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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Featured #battgirls (November 2015) Marybeth O'Halloran // White Lotus Quilting

Hi, I'm Marybeth O'Halloran of White Lotus Quilting, on Bainbridge Island, Washington.  I'm a professional longarmer who works on an A-1.  I've finished almost 700 hundred quilts for clients.

This is my tenth year in business and I mostly focus on custom work now.  I've had clients win Grand Champion at our state fair with quilts I've done for them and have had quilts featured on pattern covers for Beach Garden Quilts.  Also I quilted several of the sample quilts in Jane Hardy Miller's fourth French Braid book.

Wish they'd sidelighted those quilts in the pics so you can see the quilting better!

 I also design pantographs for UrbanElementz. .Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville used one of my pantographs, Celtic Curls, for her Celtic Solstice mystery quilt.  This quilt pattern is no longer on her site as it is about to be released in a new book.  But you can see how other quilters interpreted her pattern if you like -- Definitely check it out!

This is a recent custom quilt I finished for a client, with my favorite cotton batting, Dream Cotton Select. This quilt is a lap-sized broken star in soft teals and burgundies, made by Margaret Mathisson of Poulsbo, Washington.  And quilted by me of course!

The feathers are custom designed for the quilt -- usually on a broken star I do feather wreaths in the surrounding diamonds, but the size of these was just short of my 6" minimum for wreaths, so I came up with a different radial feather for the diamonds.  I thought they would go nicely with the cascading feathers on the borders.  Everything is hand drawn as I don't own a computerized system. 

 On this quilt I love how the Dream Cotton Select (midloft) gives just enough to show the detail of quilting but is still supple enough for good drape, even with lots of quilting!

On most quilts I use just a single layer of batting but for applique I love to use two layers: a thin cotton for structure and a Wool or Silk top layer to lift the appliques.  If you quilt densely next to the appliques they fill with the loft of the airy batting and look a bit like they've been trapunto-ed.

Here's a few pics of a recent applique quilt done for a client in Arizona, Linda Nelson:

I am inspired by the crazy mad skills of the quiltmakers I get to meet through their piecework, including those long forgotten patchworkers who made vintage quilts.  I love finishing vintage tops into quilts with modern backs -- they're like little time travelers! 

Like this recent vintage quilt I finished for a client, Sally Kuhn of Bainbridge Island, who owns Sash Mercantile.  I put the soft paisley on the back.  The pattern is Joseph's Coat, it was hand-pieced, and I believe some of the fabrics can date to the late 1800's or early 1900's (the indigos and mourning-style prints).   I quilted stylized curved cross-hatches on this one.

Quilters are the most amazing people, always there to lend a hand, to comfort, to reassure, to encourage and inspire.  They perform the most profoundly and deeply touching acts -- to help others, often strangers, feel less alone in an increasingly impersonal world.

Like most quilters I donate time and energy (and fabric) to several charities, including two quilt guilds, our local Rotary chapter (who has a 6-acre rummage sale in the summer), and the American Heroes quilt organization.  Our small sewing group donates about 1 quilt a month to American Heroes.  My cousin John Priestner died in Iraq several years ago and it's something I participate in to honor his memory.  Every year during our island's outdoor quilt festival hosted by the Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild, I host a community sew-in to benefit American Heroes.  We recycle old dress shirts and telephone book paper and use improvisational methods that just about everyone can try, on my collection of three-quarters sized vintage sewing machines.

 Instead of ending with a selfie, I'm going to include a pic of a commission quilt that took me four years to finish and won best machine quilting and viewer's choice at our last guild show.  The small spiked lone stars are from Karen Stone's book and the lonestar is by Quiltsmart, and it is an original layout.  The fabrics are vintage ties -- some 80-100 years old -- and the background is Italian pinstripe shirting.  I designed the quilting and hand-drew it all with my machine.  Somewhere I have a pic of this with me in front of it and if I find it I'll send it along!


Marybeth O'Halloran of White Lotus Quilting, Bainbridge Island, Washington

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Catherine Redford on Basting, Batting thickness, Domestic Machine and Webinar!

Catherine Redford was born in England where she learned to knit and sew at an early age. After relocating from London to Naperville, Illinois, she learned to quilt and has been stitching ever since. She's an award-winning quilter, an active member of her local guilds, a BERNINA brand ambassador, a popular teacher at local and national conferences, and the co-founder of the Naperville Modern Quilters Guild. Catherine is a frequent contributor to Modern Patchwork magazine and guest on Quilting Arts TV. She is the author of a QATV workshop DVD, Modern Machine Quilting and will be presenting a live webinar on Tuesday, June 23rd.

My favorite part of making a quilt (after the fabric shopping bit…) is quilting it. From the time I make my first fabric selections to drafting a pattern, through cutting those fabrics into little pieces and stitching them back together, I’m thinking about how I am going to quilt my top.

I think my least favorite part is the basting but it’s so important it’s done right and it does give me the opportunity to see my finished top up really close and personal before it goes to the sewing machine… Basting is definitely an opportunity to listen to something good and think some happy thoughts!

When I first started quilting in 1998 there really weren’t a lot of readily available choices in the world of batting. I was introduced to Quilters Dream in 2003 when I started teaching at a local independent quilt store. With a choice of thicknesses and an ever-increasing choice of fibers I now use it almost exclusively for all my projects.

Working with Quilters Dream Cotton "Request" loft
To begin with I could never remember which was the loftiest loft. Now I just think “R” comes before “S” so Request is thinner than Select… I can always remember that! I use a lot of Request Cotton. It drapes so well and comes out of the bag ready to go. One of the simplest ways to get a large quilt through a domestic machine is to use a lower loft batting and Quilters Dream Cotton Request certainly fits the bill! 

Quilters Dream "Request" batting is the thinnest/lowest loft. 
Quilted using Quilters Dream Cotton "Request" loftWorking with Quilters Dream Cotton "Select" loft
If I want something heavier, such as for a wall hanging, I use the Select weight. I recently purchased king size batts in each weight and the Select one comes in a quite bit bigger bag! That makes a difference when you’re quilting a bed quilt.

Quilters Dream "Select" batting is the mid-loft. Excellent choice for hall hangings. 
Quilted wall hanging  using Quilters Dream Batting "Select"

Working with Quilters Dream Wool

I also like the Quilters Dream Wool. I like to put a cozy flannel fabric backing on my baby quilts but it does add to the weight. Wool batting is lighter and fluffier and balances the flannel. It washes really well. I have machine-washed and dried quilts with wool batting and I’m very happy with the results.

Quilted using Quilters Dream Wool

Join Catherine's webinar!

Now I’m enjoying travelling and teaching quilting techniques all over the USA and I always recommend Quilters Dream batting. I’m excited to be taking part in a live webinar next week. I’ll be sharing lots of my favorite techniques and tips for walking foot quilting on a domestic machine. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and get them answered at the end of my presentation.

 Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for one year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation. You will receive a copy of the recorded presentation in an email that goes out within 1 week after the live event.

It sounds like fun to me. I hope you’ll join me.

Follow me on my blog at http://catherineredford.com or on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/catherineredfordquilter

Every day is an adventure!

 ~Catherine Redford


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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Featured #battgirls (June) Emily Hull

Featured #battgirls (June 2015)
Emily Hull

I've been quilting for a few years.  This is the first time I've used Quilters Dream Batting.  This is Quilters Dream Wool. 

 Since this quilt is for my bed I want warmth, a little loft for the cuddly feeling (and to show quilting definition) but without the weight of higher loft cotton batting.  Wow.  I live in an apartment and so have to be creative with basting (done in sections in a table) and quilting space.

Unlike other battings I've tried, the Quilters Dream Wool did not stretch, distort or shred while in the basting/quilting process.  In the past I've had difficulty with higher loft cotton battings being very heavy and therefore feeding unevenly in the quilting process.  I'm almost done with my stitch in the ditch for this and its been a dream.  Just floats under the needle light as air.  It really is a quilters dream.  I'm so glad I picked this batting and I'll definitely use it again.

This quilt features piecing, applique and reverse applique.  Its reclaimed cotton (from old garments or leftovers from other quilt projects) on the front and flannel on the back.  Some of the designs are from "48 hour appliqué quilts" and some are my own.  

Contact info:
Emily Hull
Zionsville, IN

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Featured #battgirls (April) Shayne Dickson

Featured #battgirls (April 2015)
Shayne Dickson

We are excited to introduce Shayne as our featured April #battgirl. Enjoy her story about how she began quilting and her clever tricks of the trade working with voile and how she uses up her scrap batting. 

Quilters Dream: What inspired you to start quilting?

Shayne Dickson:  I began quilting about 8 years ago.  My husband was about to begin medical school and we were living with his parents to save some money before he started.  I had always admired my mother-in-law's artistic and creative abilities, especially her quilting.  I came from a home where my Girl Scout patches were stapled onto my sash (sorry Mom, I love you!!), and the thought of sewing never really crossed my mind.  As soon as I expressed an interest, my mother-in-law sent me straight out the door to a fabric store to pick out fabrics for my first project.  I still remember walking the aisles in awe of all of my choices.  How does one choose!!!??  As soon as I sat down at the machine I was hooked.  For my birthday, my husband pooled in some money from moms and grandmas and bought me my Bernina 1008 that I still love and use.  My mother-in-law calls me her "Little Grasshopper" and I call her "Master" because she taught me so much about quilting and sewing.  She still puts up with all my calls and crazy sewing questions at all hours of the day!    
Four years ago when we moved to Ohio for my husband's Radiology Residency was when my little quilting business began its journey. 

QDB: How do you get inspired when quilting these days?  

SD: I found a local modern quilt store called Sew To Speak 
 and it opened my eyes to a whole new world of modern

quilting and fabric.  I was incredibly inspired by this little
store and all of the possibilities it opened up for me.  It just so happens that is was the store of the amazing April Rhodes of Art Gallery Fabrics and her lovely mom, Annita.  They have answered so many questions and encouraged me and my quilting every step of the way!  Their little shop is still my favorite place to go and be inspired and uplifted not only by the fabrics, but by all of those whom I have met and talked to! 

I'm inspired by everything and everyone around me.  I've had four kids since I began my quilting journey and love designing and quilting for them.  I love creating something with a specific person and their tastes in mind.  Nothing is more inspiring to me than individuals and their individuality.  My favorite things to quilt are baby quilts and pillows, mostly because I know they will loved and used.  I also enjoy making bags of all shapes and sizes and sometimes if you twist my arm enough, clothing.  I'm hoping to put together a quilt pattern collection somewhere in the near future!

QDB: What is your favorite part about quilting and its industry?

SD: My favorite thing about quilting and the quilting industry is that there are never ending possibilities!  Just when I think I have seen everything, BAM, someone creates something new and amazing.  I love seeing new quilts that make me scratch my head and leave me wondering, "How in the world did they do that!?".  I love the quilting community, online and in person.  I once hunted down a woman in Target because I saw that she had a quilter bumper sticker on the back of her car, she didn't even call the police!  Instead, we shared pictures of our quilts and chatted about our favorite places to shop for fabric. 

Instagram (my favorite form of social media) is like one giant quilt guild.  Quilters share their work, create challenges and quilt-alongs, offer encouragement and give great advice!

QDB: What advice would you give someone who’s never tried Quilters Dream Batting?

SD: To those who have yet to try Quilter's Dream Batting, what are you waiting for!?  I am a recent convert and have loved working with it!  I have used it in everything from quilts and pillows to bags!  It is so soft you can just roll yourself up in it and be happy!  My favorite Quilter's Dream Batting is the
DreamCotton.  It love it's versatility.  I can use it whether I am densely quilting a project or trying to stretch my quilting as far apart as possible or even a combination of both.  Either way I know I can rely on it to quilt beautifully, hold up in the wash, remain soft and continue to better with age.

 Tips & Tricks

The Wanderer Quilt was pieced together with some fabric given to me by Art Gallery Designer, April Rhodes to show off her latest line, Wanderer.  (Check it out for a free pattern) She gave me a beautiful cut of soft voile to use for the backing.  I was very nervous to quilt the voile because it tends to be very slippery.

Shayne (left) & fabric designer April Rhodes

 My vision was to have some very densely quilted areas as well as some big open spaces.  I needed a batting that could handle both.  I decided to use the Dream Cotton and it was a perfect choice.

 To keep the voile from slipping while quilting I used a combination of spray basting and pin basting.  It really helped to heat set the layers after I spray basted, and then add the pins to really keep it secured.  The Dream Cotton pressed well and remained perfectly basted.  I was able to quilt the voile with very few issues.

"Hello Bear, Pow Wow"
This quilt was all about the baby!  I really wanted a batting that  I would be able to quilt heavily for durability but still remain soft and cuddly.  And especially something that would hold up in the wash!  The Dream Cotton hit the mark again!  This quilt also used a combination of pin and spray basting.  I used my walking foot and guide to create the straight line quilting.

"I Woof You"

I always save every scrap of batting after finishing a bigger quilt project.  I use my scrap batting for smaller projects like this French Bulldog pillow I made for a friend.  The pillow finished at about 8" by 8".  In my opinion, no piece of batting is too small to save!  Pillows make great gifts and when inspiration hits, I'm always glad to have my scrap batting.  Whenever I make pillow covers I baste my front to the batting and back with a piece of muslin.  This prevents lint build up in my machine.

"Retro Mod"
This quilt was made to put in a local quilt show and then gifted to someone to use as a lap quilt.  I used all Kona Solids and most of them were dark.  I was worried that with the light batting some of the batting lint would come up and show.  One quick run with my lint roller and it wasn't a problem! If I'm not washing my quilts before showing or giving I always go over them with a lint roller to pick up excess lint and thread. 

**Another tip to prevent bearding and pokies, break the static charge which causes the batting to pop through especially when working with darker fabrics. Click HERE to read more.

"Plus Quilt"

The Plus Quilt was meant to be a "cuddle up and read quilt" for my daughter for Christmas.  I wanted it warm and comfy.  I spread out the quilting so it would have a nice drape.  The  Dream Cotton batting package said that quilting could be up to 8 inches apart and I took advantage of that.  The result was a wonderfully soft quilt great for curling up on the couch with a good book! This quilt is one of the most used in my house and has held up nicely in the wash and gets even better with age.

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Email:  shayne.dickson.quilts@gmail.com

Don't forget we are always looking for our next Featured #battgirls. 

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Patchwork By Paula- Specializing in T-shirt/Memory Quilts.

This past weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival  in Hampton, VA, our roving reporter, Jackie O'Brien was hard at work in the Studio 180 Design Booth. If you were there, most likely you couldn't miss her bubbly personality and infectious laugh!  While there, Jackie was able to catch up with a friend. In this blog, she shares her friendship with Paula Harr and some of her quilting accomplishments. 

 I met Paula Harr about 5 years ago through the Tidewater Quilt Guild in Virginia Beach, VA.  I liked her immediately. She has a wicked sense of humor and a sparkle in her eyes that can light up a room.  Paula was raised by her grandmother and as a child played under the quilt frame as quilts were made by hand.  Paula has been quilting since the 1980’s. She owned a quilt shop in Fairmont, West Virginia called “Uncle Bertie’s”!  I asked questioningly “Uncle Bertie’s”????  Paula replied that for some unknown reason her children called their Great Grandmother “Uncle Bertie” and there you have it!

Paula was a Psychiatric Nurse for 47 years; I think that explains the twinkle in her eyes!  She retired on a Friday the 13th in 2014 just for luck!  Several years ago, Paula was approached by the Neptune Festival Committee in Virginia Beach, and asked if she would make them a T-shirt quilt to raffle as a fund raiser in exchange for a free booth at the fair. She said yes and a new business was born.  Below is the gorgeous quilt she made for the festival.

The Neptune quilt was fabulous, and Paula enjoyed making it.  I say that because for anyone who has made a T-Shirt quilt and you ask if they will make another, usually the answer is a resounding “NO”!  But, Paula began answering “yes” to those who wanted a T-Shirt quilt made for them.  Paula only uses Quilters Dream Batting when making her quilts. Her favorite is the Select Loft (Mid-loft) for all its versatility.

Paula says “every quilt tells a story”, and she so enjoys meeting the people, hearing their story, creating a T-Shirt Quilt that captures their story and their most cherished memories.  She has made so many that she now has one hour quilt guild presentation on making T-shirt and Memory quilts.

If you would like to have a T-Shirt or Memory quilt made for especially for you or if you would like Paula to visit your guild and share her informative presentation please contact her at:


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Friday, February 20, 2015

Our Facebook fans tell us who inspired their LOVE for quilting.

In honor of Valentine's Day, we posed the question to our Facebook fans: Who inspired your love for quilting?  Today I finally finished reading all 753 comments! 

I have to say, I was truly touched by many of the responses.  Along the way I would stop to read them aloud to the office ladies, and sometimes I would giggle, but some of the responses brought tears to my eyes.  Many times it was a family member who inspired a love of quilting, whether by teaching or by leaving behind beautiful and inspirational quilts. Other times quilting brought someone through difficult times and served as physical or mental therapy.  A few times it was just a pure love for fabric that inspired the making of a quilt! Many of the stories I read brought with them a bit of history that should not ever be lost.

I would not expect any of our fans to read all the comments we received, but I did want to share with you a few that I found interesting ( I started out with 7 pages, but managed to narrow my list down to these).  I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have:

Marilyn C. My dear sweet grandmother would lower her quilt frame that hung from the ceiling then she, my mother and great aunt would quilt away. My sister and I would crawl around their feet and play. This is my earliest memory of quilting. My mother continued piecing quilts throughout my growing up

Michele M.-C. my dad who survived the Holocaust by sewing the uniforms for the Third Reich in a concentration camp!

Peg B. My neighbor Jo Guilliano . It was 1996 and my mom passed away from lung cancer. She knew how devastated I was . She called and said I'm picking you up in 25 min,we are going to a quilt shop. Had no Idea what that truly entailed but picked myself up and got ready. When we entered the shop I saw someone from my high school past,she was the shop owner!  I didn't have a machine and didn't know how to sew but between the two of them my life was changed forever! I am a quilter!

Marsha G. S. My grandmother inspired my love of quilting! She made many quilts from clothing scraps, all hand pieced and hand quilted! I have one of her quilts & pull it out occasionally to get a "hug from grandma"! I have been sewing all my life & learned to sew from my mother. I did not make my first quilt until later in life because I was "afraid" I could not do justice to what grandmother did! Silly me! All that quilting that I missed out on!  Grandma made mostly traditional quilts, yet many of the things I see being done in the modern quilt movement remind me of grandma. Fpr example, she often pieced her quilt backs mainly out of necessity to create enough backing fabric. I now love to incorporate a fun pieced backing into my quilts & always think of grandma! 

Kathleen  M.r Mrs. Pardee (I never knew her first name) inspired my love of quilting. She was a next door neighbor when I was a little girl--the warmest, loving lady. She belonged to church group of quilters that my grandmother quilted with. (My dad used play with his little toys under the quilt frame surrounded by the busy ladies when he was a little boy' I) She quilted way into her 90's, doing it the hard way. With a little cardboard square template, she would sit every day in her chair by the window and hand sew all the precisely cut tiny squares of fabric together. She had a little end table with her color coded squares arranged in order. Mrs. Pardee's choice of pattern was the Trip Around the World. The finished product was always hand quilted on the wooden quilt frame that was always set up in her front parlor. She always used a backing of beautiful solid green fabric. Perhaps, the most spectacular quilts were the ones she made for a local dairy farmer. They were completely made with his prize winning cattle ribbons. Our family moved away but we always stayed in contact with the Pardees. When I was 18, I'll never forget the package that came in the mail one day--two Round the World quilts with green backs, one for me and one for my sister. How did she get them so perfectly square?! I had to try it. I had to be able to do that to provide that gift of love and warmth.

Melissa B. Quilting for Dummies. No lie!!!

Debbie S. I'm not the quilter but my husband David is, he started sewing when he was in the military sewing on his patches and altering his uniforms. After completing his tour of duty he was sharing with his grandmother how he taught himself how to sew she then presented him with two feed sacks one full of guilt blocks and incomplete quilt tops the other full of scrap fabric, all dating from the 1930's and 40's. she passed shortly thereafter leaving David with a passion to learn quilting and pass some of his grandmothers legacy to his children and grandchildren. For our two oldest grandchildren their graduation gift was their great grandmothers quilt completed by their grandfather.

Tricia L. I always love the scrappy quilts that we had. I think I remember my parents telling me they were done by Miss Annie. I loved to trace the different shapes and feel the fabrics, especially the few small pieces of velvet she included. I finally started learning after my kids were grown. I love it.

Genita S. My great grandma Lamons! She cut little squares to let me organize colors! She was teaching me! I was only 4 then & she was 94! She was married to a Cherokee Indian!

Donnette W. My great Grandma Laura Pilgrim Claborn. She was born in yelleville Arkansas in 1908. She later moved in a covered wagon with her family to California, as did many families during that time. As I was Growing up she lived right next door and she had the old wooden frame hanging from her ceiling. She sat around it and quilted every single day. My dad would lift me over the little picket fence that separated our back yard from hers. I would spend hours sitting next to her learning to take little stitches. My great granddad passed before I was born, due to lung issues from mustard gas during the war. She never remarried and this is how she supplemented her income. I was always drawn to it and she gladly taught me by letting me sit alongside her. I am 45 years old and opened my own little quilt shop in 2013. Unfortunately she never got to see me live my dream, and what I imagine was probably hers. I miss her everyday and I know she smiles down on me for continuing the love of quilting!

Sonia K. When my husband was killed suddenly, my doctor told me I had to get something to take my mind off things. I signed up for a quilting class. My instructor was Pam. She really made it fun. I credit her with my continuing to quilt.

Dwynette V. My great-grandmother, while bedridden, coaxed me up onto her bed and taught me how to make yo-yo's and yarn flowers. It is my earliest memory of doing anything craft-related, and crafting led to quilting for me.

Lisa V. My old roommate has been creating quilts, bags and throws for years. Having that creative vibe in my living space really engendered a love in me of beautiful fabrics and quilts.

Donna R. my Daughter, she came home from school one day and asked me if I had any left over material so she could make a quilt, I asked her how she was going to do that, she said her teacher is showing them , so I gave her the Material she made a quilt and thats how I got started.

Sharon J. This is going to sound strange--but I think it was my uncle because when my grandma died he burned all of the handmade quilts that my great-grandmother made--such beautiful quilts that I had grown up with my whole life. I was crushed. Started making handmade quilts back then and later moved on to machine quilting.

Sharon P. My Grandmother inspired me years ago as a child and she taught me to sew. I have a family top that has had 6 generations work on it, some sewed by hand, some by machine (treadle and electric both). My granddaughter will make it 7 when she is old enough. And maybe then I will complete the quilt.

Donna L. An antique quilt exhibit at the Newark Museum in Newark NJ in 1969 inspired me. I we t back a dozen times, trying to figure out how anyone could fit together those thousands of little pieces. A curator noticed me and took me in the back room, showed me an unfinished Log Cabin quilt top, explained how it was built by sewing from the center and working outward. Volia. Light bulb moment, followed by years of creativity, contentment and joy. Thank you, Ms. Case.

Lori K. C. My Grandma Dorothea Skeen! She made me a quilt one year for my birthday when I probably was 6 and I still have. I remember going to the church on the corner and watching her and her friends quilting on a Hugh frame, crawling underneath and watching the needles coming up and down and listening to them chit chat about everything and everyone!!

Debbie B.B. My aunts mother put me in a feather bed under a beautiful Sunbonnet Sue Quilt to take a nap when I was six years old. I can remember laying there thinking how beautiful all those little girls were. Then later in life I met a great uncle in Arkansas that learned to quilt in his Sixties and he became very well known for making and giving his Red White and blue Quilts away in Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma. I'm now sixty one and I have been making Quilts since I turned 22. And now I make Quilts of Valor. I will never forget all the people that have inspired me to become a Quilter.

Krista E. My dear friend Kim Newton who lifted me up during a period of isolation while recovering from a 2nd bone marrow transplant. I was in a bit of depression feeling lonely and just waiting so long to get better. She took me to Roxanne's Quilt Shop inCarpinteria, CA and I was overwhelmed with color, creativity and beauty! She told me to pick out a project to start with and all the fabric and everything I need to make it which she gifted me, and thus my love for quilting began AND my spirits were lifted. I'm still a beginner as it's not been a year yet and I've had quite a few setbacks in my recovery, but I can't wait to improve--both physically and in my quilting skills!

(Conversation Below) 
Linda S. M.  My mother who made quilts for 6 or 7 quilts for her children, even hand quilted them till she couldn't do it anymore because of arthritis in her hands. So only 6 or 7 out of 11 kids got one. I am lucky enough to be one of them!
Patty S. R. Yea the younger kids got shafted
Linda S. M. Didn't you get one made by Mom, just not hand quilted? Patty Smith Rucker
Patty S. R. Yes but it was machine stitched

Lynn B. Beautiful fabric - exciting textiles. No one in my family ever made quilts - I have always felt like the Lone Ranger and made my own path. Books, quilt groups, quilting for charity has been my University. Long journey.

Rosemary M. Nobody really! I wanted to make a quilt for our first child so I looked up quilting in some old McCalls magazines. I made a really cute whole cloth appliqué quilt BUT it fell apart in the washing machine the second time I washed it. Little did I know then that you don't use nylon quilting thread on a whole cloth polyester fabric!! Sooo, I had to learn the correct way to quilt. I signed up for a class at a local quilt store and haven't stop quilting since!

Rita H. My Grandmother on a snowy day at age 8 sat me down to peddle Singer Sewing machine and a stack of squares and I still have the quilt I am now 61 what a way to spend a snowy day. SO BLESSED

Tammy S. i got the love of quilting at a very young age when i watched my grandma and many other navy mothers making quilts to the guys in the military. all 3 of her sons were in the coast guard. they would meet once a week and i got to cut some of the squares but most of the time i cleaned up scraps off the floor and would try to make something out of them. every time there is a baby shower, wedding graduation, or any special occasion everyone knows they are getting a quilt. now that my son is in the army,and has been for 8 years, my chapter of blue star mothers makes lap quilts for the veterans in wheelchairs. for all they have done for us, it is the least we can do for them.every quilt is made with love no matter who gets it.

Lila T. S. After my Mom died I found a set of quilt blocks. They were signature blocks, signed by women in her neighborhood club. They were all farm women who met once a month in each other's homes. I was determined to make them into a quilt. I borrowed a book from the library (there were only two). This was my introduction to quilting. I never saw my mother ever make a quilt or quilt blocks. Finding those blocks started me on the wonderful journey of quilting 31 years ago. I thank my Mom for starting that path.

Dick C. My wife inspired me to become a skilled long arm quilter. her passion for creating beautiful quilts for our children and grandchildren resulted in a great team as we spent many hrs together doing what she truly loved. Evan though she has passed, her love is weaved into every quilt I Create in her memory. I know she is smiling as I continue on.

Kim S. It wasn't a person but a piece of fabric that inspired me. A gorgeous batik fabric with green, purple and teal.

Tammy W. I. I don't have a mom or a grandmother who quilted, but I've always been fascinated by the Amish and their way of life and quilts in particular. 
When my sister announced she was pregnant with her first baby, I wanted to make something special for my new nephew, so I took classes from one of my mom's friends who quilts and I was hooked! 
So I guess I was inspired by my nephew Oliver!  (Or the Amish...)
My Grandmother Long would sit at the kitchen table pulling scraps out of a bag a sew them together. I thought that was amazing! She would make crazy scrap quilts all day. I would love to sit and watch her, I would play with the beautiful pieces of fabric and day dream about what I could make with them, if only I could sew. I later found out that she had customers come from all around south central Pa. She was really well known. When she passed away there were several hundred quilts that had to be auctioned off. Even though i was only 13, i took my "piggy bank" and bid on one. No one bid against me! I still have that quilt, 37 years later. It is one of my most treasured possessions and I think of her every time I snuggle under it. Now I make the quilts that my loved ones snuggle under.

Patricia W. My grandson. He wanted a Batman quilt and I said to myself - "I can do that" I did and was hooked.

Donna J S. My "Aunt Mac"....In her final days with her, she had me pull out the "quilts" she had made. We "tagged" each with whom she wanted them to be passed on to when she was no longer with us! She told me why she used what she used in each of them and how she'd chosen that one to be passed on to her children and grand children. I was so impressed and wanted to do make "a comfort" for each of my children and grand children, I did... In doing this, my Mother, who has since passed, did it for each of us kids and all the grands and the great grands! They are wonderful memories we will all have for a very long time to come!

Crammer S. C. My husband spoke often of being under a quilt as a little boy passing the needle back up thru it for his Mama. It was the only memory he had of her- so we learned to quilt from my Mom and her sister: It was one of our favorite things to do together. So Jimmy Coley INSPIRED me.

Renee L. Eleanore Burns was my original inspiration and on-line teacher. Kathy Thompson gave my learned works wings through the ALS quilt challenges, which inspired and molded my "Most Creative --- Theme" talents. Who knew I even had talent! . From that launching point, my work has exploded in the "CREATIVE" direction. Thank you, Kathy Thompson.

Who would have thought our very own Kathy Thompson, owner of Quilters Dream Batting, helped to inspire a quilter!  Do you have an inspiration that you would like to share?

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