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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sew Much Fun in Gloucester

What do you get when you combine a small town, locally owned quilt shop with amazing people, lots of fabric, a Twilight movie marathon and food?  Seven (7) new and wonderful quilts that will brighten the hearts and laps of persons living with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) daily.

Quilting for ALS at Fields Quilt Shop in Gloucester,Va.

Robin Fields, owner of Fields Quilting & Craft Supplies, and her daughter Amanda Ambrose decided they wanted to be a part of the 2013 Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS and volunteered to host a quilt-a-thon at their lovely shop.  The opportunity to make this gift of love prompted Linda Pacelli – a new quilter from New York – to volunteer a few hours of her time while she was visiting Gloucester.

Linda Pacelli & Jan White volunteering their time!
Nine ladies joined Robin, Amanda and quilter/instructor Jan White for a weekend of fun that included lots of laughter, smattered with moments of much needed quarter-inch concentration!  One lovely woman, Kimberly Sheehan, was so excited to help that she came in the day after returning from her honeymoon!

Kimberly Sheehan volunteering the day after her honeymoon!
Fields made the process easy by precutting fabric into kits.  This didn’t stop Rochelle Kyle from fussing cutting fabric to finish a patriotic quilt.

Rochelle Kyle admiring her hard work.
One special moment came when Jennifer Ulrich paid a visit to Fields on Saturday.  The Gloucester native’s grandfather was diagnosed with ALS 14 years ago and she was overwhelmed with the generosity of the quilters to have one of the quilts donated to him.  In this video, Jan White shows Jennifer the quilt tops that had been finished prior to her arrival.

Jennifer’s wish to hand deliver her grandfather a quilt made from quilters in her hometown will become a reality in two weeks when she visits him in April.

While the purpose of the weekend was to learn more about ALS and make quilts that will be gifted to people living with ALS, the weekend turned out to be an opportunity to create new friendships and bonds between women whose love and talent for quilting will touch the lives of many others across the U.S.


Are you considering hosting a quilt-a-thon for the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS? Let us know the date, time and location of your event by emailing us at quiltersdreambatting@juno.com or by calling call us toll-free at (888) 268-8664.  We would love to show off a few pictures of your event and support your quilt-a-thon with door prizes of batting!

 From the entire Dream Team at Quilters Dream Batting we wish you a very safe, happy and blessed Easter weekend.
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  1. what a wonderfully thoughtful and generous group of women. Kudos to all of you.

    1. We agree! It is nice to know that people are becoming more aware of this awful disease and willing to put in time and effort to help others!