Quilter’s Spotlight: Retired Police Officer Marla Margelewski Inspires Us with her Fall Project

Marla Margelewski

Marla Margelewski

Retired Chicago police officer Marla Margelewski began quilting after the loss of her father, finding it therapeutic in coping with heartbreak as well as the stress of working as a police officer. Her story is incredibly inspirational for anyone who loves quilting and for people thinking about quilting as a form of relaxation.

Marla’s Wool Candle Mat project that she uploaded to Quilter’s Spotlight is a charming piece she made with the GO! Fall Medley, GO! Circle 2”, 3” 5” and GO! Cute Car dies. As a special touch to her quilt, Marla added buttons from her and her husband’s police uniforms, creating a lovely, personalized, tangible binding to an already impressive project.

 

How did you come up with the idea for the Wool Candle Mat?

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Wool Candle Mat

I had been seeing people use wool for a long, long time and thought it was beautiful so I tried my hand at it. I’m not good at cutting, and every time I tried to cut you could see where my scissors landed. So I got frustrated and started researching and looking at magazines. I saw all these perfectly cut pieces, and then I saw the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter and I bought one. I had read about it and watched videos. I knew if I had it I was going to do something good. The buttons you see on the little circles are from my husband’s and my [police] uniform shirts.

It really is a lovely project, and the buttons are a heartwarming touch. Is there a quilting product you can’t live without, maybe a quilting obsession?

[laughter] The AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter! It is really fabulous. I’m using it even more now because I have more dies.

Do you have any favorite AccuQuilt dies?

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Marla’s snowman appliqué project

Yes, I do. The Tumbler, the holiday Christmas one with the snowman [GO! Holiday Accessories], the rag die is really, really nice. I mean, you can put a quilt together very fast. It’s one of my favorites. The double wedding ring I absolutely love, but I’m cutting the ring part from actual scraps. I like the classics. The hexagons, oh my God! You don’t really need a sewing machine once they’re cut out for you.

Are you a member of any guilds?

I belong to several guilds. Prairie Star Quilt Guild, Sarah’s Grove Quilt Guild, and North Suburban Quilt Guild. I joined all of them because I didn’t know how to quilt! I’m telling you, quilting was like therapy when I was working, but I didn’t belong to the guilds then.

How long have you been quilting?  

I started quilting in 2006 when I actually started thinking about retirement. I wanted to learn how to quilt.

What triggered that?

I think it was the passing of my father and when I saw an article in a magazine—not even a quilting magazine—about a woman whose husband had passed away and she couldn’t bear to go in and clean his clothes out of the closet. And when my dad passed away I had a shirt of his hanging in the bathroom, and I would always touch it in the morning when I’d get up and then when I’d go to bed. Every morning and every night that was my ritual. It finally got to a point where I could finally release all of my dad’s clothes, so I asked a cook I knew at a restaurant if he wanted them because he looked like my dad’s size. He said, “Oh yeah, absolutely!” So after I gave my dad’s clothes away, I saw this article and the woman’s neighbor asked her if she could donate her husband’s clothes. So the neighbor boxed the clothes up, but instead of donating them, she sorted through them and took out all of the cotton shirts and she made a quilt out of the lady’s husband’s shirts. And when I saw that article I thought, oh my God, I could’ve done that with my dad’s clothes! Do you know how that would’ve felt? If I had known how to sew and if I’d heard that story, I would’ve known what to do. So that’s what started the journey. Since then, my daughter-in-law’s grandmother passed away, and I made quilts for their family members out of her grandmother’s clothes. Now I make quilts for people when a family member passes away.

That’s a great story, and now you’re sort of getting known for making quilts for those who are dealing with loss.

Yeah, I’m getting known for doing that. People see quilts I’ve made and now they’re calling me, sending me emails and saying, “Can you make a quilt for me?” So, I told my husband I’m going to get the Studio because I was getting overwhelmed. And also because I do a lot of charity work for Quilts of Valor, Project Linus, Project Night Night.

How does quilting make you feel?

It makes me feel good. When I worked as an evidence technician people were burglarized during the holidays. They had nothing, and I’d feel so bad so I used to sew these little bags and put hot cocoa in there and candy canes. You know, just little stuff, but it was something to give them. Here it is Christmas and they have nothing because someone stole their TV, etc. That’s why when I’d come home I’d sew. I thought, somebody’s got to do something. I’d load up the trunk of my police car with stuff.

How long did you work as a police officer?

I was sworn in in 1986. Then the last four years of my career I was promoted to an evidence technician. So I worked as a police officer for 26 years and then retired in 2011.

What was the most difficult part about your job?

I would say the most difficult part was coming home and shutting off what you see and what you have to do. Coming home and acting like it was a beautiful day when you know what you just went through is hard. But it was a good thing my husband knew because he was an officer as well.

Earlier you mentioned a project you’re working on for fallen officers called The Quilt to Remember. Tell me more about that.

When officers pass away it’s really hard to recover from the loss. Some officers wanted to find a way to honor them, so one of the girls put a plan into action to make quilts. I volunteered my services, but when I get there I see that they don’t know how to quilt. They were trying to figure out what to do with these [police officers’] shirts. I was thinking oh geez, we’re going to have to cut this fabric, and I thought oh, I have the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter! So, we used the Log Cabin die because I already had it.

Who is the team making this quilt?

Along with officers, we have a senior lady who comes in to help. And another lady who helped to restore the flags found in the rubble during 9/11. They took the flags to each state and each state was assigned a flag to restore.

When will the quilt be completed?

We’re looking at May 2015.  Because that’s when we have our St. Jude Memorial March, and all the officers come to the police memorial on the lakefront and we honor the Gold Star families.

Where will the quilt be displayed?

We’re not sure, I think St. Judes and then it’ll travel around to the different districts so each station can see it and they’re going to encase it but they don’t know where yet.

Another one of Marla’s appliqué projects – Halloween bat mug rugs

Do you multitask when quilting?

It depends on what I’m doing. If I’m cutting, I can watch TV at the same time. If I’m sewing, then I listen to music or an audio book. If I’m longarming, I listen to an audio book because it’s like somebody’s talking to me.

Describe your studio.

I use the recreation room in the basement. I have a longarm in there, too. It’s crowded. I mean you got to walk in between everything sideways. It works for me because I do everything in steps.

What is your dream-quilting project?

I would like to make a Baltimore Album Quilt. They’re appliqué shapes and each block is different. I was just telling my husband about it. But I want to design my own. I have it in my head that everybody will love it.

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Lynette A. Griffin is a new member of the AccuQuilt team, and she’s looking forward to sharing your projects and stories in a regular feature called Quilter’s Spotlight. Quilters will be selected from the Quilter’s Spotlight section of our site. Upload your projects today, and you could be the next featured quilter! 

 

GO! Swirling Snail’s Trail Quilt

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This beautiful, bold quilt features the GO! Big Snail’s Trail-12” die, which is one of five New GO! Big dies designed specifically to work with the GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter.  This die is a Block on Board (BOB) die design, so every shape you need to cut the Snail’s Trail block is included on this one die! Download the GO! Swirling Snail’s Trail Quilt Pattern, FREE for a limited time.

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Watch how to create the Swirling Snail’s Trail Quilt below.

Quilter’s Spotlight: Mary Mahoney’s Halloween Tumbler Explosion

If you’re looking for some Halloween inspiration for your October projects, Mary Mahoney’s Halloween tumbler quilt should do the trick. Mary used a medley of Halloween fabrics and the GO! Tumbler die to create this eye-catching project.

While sharing her inspiration behind her quilt, Mary admits she has a bit of a problem and calls her husband the “enabler” since he lets her take over their living room with her ever-growing collection of sewing and quilting products. She also discusses her newfound passion of playing the ukulele.

Mary with her Halloween Tumbler Quilt

Mary with her Halloween Tumbler Quilt

The lovely Halloween quilt that you uploaded to Quilter’s Spotlight is not short on Halloween fabrics. What inspired you to make this creation?

One of my sisters loves Halloween, so I made it for her. Two years ago we picked out decorations for a mantel, and we went overboard when it came to fabric. I had stacks and stacks of fabric. Well, I love AccuQuilt, and I was sitting around looking at the tumbler, so I used that and the strip die for this quilt.

I put 1-inch strips of black fabric between each two rows and that’s how I came up with it. It’s a very large lap quilt. Probably about 45-48 inches wide and 6-7 feet long.

What was the most difficult part about creating it, if anything?

Sitting there and figuring out which tumbler went next to which tumbler. I came up with a color scheme after a while.

What was the easiest?

The easiest is cutting it out because the AccuQuilt cutter makes it so fast and easy.

What are your favorite dies?

Actually, the strip cutters. Not very sexy, but boy do they get the job done! I use that a lot when I’m making Seminole-style quilts. I like all the Studio strip cutters and the Hexagon dies. I also used the Studio Rag Quilt dies and really like them.

Which AccuQuilt product would you recommend to someone who hasn’t used any of our products?

The GO! Fabric Cutter is real nice because it folds up and has a little heft to it. The GO! Baby if you’re doing appliqué. The Studio Fabric Cutter is wonderful, but it takes up a lot of space. All of them are good. And since they came out with the GO! die adapter [for the Studio] it’s even better.

Our quilt guild, Quilter’s Workshop of Tampa Bay, bought a Studio when it first came out. We saw it on one of Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson’s road shows that they do. We house it at a sewing machine store here in Tampa who’s very supportive of our guild.

What is your dream-quilting project?

The silk one that I’ve been working on since February. It’s 23×23, 140 blocks; each block has 45 pieces. It’s an all paper pineapple piece that I’m getting ready for a show in Jacksonville, FL. Also, I’m doing a face binding, not a traditional binding.

What would you like to see in the quilting industry that hasn’t been invented yet?

I know there are tons of markers, and I think I own every single one of them. But I’m looking for one that actually delivers. It’s never quite what I thought it would be. But I’m just astounded by the developments in the industry and what has come out. The invention of the rotary cutters, the ruler, and the AccuQuilt cutters help because you do some of the details much faster. People with Parkinson’s disease can actually cut things out.

Do you have any favorite quilters?

I had a class with Libby Lehman in Paducah in 2008.  Not only was she a great quilter, but a very funny lady.  I also had classes with Carol Doak and loved her organizational skills and upbeat personality.  Another great is Kimberly Einmo. We had her teach for our guild, and she was another excellent instructor.  Mary Storis, the beaded embellishment lady, is very inspiring and lots of fun.  Last but not least, Ricky Tims. I like how he looks beyond conventional wisdom and his musical talents.  What a showman!

How many quilts have you made in your life?

Oh goodness, I don’t know. Say 40-50, including charity quilts. I’ve won blue ribbons at the state fair here and the strawberry festival. But I don’t make bed quilts because our dog sleeps with us and would destroy them. I made a flannel rag quilt for one of our dogs. But he got cancer, and we had to put him to sleep. He was cremated with the quilt. The quilt had all kinds of holes in it, but he loved it.

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve incorporated into one of your quilts?

I put Mardi Gras beads on a quilt commemorating Hurricane Katrina. I like to put beads on my quilts. I just won first place in the Jacksonville Quilt Fest for a miniature quilt I made with silk dupioni. I had to restrain myself from loading it up with beads! And I put a clock face on a Halloween quilt and used glow in the dark thread to quilt it.

Who is Mary Mahoney? Describe yourself.

Eclectic. I like to do all kinds of different things. I play the ukulele. Badly, but I play it.  I like to go sailing, play around in the yard.

Mary holding her new Oscar Schmidt baritone ukulele

Mary holding her new Oscar Schmidt baritone ukulele

How often do you play the ukulele?

I try to practice every day! I take lessons and participate in a jam session every two weeks.  We also belong to the Tampa Bay Ukulele Society.  We are going to a weekend ukulele festival in nearby Tarpon Springs in November.

I have to ask, what does a ukulele jam session look like? Are they well attended, and do people take turns jamming, or do they jam at the same time?

Good questions! A uke jam (at least the way it’s done here) is where ukers come together and play the same songs together. We get a song list with chords prior to the jam so we can be familiar with the words and chords.  Usually a jam has a theme, like country music, Elvis songs, Motown songs, and rock ‘n’ roll.  The woman who coordinates ours—singer/songwriter Norine Mungo—gets very creative with the song lists. The last few monthly jams have had 10-15 players. Attendance will increase soon when our winter visitors (known as “snowbirds”) return to Florida.  All ukes are played—sopranos, tenors, baritones, and even a banjolele.

What happens at a ukulele festival, or will this be your first one?

This year’s uke festival will be our first.  Tickets were limited to 150, and they sold out in 15 minutes!  We’ll go to the free event on Friday evening where we can jam with the big group and visit all the vendors.  The festival has technique workshops, concerts by uke performers from around the U.S., and lots of opportunities to play. There are festivals like this all over the world.  As a beginner, I am a little intimidated, but these are such friendly, encouraging folk that I am sure I will fit in soon.

How enlightening! It really does sound like a fun time. What are your bucket list items?

I’d like to go to Sicily, spend a few months there and visit my ancestral homeland. Everyone says it’s beautiful. Along with that, go to Rome, sail the Caribbean on a nice big boat, maybe spend time in the Grand Canyon and do like a photographic expedition.

Italy is my dream country, so I can’t wait to travel there. What’s the first thing you’d do in Sicily?

Find a sidewalk cafe in Palermo and sip a glass of Sicilian wine while people watching, and ultimately go to Capo d’Orlando and look for my distant relatives—Alberti’s and Clementi’s.

lagheadshot1Lynette A. Griffin is a new member of the AccuQuilt team, and she’s looking forward to sharing your projects and stories in a regular feature called ‘Quilter’s Spotlight’. Quilters will be selected from the Quilter’s Spotlight section of our site. Upload your projects today, and you could be the next featured quilter!

GO! Peace, Love & Joy

Looking for the perfect holiday projects? Check out the GO! Love, GO! Peace, and GO! Joy patterns! Free for a limited time…

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Follow along below to see how quick and easy it is to cut out letters with Sarah Vedeler’s GO! Peace, Love & Joy dies! Let’s start with the GO! Joy die. Apply fusible to your fabric of choice following the manufacturer’s instructions.

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Lay the fabric across the die, cover with the cutting mat and roll through the cutter.

SONY DSCSlide the mat off the die to reveal JOY!

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The GO! Peace die by Sarah Vedeler is a fast, easy way to get all the funky font letters you need to spell P-E-A-C-E. Start by applying fusible to your fabric of choice following the manufacturer’s instructions.

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Place the cutting mat over the die and roll through the cutter.

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Slide the mat off the die to reveal your perfect letters! You’ll need to cut an extra E!

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Button-DownloadPattern-Green The steps are the same for the GO! Love die! Start by applying fusible to your fabric of choice.

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Place the cutting mat over the die and roll through the cutter.

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Slide the mat off to reveal LOVE!

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Shop the GO! Applique Die Sale today for savings!

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GO! Baby Starter Set

Get started with GO! with the GO! Baby Starter Set! Watch the video below to learn all about the GO! Baby Fabric Cutter Starter Set – now including two dies!

The GO! Baby Starter Set comes with not one, but two dies! The GO! Flower is perfect for appliqué.

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And the GO! Tumbler – 4″ finished die is perfect for fast, fun piecing.

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Holiday Fun with Machine Embroidery

By Marjorie Busby of Blue Feather Quilt Studio

Using AccuQuilt GO! Appliqué shapes has completely changed the face of machine embroidery appliqué. No longer do we have to “tackdown and trim”. We simply cut the shape with our AccuQuilt GO! Die cutter, fuse/glue baste the shape within the stitched placement lines, and complete our decorative stitching. This means less time cutting and more time stitching.

With the holidays near, there are so many fun projects to be done: everything from decorating our homes, adding a touch of Christmas to our clothes, and making gifts for others. Die cut appliqué shapes are perfect because they can be placed on any embroiderable object or garment using your embroidery machine and designs from AccuQuilt. Here are some bibs that I made recently using AccuQuilt GO! Shapes.

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And lunch bags like these make wonderful holiday gifts.

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Embroider shapes on anything using the fabric appliqué shape and appliqué placement stitches

We know that the fabric appliqué shape must be fitted carefully inside or just on top of the placement stitches. But did you know that those same placement stitches, when stitched onto the hooped stabilizer, allow you to place appliqué easily and accurately any place on your background fabric or garment? This means that you can use machine embroidery and a regular size embroidery hoop to create beautiful appliqué designs on larger backgrounds.

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This beautiful wall hanging, the GO! Up, Up and Away Wall Hanging Pattern, is the perfect way to try this technique called “hoopless machine embroidery”. You are hooping the stabilizer and stitching the placement stitches onto the stabilizer. The next step is positioning and attaching the background fabric to the stabilizer using either spray adhesive, fabric basting glue stick, or a sticky stabilizer. The placement for shapes on your fabric is determined by using the actual fabric appliqué shape as a template and creating a connect-the-dots alignment on the background fabric. This video describes in detail how to complete a project using this method.

The GO! Butterfly Garden Quilt is another wonderful pattern to use with your embroidery designs and placement of individual shapes.

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Shop the GO! Applique Die Sale and Embroidery Sale Today!

Quilter’s Spotlight: Belinda Karls-Nace Talks Appliqué, Punk Rock, and Dogs

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Belinda Karls-Nace

Needlework designer Belinda Karls-Nace knew at six years old she wanted to create things with a needle and thread. She became obsessed by all hand creations after watching her grandmother do embroidery, knitting, and crocheting. Today, Belinda is the proud owner of Blue Ribbon Designs, a needlework design company she started over 10 years ago. She is happy that her passion for needlework now allows her to make a living with it.

Tell me more about your Quilted Cats and Bats wall hanging that you uploaded to Quilter’s SpotlightWhat was the inspiration behind it?

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Quilted Cats and Bats Wall Hanging

I’m a big fan of AccuQuilt, and I love doing any type of appliqué. Adding new AccuQuilt dies to my collection always sparks my creativity. I seem to have quite a few Halloween fabrics in my stash, so I decided it would be fun to play with the GO! Cat & Bat and GO! Pumpkins. I started by cutting a couple cats and bats and a large pumpkin. Next, I decided I needed a moon, so I grabbed my GO! Circles die. The GO! Rick Rack die was brand new at the time, and I thought it would make the perfect embellishment. I knew I wanted a seasonal quilted piece for my front door, so I did a little measuring to get the size for my appliqué background and started placing all the pieces on my design wall. As with most of my projects, it evolved as I started cutting and playing with fabrics.

Download Belinda’s Quilted Cats and Bats Pattern — Free for a Limited Time

What do you love most about the GO! Fabric Cutter?

Probably the accuracy and the convenience. It’s so quick. I just finished four appliqué pieces for a customer. It’s just fun when you do it with the GO! because it’s instant gratification, and it saves a tremendous amount of time. I have both the GO! and GO! Baby fabric cutters as well as the Studio cutter.

Do you have a favorite die you’ve worked with?

The qppliqué shapes are really my favorites. I like the flowers because they’re so easy to use, but I enjoy the traditional piecing shapes, too – both save time.

For those who aren’t familiar with AccuQuilt, which product(s) would you recommend that they try first?

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Organized bookshelf in Belinda’s studio

I brag about AccuQuilt a lot. Between the GO! Fabric Cutter and GO! Baby, purchase the one you can afford. If you only have a small space, then GO! Baby. But if you can afford more and have the space, then get the GO! Fabric Cutter. As far as dies, you can make a ton of things with the GO! Value Die—the value die and appliqué of some sort because it shows you how easy it is to cut and to get these shapes.

Who is Belinda Karls-Nace? Describe yourself in three words.

Organized, analytical, obsessive- compulsive.

What’s the name of the last book you read?

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Belinda’s music room with over 5,000 vinyl records and other memorabilia

The last book I read was, Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk. In my younger days I was a punk rocker. I have an extensive music collection and all sorts of memorabilia in a designated room. I have over 5,000 vinyl record albums, autographed guitars, pictures, albums, etc. The neighbors are always impressed and say, ”Can we see the music room?”

That’s truly amazing, and I don’t blame them! What additional hobbies do you have?

Everything I do pretty much involves needle and thread, but I love to cook, garden, and play with the dogs—Schatzi, my German Shepherd and Simba, my Shih Tzu.  Our German Shepherd wants to play all the time and the Shih Tzu is like whatever, leave me alone. I call Simba the grumpy old man, and Schatzi is the young, energetic child. I train with my German Shepherd for 6-10 miles a day for the breast cancer walk that I volunteer for every year. We have a walking team called Twinkle Toes.

I love that name. Tell me more about your walking team.

This year we have four on our team including myself, and we will walk 60 miles in three days in Dallas this coming November. We do quite a bit of creative fundraising throughout the year, as we are all stitchers, quilters, sewists, and crafters. I design an exclusive needlework pattern each year as a ‘thank you’ to all who donate $15 or more to my fundraising page, and all proceeds go to the Komen 3-Day. I am also designing and making several wall hanging quilts that I will auction off, again with all proceeds going to the Komen 3-Day.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Probably successfully running my own business for more than 10 years in a creative field doing what I love for a living.

How many quilts would you estimate that you’ve made?

Several hundred, if you include all my quilted projects. Half have been for people who commissioned me to make them; the other half have been me playing around in my studio. I thoroughly enjoy sewing for our home and quilting for gift giving. I also do goodwill sewing and finishing, along with donating to quilt drives and those who need comfort.

What is your favorite part of the quilting process?

Actually piecing or the appliqué and the design part. But what I love the most when considering the entire process is to play with my EQ7 and design new things.

Would you say there is a therapeutic element to quilting?

Oh, absolutely. The reason I really got into hand sewing and stitching is because of the relaxation. I started getting into it more because of the calmness. I always hashtag things #sewingforsanity and/or #stitchingforsanity because it definitely keeps me sane.

What is your dream-quilting project?

Something with a lot of different blocks. Maybe like a Dear Jane. It’s one of those quilts that will take you several years to complete. It’s the assortment of blocks, curved piecing, traditional piecing, beautiful border. It’s every technique all in one quilt.

Have you ever recruited someone into the world of quilting?

Well, I definitely recruited people into the world of AccuQuilt! Probably all of my friends have the GO! now. A lot of people say they started making quilts because of me, so I’d like to think that I’ve inspired people to take up quilting.

For more information about Belinda Karls-Nace, visit blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com.

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Lynette A. Griffin is a new member of the AccuQuilt team, and she’s looking forward to sharing your projects and stories in a regular feature called ‘Quilter’s Spotlight’. Quilters will be selected from the Quilter’s Spotlight section of our site. Upload your projects today, and you could be the next featured quilter! 

     

AccuQuilt Teams up with the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild to Deliver Quilts to Tornado Victims in Nebraska

AccuQuilt and the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild teamed up earlier this summer to collect donated quilts for people in Pilger, Nebraska, whose town was virtually destroyed by twin tornadoes in June. Now, as the OMQG completes the quilt drive, they are hoping the quilts bring comfort to those whose lives were changed in a matter of moments.

The OMQG, spearheaded by its director, Lori Bain, took on the effort because of seeing news stories about the devastation. They wanted to do something to support the victims and to show them that people care about what happened to their community.

Although many quilt shops and guilds were enlisted to collect quilts for the cause, the OMQG realized they needed a larger central holding facility for the quilts to make the logistics of the deployment as efficient as possible and to protect the quilts. AccuQuilt welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the worthy cause.

“We are honored to be a part of this great cause and appreciate the team effort it took to make this quilt drive happen,” said Steve Nabity, AccuQuilt’s Chief Energizing Officer.

In addition to serving as the central holding facility for the quilt drive, AccuQuilt also opened up its Dream Studio for volunteers to conduct sew-ins in their state-of-the-art studio. The Dream Studio is fully equipped with fabric cutters, sewing machines, embroidery machines, a longarm machine, and much more. The sew-ins provided camaraderie and allowed quilters to create beautiful projects with a great support system and plenty of inspiration at their fingertips.

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Volunteers making quilts at AccuQuilt’s Dream Studio.

After collecting over 500 quilts, some of which were made by volunteers during the sew-ins, Bain is still overwhelmed by the generosity of so many people.

“We received numerous quilt blocks that were hand cross-stitched, some that were hand quilted, and some with applique work. Those quilts took hours and hours and hours of time. Donors gave huge pieces of themselves,” said Bain.

OMQG members and volunteers in front of 500 quilts. From left to right: Kristina Morrow, Cathy Hichert, Lori Bain, Gary Fitch, Scott Bain

OMQG members and volunteers in front of 500 quilts. From left to right: Kristina Morrow, Cathy Hichert, Lori Bain, Gary Fitch, Scott Bain

The OMQG received a lot of support for the quilt drive from other local quilt guilds, including the Lincoln Quilters Guild who made over 30 quilts and donated many more. Bain is thankful to everyone for the team effort.

Last Friday, Bain and her team arrived at AccuQuilt to pick up the heartwarming amount of quilts. Her team, along with AccuQuilt employees, created an assembly line in order to load the quilts onto the van much faster. While loading, there were a lot of “oohs” and “ahs” as everyone caught glimpses of the beautiful work.

The OMQG and AccuQuilt employees create an assembly line and load the quilts.

The OMQG and AccuQuilt employees create an assembly line and load the quilts.

In Pilger, Bain and the other volunteers teamed up with Omaha’s Rejoice! Lutheran Church who they learned would be in the community providing services like painting, cleanup, and a spaghetti dinner for the residents. They met at the Pilger Swimming Pool Hall, one of the few buildings that survived the tornadoes, with an assortment of quilts to distribute to those affected by the storms. It was a prime opportunity to distribute the quilts since many residents were there for the spaghetti dinner.

Shirley Spence of the Nebraska State Quilt Guild presents quilts to Kristen and her dog George.

Shirley Spence of the Nebraska State Quilt Guild presents quilts to Kristen and her dog George.

Approximately 350 quilts were distributed to Pilger storm victims. The remaining quilts will be distributed during the quilt deployment to Beaver Crossing in October.

It will be a long time before Pilger and the surrounding areas recover from the destruction caused by the tornadoes, but hopefully the quilts will provide some level of comfort to them as they continue to rebuild their communities. And when they feel the warmth from their new quilt, they will feel the love that went into making it and know that many people are still thinking about them.

To learn more about the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild, visit omqg.blogspot.com. To schedule a tour of the AccuQuilt headquarters and Dream Studio, please call 888.258.7913, or email at tours@accuquilt.com.

Something BIG is Here!

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The GO! Big Fabric Cutter is AccuQuilt’s NEW electric fabric cutter! GO! Big is our fastest cutter – it can cut two dies at a time! Enjoy accurate cuts from up to six layers of fabric. The GO! Big Fabric Cutter is compatible with all GO! dies – including the five NEW GO! Big dies that measure 14″ x 16″ for even more design possibilities.

Watch the video below to see what all the GO! Big buzz is about!