Dear Friends, We haven't added to the blog in a very long time. Today's date brings back so many memories, I thought today is a day of remembering..... The attack on our country on September 11, 2001....and how quilters respond!
At Little Quilts, we have been blessed over the years to make friends with quilters not only in the USA but across the globe. It was most evident what an impact friendships have, when sixteen years ago, on Sept. 13, 2001, we sent an email to the then 500 names on our email newsletter list. We asked quilters to make a small red, white and blue quilt not larger than 24" on a side, send it to us and we would forward them to the families of the police and firefighters who were lost in the attacks on 9/11. Amazingly that email was forwarded to other quilters and their friends, and within 1 month, we received over 2300 small quilts! We were so touched by this outpouring .... that we laid them out on plastic drop cloths in the parking lot of the shop.
The Marietta Fire Department came with the bucket truck with ladders to raise up high enough for a photo. Even I went up the ladder to see them! (That's me, standing in the bottom left corner!) Shown here, is what the generosity of quilters around the world sent! This picture was even shown on the Today Show; the maker of the quilt with the big red heart, on the bottom right side, called us and said she could see her quilt on the TV, so she knew we received it! Some quilts arrived with letter of thanks for giving quilters and opportunity to express their feelings of the tragedy and gratefulness of the first responders. With the help of our staff and many friends, we mailed the small quilts to recipients, and moved on; knowing that we had extended the hand of friendship through these small quilts.
The terrorist attacks against the USA had a profound effect on everyone, and the making of these small quilts, hopefully brought comfort and love to the families of firefighters, police officers, and emergency workers. Today we remember the tragedy, and also share this photo of quilters reaching out to help and comfort others.
Little Quilts started as a wholesale pattern business in 1986, writing books, and evolved into a retail store from 1998-2015; when I retired and closed the store. The online business, littlequilts.com remains today, as a source for Little Quilts books, patterns, and fabric. This quilt project with the 2300 small quilts, is probably our proudest accomplishments, thanks to many generous quilters around the world.
The country is now in the midst of dealing with the recovery of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. I know quilters from all over will help wherever they can by monetary donations, and volunteering wherever we're needed. Quilters are the best!
Shown here is one of the pages from our book "Patriotic Little Quilts" published by Martingale & Company. We were writing this book before the attacks of 9/11. Shown here are a few of the quilts that appear in the 'Gallery of American Tribute Quilts'. Five pages in the book show some of the quilts we received.
I know we all have memories of where we were that fateful day 16 years ago. Our country continues to prosper and grow. May God continue to bless all of you, and God Bless America.
Mary Ellen Von Holt
Monday, September 11, 2017
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Although Mary Ellen has retired and closed the Little Quilts retail store…it should be called semi-retirement. She’s been busy redoing her sewing room at home and her rug hooking studio; and has been available for area quilt guild programs.
Thursday, February 25th she’ll be at the Cherokee Rose Quilt Guild at 7pm with the program “Color Plan your Quilts”. She’ll share how to make beautiful scrap quilts with the addition of ‘Magic Fabrics’. She’ll bring a trunk show with many Little Quilts, plus LQ books and patterns will be available for sale. They’re also on the website at www.littlequilts.com
See the link below with info about the guild. Note the name has been changed on the meeting place to the Ike Owens Community Center, formerly Hunter Park Community Center.
Send a comment with a tip on how you arranged your fabric in your sewing room, and we’ll randomly select one to receive an autographed copy of “Little Memories” and a fat 1/4th of Roswell Mill, the latest of our designs for Henry Glass Fabrics.
Follow the Henry Glass blog too at www.henryglassfabrics.com for great ideas and see the newest fabric line coming in August “Savannah Garden.".
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Calling this year's Saturday Sampler participants:
Last Saturday we had our final 2015 Saturday Sampler gathering. We gave out the fabric packets for December and January along with the finishing directions for ALL the quilts.
Queen Wanda H. did a beautiful job on the "Special Memories" quilt. Directions are included for the 6" sampler in a chain like setting.
Tricia made hers with batiks and one beautiful fabric for the setting triangles and border.
Princess Wanda C did the neutral alternate and called hers "Kick it in Neutral" with fused cattails in a strippy setting. Her husband Mickey loves it and is claiming it.
Jackie is working on a beautiful red and white quilt with an Irish Chain style setting block.
If you were unable to attend, please come by before 5pm today 12/19/15) as that's when the Little Quilts retail store will be closing our doors after 17 years. If you cannot attend, please call 770-578-6727, give us your credit card information and we'll mail your goodies right out. It's been a fun year, finished with spectacular quilts made by an outstanding staff. If you did not participate but would like the pattern set, check the website for ordering information.
Be blessed as we have been. Thank you for your friendships and support.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Karen came in to help celebrate during our Wall To Wall Retirement Sale. For " Show & Tell", which we love....she brought in a pink and black and white Stack & Whack quilt. Karen loves black and white fabrics with an accent color! She recently purchased a long arm quilting machine and is enjoying learning how to use it, by finishing projects and starting new ones.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Monday, December 14, 2015
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Grace from North Georgia sent us this picture of her Nativity set displayed on the Log Cabin Table Runner from Little Memories. She purchased from one of our offers in a past email newsletter featuring some of our models we are offering for sale.
Mary Ellen doesn't want to keep them all on a shelf at home...she loves sharing them with so many of you. Grace is a knitter and knitted that darling set.Watch the email newsletter for more models being offered this week and next.