Sunday, July 10, 2011

Wisconsin quilt

Thimble N Thread quilt shop from Richland Center, Wisconsin sent in this quilt.
A wonderful machine embroidered label on the back of the quilt along with a note requesting the quilt to go to a soldier from Wisconsin.

They also included a newspaper clipping from the Richland Observer dated May 12, 2011.
Thimble N Threads customers made over 130 blocks for the Just One Star project. Their blocks made over 7 quilts for the soldiers.
Thank you!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

A Quilt from Erie, PA.

Troubled Thimbles (don't you love that name for a friendship group?) and Circle of Friends quilt group in Erie, PA made this quilt and sent it in.
Thank you to Nancy Zimmerman from Z Quilt Shop for organizing this quilt.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Blocks have been coming in by the bunches. Last count over 15,000. Thank you to each and everyone of you. Here are a few pictures of the process.

Each package has been opened and sorted. The maker is being logged into a database.

Each of the blocks is pressed and trimmed. Thank goodness for the Martelli Roundabout. It was easy to trim 2 sides, rotate the mat and trim the other two sides. There are 3 pieces to this-cutting mat, rotating gripper and ironing mat.
(verbiage from their site describing the product- This 16” diameter cutting mat and turntable combination allows you to use the entire mat as a cutting surface. Cut right up to the extreme outside edge with no tipping or plastic pieces to get in the way. 30 stainless steel ball bearings mean great durability and no maintenance.  Three-piece set combines the turn-table base, the cutting mat, and our table-top ironing pad.)
Quilt squares and fabric were sent to staff here at moda, volunteers, quilt shops, and quilt guilds. Then it all happened, completed quilt tops newly quilt came pouring in. They were trimmed and prepared for binding.
Each quilt has a just one star label sewn into the binding.

Thank goodness for Moda's pre-made bias tape. Ask for moda's binding, QB2 at your favorite quilt store.
 It works beautifully. Can you imagine making over 27,000 inches of binding?
That was what was needed to complete just 100 of the quilts.

And my sewing secret is the Juki sewing machine. It is a industrial home machine. It doesn't do anything fancy....just frontwards and backwards..........but really fast.
 Check back with us to see some of the finished quilts and read some of the stories that were sent in.

A great big hug and thank you to everyone that has had a part of the process.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

100 quilts in 100 days!

A HUGE thank you to the hundreds of quilters, sewers, binders, ironers, sorters and organizers that have all volunteered their time for Moda's Just One Star Program. As of June 14th we have met our goal of 100 quilts in 100 days. The generosity has been overwhelming. I am personally moved by the generosity of quilting community. The notes and letters have touched us with the stories. I know that the soldiers that receive these quilts will also be moved by the time, talent and love that have gone into each of these quilts.
We have received blocks from all over the world for this event totally at this point 12,000 blocks. This event has grown much bigger than we could have ever imagined and we owe each of you the participated a big thank you.
 We could not have done it without you.
We will be posting updates regarding additional quilts and the distribution of quilts and blocks
 here, so check back for additional details. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Challenge

Moda fabrics is proud to be participating in a Quilts of Valor program co-ordinated by Marianne Fons. Moda's very own Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson have created a line of fabrics and kits benefiting this program available in stores April 2011. Invite someone you know that may not
quilt to get involved.

Note from QOVF website: Just how much of an impact has the Quilts of Valor Foundation made? As of February, 2011 there have been over 37,000 quilts awarded to service members/veterans.

So this project inspired us to take it a step further.  

We invite you to join the Moda staff and designers in our newest Challenge…

The challenge is to piece, quilt and bind 100 quilts in 100 days using the
Flag of Valor pattern by
Minick and Simpson.
The deadline for star blocks
is May 1, 2011 so that we can meet our quilt deadline
by Flag Day, June 14, 2011.

As the saying goes – “many hands make light work”.

We need 1800 star blocks to reach our goal.
Please take a few minutes to piece Just One Star block
(click here for block pattern) using a medium red or blue and a cream background. Better yet, invite your small group or even your entire guild to make Just One Star block. Sign each block with your name and state.
Then we can truly say....the hands of a grateful nation comfort our soldiers!
We will coordinate the  donation of the 100 quilts thru the Semper Fi Fund, a cause
that is near and dear to designers, Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson.

Thank you for your help!
Send untrimmed blocks to:

United Notions/Moda Fabrics
Attn: Just One Star Project
13800 Hutton
Dallas, TX 75234

Mark Dunn, Laurie Simpson, Polly Minick and Colonel James J. Minick USMC will be involved with the Semper Fi organization to donate the completed 100 quilts.

2 ways to be involved:
Make a quilt block (blocks) to support moda and Semper Fi's efforts.

 Complete quilt kits (shown below) are available from your favorite
quilt store to benefit Quits of Valor .

"I am so excited about this project and think quilters everywhere are
going to jump into this." - POLLY MINICK