QuiltCon UPDATE: Join Victoria in Quilting for ALS!

VictoriaALSBlocksQCHey QuiltCon attendees:  What could be better than free fabric attached to a worthy cause?? Check out our Charity Make-n-Take in Booth # 630 for your FREE quilt block kit — it’s your chance to join Victoria Findlay Wolfe in a bit of creativity, and to help those with ALS…

VictoriaHeadshot&LogoCreate a simple Drunkard’s Path block with the MOSTLY MANOR stripes and prints, and two-piece template, then hand-stitch the easy 1-seam block and return it to our booth during QuiltCon. Victoria will combine your block with the others to create a beautiful fundraiser quilt, which she’s chosen to donate the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge to benefit ALS… It’s THAT simple!

Spearheaded by Quilters Dream Batting, the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge accomplishes three important goals:

  • To raise awareness of ALS-Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
  • To provide quilts, bringing recognition, hope, and warmth to the lives of ALS patients.
  • To raise funds for research for treatment and a cure

We applaud and acknowledge Quilters Dream Batting for its continued commitment to the cause, and are proud to assist in its efforts. And we look forward to seeing you in Pasadena, CA from  February 18-21, 2016. Learn more about QuiltCon.

(PLEASE NOTE: Our Make-n-Take with Victoria is open to QuiltCon attendees only, but we encourage others to also get involved in the ongoing Challenge directly through Quilters Dream.)

The ALS Quilt is Done, and It Is Gorgeous…

Regular Marcus Mentions readers will recognize this as the completion of our quilt to be donated to the Hopes & Dreams Challenge, sponsored by Quilter’s Dream batting.  It all began with our Road to California event back in January, where attendees picked out their fabrics at our booth and created their Lucy Boston blocks to become a part of the project.  Then, in the talented hands of designer Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek, the pile of blocks became this…isn’t it stunning??  (Look back at the quilt in progress!)

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Vicki Bellino of Bloom CreekThis week it will be shipped to the Challenge to join the many others donated by quilters from all over.  We are pleased to support Quilters Dream Batting in their efforts to fight ALS / Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  Thanks again to all of our quilting friends and to Vicki Bellino (right) for making the quilt possible.Marcus-ALS quilt by Vicki Bellino

Vicki’s ALS Quilt…Almost Done!

Vicki Bellino of Bloom CreekFor those keeping track of the Lucy Boston quilt we are donating to Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS by Quilter’s Dream Batting, Vicki Bellino (left) shares this photo and progress report:

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After many days of trying a variety of block layouts, I am happy to say the blocks are all on the wall and I’ve begun sewing the rows together! I’m a very symmetrical designer, so the challenge for me was to maintain a very scrappy feel, in a pleasing, somewhat balanced way.  With the variety of fabrics and colors, and the varying numbers of blocks from each fabric, this stack of blocks did not lend itself well to a “symmetrical” layout!  I can only hope that the quilters who so graciously gave their time and effort to make a block will be pleased with the final quilt.  On Monday the quilt top will be boxed and shipped off to the quilteryippee!!

It looks beautiful, Vicki, and I think we can all relate to that “Yippee moment”   ; )  and we look forward to seeing the finished-finished quilt.  —  lisa

Check out some of Vicki’s other designs at Bloom Creek.

Take a Peek as Vicki Creates the ALS Quilt!

You might remember back in January, our Lucy Boston block challenge held at the Road to CA quilt conference?  Well, over 130 blocks pieced by our quilting friends are now in the skilled hands of Vicki Bellino, as she creates a beautiful quilt for the 6th annual Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS, sponsored by Quilters Dream Batting.

ALSQuiltVicki-SXSALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is a debilitating disease that is currently affecting over 35,000 people in the U.S. alone.  The disease gradually paralyzes the patient, usually leading to death within 6-months to 5 years of diagnosis.  Those suffering from ALS are fully aware mentally, but are trapped in a non-functioning body with no hope of treatment or a cure.  Each year, the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS collects hundreds of quilts to be given to patients living with ALS, to raise awareness about ALS, and to raise money with 100% of the proceeds being used to fund research toward a cure for this terrible disease.

Thanks again to everyone who stitched all those Lucy Boston blocks that weekend…Right now, Vicki is completing the quilt for the July 31 deadline, so watch for the next installment of her in-progress pics, and for the Big Reveal of the finished quilt!  And we’re not alone – check out this Quilters Dream blog post to learn more about the challenge.

 

The Lucy Boston Blocks Winners & More

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Here are the winning blocks!

This morning we sifted through more than 130 Lucy Boston blocks created by our quilting friends who visited Pati & Vicki at our Road to California booth, enjoying the view just before choosing the TEN prize pack random winners. Thank you again to everyone who participated in our Lucy Boston Challenge.  Your blocks will become part of our donation quilts for the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS, created by Quilter’s Dream Batting. Each year, the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS collects hundreds of quilts to be given to patients living with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease), a debilitating, paralyzing disease that is currently affecting over 35,000 people in the U.S. alone.  The Challenge raises awareness about ALS, and 100% of the proceeds are used to fund research toward a cure for this terrible disease.

LucyBlocksChoose2Pati looks on as our retail division president, Stephanie Dell ‘Olio, chooses the ten lucky blocks at random…Below, check out what each of the winners will get — the fabrics may vary, but still, what a great haul!  (You never know what’s stashed away in Pati’s office…)

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Lots of goodies for the winners!

 And the winners are:

  • Sabrina Cowley of Orem, UT
  • Bonnie DeBusk of Las Vegas, NV
  • Lisa Jenni of Redmond, WA
  • JoAnna Larmore of Glendale, UT
  • Lillian Loyd of Stockton, CA
  • Emma Moore-Kochlacy of El Cajon, CA
  • Donna Nordstrom of Etiwanda, CA
  • Brenda Simoni of Lancaster, CA
  • Berta Stone of Olalla, WA
  • Melissa Turner of Phoenix, AZ

Congrats to all of the drawing winners!  And stay tuned for more on our quilts for ALS!