank you, to the following sponsors for providing 
wonderful and exciting prizes:

Presenting Sponsor:

J.N. Harper, Co.                www.jnharper.com


Grand Sponsors:

Baby Lock                                             www.babylock.com
Dragon Threads                                 www.dragonthreads.com
hang it dang it                                     www.hangitdangit.com
Judy Martin Books                           www.judymartin.com
Kimberbell Designs                          www.kimberbelldesigns.com
Marcus Fabrics                                   www.marcusfabrics.com
Minick and Simpson                        minickandsimpson.blogspot.com
Modern Quilts Unlimited               www.modernquilts.mqumag.com
Nestlings by Robin                            www.nestlingsbyrobin.com/
Perkins Dry Goods                            www.perkinsdrygoods.com
Prym Consumer USA                       www.prym-consumer-usa.com/
Quilters Dream Batting                   www.QuiltersDreamBatting.com
Quilters Travel Companion           www.quilterstravelcompanion.com/
Quilters World Magazine               www.quiltersworld.com
Raggedy Ruth Designs/ Forever in Stitches LLC     www.ForeverInStitches.com
Shannon Fabrics                                shannonfabrics.com
Siesta Silver Jewelry                        www.siestasilverjewelry.com
Straight Stitch Society                     straightstitchsociety.com
Suzn Quilts                                           www.SuznQuilts.com
The Wooden Bear                              www.thewoodenbear.com
THREADS printable inkjet fabrics www.printablefabrics.com
YLI Threads                                          www.ylicorp.com

Charm Sponsors:

Island BatiksIslandBatik.com
June TailorJuneTailor.com
May ChappellMayChappell.com
Paper PiecesPaperPieces.com
Quilting Creations InternationalQuiltingCreations.com
Robert Kaufman FabricsRobertKaufman.com
Tuanton TradeTaunton.com
Fox Chapel PublishingD-origianls.com
ClothworksClothworks.com
American Quilters SocietyAmericanQuilter.com
Dreamworld NW (Sew Steady)SewSteady.com
Quilters CornerQuiltersCorner-pa.com
Fabri-QuiltFabri-Quilt.com
Bo-NashBonash.com
Kenzie Mac & Co.KenzieMac.com
Henry Glass & Co.HenryGlassFabrics.com
Cherry BlossomsCherryBlossomsQuilting.com
Studio 180 DesignsStudio180design.net
The Gentle ArtTheGentleArt.com
Seams Like A DreamSeamsLikeADream.com
Weeks Dye WorksWeeksDyeWorks.com
Coats & Clarkww.MakeItCoats.com
Happy Hollow DesignsHappyHollowDesigns.com
McKenna Ryan DesignsPineNeedles.com
Direction PressNeedleTravel.com






Thursday, July 20, 2017

C&T Publishing Supports the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge

We are off to a great start for our 9th annual 
2017-2018 Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS.   
We are grateful to all of our sponsors who provide wonderful prizes each year, 
including our returning sponsor, C & T Publishing!

C&T Publishing 

Supports the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge




Hello Quilters Dream Batting Readers! We are the staff of C&T Publishing, a small quilting, sewing, and needle craft publisher based in Concord, California.

It all started with an impulsive promise back in 1983. When quilting teacher Roberta Horton told quilt-shop owner Carolie Hensley that she wanted to write a book on Amish quilts, but hadn't found a publisher yet, Carolie quickly said that she and her husband Tom would publish Roberta's book. The Hensleys launched C&T Publishing from their garage, with a catalog of exactly one book: Roberta Horton's An Amish Adventure



Jump ahead to today and Carolie and Tom Hensley have turned the business over to their sons Todd and Tony, who are assisted by a staff of more than 50 employees. We also have three imprints, Stash Books, FunStitch Studio, and Kansas City Star Quilts.

Now, in 2017, C&T Publishing has been in business for 35 years, and we continue to grow and evolve every day. One of our big projects this year is revamping our YouTube channel, adding more demos and tutorials from our best-selling and debut authors, constantly improving our video quality, creating eye-catching covers for the videos, and even filming a new video to introduce ourselves! If you’re curious, you can watch that video below.



We’re so pleased to be able to support the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS. As a small company mostly made up of quilters, sewists, and other crafters, we feel deeply connected to the quilting community, so when Quilter’s Dream Batting approached us with a request to sponsor the challenge, we never hesitated. In our opinion, one of the most beautiful aspects of the quilting community is how we can come together to support not only our own community but the community at large, whether we are auctioning off charity quilts, making quilts for people in need, donating our time and sewing skills, or coming up with other creative ways to help others. We look forward to supporting the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for many years to come!

Visit us on the web! http://www.ctpub.com/

YouTube: CandTPublishing


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"Come Together" Quilt Winner!




Congratulations Susan!



Congratulations are also in order for our runner-up prize basket winners Michele and Julia!



Thank you to all who participated and supported this effort spearheaded by Victoria Finley Wolfe and Marcus Fabrics to raise funds for ALS research.

This quilt was created with the help and love of many quilters who attended QuiltCon 2016 at the booth of Marcus Fabrics.  It was a truly inspirational event where quilters came together to raise money for ALS patient services and research.  We are truly thankful for everyone who participated!



 Come Together quilt raffle on Raffle River

We surpassed our goal of $5000!








Many thanks to all the sponsors:













Monday, February 27, 2017

Shannon Fabrics Supports the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS

Greetings from Shannon Fabrics! Can we just say how much we love Quilters Dream® Batting?  In fact, almost all of the quilts that are made by our Cuddle® Specialists are made with Quilters Dream Batting. It’s easy to work with, soft, fluffy, warm, and it makes our applique quilts especially fluffy! We made this cute elephant quilt with Dream Puff. Shannon Fabrics is also so proud to be a sponsor of the Quilters Dream Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge forALS which raises awareness of ALS-Lou Gehrig’s Disease, provides quilts to ALS patients and raises funds for the cause. 


  
Quilters Dream® Batting is amazing. We especially love the Dream Puff for Cuddle®. It is light and lofty. It doesn’t add weight. And it is 1.5 times warmer than down. We used Quilters Dream Puff for our Elephant Quilt and it turned out great.



Since the majority of our quilts use a “quilt as you go” method, using batting like Quilters Dream Puff makes our quilts look extra fluffy and plush, and here at Shannon Fabrics, we are all about the extra softness and yummy goodness! Here is an example of one of our applique quilts…pattern will be available from the Shannon Fabrics website soon!

You can find Shannon Fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, and online at fabric.comtheminkyboutique.com, and fabricdepot.com. You can also view our Store Locator to find online shops and shops near you.




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Thanks for letting us visit with you today. If you’d like to find out more about the Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS, click here.



Making The World a Softer Place™
Hugs from your friends at Shannon Fabrics

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Featured #battgirl Toby Thompson



Toby Thompson

 Toby Thompson


     I began quilting after graduating from college in 1976 inspired by my grandmother's hand quilting. After my first-hand stitched quilt,  (completed with her help), I pivoted to machine quilting.


     In those days, my favorite was making log cabin quilts.  Just a few years after that however, my career path & children took all my time and sewing went on hold.  30+ years passed.  I retired from teaching in 2015 & had inherited my mother's Bernina machine in 2013.  






     The machine intimidated me until this past fall when I desired to make each of my 3 grandchildren (ages 1, 3 & 5) a cozy, flannel quilt for Christmas to wrap them in my love despite our being 525 miles apart.  Yes, 3 quilts to make simultaneously after 30+ nonsewing years!  Because I was so "rusty,” every step in the process required a lot of thought, research, and input  from more experienced folks - selecting patterns, fabrics, batting, techniques, & even basics of how to use my mother's machine, starting with how to load the bobbin!     


 I chose two baby quilt patterns that I found online (Fluffy Pinwheels and Lazy Logs) and enlarged them both.  I selected flannel fabrics online and from an incredible Amish fabric store, Miller's Dry Goods, about 50 miles from me in Charm, OH.  Acquiring all the fabric, cutting, piecing & sewing 3 quilt tops took time!  As much of an accomplishment as it was to finish three quilt tops, I knew I was a long way from being finished and Christmas was quickly approaching.  I wanted to finish each quilt with a warm, lofty batting & either hand-tie or stitch-in-the-ditch to a minky/cuddle fabric backing to keep the quilts flexible and cozy for the children to wrap up with and read their beloved books.


 
     The batting choices in today's marketplace are overwhelming!  I was leaning toward another well-known brand's cotton batting until I read on the internet about Dream Puff batting by Quilter's Dream. I even called them to discuss the appealing description of Dream Puff for my project. I received super-helpful, personal advice & was even provided a list of stores in my area code that carry Quilter's Dream Puff, which included the Amish fabric store where I had bought some of the fabrics. Whew!  


     The quilts exceeded my hopes of being soft, lofty, warm, & cozy. My grandchildren love them, and I've made my presence in their daily lives much more frequent than the miles allow.  I'm getting ready to make another quilt, but only ONE quilt at a time. lol