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Friday Allies: 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!


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!



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

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.


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

Friday Allies: Fat Quarter Shop


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.


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!


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.