A very special request from Handi Quilter and Marianne Fons

Handi Quilter is pleased to share this invitation from Marianne Fons and the QOVF (Quilts of Valor Foundation). We hope that many of you will find the time and generosity to share your quilting skills in this tremendous effort on behalf of US veterans.

Hello Handi Quilter quilters and retailers!

Here’s an opportunity for you to put your machine quilting skills to good use for a very good cause!

Each month, Quilts of Valor Foundation awards approximately 1000 quilts, each a healing THANK YOU to a combat veteran.

As you may know, Quilts of Valor (QOVs) are a way for civilians to honor military service members. They go to WW II vets, Korean and Vietnam War vets, Gulf War vets, Afghanistan and Iraq War vets—any military service member who has been touched by war.

Within a few months, QOVF will award its 100,000th Quilt of Valor.

None of these awards would be possible without machine quilters like you.

Across America, our thousands of volunteer “toppers” make beautiful red, white, and blue tops. Volunteer machine quilters quilt them. But we don’t have enough machine quilters!

Would YOU be willing to machine quilt one, or maybe two quilts for Quilts of Valor Foundation each month? Our toppers will ship you the top and backing. You provide the batting, thread, and your time.

With many service members returning from the Mideast, WWII vets dying, and Vietnam vets aging, requests for QOVs are growing.

Won’t you help us?

To find out more, just send a note to our QOVF Longarm Coordinators Jim and Joan Wobbleton, at jandj.wobbleton@QOVF.org

Please tell them Marianne Fons sent you!

Many thanks.
Marianne Fons, QOVF volunteer

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HQ Studio Educators Featured in American Patchwork and Quilting (Again)

Once again we are pleased to share with you the quilting done by HQ studio educators Vicki Hoth and Marie Eldredge. Their work was featured in the April 2014 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, for the color option of the Swirls and Whirls quilt designed by Sherri McConnell.

Here’s Sherri’s quilt:

swirls whirls

And here’s the color option made by Laura Boehnke:

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Here’s Vicki carefully doing the ruler work to create the concentric lines behind the pinwheels.


Then she used a digitized Greek key design in the pieced borders using HQ Pro-Stitcher.


And finally had Pro-Stitcher quilt a chevron design in the borders.


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HQ Studio Educator’s Quilting Featured in Feb. 2014 American Patchwork and Quilting

Once again the HQ Studio Educators have outdone themselves. They quilted the alternate version of Brigitte Heitland’s quilt, named Ring Around. Brigitte’s version highlighted her Zen Chic fabric, Barcelona.

ring around 2 The alternate version, made smaller than the original, features two Benartex fabrics — Urban Oasis by Kitty Yoshida and the Blush collection.

Ring around 1

We love how the plaid-style quilting behind the appliquéd circles contrasts straight lines with the curved appliqué.


The circles themselves are enhanced with ribbon quilting, feathers, and arcs and lines that compliment the appliqué. (Sorry for the errant thread in the photo.)


And here’s Vicki free-motion quilting the figure-eights around the circles in the border. That really makes the circles pop in the finished quilt.



And here’s a look at the back of the quilt. Looks like even magazines need to get creative with their quilt backing and make do now and then.


Read more at the American Patchwork & Quilting website.




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