Friday Allies: Stash Fabrics

Three beautiful fabrics sent by Stash Fabrics

Welcome back, Allies!

I must confess, progress on many things has stalled a bit as I have officially tested positive for the flu. Ack. If you follow my personal quilty journey on Instagram @stringandstory, then you know that this week has been #flupocalypse at our house. I have been slow to reply to emails; thank you for being patient! I promise I’m catching up!

Fabric from Stash Fabrics bordering an #OperationSmiley quilt

Today we are celebrating Stash Fabrics for being another fabric sponsor for #OperationSmiley. When I realized that we were going to make 10 quilts, I also realized we were going to need more fabric. You may know Stash from the Stash Fabrics Design Star Challenge, but you may not know that Stash is based just north of Atlanta, about 45 minutes from me. Thus, when I needed more fabric, I reached out and asked if they would help us encourage kids of our city. Marvelously, they said YES!

“Stash Fabrics is a family owned and operated online fabric store out of Alpharetta, GA. It was founded by Beth Louche after discovering her love of modern fabric. The business started as a hobby, but quickly grew into a full time gig of cutting and shipping fabric around the world. We are now a team of four lovely ladies and are working to open up a studio adjacent to the shop. While the online fabric store was the original dream, we now hope to fulfill the mission of spreading our love of creating within the community. Studio coming 2017!”

Stash sent three fabulous prints for borders and backings as well as white fabric for quilt labels. Thank you, Stash Fabrics!! I’m looking forward to the Stash studio opening up!

That top fabric is shadow puppets– isn’t that the cutest??


1) COMMENT Leave a comment saying THANK YOU to Stash Fabrics for supporting #OperationSmiley.

2) SHARE Spread the word about Quilts for Cure by copy and pasting this on Facebook or in an Instagram caption:

“Quilts for Cure exists to raise awareness about childhood cancer, to honor kids who are fighting or who have fought against cancer, to raise money for a cure, and to provide quilts for kids in treatment. We need YOU to defeat childhood cancer. Learn what you can do by visiting the website:”

(Feel free to use photos from Quilts for Cure to share this information, as long as you give credit to the original source.)

3) QUILT The weekend is here. Can you make a block or two this weekend that will snowball into a quilt for a child? Don’t hesitate to be part of the quilting community that stands strong with the childhood cancer community. Remember, #LoveBeatsCancer

Keep Fighting,


Friday Allies: The Warm Company

The Warm Company Logo

Hey Everyone!

I know it’s Tuesday, not Friday, but Quilts for Cure has received a lot of generosity lately, and there are kiddos I want to feature on Fridays, so we’re going to mix it up a bit and share about The Warm Company today.

The Warm Company is based in Washington state and was founded in 1979, and they are my go-to for batting because of the quality and accessibility of their product. They are also an American based company with an American made product: “3 million pounds of American cotton – grown by American farmers – processed annually in our American factories by American workers for Quilting – an American tradition proudly shared around the world – We are The Warm Company.”

As y’all know, finding willing batting donors has been the hardest part of #OperationSmiley because many companies either only give to 501(c)(3) organizations, or they sell batting at a steep discount (which is still too expensive for us since we aren’t fundraising yet). The Warm Company sells discounted batting to non-profits but they also have prepackaged boxes of batting to send to initiatives like ours who are just getting started.

Two of the three battings sent by The Warm Company for #OperationSmiley

We received 1 queen size batting and 2 baby sized 100% Cotton Battings from The Warm Company. In all, that’s enough for about 3 #OperationSmiley quilts! Many thanks to Lindsey in Customer Service and The Warm Company for helping #OperationSmiley succeed!


1) Leave a comment for The Warm Company telling them Thank You for being part of #OperationSmiley

2) Share the blog post from last week about the E Pluribus Unum Project. I am actively working on the Georgia and Florida quilts, but I am collecting names of childhood cancer fighters in all 50 states.

3) Invite your friends to like and follow Quilts for Cure on Facebook and Instagram

16 blocks that arrived yesterday for #OperationSmiley

Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm! 16 more blocks have already arrived this week and word is spreading about the E Pluribus Unum Project! Looking ahead, our incorporation will hopefully be approved any day now, and then we will be able to start fundraising so that we can pursue an even greater impact in the lives of brave families fighting against childhood cancer and give money to CURE Childhood Cancer’s research projects to help find a CURE!

Go Gold,


Friday Allies: Craftsy

Hey Everyone–

Before I introduce today’s ally, I have some hard news. Trucker Dukes passed away this morning (3/3/17) in his mama’s arms. Please take a moment to pause and honor Trucker’s life and his fight against childhood cancer.  Moving forward, please keep the Dukes family in your thoughts and prayers.

Twin size batting and some fabric cuts from Craftsy for #OperationSmiley

Today’s Ally is Craftsy, a place for the “endlessly curious and insatiably creative.” Craftsy is best known for its online video classes, but they also sell crafting supplies and patterns. As y’all know, it has been a bit challenging to find batting sponsors for #OperationSmiley. But when I reached out to Craftsy, they had a box in the mail to me by the end of the week. And they tucked in some fabric, too!

I highly recommend Craftsy if you are looking for a community of creative learners. I learned basic quilting techniques– and, perhaps most importantly, how to safely use a rotary cutter– on Craftsy. And, if you are already a quilter, you might consider expanding your library with my girl Christa Watson’s class, The Quilter’s Path. In addition, Craftsy offers classes about a variety of non-quilts topics: knitting, cooking, art, and more!

Craftsy, thank you so much for your generosity and for being part of #OperationSmiley! And thank you, June, for being the loveliest of contacts! Y’all can find Craftsy on their website, on Instagram, or on Facebook.


1) Leave a COMMENT telling Craftsy thank you for supporting #OperationSmiley

2)Leave a COMMENT of condolence on Trucker’s Facebook Page for his family

3) SHARE  one of the Quilts for Cure social media accounts or your favorite Quilts for Cure blog post with your friends to help spread the word. You can find us on Instagram and Facebook @quiltsforcure

Thank you for joining our fight against childhood cancer!



Friday Allies: Fat Quarter Shop

Six 5-yard cuts of gorgeous fabric

Happy Friday, Everyone!

Today I’m announcing yet another blog series! “Friday Allies” posts will appear when we have a sponsor that we want to highlight so you know about the cool companies that are joining us in our war against childhood cancer. This week, five companies have agreed to help us with the supplies and labor necessary to finish the #OperationSmiley quilts.

Kimberly Jolly (Photo credit: Where Women Create Magazine article)

This afternoon, I’d like to introduce you to  Fat Quarter Shop. I ran across them pretty early in my quilting, and if my LQS (local quilt shop) doesn’t have a particular fabric, Fat Quarter Shop is my next stop. FQS is an online-only shop owned by Kimberly Jolly and her husband, Kevin. I’ve been consistently impressed by their customer service, so I reached out asking if they would be willing to donate fabric for borders, backing, and binding on the #OperationSmiley Quilts.

The very next morning there was a generous YES in my inbox to my requested 30 YARDS of fabric, and an inquiry about which fabrics I’d like. Today, I did a happy dance as I pulled out six fat 5-yard cuts of navy fabrics. Thank you, Kimberly, Kevin, and the  Fat Quarter Shop Team for your generosity toward our effort!

Ultimate Happy Mail Moment

I’ll post a more thorough #OperationSmiley update next week and continue highlighting our sponsors as their donations arrive, but go ahead and jump up and down because the current heart block count is 129– that’s 6.5 quilts! Woohoo!

Action Items:

1) Visit the Fat Quarter Shop on Instagram or Facebook and tell them THANK YOU!

2) Connect with Quilts for Cure on Instagram and Facebook

3) If your company is interested in sponsoring the work we’re doing at Quilts for Cure, please have them email john (at) We are actively pursuing 501(c)(3) status.

Remember to be smiley like Kylie this weekend and love those around you well.