Monday, September 19, 2016

Sew Popular 2015-2016 TIME TO VOTE!

"SEW POPULAR"



The "Sew Popular" category is one of the most exciting parts of our Challenge!  Out of all the beautiful quilts we received, twelve quilts were chosen to be entered in the Sew Popular category.  Pictures of the quilts have been posted on the Hopes & Dreams website, so it is time for you to cast your vote!  

Just follow this link, and vote on your favorite quilt by Friday, September 30, and our talented winners will be announced on October 3.

Congratulations to the finalists in the 2015-2016 Sew Popular category:


Pat McDonald of Pittsburgh, PA "Crossroads Quilt"

Gloria Guyer of Tillamook, OR "French Ribbon Embroidery"

Carolyn Richter & Kay Iverson of Greely, CO "Celtic Maze"

Dianne Gilbert of Ft. Collins, CO "Celtic Maze"

Mary Ellen Zeitz of South Windsor, CT "Akllietare"

Jackie O'Brien of Whitesboro, NY "One Block Wonder"

Terry Albers or Green Bay, WI

Janice Lonsinger of Altoona, PA "Gumballs with Stack & Whack"

Johanna Moore of Westminster, CO "Scrappy Circles"

Karen Williamson of Pensacola, FL "Oasis in the Desert"

Diane Severence of Windsor, CO "Floating Stars for Christmas"

Barbara Hutton of Carolina Shores, NC "Feathered Star Sampler"

Because of the generosity of the many wonderful sponsors of the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge, we are able to award three winners this year!  First place will receive $1250 in awesome prizes, second place will receive $750  in prizes, and third place will win prizes valued at $500!


Good luck to all our finalists!  
Check our Hopes & Dreams Facebook page on October 3 to find out who won!

Monday, September 12, 2016

2015-2016 Challenge Wrap Up


We would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2015-2016 Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge.Through continuous support and spontaneous giving, this program has been an incredible success thanks to generous quilters & sponsors like you.   

In our seven years, Hopes & Dreams Inc. has been fortunate to receive over 9,000 quilts. Most have been distributed to patients with ALS. Not only are they filled with gratitude from the letters you send with the quilts but more importantly these patients are left with a glimmer of hope that action is being taken towards finding a cure for this awful disease.





 The Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge donates 100% of all proceeds from quilts being auctioned, sold or generous gifts towards ALS research! In our seven years, more than $141,000 has been raised for research towards finding a cure!





We have received many thank you notes already from patients and their families who truly appreciate the generosity of the quilting community. 

Thank you for the lovely quilt that you donated to my husband. That was truly a wonderful surprise!! My husband is only 45 years old and was diagnosed with ALS in 2014. It has been a very rough road for our family of four. Our boys are 10 & 14 years old. It has been difficult for all of us to accept how this devastating disease is impacting our lives. Your kindness & thoughtful gesture really brightened our day. Thank you for all that you do!! You are making a positive difference in the world of ALS.

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Hi, I am an ALS patient and I recently received a beautiful quilt made by Lucille Holsey as part of the Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS. The quilt is so beautiful and I am just so touched that Ms. Hosely would go to the time and trouble to make it for someone that she's never even met...The quilt warms my heart and my body! Thank you so much for your incredible kindness!!

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I want to THANK you for the quilt.  I went to the doctors at Baylor ALS Clinic and they gave me one of your quilts.  I am so happy to receive it and it is so warm. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate it.  God Bless ALL of you.

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I was quite surprised to find this gift of a lap quilt at the support group meeting here in Wichita, KS. In April of 2015, I was diagnosed with ALS. My particular version is Bulbar ALS which primaraly affects my speech and swallowing at this time. We are trying not to let this impact our life, but we don't know what the future holds.  Thanks for creating the organization to raise funds for ALS research.

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We would like to congratulate each category winner. We received some awesome prizes from our sponsors this year and we were able to stuff boxes with tons of goodies for these winners. 



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Please be sure to check out the Hopes and Dreams website and vote for your favorite quilt in the Sew Popular category!

Once again, thank you! Your support of Hopes & Dreams is truly immeasurable in providing Hope to our Dream of a Cure for ALS!

Sincerely,
Kathy Thompson & the team at Quilters Dream Batting

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To see how you can get involved, please visit :



and don't forget to like our Facebook page! 









Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Only 11 days left to mail your quilts!


That's right. Only 11 more days to get your donated quilts sent in! 




Remember, quilts MUST be POSTMARKED no later than  JULY 31st, 2016 in order to be eligible for the 2015-2016 challenge. 

Though it's still early and we have more boxes to open, we can tell you that we have beat last year in quilts received! That's an excellent accomplishment from you and for us. We have been able to ship so many quilts to PALS (patients with ALS) and the feedback we get from them is amazing. Not to mention the success we've had from the sale of quilts which 100% of proceeds goes directly towards ALS research.  



We have some great prizes too. Click HERE to see what our generous sponsors have donated. 

Visit our website for more info and download your entry form. 

Keep up the good work and thank you for being a part of something so special to us and those living with ALS!

Happy Quilting.








Tuesday, October 27, 2015

In need of quilts for ALS patients!





We are excited from the success of our 7th annual Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS, which began on August 1st 2015. We would love for you to be a part of this wonderful Challenge too!

The staff here at Quilters Dream hope that you, your guild or quilt shop will consider donating finished quilts to the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS for the 2015-2016 year. 

Each year, the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS collects hundreds of quilts to be given to patients living with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), 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.  As special thanks to the wonderful quilters who donate quilts to the Hopes & Dreams Challenge, generous companies donate tax deductible prizes and awards to help bring fun, excitement, and success to the Challenge.







Our staff works with the ALS Association chapters all over the country who have joined us in our efforts to help distribute quilts to ALS patients.  

We were recently contacted by a chapter who currently has 700 patients and unfortunately receives 7 more each month! They received quilts from us earlier this year and were hoping to deliver more to their patients for the holidays. 

With your support we can provide quilts for ALS patients while raising awareness and much-needed funds for ALS research. We thank you for being a part of the generous quilting community and for considering to give back with us this holiday season! 

For more info on how you can help, please contact us! 

Website: 

Call:
 Toll Free 888.268.8664

Email:
 quiltersdreambatting@juno.com

Mailing address:
 Hopes & Dreams 
C/O Quilters Dream Batting
589 Central Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23454



***Hopes & Dreams, Inc. is a registered 501 (C)(3) organization.
Contributions are tax deductible in accordance with IRS rules and regulations.






Monday, September 14, 2015

Shop for a cure this holiday season!




The holidays are right around the corner and that means we will be attending some craft shows! If you are in the Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads area or willing to take a road trip to our hometown, please make sure to visit us at one of these shows! 

100% of the proceeds from sales go directly towards ALS research in hopes to find a CURE! 

You can shop for fun festive items such as fabric postcards, wearables, wall hangings, table runners, tons of quilts in all sizes and so much more! All created and donated by generous quilters/crafters who have joined us in our annual Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS. 





Fabric Postcards
Your family and friends will love getting these unique
postcards in the mail! 


Shop for handmade shawls & other quilted wearables.


Wall hangings make the perfect
 decorations for all the seasons
Need something for a holiday gift exchange?
Look no further!



We have made $5 grab bags of upholstery fabric that was donated by one of our sponsors. 









 Hopes & Dreams Craft Show Schedule


Date: October 17, 2015 (Saturday)
Where: Military Aviation Museum 
1341 Princess Anne Rd 
Virginia Beach, VA 23457
Time: 11am - 4pm

For more info on this event, click HERE.




Date: November 7 & 8, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday)
Where: Princess Anne Recreation Center
1400 Nimmo Parkway 
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Time: Sat. 9am- 5pm/ Sun. 10am- 4pm

For more info on this event, click HERE.




Date: February 25-28, 2016 (Thursday- Sunday)
Where: Hampton Roads Convention Center
1610 Coliseum Dr.
Hampton, VA 23666
Time: Thurs.-Sat 10am- 6pm/ Sun. 10am- 4pm

For more info on this event, click HERE.




We hope to see you at any of these shows. If you have any questions or you are interested in purchasing items, please give us a call! 888.268.8664









Friday, September 11, 2015

Bo-Nash: H&D Sponsor


                              Bo-Nash (North America) Inc   





We are Beryl & Stephanie (Mother & Daughter).

We were so happy to donate to this great cause, Hopes and dreams Quilt Challenge for raising money and awareness for ALS. 

At the moment we are just getting ready for all of the fall sewing and quilt shows.

We have found a new use for the Fuse It Powder!  You can make your own fusible batting for your quilts!!!!!  Just sprinkle & Iron!  Easy Easy!!!!

We hope everyone has a great time with this great cause!!!  Hope to see you all at a nearby event! 

Sincerely the cartoon people, 
Beryl & Stephanie of Bo-Nash (North America) Inc




Thursday, September 3, 2015

VOTE for your 2015 "Sew Popular" quilt!



It's that time again! This year we have 12 finalists in our Sew Popular Category. Three winners will be awarded for most votes for their quilts!


1st Place Prize: Baby Lock Tempo

2nd Place: Prizes valued at $800

3rd Place: Prizes valued at $500


******CONTEST NOW CLOSED***




Check out more detailed photos on our FLICKR PAGE.





Voting ends Thursday, September 17th 11:59pm EST.  Winners will be announced Friday, September 18th 10:00am EST on the Hopes & Dreams Facebook page.