Third-Annual Million Pillowcase Challenge 24-Hour Sew-a-Thon



Since 2010,American Patchwork & Quilting has been challenging quilters, crafters, and sewers across the country to help reach the goal of donating 1 million pillowcases to local charities.Since inception, more than 687,000 pillowcases have been recorded on the challenge website. Handi Quilter is proud to be a sponsor of the Million Dollar Pillowcase Challenge, along with other sponsors, including Baby Lock, Coats, Free Spirit Fabric, Martingale, Moda Fabrics, Northcott, Paintbrush Studio, Robert Kaufman, and Timeless Treasures Fabrics.

American Patchwork & Quilting is hosting the third annual One Million Pillowcase Challenge 24-Hour Sew-a-Thon at its headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. Starting at 3:00 P.M. on Friday, September 16 and running through 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 17, the public is invited to Meredith Corporation to sew pillowcases for local Des Moines charities. However, quilters not in the Des Moines area are encouraged to join in the fun and make their own pillowcases to donate to charities in their local area.

More than 1,480 pillowcases were made at the event in 2015 and distributed to Central Iowa charities such as Blank Children’s Hospital, Youth Emergency Services and Shelter, Rebuilding Together, Child Serve, Hope Ministries, Orchard Place, Catholic Charities, Lutheran Services in Iowa, and Children’s Cancer Connection.


Handi Quilter has donated the sew-off quilts that are created as part of the testing process of Handi Quilter machines after they are built. The sew-offs will become pillowcases as part of this weekend’s Sew-a-Thon. We invite shops and guilds to let us know if they are interested in making pillowcases (or even quilts) from our sew-off quilts, and we will send them some sew-offs to use.


It’s not to late for you to become involved in the One Million Pillowcase Challenge. American Patchwork & Quilting magazine even has more than 50 pillowcase patterns to choose from if you need some inspiration.

2017-07-24T13:53:26-06:00August 23rd, 2016|Categories: News & Events, Quilting Fun|0 Comments

Recap of the 2016 HMQS Show



The Home Machine Quilting Show (HMQS) is underway in Salt Lake City and the quilting awards have been announced. Handi Quilter sponsors the Main Stage (where the awards take place), as well as the Best of Show quilt award. We were also happy that there were several other Handi Quilter connections throughout the awards ceremony.

The first award was Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to the newest HQ ambassador Laurie Tigner for being named Teacher of the Year.


Laurie also won quilting awards in a couple of the quilting categories, so it was a big day for Laurie.

Last year’s Teacher of the Year was Suzanne Hyland, also an HQ ambassador. This year HMQS featured a special exhibit of Suzanne’s fabulous quilts. Here are a few to enjoy:





We also want to congratulate Margaret Solomon Gunn for her first place award in the Traditional Whole Cloth category. Margaret quilts with an HQ Fusion.


And of course Handi Quilter was honored to present the Best of Show award to Nancy Prince for her quilt “On This Winter Day”.




Handi Quilter also sponsors the Youth quilt category. It is so wonderful to see quilts pieced and machine quilted by young quilters.


We also want to congratulate two Handi Quilter employees who received quilting awards: Marie Eldredge and Connie Eagle.

Connie received a judge’s choice award for her Quilt of Valor challenge quilt. Awesome job Connie!


And we love Marie Eldredge’s distinct quilting style that always brings oohs and ahhs. Marie received a teacher’s choice award for this amazing quilt:


Congratulations to all of the quilters who received awards at this year’s HMQS show!

2017-07-24T13:53:27-06:00May 6th, 2016|Categories: Gallery, Quilting Fun|0 Comments

Get to Know HQ National Educator: Megan Best

Megan Best has always loved fabrics, and made her first quilt while in high school. She continued to foster this love throughout her education, achieving degrees in apparel design and merchandising/textiles. Thousands of quilts later, she still loves to create.

Megan’s career in the fabric industry includes experience in fabric stores, retail management, quilt shop ownership, and as a professional longarm quilter. She excels in both computerized and free-motion quilting, winning many ribbons at local and national shows. She loves her HQ18 Avanté® and HQ Pro-Stitcher®.

Megan’s teaching career includes experience as a college instructor, a quilting teacher for local guilds and retail shops, and an instructor at national and international machine quilting shows.

Be sure to see how Megan approached the HQ educator challenge quilt:

Megan lives in NW Washington, has two children, and a very supportive husband. Visit her

2017-07-24T13:53:28-06:00March 14th, 2016|Categories: Education, Quilting Fun|0 Comments