QT Quilts of Valor Challenge 2016!

On the heels of last week’s patriotic themed blog and as a nod to the upcoming Memorial Day remembrance, we are proud to share with you the Quilts of Valor Challenge of 2016!

We were thrilled when HQMS approached us to sponsor this wonderful opportunity. QT is proud to show our appreciation for the Quilts of Valor organization and more importantly, for the “service members and veterans touched by war”.

This year’s challenge featured the Be Strong Be Brave fabric collection by Home Front Girl™ for QT.  The quilts will be donated to the Quilts of Valor Foundation and there are $800 in cash awards for the winners!

Quilts are being showcased at this week’s Home Machine & Sewing Show in Salt Lake City, Utah.   This show is a “premier consumer exhibition and educational conference for all machine quilters, embroiderers and those love to sew!”  Sounds informative & fun!

Here are images of the entries; 23 quilts were made, that means 23 quilts will be donated!  What an incredible gift and show of support by these talented quilters!

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And special shout out the winners in the different categories! Shown below.


Honorable Mention:  Waving Freedom

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Jeena Lugo

QT13 A Waving Freedom

 



Judge’s Choice:  Try to Be Square

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Connie Eagle

QT05 B Try To Be Square



Judge’s Choice:  Brave Hero

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Michele Noble

QT17 B Brave Hero



3rd Place: Thank You Quilt of Valor

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Marie Nelson

QT16 A Thank You Quilt of Valor



2nd Place:  Salute

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Regina Bechard

QT02 A Salute



1st Place:  All Star Hero

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Kimberly Loar

QT12 A All Star Hero

QT12 B All Star Hero


Thank you to the HQMS for coordinating and showcasing these beautiful quilts, to Quilts of Valor for their special contributions to our service people and a huge thank you to all the participants who dedicated so much time and talent to this worthy cause.  We are inspired by your generosity and we cannot wait to see more of these quilts in the future!


Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

~Lao Tzu

Blog Shout Out! Plum Easy Patterns Part 1

One of the best parts of working in this industry is the people you meet and the stories you hear. We all have a story; we’re excited to share some insight into some of our new friends.   As part of our Fall Quilt Market, we held a contest for a blog shout out! Our first winner is Plum Easy Patterns!  They have a wonderful website with lots of information!

I was thrilled when I heard back from Deborah (the mother), and Bethany (the daughter) a dynamic duo making patterns Plum Easy! It’s great to have both perspectives of their experiences with their company.  

 

Print  Tell me a little about you and your shop/company. What’s your focus?


 

 

 

Print  When PlumEasy Patterns began it was because I created a new way of making the infamous Folded Star Hot Pad and I felt an obligation to share it. From the first month until now, this pattern continues to be our #1 pattern. The response from customers has been overwhelming. They write me, speak to me in person and tell me how much this pattern has impacted them. I compare a new technique for doing something that’s been done only one way for many years, to finding a new version of song that touches you. People have learned a new technique for an old pattern, and in doing this it has given them a new creative outlet. One that is easy and oh so fun to make. Some call my pattern addictive.

 

PlumEasy focuses on two things: designing patterns for sewing and quilting, and providing world-class craft fillings.

We try really hard to provide patterns that explain things well, and brings sewing down to a basic level though photos, illustrations and writing. Many of our patterns have printed interfacing to help make sewing even easier. We believe that almost anyone can make one of our patterns, if they read the instructions!

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Our other focus is craft fillings. It may seem odd, but I could not find a good filling when I made my first pincushion. I was very frustrated. So I did some research and decided to start selling ground walnut shells to stores in 2-cup bags that were strong and would look nice selling in a quilt shop. Well, after two years we were selling thousands of pounds of walnut shells. We added lavender walnut shells to our catalog, and then poly pellets, and ground Turkish Emery. Finally, we added a Craft Sampler of all four items. These are four wonderful fillings that can be used in pin cushions, stuffed animals, strawberry mini-pin cushions, iron hams, door draft blockers, and more.

 

 

 Print  I think the thing that really sets us apart as a pattern company is our resources. There’s hardly anything we won’t do to help a retailer sell our products. If someone needs samples and doesn’t have time to make them, we can loan them one of ours for a time. We have curriculum written up to help guide someone through teaching our patterns in a classroom setting. I love getting to meet store-owners directly at Quilt Market because we can really take some one-on-one time to teach these owners how easy it is to get our products off their shelves and into shopper’s carts. My mom has a motto: “Kill them with kindness” and that is what we try to do for every customer.

 

Print  What is one of your favorite projects?


Print  I love the All Ways Arrows design, and have had a lot of fun with it.  It is one little arrow that is paper pieced. The arrow can go in any direction and with every move the design changes.

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To go with this pattern, we sell PlumEasy Piecing, printable interfacing sheets, and we also sell All Ways Arrows printed on interfacing in a panel of 20 blocks. 

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Print    I really enjoyed designing the Morning Star Hot Pad. 

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It was a project that we worked on for so long and had such a hard time with. It was a huge relief when it finally clicked and came together. It was really fun to play with color and shapes and learn how versatile the star really was.

Print  How did you get started in Sewing | Crafting | Making?


Print  I began quilting in 2000 and it was love at first sight. I was obsessed with it and learned very quickly, as I was taught to sew when I was a little girl. A few years later and I was entering the crafting arena, trying to make a little extra money. I saw my first folded star hot pad and thought it would be great to make and sell as a craft.  I realized I had a different way to make the folded star hot pad. My method was very fast and easy and decided I should write it down.  I began PlumEasy in 2011 with that one pattern and a package of refill templates.

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Print  When I was about 12 my mother tried teaching me now to machine sew. I had some previous experience with embroidery so I knew my way around a needle and thread, but I was completely confounded by sewing machines. My mother would have me sew together strips for nine-patches and I couldn’t sew a ¼” seam to save my life. I got so frustrated that I completely gave up trying to machine sew.

It wasn’t until I was in college that my interest in sewing was awakened. I gained a reputation on campus for being able to hand sew. I began patching jeans and backpacks, hemming pants, and repairing busted seams. When I told my mother about this she sent me some basic sewing supplies and a small hobby sewing machine she had purchased for $5 at a garage sale. With all of these goodies she also included her first pattern for the folded star hot pad. I test this pattern out on the sewing machine and something in me ignited, and I couldn’t stop sewing. I still knew nothing about quilting at this time.

When I moved back home after college PlumEasy was still in its infancy. I began working with my mother right away. When we vended at our first quilt show I was blown away by what people were able to create out of fabric and thread. I spent every dime I had on fabric and decided I better become a quilter. I let myself fall headfirst down the quilting “rabbit hole” and never bothered to try to pull myself out again.

More to come… we’ll follow up with the rest of the interview next week!


Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.                ~Mattie Stepanek


 

Until next time…Use QT to create something that is fabulous…something fantastic… something FABTASTIC!

 

 

 

 

 

Must add to your stash – November

 

We have the perfect collection for those of us who are in denial that winter is coming… Floral Fantasy!  Think Spring and sophistication.  Pretty colors, on-trend watercolor styling, it’s just the touch of hope we need to remember that the flowers will bloom again!  In stores now so add it to your stash, or better yet, create something vibrant and fresh while sipping hot cocoa – a nice distraction.

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Indygo Junction Pattern : IJ941 Ruffled Trio (Large Bag Shown)

 

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Simply cut & hem! Creates a quick refresh for the table!

 


You’re only here for a short visit.  Don’t hurry, don’t worry.  And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.         

-Walter Hagen


 

 Until next time…Use QT to create something that is fabulous…something fantastic… something FABTASTIC!

 

QT at Quilt Market – Recap #1

Well, a few of us have returned from Quilt Market in Houston.  The Marketing group arrived in Houston last Wednesday to set up and prep for our biggest trade show of the year!  International Quilt Market in Houston is an industry convention for shop owners to buy fabrics, notions, and patterns for their shops.  They come from all over the world and visit exhibitors like us to see our collections, network, and get inspired!  It’s a great event with lots of color and creativity!!!

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Above, see how color & creativity SHINE in our Block of the Month quilt “Festival of Stars” designed by Pine Tree Country Quilts and our “Stained Glass” quilt designed by Cyndi Hershey. Both feature our new Ombre Scroll fabric. These are just being shown at Market and will be available to shops in March 2016 – I know… “Patience is a virtue”. 🙂

While at market, most of the companies meet with peers and also with potentially new customers, magazine editors, book publishers and the like.  Our team has been busy!  We were especially excited for this market as we have a completely new booth!   This market was the launch of our new booth styling – hard walls with plenty of room to hang and pin quilts/fabric as well as a space for creating visual vignettes!

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One of the 4 Booth structures we now have at QT!

Speaking of vignettes, our licensed artist/designer, Janet Wecker Frisch had her own section that she beautifully decorated to show off her collection, Sewing Seeds II which will be available in stores in March 2016.

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And… if the décor wasn’t impressive enough, she and Jo Packham, founder of “Where Women Create” got together for an Issue signing. The Winter 2016 issue features Janet’s studio and gives a glimpse into her creative world.

That was just a snippet of Market, we’ll blog again soon to share more with you!!!



A great accomplishment shouldn’t be the end of the road, just the starting point for the next leap forward.

                                                                                                                                 Harvey Mackay



Until next time…Use QT to create something that is fabulous…something fantastic… something FABTASTIC!

September is National Sewing Month! Enter our contest to win a Fat Quarter Bundle!!!

Even though we sew all year long… September is dedicated as National Sewing Month!

In honor of this great month-long celebration of sewing, we are extending a special invitation to you.  Submit a project photo (or two) using QT fabrics to me at qtblog@cpw.com and you could win a fat quarter bundle of one of our newest collections!  Just send your name,  images, and a brief description  (including which QT fabrics and collection name if you remember) and we will select a winner by September 30th.  Everyone gets inspired and we get to see your unique creations!  It’s a win-win!   We will share your project here and on our Facebook page and Instagram.  Let’s show off your creativity!

Click on the icon below and learn more about the history of  National Sewing Month!   NSM2015_580x70



I got a sewing machine for my husband!  Good trade, huh?

– Author unknown                         via: http://www.quotegarden.com



Until next time…Use QT to create something that is fabulous…something fantastic… something FABTASTIC!

We must ask you about your Stash!

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Let’s face it – we all have our fabric stash.  We will discuss this again and again.  I am unapologetic for mine – it is part of who I am as a creative person.  You never know when you will need that 6″ strip of fabric from 1978.  It’s really really really important to keep it,  just in case.

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 QT fabric stash…stock-pile…ummm hoard?

Here’s some of our QT stash… I was thinking that we should all take pictures of our “stash” and put the hashtag #MustAddtomyStash  Don’t forget to include #quiltingtreasuresfabrics Facebook is always a great way to show your stuff too!  Post a picture to our wall and/or tag us!

I still have fabric that is untouched in my “organized” plastic drawers, just screaming to be used.   Why do we do that?  For me, I know it’s because I want to be hit by the epiphany truck… just the right project for the right time…  You never know!

Having said that, here is the first of an ongoing theme to feature for our blog “Must Add to my Stash”  Take a peek, these collections are hitting the stores in September and will be a nice addition to your stash 😉

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 What do you think?… Must add to your stash??? It's a Ruff Life


If I want to calm down, I’ll buy some fabric, get a pattern, shut myself in a room and stay there for days, really happy. And at the end of it, you get a bedspread or some curtains or something to wear – it’s lovely.     Twiggy


Until next time…Use QT to create something that is fabulous…something fantastic… something FABTASTIC!