Thursday, August 24, 2017

Hopes & Dream Quilt Challenge for ALS

We are sincerely grateful to everyone who has helped to make our 2016-2017 Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge a wonderful success!

During the 2016-2017 Challenge, which lasted from Aug. 1, 2016, until July 31, 2017, we received 1112 quilts and quilted items generously donated by caring quilters who gave their time, talent, and supplies to provide love and support to the ALS community.

Most of the donated quilts have been hand delivered to ALS patients throughout the United States with the help of many chapters of the ALS Association.  The quilts provide not only warmth to patients, but wrap them in the love and comfort that a handmade quilt brings.

We often receive and publish on our Facebook page lovely notes and pictures from ALS patients who have received a Hopes & Dreams quilt, which touches our hearts and show just how much these quilts mean to patients and their families.

Select quilts and craft items are sold, auctioned, and raffled to raise funds with 100% of the money used for ALS research!  This year we attended Virginia Beach's Santa's Stocking Craft Show and the Aviation Museum's Air and Auto show and sale.  Quilts were also sold at Richard Stravitz Fine Arts Galleries. 

The Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS raised over $17,000 for research, supporting Emory University School of Medicine, The Packard Center for ALS Research, and the Felman Lab ALS Research in their fight to find a treatment and an eventual cure for ALS!

We will soon be announcing the winners of the Challenge, and posting pictures of select quilts to vote for your favorite in our "Sew Popular" division!

Thank you, to the following sponsors for providing 
wonderful and exciting prizes:

Presenting Sponsor:

J.N. Harper, Co.      

Grand Sponsors:

Baby Lock                                   
Dragon Threads                       
hang it dang it                           
Judy Martin Books                 
Kimberbell Designs                
Marcus Fabrics                         
Minick and Simpson              
Modern Quilts Unlimited     
Nestlings by Robin                  
Perkins Dry Goods                  
Prym Consumer USA             
Quilters Dream Batting         
Quilters Travel Companion 
Quilters World Magazine     
Raggedy Ruth Designs/ Forever in Stitches LLC
Shannon Fabrics                      
Siesta Silver Jewelry              
Straight Stitch Society           
Suzn Quilts                                 
The Wooden Bear                    
THREADS printable inkjet fabrics
YLI Threads                                

Charm Sponsors:

Quilting Creations
Robert Kaufman
Fox Chapel
American Quilters
Dreamworld NW (Sew Steady)
Kenzie Mac &
Henry Glass &
Studio 180
The Gentle
Seams Like A
Weeks Dye
Coats &
Happy Hollow
McKenna Ryan