Monday, August 19, 2019

Quilt Caddy: H&D Sponsor

The Ultimate Game Changer for Quilters: 

Quilt Caddy Batting Rack

We have always been a company of great people fostering great relationships, and we are proud to sponsor the Quilters Dream Hopes & Dreams Challenge by donating our product, the Quilt Caddy Batting Rack.
There truly is nothing else like it – our Quilt Caddy is designed for long arm quilters, engineered for them, and customized uniquely with long arm quilters in mind!

The Quilt Caddy is a space saving solution.  Whether you are a beginner or expert, the Quilt Caddy will help keep your batting organized and easily accessible.

Features & Benefits

The Quilt Caddy will ultimately help you quilt more efficiently.

Fabricated out of steel, the Quilt Caddy comes with (3) adjustable product rods, an adjustable shelf for cutting with a built-in tape measure, storage for rotary cutting utensils, and much more!

The Quilt Caddy also comes with heavy duty locking casters for ease of movement and added stability. It’s built to last!

Why we Support the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge

It’s bigger than the Quilt Caddy Batting Rack.  We have all felt the challenges and heartache of a loved one who’s fallen ill, but we know that it’s our duty to stay positive and support them however we can.  We are simply trying to do our part to support the effort to cure ALS, every stitch of the way.

It’s the participants who all make the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge such an impactful fundraiser, and we are proud to be part of it.

To Learn More about the Quilt Caddy Batting Rack or to make a purchase, visit:

Make sure to like us on Instagram @quiltcaddy and share your quilting stories with us!  

Monday, August 12, 2019

Featured Battgirl // Emily Tindall (Homemade Emily Jane)

When I was 19 years old my grandma taught me how to quilt. It was the summer after my freshman year in college and I was staying at my grandparent’s house for a few weeks. During the time I spent with them, we pieced a whole twin size quilt top! I later had my local long-arm quilter do the quilting for me.

I love that quilt to pieces, especially for what it gave me – the love of quilting AND an amazing hobby to deepen my relationship with my beloved grandma. I never really stopped quilting after that first one. From the living room of my first apartment, to the dining room table of my sorority house, to the sewing room in my first home with my husband, one thing has been constant: a deep need to always be quilting.

Once I realized the cost of having a long-armer finish my quilts I quickly came to terms with the fact that I was going to need to learn how to do that part myself! I did a few free-motion quilts, and even more with my walking foot, but lately I have totally fallen in love with the steady, therapeutic slow rhythm of hand quilting. When I first started trying out hand quilting I had very little knowledge of different batting types, but it was my love for hand quilting that spurred me to seek out the best batting for a comfortable, lightweight feel that worked great on hand quilting –  Quilters Dream Orient Batting.

It is a blend of fibers including Silk, Cotton, and Bamboo and has a super luxurious feel! It's low loft, lightweight, and cozy as can be - which is necessary for a Florida girl like me! The absolute best part about Quilter's Dream Orient batting is that you can quilt as dense as you like, or up to 8" apart, which makes it incredibly versatile! If you've never tried Orient batting, I highly suggest you give it a go on your next quilting project!

If you want to see more images of the quilts I make with Quilter’s Dream batting, please subscribe to my blog and connect with me on Instagram & Facebook!

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

10 Year Anniversary!

2019 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS!! Thank you to everyone who has contributed over the last decade to this wonderful cause.

(Boxes of donated quilts, waiting to be opened)

Over 9000 quilts have been donated since we started back in 2009 and over $218,000 has been raised with 100% of the funds going to ALS research!!! 

(Kari from the VCQ Virginia Consortium of Quilters
quilts to Hopes and Dreams.)

Hopes and Dreams strives to find a cure for ALS, one quilt at a time. The more quilts that are entered, the more good that we can do!

The quilting community has touched so many lives and has brought healing to the patients who are suffering with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – Lou Gherig’s Disease.

(ALS patient, Pete, with a Hopes and Dreams quilt)

ALS affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement, though the core cause is unknown and no cure exists. When neurons in the brain can no longer communicate with muscles, those with ALS  suffer from muscle weakening, twitching, and an inability to move their arms, legs and body. Over time, the condition gets worse. 

(The ALS Association of Orange County Chapter with Hopes and Dreams quilts, ready to be given to ALS patients at their Christmas party.)

We appreciate every sponsor who has donated prizes, funds, and quilts to Hopes and Dreams throughout the years! Thanks to our generous sponsors, we have had wonderful prizes to send to the winners of the Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS. All of those prizes help to bring awareness to our charity, which in return, brings in more quilts to give to ALS patients. 

Prizes from the 2018-2019 Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge 
Thank you sponsors, we could not do this with out you!! 

It is generally estimated that there are over 30,000 people living with ALS in the United States at any given time. We have a goal to have 30,000 quilts donated to Hopes and Dreams. Thanks to all of our quilters, sponsors and friends, we know that we will reach that goal!

Selling quilts to raise funds at the VB Farmers Market

Stravitz Sculpture & Fine Art Gallery

Without the help from Hopes & Dreams ambassadors and friends we would be unable to run our annual Quilt Challenge. You help by completing administrative tasks, selling quilts and purchasing quilts, and lending your time and hearts to this cause. Thank you for all of your hard work and helping make these hopes and dreams come true!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Featured Battgirl // Janie McCombs

After seeing beautiful quilts that my grandmothers and aunts had made, I knew I wanted to learn all about the process. They used their quilts as a necessity. We didn’t live close to any of them. We would do family reunions which lasted two weeks every other year. I remember staying at my Aunt Johnny’s and we would pile quilts on the floor of the living room for me to use as a bed. I am not kidding when I say the pile was about 8 inches thick.

I am a self taught quilter. I started quilting when I was in my early 20’s. I had a lot of mishaps but I stayed with it. Now I get my inspiration from quilting magazines, blogs that I follow and researching the internet for a specific block or quilt layout.

I find quilting very relaxing. My favorite part of the quilting process would be when I remove the finished quilt from the dryer. I call that quilty goodness.

Janie McComb's sewing room 

If I have questions about anything whether it be quilt related, a recipe, or a bird in my backyard if I ask my quilting friends they are more than happy to help.

My go to Quilters Dream Batting is the Bleached (white)Quilters Dream Cotton and Quilters Dream Deluxe Poly. These two batting's make my white and light or soft colors look bright.

I spray baste my quilts for quilting. Sometimes you have to reposition the batting, quilt top or bottom.  Quilters Dream Batting lifts up easily without stretching or tearing no matter how many times it takes to get the layout just right.

Close up of Into the Woods quilt

Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, try new patterns and above all else enjoy the process. We are much harder on our work than we really need to be.

Fujita Maze Garden Path quilt

I enjoy sharing my work in progress through social media with a lot of photos. I hope you find time to visit me. 

Keep up with Janie on Instagram & Facebook

Happy Quilting!

Monday, June 17, 2019


In our home town of Virginia Beach, 12 people were recently killed and four injured in a mass shooting. In times like these, people from all over the world are looking for ways to help. Members of the Virginia Beach Modern Quilt Guild are using their talents to help comfort the victims of the Virginia Beach mass shooting.

The goal was to create 16 quilts for the victims and their families. A total of 480 Plus Blocks would be needed to construct the quilts. The guild sought help from local quilters and social media with the hashtag #VBStrongQuilts. Mary Menzer of the VB Modern Quilt Guild collaborated with Quilters Dream Batting to provide batting for #VBStrongQuilts. She invited us to attend the next guild meeting to lend a hand in sewing quilt blocks, to help in this worthy cause. 

Saturday, June 15, the ladies of the guild came together at St. Johns Baptist Church to start assembling the quilts. This lively group of gals were so welcoming and already hard at work by the time I arrived. 

The meeting was started with "Show and Tell" to catch everyone up on what the members had been working on. 

The meeting moved on to a game called "Left, Right, Center". All the members brought in pre-cut quilt scraps and they were passed around during this game. 

Using three strips of fabric you roll the dice; when you roll a "L" you pass one strip to the left, "R" you pass one to the right, "⚫" you keep you fabric, and "C" you place the strip in the center of the table. 

Following the game a raffle was held, Quilters Dream Batting provided a variety of batting in throw sizes to give out as door prizes. My number was the first to be drawn (I promise it was not rigged!) I won a VBMQG insulated cup! 

All of the ladies, including myself had a wonderful time, but we all had a reason for meeting that day. The victims affected by this senseless tragedy lay heavily on our hearts, so we got to work. The quilters hope their efforts will remind the families of our community's love and comfort every time they look at their quilt. 

"It’s a multitude of emotions," Menzer said. "Obviously, we feel sadness that this happened in our city. We feel sad for the families of the victims and the people that were injured."

Thanks to everyone who mailed in quilt blocks and sewed at the meeting. Virginia Beach Modern Quilt Guild met their goal with 16 quilt tops sewn!

The quilts don't stop here, as there are more to complete! If you’d like to contribute to the Virginia Beach Modern Quilt Guild and sew more quilt blocks or to find out more ways to get involved click here.

"There are so many people that want to show they care, and this is how we quilters do it." ~Mary Menzer