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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Vote for your favorite Sew Popular Quilt!

10 finalist have been entered into the "Sew Popular" category. 
(To see other prize categories you can enter, click HERE.)

It's now up to YOU to choose our winner! One lucky finalist will win a prize package valued at $1000. 

We want to thank everyone who participated, donated and sponsored in the 2014 challenge! Without your support we couldn't be so successful towards raising awareness and finding a cure. 

Let's keep our hopes up and have yet another awesome year. 2015 challenge... here we come!

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**Voting ends Tuesday Sept. 30th**

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Quilters Dream takes the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS!

Why is everyone dumping buckets of ice water over their heads you ask?

If you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, lets catch you up to speed on the latest viral sensation that's getting out of hand...in the very BEST way!

It all began when Massachusetts resident Pete Frates, 29,  who's been living with ALS since 2012 and his family  came up with the idea. The challenge involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media, then nominating others to do the same, all in an effort to raise ALS awareness. Those who refuse to take the challenge are asked to make a donation of at least $100 to the ALS charity of their choice.

People all over, even celebrities such as the Kennedy's, Justin Timberlake, and NFL football teams have accepted the #icebucketchallenge. And since we are determined to find a cure and raise awareness for this awful disease, of course we took the challenge as well!

Those brave enough to get drenched on this sunny warm Friday (thank goodness, could you imagine this during the winter?) came prepared with bags of towels and extra clothes to change into afterwards. I even think I saw a hairdryer in the bathroom haha.

Buckets of all sizes, NONE too small were filled with ice and water to the rim! They were placed under the trees out front of Quilters Dream Batting Headquarters as 7 thrill seekers waited for a chill. Kathy Thompson, owner of QDB, decided it would be fun to "nominate/challenge" other batting companies. You will have to watch the video to see who she will choose.

Soooooo COLD!!!!!!!!!!!




Kathy K.



How could we leave out the boss?? Kathy Thompson

We couldn't be happier to be soaking wet amongst many others in the hopes to find a cure and raise awareness for ALS! 

We hope to come across your video in the social media world. 

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Featured #battgirls (August): Judy Martin & Lana Corcoran

Meet our August #battgirls 

Quilt designer/author:
Judy Martin

Judy began making quilts in 1969 when she was a college student. After that first quilt, she couldn't go into a fabric store without coming home with an armful of fabric for another of her quilt ideas. She jokes that she had to become a professional quilt maker in order to justify her fabric stash. In 1980, Judy wrote her first quilting book as an editor of Quilter's Newsletter. Since 1988, Judy and her husband, Steve Bennett, have been self publishing Judy's books. To date, Judy has designed and published 996 original block and quilt patterns, many of them in her 22 quilting books.  

In November, Steve and Judy published Judy's latest book, Extraordinary Log Cabin Quilts. The book has comprehensive information and helpful tips for making Log Cabin quilts, as well as patterns for 15 stunning new variations of this timeless favorite. 

Main Street Log Cabin
Designed & pieced by Judy Martin
Quilted by Lana Corcoran

See if you have what it takes to
become a Master Quilt Maker
Game available soon.
This summer, Steve and Judy's  quilting game was published by Rio Grande Games. The game, Quilt Show, was a winner of the Rio Grande Games Design Contest. Game play is intuitive for quilters, who will love it whether or not they consider themselves gamers. 

Over the years, Judy has made more than 250 quilts; designed several fabric lines and rotary cutting tools; written scores of magazine articles; released several Electric Quilt pattern software products; recorded quilting videos for YouTube and Quilter's Newsletter TV and an episode of Simply Quilts on HGTV; and had a one-woman show of 30 of her quilts at The National Quilt Museum, where one of her quilts is in the museum's permanent collection. Judy Martin Books is active on Pinterest and Facebook, and Judy offers a free newsletter and Block of the Moment patterns on her web site: http://www.judymartin.com

Judy does a little hand quilting for gifts, and she likes using Quilters Dream Cotton (Request loft) because it allows her to make small, even stitches. In order to complete quilts in a timely fashion for her books, Judy has them professionally quilted. Because Judy designs and pieces the quilts as well as writing, typesetting, and illustrating her books, time constraints do not allow her to quilt the projects in her books. Instead, she entrusts the quilting to talented longarm quilter, Lana Corcoran. 

Lakeshore Log Cabin.
Designed & pieced by Judy Martin.
Quilted by Lana Corcoran
For years, Judy has specified Dream Cotton (Select) Loft as her batting of choice in her quilts that are finished with machine quilting. Judy usually discusses her vision for the quilting with Lana, but she trusts Lana, listens to her ideas and suggestions, and is comfortable scrapping the original plan if Lana comes up with something better. 

Meet longarm quilter:
Lana Corcoran

It’s hard to believe that I started quilting for others more than 11 years ago. The time has flown by and I’ve enjoyed every minute.

Like many long arm quilters, this is not my first career. My first was as a photojournalist; my last years as a photographer were spent in Washington, D.C., covering the President as a White House Press Photographer with a major wire service. I changed careers after earning an MBA, working with Fortune 500 companies doing business process engineering. Both of those careers have helped me as a quilter. From photography, I learned creativity, artistic composition, balance, and patience. From the business world, I know that successful businesses provide excellent products, services, and value to their customers. I've tried to apply lessons from both careers to my long arm business.

Aspen Log Cabin
Designed & pieced by Judy Martin
Quilted by Lana Corcora
About 10 years ago, one of my customers brought me a package of Quilters Dream batting to use in her quilt and I've been a big fan ever since. Quilters Dream products are my favorites for my own quilts as well as my recommendation for my customers. It is important that batting is high quality, which means that it is consistent in thickness, is “clean” with no specks of cotton seeds that can leach oil onto the quilt fabric, and doesn't beard. My experience is that Quilters Dream meets all those criteria.

It’s important to me to have options to offer my customers to meet the intended uses of their quilts. For most quilts, customers choose Cotton Select, in either white or natural. It drapes beautifully, no matter how densely it is quilted. 

Those who like a loftier look and want a quilt that “breathes” love, I recommend the Dream Wool. For baby quilts, Dream Angel is the choice for its flame retardant qualities. For show quilts, a combination of Dream Wool on top of Dream Blend gives a look of trapunto without the intense labor of stuffing or cutting batts.
Dream Wool layered over Dream Blend
Designed by Nancy Sullivan Jacobs
Quilted by Lana Corcoran
Whichever one I choose, the quality is always consistent.

There are so many talented quilters. It is a pleasure and an honor when one of them trusts me to quilt their quilts. Over the years I have developed special relationships with many of them, both personally and professionally. Judy Martin, for example, has had me quilt the quilts in her last three books, including 12 for her last book, Extraordinary Log Cabins. I have quilted thousands of quilts for customers, and have won dozens of ribbons, including Paducah and MQX. I’m also very proud of the fact that I still quilt for my very first customer, despite the fact that we are over 1000 miles apart!

You too can get Lana's digitized longarm patterns available for download on Intelligent Quilting's website!

We hope you enjoyed reading about our August #battgirls and feel inspired to try some of their work. We will even send you some 10 X 10 size samples of your batting choice for you to play with. Just give us a shout! Until then, we are always on the hunt for the next Featured #battgirls....will it be you?

Happy Quilting,
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Aviatrix Medallion QAL: Borders 4 & 5

It's been awhile since I've posted about Aviatrix.....I lost momentum.  But, I'm back at my sewing machine again.  And I'm determined to finish this one.

Border 4 was pretty straight forward.  Cut small squares, sew them into groups of five and then sew the groups of five together to create long strips.  I added a few more neutral fabrics into the mix to add a bit more variety.

Border five consists of log cabin blocks.  I love the look of log cabin blocks.  The idea of the block is simple, but there are so many different ways to arrange the blocks.  And each variation give the quilt a different look. But log cabins are my nemesis.  You have to iron and square up each side after sewing them on.  

After all that attention, most of the blocks are just a tad lopsided.  Thank goodness for a hot steam iron.  What would us quilters do without our irons :)  

I wrestled and pleaded with the blocks and they eventually submitted.

So here it is, border five completed!  Just one more border to go.....and then done!

Till next time ..... check out all the beautiful -completed - Aviatrix quilts out on Instagarm

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Featured #battgirls (July2014)- Got Kwilts?/Richla Ramsey

I made my first quilt when I was pregnant with my first daughter 8 years ago.  I had to stop working due to complications and decided to take a beginning quilting class.  Several quilts later, I was hooked.  I did my research and decided to start my own longarm business.  Pretty funny, since I am such a tomboy and never liked to sew!  Next to playing tennis, it is now my favorite thing to do.  I have a new studio, 2 Longarms and can't wait until I get "Thelma" and "Louise" working each day.  

This spacious colorful studio is sure to inspire the creative!

Richla's Inspiration:

I am truly inspired everyday by the women and quilts that walk through my door.  I can not believe how many talented and creative women are out there. I'm just waiting for that day when a man brings me a quilt- I know they are out there. I find it amazing that I rarely work on the same quilt twice!  I LOVE what I do! My favorite thing about quilting is how the batting, thread and quilting process totally changes a piece of fabric and brings it to life. I love how my clients always light up when they see their finished quilt and how it changed.  I truly believe that Dream battings make all the difference. 

Her technique:

 I started using multiple layers of batting because I was trying to make a quilt feel like my Grandmas' quilts.  Plus, my family never used the quilts I made because they were too thin. If I could get 3 layers of Dream Wool under my hopper, my family would be very happy!  

2 layers of batting:
Dream Cotton (on top)
Dream Wool (on bottom)

 I have found that mixing the battings together on a single quilt can change the feel of the quilt and also help me manipulate shapes on a quilt and make it very dimensional. I have many clients who now ask for double layers of batting and are not afraid to mix it up!  

How to achieve this look:

If I decide to mix Cotton with Wool or Puff, I always put the cotton on the bottom.  This allows the Wool or Puff to fill in on the top. I also try to do more dense quilting around the shape I want to accent, so the Wool or Puff will fill in the open area.  The first time I did this, I was concerned because the quilt looked so puffy, but now I love working with double layers. 

2 layers of batting:
Dream Cotton (on top)
Dream Wool (on bottom)

Double layer of Dream Cotton

Keep up with Got Kwilts? Richla Ramsey:

Click HERE for her longarm class schedule.
Visit Richla's Blog for more helpful tips and inspiration.
Follow Richla on Facebook.
Email: gotkwilts@comcast.net


How about that studio?! I don't know about you but now I have the sudden urge to clean my craft space....maybe. Don't forget to follow and find Richla for more interesting techniques and upcoming classes from the links above! Remember, you can always give us a call if you need samples or have any questions. We are always looking for the next Featured #battgirls , so submit your projects and you could be our next feature blog post! 

Happy Quilting!
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Featured #battgirls ( Late June 2014) Roslyn Atwood

Featured #battgirls-  Late June 2014
Roslyn Atwood
"Wedding Gown Quilt"

About Roslyn

No one in my family in Australia ever quilted, though the women were all very talented seamstresses and I was well schooled in dressmaking, drapes etc. learning to sew on my Mum's Singer treadle which my brother now has. I think I nearly flunked Home Ec. in 7th. grade because I had already invented my own methods! I made my first quilts in 1974, one for a niece and the other for the baby I was expecting, our youngest son, then I took a bit of a break when we lived in Germany until I began again in 1982, making a QS quilt for my parents, which I tied. When we moved to Phx. in 1986 I met a woman at church who has become my lifelong friend. Leslie is an accomplished quilter and her Mother before her, in fact when her Mom died Leslie gave me one of the two Featherweights her mother had used and I treasure it! 

With Leslie's encouragement I soon became addicted and learned to machine quilt on my domestic sewing machine because I was much too prolific a piecer and way too impatient for  hand quilting. Ultimately it became too difficult to manipulate large quilts on a domestic machine and I acquired my first longarm, a Gamill, in 2001. Within a year I began to quilt for others and in 2007 I sold the Gamill and purchased the A-1 Elite.  My family has been the recipients of many quilts and I make quilts for everyone I know who has a baby, a life threatening illness or just needs a quilty hug! I make Quilts of Valor for Wounded Warriors and as CO. Coordinator for Home Of The Brave Quilt Project, I make Civil War replica Soldier's quilts for the families of The fallen. I also take commission work and I am a lifetime member of Fabricaholics Anonymous, in rehab for life! My husband says I take up most of the home with my craft, but it's really not quite that bad, just one bedroom for my design studio and three quarters of our large loft for my longarm and the associated and necessary tools !

The Wedding Gown Quilt Saga

 Roslyn’s client, Andrea, gave her  the challenge to turn her mother's vintage 1960’s wedding gown and five dozen vintage handkerchiefs passed down from her mother and grandmother into a beautiful memory quilt.

Roslyn knew she needed to be extremely delicate with this gorgeous silk gown and all its tiny buttons and lace. Her meticulous planning began by deciding how much fabric could be salvaged and how to go about laundering the gown in the gentlest way. 

Her technique turned out to be a success and soon Roslyn was ready to start ironing and brainstorm how she could turn all the salvaged fabric into a quilt top!

After a long night of sewing , can you believe that Roslyn had enough energy to write about the piecing process in her BLOG? To create an even more luxurious drape, Roslyn choose to use Quilters Dream Orient. This unique blend of silk, bamboo, Botanic Tencel® and cotton is our softest batting available. It quilts like butter no matter if you are machine or hand quilting it. Read more about the advantages of Dream Orient in our Batting University blog.

In order to stabilize the handkerchiefs onto the quilt top without showing the stitches on the backing, Roslyn used the floating the top technique. Need a visual on what that means? You can see actual video footage on her blog of the process.  Once approved by Andrea, Roslyn was thrilled to start binding this beauty!  You can watch this step in another video of hers.

The finished product

We hope Roslyn will blog about Andrea's reaction when seeing the finished quilt! We will have to stay tuned...

 Keep up with Roslyn Atwood

If you would like samples of the Dream Orient or any other product, please contact us 888-268-8664. Looking for chance to become the next Featured #battgirls, click HERE for more information! Looking forward to your submissions. :)

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Guest Blogger: Nan Baker from Purrfect Spots is Wild about Bunnies!

Wild about bunnies!

Do you like bunnies? Well who doesn't like bunnies? They are so cute and soft and snuggly plus they make you think of Spring and Easter. And because I love bunnies, I designed a bunny quilt. But these are no ordinary bunnies. These adorable bunnies are the creation of the internationally famous watercolorist, Will Bullas. He has long been known in the art world for his fabulous paintings and many of them are of animals. However, Will has a wonderful sense of humor and that gives his art work a very different twist. He has received numerous awards and you can read all about him and see more of his artwork at by visiting his website.

I have known Will for almost 20 years.  I first used his designs in my needlework patterns featuring cross stitch.  Here are two of them shown in cross stitch.  "Dust Bunnies" is a favorite.
"Dust Bunnies"
Dust Bunnies was featured as a quilted wall hanging in The Quilt Pattern Magazine (March 2014).  Quilters Dream Wool was used in that quilt as well. 

"The Recruit",  in cross stitch is one of the blocks featured in the bunny quilt. No matter whether you are doing cross stitch or quilting, the bunnies are great designs.
"The Recruit"
After working with Will's images in needlework, I was delighted to be able to do a quilt adaptation. The result is my latest quilt called "Bullas Bunnies"!
"Bullas Bunnies"
Not only are the bunnies adorable with lots of personality, but the names that Will has given them are priceless. He has a wonderful sense of humor.

Starting at the top left and going across are:
 Hare Style with a bowtie. Hareball with a baseball – think Spring training. Easter Fashion  - the baby duck and chick have bunny ears. Cottontails and Cute Buns (no comment needed here). The Recruit (shown earlier in cross stitch) shows a baby duck with his bunny ears. Bunnet all decked out in her Easter Bonnet. Honeybun has a bee on his nose. Baby Talk shows cute baby chicks and a baby bunny.

The fabrics used in this quilt are by Hoffman using mostly their 1895 Watercolor Collection. Because of the painted look of the fabrics, it is just "purrfect" to use for the bunnies as it gives them a natural shading. You can add more shading if you want, but many times it is not necessary. The speciality threads that make all the cute expressions on the bunnies' faces are by Kreinik Threads. Working with the threads, you can make the long whiskers on the bunnies plus give them eyelashes and ear fuzz! I even used their iron-on ribbon to make the bee in Honeybun. 

But one question you might ask is how did these bunnies get so fluffy? Well thanks to Quilters Dream Batting, their Dream Wool did the trick. I had never quilted with wool or a "puffy" loft, so I was a little apprehensive. I checked with the staff at Quilters Dream, told them about the quilt and what I was trying to accomplish. Their suggestion was Dream Wool. The quilt measures 46" x 63" just a little larger than a throw. I don't have a long arm machine, just a regular sewing machine so it looked like a monumental task. And with the extra "fluff" I wondered how it was going to work. (Picture 6) 

Well my worries were unfounded. Dream Wool was very easy to work with and not real bulky like I had feared. I must tell you it quilted like a dream (Oh I think that is their saying.) But it is true and if you haven't tried it, I urge you to do so. And if you have any questions their great staff will be more than happy to help you. 

I hope you like the Bullas Bunnies pattern and when you do start making those bunnies, I hope you will share pictures of your bunnies and your quilt. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to let me know. I also would like to thank Quilters Dream Batting for allowing me to share my story about the bunnies on their blog.

~Nan Baker