Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Featured Battgirl // Melissa Martin (Six Kids Quilts)

#Battgirls/#Battmen Questionnaire:

1. What inspired you to start quilting and what inspires you now?

I have always wanted to learn to piece-quilt, but finally got the inspiration to do it when I was cleaning out my closet and found my husband’s old police uniforms. I took the patches from the fronts and sleeves and pieced them into my very first quilt! It’s definitely not my best work, but you have to start somewhere!

I love the art of quilting and that’s what keeps me inspired. 

2. Your favorite thing about quilting and/or being part of the quilting industry?

I love that I am able to meet and talk to people from all over the country - and even the world - that love the same thing I do and have such a passion for it. 


3. Any special connections and friendships you have gained through quilting.

I made a lot of new friends when I joined my local and quilt guild. 


4. Any upcoming events, classes, guild meetings, etc you’d like to share or spread the word about? If so, please include links, address & contact info.

I will be teaching my very first long-arm quilting class to a group of ladies in Mississippi later this month. 


5. Which Quilters Dream Batting product is yours and your customers' favorites and why?

My customers and I love Quilter’s Dream Wool. I love the loft and softness it gives to the quilts even when they’re heavily quilted. 🐑 

6. Please share your special or helpful quilting techniques and tips?

While I am rolling the quilt on the frame I mist it with water to remove wrinkles. 

If I mark on the quilt with a blue mark-be-gone I spray a mixture of one teaspoon of baking soda with one cup of water to remove.

The first time I quilted for someone for a quilt show, I won best machine quilting.

We are loving the quilt ink!

Thank you Melissa for being the featured #battgirl this month! Be sure to follow Six Kids Quilts @6kidsquilts on Facebook and @sixkidsquilts on Instagram.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming one of our Featured #battgirl/#battman, then click HERE for more details!! 

Happy Quilting from the Dream Team!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Quilters Protecting Their Communities

Quilters are known for their giving hearts and stepping up in any way they can. Recently, quilters from all over the world have come together to protect their communities. In the mist of social distancing, they have been diligently sewing face masks to help defend people who are exposed to Covid-19.  

Some people are making masks for hospital staff and first responders. They are also making them for essential employees and their coworkers. Others are creating masks to keep their family and friends safe. No matter the reason that they have, they are putting their time, money, and materials aside to protect the people they care for.

The Crafty Quilter

We are learning more about this developing disease and how to combat it. Aside from hand washing and disinfecting, CDC recommends homemade face masks to slow the spread of the virus and help people, who may have the virus and do not know it, from transmitting it to others.

Cloth face coverings are a good option for those who are in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. With the limited amount of medical grade masks, which should be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, these homemade masks are great secondary option. They may not stop you from getting the coronavirus, but they will help slow the speed in which it spreads.

If you are like the many who would like to sew masks; there are several different mask patterns/instructions available for free on the internet. Most are simple, fast, and easy to understand:

Even the CDC have some tutorials on to make cloth face coverings.

If you are looking for a place to donate masks https://www.masksforheroes.com/ and https://www.instagram.com/millionmaskchallenge/ are constantly updating the hospitals that are currently requesting masks.

Here at Quilters Dream Batting, we are so inspired by the number of quilters who are trying to make a difference. Whether you are making one mask or one thousand, we applaud you for helping stop the spread of this virus.

Please stay home if possible, be safe, and keeping sewing!  

The Dream Team (Jane, Neva, Erin S, Erin D, Jennifer, and Gina)

Monday, February 17, 2020

We Scream for Ice Cream (Fabric, That Is)!

With only being in the new decade for two months, and new resolutions being kept and new habits
created (dang healthier eating resolutions), ice cream has been on my mind constantly! It doesn’t
matter that there’s a snowstorm passing through Eastern Idaho — all I can think about is ice cream. 

This ice cream-themed quilt has been in my head for a couple years, so when Shannon Fabrics came
out with 2 Scoops Digital Cuddle® print, I knew it was time. 

Want the “scoop” on making one of your own? Here are the fabrics I used:
Background - Cuddle® 3 Navy
Binding - Cuddle® 3 Lime
Scoops - Luxe Cuddle® Hide in Lime, Banana, and Carnation

Let’s get started. 

The first thing I did was hand draw my ice cream cone on craft paper in the approximate size that I
wanted it to be, and labeled my pieces — top scoop, middle, bottom and cone. Feel free to draw
yours from your own idea, or use the ice cream cones on the digital print as inspiration. 

Pro Tip: Find your centers on the ice cream cone. Make a gentle fold by bringing the tip of the cone
to the top of the top scoop, and mark your center. Make a gentle fold by matching the sides of the
cone/scoops, and mark your center. This will help you place the ice cream scoops and the cone
directly in the center of your background piece. 

Next, carefully cut out each of your scoops and cone from your paper. 

Place them right-side down on the back of your fabric, taking care to make sure the nap goes from
the top of the scoop to the bottom. Trace around your pattern piece. 

Pro Tip: When tracing, add a little bit of extra fabric to your tracing to allow for any fabric movement.
Also, you can actually use a lightweight soft fusible iron-on adhesive on Cuddle®  (be sure to read the
tips and tricks” on their website so you don’t melt your fabric), but for my scoops/cone, temporary
adhesive spray and a few pins worked perfectly. 

Find the vertical and horizontal centers of your background fabric. Make sure your nap is going from
top to bottom. 

Starting with the cone, lay your pieces on the background. Use your center line guides and your
templates to lay your pieces out where they should go. Once you have them in place, starting with
the cone, use the adhesive spray to make it stay in place. Pin for added measure. 

Once all the pieces are pinned, and, using the tips and tricks guide for applique available on the
Shannon website, use a similar color thread for each piece and stitch down to the background fabric. 

Once your ice cream cone is stitched in place, baste together with batting and backing. I used Quilters
Dream Poly in my quilt to provide a warm and stable center for such a large quilt. Quilters Dream Poly
is the perfect loft and is super easy to work with and stitch through. I think if I make another one
(because I may know a kid or two who will want their own ice cream quilt), not only will I use Quilters
Dream Poly for my batting, but I will also use Quilters Dream Puff under my scoops/cone to give my
quilt top more of a trapunto feel and look. 

I want to give a big “shout out” to Quilters Dream for providing their Quilters Dream Poly for this quilt.
It is so warm and gives the quilt a nice weight without being super bulky or heavy.

Friday, December 20, 2019

2019 Quilters Dream Christmas Party

Every year right before Christmas, the staff here at Quilters Dream gathers together for a fun and festive holiday lunch. We grind all year long to make sure our customer's needs are met so this is a special day that each and every employee here looks forward to! 

This year we celebrated at the swanky Le Yaca restaurant in Virginia Beach which serves a delish French style cuisine. 

Happy and Hungry!! 

What's a Christmas party without games and gifts?? Not ours. That's for sure! The first game we played was the left right story game. One person reads the story out loud- in this case it was office gal Jennifer with her confident and boisterous voice we love! Any time throughout the story she read the words left or right you had to pass your gift. The shuffling of gifts and trying to concentrate was absolutely hilarious! After the story was done- you got to keep the gift you ended up with.  

The second game we played is a favorite! The saran wrap ball. Each ball is filled with fun little treats with the main prize in the center. When it's your turn, you try to unwrap as much as you can keeping whatever falls out along the way. Meanwhile, the player next to you is rolling dice trying to get doubles to take the ball from you. You'd be surprised how quickly you can roll doubles! With the amount of excitement and infectious laughter this game brought, we were lucky to have a private room!

In between the fun we dined on savory dishes and heavenly sweet desserts! And bread....lots and lots of bread.

 Viewer discretion advised. May cause EXTREME hunger pangs. 

To burn off those calories we opened more gifts and did a raffle each scoring some pretty awesome goodies! 


And last but not least we shared our appreciation for Quilters Dream president, Kathy with a lovely gift basket. 

May your holidays be filled with moments of fun and laughter with the ones you love!

From the staff at Quilters Dream Batting,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!