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Monday, October 20, 2014

Featured #battgirls (October 2014) Simply Quilted/Debbie Yarbrough

Featured #battgirls- (October 2014) 
Simply Quilted/Debbie Yarbrough

Quilters Dream Batting: What inspired you to start/own your quilting business and what inspires you now?

Debbie Yarbrough:  I quilted on my home machine and the quilts just kept getting bigger and bigger but the machine didn't. I decided it was time to purchase a long arm, to offer services now, to grow a home business and have additional income now and in the future. I have been quilting for over twenty years and have had my long arm for little over a year. Before my long arm I quilted exclusively on my home machine. I am self taught and pick up ideas from books, the Internet and other quilters.  I teach free motion quilting for the home machine, free motion for the long arm and ruler work for the long arm at Georgia Sewing and Quilting. I have to give thanks to the owner, Jeanne Soloman, who has been nothing but a huge support and given me endless amounts of encouragement during my quilting career.  I am compassionate about quilting and this always feeds over in my classes. I am so inspired by the many different quilt patterns, and how the quilting only enhances them.
"Christmas In Red" 
Fig Tree & Co - Star Struck pattern
Moda Fabrics-  Winter Wonderland collection
Superior Thread- Magnifico (top stitch)
So Fine Thread- In the bobbin

Quilters Dream Batting: Your favorite thing about quilting and/or being part of the quilting industry?

Debbie Yarbrough: The relaxation I feel when quilting-I am obsessed with it. The quilt featured in this blog, is all free hand free motion and rulers. I absolutely love quilting with rulers and each time I quilt a quilt, I try something new. (The paisley feathers). I do love feathers.  I adore free motion quilting, learning new designs.

QDB:  What advice would you give to someone who’s never tried the Wool batting?

DY: Dream Wool is my favorite! Wool and Dream Cotton are all I use. I love the way the batting defines my quilting. It drapes really nice, it's light weight but warm and it really takes your quilting to the next level and makes it pop! Depending on what I have in mind for quilting, I sometimes will use both at the same time. I recently had three quilts win ribbons and I contribute most of  this to the outcome of the quilting due to the batting I used.

QDB: What do you do in your spare time?

DY: I volunteer my time for Quilts for Kids, Homeless Veterans,Mothers in Shelters-anyone that's less fortunate than me. My motto is "give until it feels good, not till it hurts". So many forget how an unexpected gift can really brighten someone’s day, no matter the size of the gift.

I am looking forward to the day that I can devote 100% of my time to quilting for others and give up my day job.  

QDB: What has been your biggest quilting achievement?

DY: I just ribboned on three events in a quilt show recently. I actually entered on a whim not sure what I was doing. But I am proud to say I won 1st Place and an Award of Excellence on one of my quilts and took 2nd Place on two others. I am not a competitive quilter so I can't wait to get my quilts back to see what the judges said I need to do to improve.  That was so much fun, I think I have the bug!

1st Place and an Award of Excellence at the Georgia National Fair
Pattern: Fiona by Me and My Sister
Fabric- Moda Fabrics (charm pack)


2nd Place at the Georgia National Fair
Pattern: Sunbeams by It's Sew Emma
Fabric: Jocelyn Ueng for It's Sew Emma


2nd Place at the Georgia National Fair
Pattern: Found in a magazine
Fabric: Scraps from Moda Fabrics

Keep up with Simply Quilted, Debbie Yarbrough

For longarm quilting services:


Email: debbieyarbrough@bellsouth.net

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Remember we are always here to answer your batting questions and will be happy to provide samples too!

 If you or someone you know is working on a project using Quilters Dream Batting, please submit your projects! Maybe you could be our next Featured #battgirls or #battmen. 

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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!

Click HERE to cast your vote!
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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,
The original



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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!
The Original

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