Tuesday, February 12, 2019

J.N. Harper Continues to Generously Support the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS

We are so grateful to J.N. Harper, our Canadian distributor, who is once again the presenting sponsor of the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS, contributing $2500 toward research to help find a cure!

     JN Harper is a fourth-generation Canadian business which began in 1924. Harper’s converts and distributes fabrics ranging from fine apparel, exquisite Italian shirting’s, a full range of interfacings, as well as a full complement of products for the quilting industry – batiks, cotton prints, excellent basics and batting. For more information on the fabrics we carry and distribute please visit www.jnharper.com or follow us on social media @JNHarper1924. 

     JN Harper continues to support ALS and the Hopes & Dreams quilt challenge because of our dear friend Kathy Thompson. Kathy has known the Harper family for many years and has not only been a great business partner but a wonderful friend. When hearing of her son’s story and battle with ALS we knew we had to step in and help build awareness for ALS across the country.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Erin's Space Quilt: Part 1

When I started working for Quilters Dream Batting I knew that I had to sew a quilt. Being around our Batting and learning about quilters and their art, it was only a matter of time that I would be elbows deep in a new project. Sewing is something I've always loved; costumes, alterations, and applique work are all in my wheelhouse. Having fairly decent sewing experience, I decide to go big! I made a Half Hexie Minky Space Quilt!!
**WARNING* I am not an expert, and most of the time I'm just winging it. Quilters Dream Batting is not responsible for any quilt crimes that were committed in this blog post**
Like most crafters, I scoured the internet to find the perfect tutorial. Pinterest led me to a blog from Polkadot Chair, the perfect guide to help walk me through my very first quilt. The first step (and my favorite step) was to pick out my fabric and plan the top of my quilt. Luckily I had all the fabric I needed to create the quilt top. My son was the person receiving the quilt, so he choose a navy blue minky fabric for the backing.
My closest fabric store didn't have the half hexie stencil I needed. So my wonderful husband ran out to Home Depot and bought a small acrylic sheet and made me a half hexie stencil. He used a router and cut out a half hexagon shape (he modeled the shape from the Lori Holt Half Hexie ruler in 10” above).
Motivated to start this quilt, I cut the fabric into 5 inch strips. To cut the hexies I first folded the fabric in half and held the stencil steady as I cut diagonally along the stencil. It will create more hexies when you cut them side by side and use the end pieces for the sides of the quilt.
Once I had the pieces cut I laid them on the floor in a pattern the looked random. Matching two hexies together to make a whole hexagon and switching them around so an even amount was used. I really liked this part of the quilting process...
Until your kitten uses your pieces as a slip and slide...
I managed to keep the cat away long enough to stack the pieces from left to right by rows. I used a scrap square of felt to make tags numbered 1-12 and pinned them to the corresponding rows.
It made sewing each row "sew" much easier and I didn't have to leave the hexies laying around on the floor for the cat to play with them.
Starting with my first row, I sewed each hexie together on the diagonal side. That created one long row of hexies that alternated up and down. I did that for each row, making sure to attach the tag back on so I didn't confuse the order.
After all the rows of hexies were sewn, I sewed the rows together. It's finally starting to look like a quilt!
Originally I was going to leave it borderless, but it looked a little small to me. I used fleece with a space theme as the boarder and cut it into 5 inch strips. Total size of the quilt top was 62x50.
To be continued...

Friday, January 4, 2019

Quilters Dream Batting welcomes three new Battgirls to our Dream Team!

Happy New Year to all of our Dear Friends & Customers!

This year has been exciting for Quilters Dream Batting, as we welcome three new customer service representatives to our Dream Team!  So when you call, you may reach our newest #battgirls! 

We are delighted to introduce you to Cheryl, Erin, and Jennifer!

Cheryl Gerhart

I have worked for Quilters Dream Batting since April 2018. I work in Customer Service and am also the coordinator for our Hopes and Dreams Quilts for ALS, so I get first look at all the awesome quilts that people donate. I inventory the quilts as they come in and either send them to different ALS chapters around the U.S. to be given to patients or sell them at local crafts fairs to raise money for ALS Research.

When I am not having the gift of gab on the phone with Quilters Dream Batting customers, I am spending time with my beautiful chestnut quarter horse, Big Mama. She is the love of my life and likes to spend all my money. My other animal child is my dog, Harley. She is a pit bull mix who loves when mommy comes home from work and she then joyfully greets me at the door. I have been married for 17 years to a wonderful man who is retired from the US Navy.

Erin Dinkle 

My name is Erin Dinkle, not to be confused with Erin in bookkeeping. I am the Customer Service and Marketing Representative. When I’m not answering the phones, I am updating our social media accounts and setting up all the free batting giveaways. I really enjoy reading all the responses we receive for the giveaways. Quilters Dream Batting truly has the best customers!

While in the office I’m typically singing any random song that pops up in my head. Jennifer and I sing backup for each other. I also have a lot of fun playing photographer and taking pictures of giveaways and prizes for the Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS. One of my jobs is to organize the sponsors and the prizes that get sent in for Hopes and Dreams.

I love to sew! I just finished my first quilt for my son, Atlas, but I really love to sew for my other hobby, LARP. LARP stands for Live Action Roll Play; my husband and I wear medieval clothing and fight with foam weapons with other players. I have a lot of fun sewing all our costumes and shooting people with my cross bow!  

Jennifer Jones

Hey, this is Jennifer, and I am doing the invoicing and charging credit cards at Quilters Dream.  When I’m not taking your money, I am a Girl Scout leader who is all about the FUN.  I like to keep myself busy with different things like reading, playing Bunco, and hanging out with my great family.  Also napping. 

I enjoy working here because I get to talk to customers from all over the country and I love to hear all the different accents.  Fortunately, my co-workers are all fellow coffee addicts, and between working, brewing coffee, and making coffee runs, I can be found telling corny jokes or singing.  You can never tell when the office team will break out in song - frequently it is Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody!  So don’t be surprised if you hear karaoke in the background when you call to place an order.