Monday, October 21, 2013

Sew Popular Voting and on the way to Houston!

The voting is underway for the 2013 Hopes & Dreams SEW POPULAR contest.  There are eleven quilts that have been selected for the SEW POPULAR contest.  The winner is the quilt that receives the most votes.  How do you vote?  Click on the photo of the quilt that you like and then post a comment saying that you like the quilt and cast your vote for that quilt.  The voting will end Tuesday evening October 22 and the winner will be announced Wednesday, October 23.  Click on the picture of the quilt below and it will take you to the Hopes & Dreams Facebook page where you can view all eleven quilt photos and cast your vote!

Click on the photo above to be taken directly to the 2013 Hopes & Dreams SEW POPULAR category voting.

This week is a busy one for us at Quilters Dream Batting.  We are finalizing all the plans for the 2013 Houston International Quilt Market.

The Houston Quilt Market is Saturday, October 26 through Monday, October 28.  We would love to meet as many of you as possible during our stay in Houston.  Stop by and visit us at booth 951.

Packing for the 2013 Houston International Quilt Market & Quilt Festival

Lots of boxes have been packed and are headed to Houston, including this box.  We are thrilled that Quilts, Inc., the event management company that hosts the Houston International Quilt Market, asked Quilter Dream if we would like to showcase the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS with a seven (7) booth display during the Houston International Quilt Festival, October 31st - November 3rd.  

Quilters Dream Batting owner Kathy Thompson preparing the written descriptions of the Hopes & Dreams Quilts
that will be on display at the 2013 Houston International Quilt Festival October 31 - November 3.

There are a total of nine (9) quilts that will be a part of Houston International Quilt Festival.  We set up the exhibit a week from Tuesday and will make sure you get a front row seat in our next blog post.  We hope you have a terrific week and we look forward to meeting many of you in Houston.

Your grateful Hopes & Dreams Coordinator.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Our 5th Year of Hope

We kicked of the 5th Annual Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS on August 1st and have shaken up the challenge a little bit.  Some categories remained the same and some changed.  The "Sew Lovely," "Sew Generous Individual," and "Sew Popular categories remained the same.  For those that might not be familiar with these categories -

Sew Lovely 

Everyone individual that donates a quilt is entered to win great prizes from our fabulous sponsors, such as fabric, books, patterns, notions, and Quilters Dream Batting totaling $1,000.

Sew Generous Individual 

The individual who donates the most quilts during the challenge year (August 1, 2013 - July 31, 2014) will also win a $1,000 worth of wonderful prizes from our sponsors, as well as Quilters Dream Batting

Sew Popular 

The top 10 to 15 quilts submitted in the challenge year are posted on Facebook and voted on by our friends.  The individual submitting the quilt that receives the most votes will likewise enjoy $1,000 worth of great prizes and batting.

The four categories we are shaking up a bit are "Sew Generous Quilt Guild," "Sew Generous Professional," "Sew Generous Quilt Shop," and "Sew Creative."

Sew Generous Quilt Guild

The Quilt Guild that donates the most quilts in the challenge year will receive $500 worth of Quilters Dream Batting and other great items from our wonderful sponsors totaling $1,000.

Sew Generous Professional

The Professional Quilter, Longarm Quilter and/or Quilt Teacher donating the most quilts will win $500 worth of Quilters Dream Batting and other great items from our wonderful sponsors totaling $1,000.

Sew Generous Quilt Shop

Quilt Shops donating 20 quilts are entered into a drawing to receive $1,000 in Quilters Dream Batting. Quilt Shops will earn one additional bonus entry for each quilt donated over 20.

The category that has changed significantly is "Sew Creative."  Many of you have expressed an interest in participating in the Hopes & Dreams Challenge and you sew, but don't make large quilts.  This category is for you.

Sew Creative

Fabric postcards, handbags and accessories, miniature quilts, mug rugs, paintings, placemats, tablerunners, table toppers, wall quilts, watercolors and more.  These items will be sold to raise funds for ALS Research.  All donations will be entered into a drawing to win a $250 gift card.

We still need quilts and that is our priority - to warm the life, heart and lap of an ALS patient.  However, many people want to help in a way that allows them to use their creative talents and this category welcomes your participation knowing 100% of any profits from the sale of your donations goes to ALS Research.

Josh and Joy Thompson


As most of you know, the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS was created to raise awareness about ALS and research funds for ALS research shortly after Josh Thompson was diagnosed with this devastating disease.  Josh's lovely wife Joy is often asked about how she feels to see so many people participating in the JT Walk and Hopes & Dreams.  We leave you with her words of love and thanks to each of you.

          First and foremost I want to thank each and everyone of you for your love, kindness and      generosity.  Our story, mine and Josh, began about 11 years ago. I was leaving a store and someone had opened the door for me. I looked up to say "thanks" and  gazed into the most beautiful smile I had ever seen. If the world could have stopped turning (cue in the music and birds encompassing us in a whirlwind of love) it would  have been in that exact moment.  At least for me.

A few months later we met at one of our favorite restaurants for drinks and appetizers.  Josh wasn't completely sure if he had the right girl in mind so he had a good friend come along, just in case.  Needless to say, I AM the right girl and three years later we had a fairytale wedding surrounded by our loving family and friends.

But our fairytale wasn't written like the traditional story. Less than a year into our marriage, and one month prior to our first son Wyatt's birth, we were given the most horrific and hopeless news imaginable. Josh has ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease. We were all so devastated. I was in a state of shock and denial.  "No, no way....that is not our story.....they don't write fairy tales like that!"

Since that day in March 2007 I have learned that we have to write our own story.  One few have to write. But now a story influenced more by fact than fiction.

Our love story is based on the most recognizable book ever written.  We have learned that LOVE never fails; LOVE never dies; that HOPE, COURAGE, PATIENCE,  FORGIVENESS,  and FORTITUDE are the best lessons in life.

To have a belief that everything is the way it is for a reason....a higher purpose.  And that has led us to you.....our family, our friends, your family and your friends. This wonderful collaboration  of love, friendship, hope and generosity! We thank each and everyone one of you. 


Thank you for becoming part of our story. It would not be complete without you.  Without the support from OUR FAMILY and FRIENDS.

God Bless!

Much love,
Joy Thompson

Friday, October 4, 2013

A Brother's Love

Many of you know that the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS was born out of the love of a mother who knew that the only way another mother would never face the devastation of ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease would be to find a cure for this 100-year old disease.  While Kathy Thompson and her staff at Quilters Dream Batting were creating the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS to honor her oldest son Josh, her youngest son Chris was also determined to raise awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

Chris and Kathy Thompson
Chris and Josh Thompson are very close.  When Chris learned of his brother's diagnosis he worked with his friends to create what has turned out to be one of, if not the, largest walks for ALS in the country.  It's called the JT Walk and this Sunday, October 6, thousands of people will gather on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk to raise funds for ALS Research and provide services to ALS patients.

In the last 5 years over 30,000 people have walked to stomp out ALS.

Team Leaders recruit new members and ask friends and family to sponsor their walk on the Virginia Beach boardwalk.  Chris and Kathy have a team if you would like to make a donation.

Speaking of donations, August 1 marked the official beginning of the 5th Annual Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS and your boxes of quilts have started to arrive.  We're shaking things up this year and have new prizes for some favorite categories and have changed one category completely.  We will visit all the categories in the coming weeks. Here's a look at the new Entry Form cover.

While people all over the Hampton Roads/Tidewater Virginia area embrace Chris and his older brother Josh this weekend, you have equally embraced their mom Kathy these last four years.  As a result, you have provided renewed strength to Kathy who continues to fight for a cure.

Wishing you a peaceful and safe weekend!
Your Thankful Hopes & Dreams Coordinator