Charity Quilts

The Charity Quilt group of Washington began in 2012 with 5 ladies interested in quilting. They all lived in an older community and shared a love of quilting and giving back to the community. Now 15 strong with ages ranging from 55 to 98, they enjoy meeting weekly and creating beautiful quilts for amazing causes. These remarkable women create 200 to 400 quilts and pillows every year for dialysis and chemotherapy patients, the local Children's Outreach Organization, and for various other people going through difficult times. The Charity Quilt group vows to be there whenever needed and to continue to brighten the days of these grateful people while easing their suffering.

"Your generous donation of thread will be in every stitch that goes into our quilts and pillows. Thank you from all of us."
-Joann Brockmann

I think we speak for everyone when we say, it is the ladies of Charity Quilts that deserve the thank you for the meaningful work they do every single day!

Posted March 5, 2018


VDTA Highlights the History of American & Efird

American & Efird LLC, well known as A&E, has a long and rich history. Pioneered in 1891 by Charles Hutchison under the name Nims Manufacturing Company and built over 126 years, A&E is the largest U.S. manufacturer and the world's second largest manufacturer of sewing thread. Well established in the global markets are the Industrial Sewing Thread, Embroidery Thread, Technical Textiles, and A&E Gutermann Consumer Divisions. The A&E Gutermann Consumer Division focuses on producing threads and notions sold to the independent retailers, which enable today's home sewers and quilters to see their projects materialize. Read more...

Posted February 23, 2018


VDTA Spotlight on Gütermann's History

When American & Efird LLC acquired Gütermann Thread Company in 2014, the German-based company was celebrating a rich history of 150 years! Let's explore Gütermann's company timeline and their innovations in the European textile market.

Max Gütermann established the Gütermann company in Vienna in 1864, producing silk threads. By 1873 at the World Exposition in Vienna, Gütermann initiated the selling of thread by the meter rather than by weight for the consumer. In 1884 Max reached a 20 year-long goal to achieve independent production along with handing the company over to his five sons. Read more...

Posted February 9, 2018


Lake Oconee Quilters Guild Head to Georgia

This past Spring, the Lake Oconee Quilters Guild had their biennial retreat at the Little Oculgee State Park in Georgia. Since 2003, the Guild's purpose has been to promote the art and craft of quilting through encouragement and education, while building fellowship within their community. At these retreats, they bring in talent and expertise from renowned quilt and fiber artists from all over and within their Guild to present classes and workshops for their members. The group uses this as an opportunity to enjoy their shared passion, meet new people, gain more skills, and to be invigorated by the talent and friendships that abound.

Just look at the great fun these members had! Playing games, winning prizes and working on charity quilts, everyone enjoyed themselves. One of the prize winners received a 24 pack of our Signature® cotton thread so she may continue her passion with great thread.

Posted January 29, 2018


The Iron Quilter Challenge - Fall Quilt Market 2017

Fall Quilt Market 2017 marked the reoccurance of the Iron Quilter Challenge in Houston, Texas. Six teams of hardworking ladies raced to the finish line with their creativity, fabric, and thread in hand. With only two hours to work their magic, the challenge was set. Although the time was limited and tensions were high, these ladies managed to put out some amazing designs!

When the final bell rang and the votes all tallied, the winner was announced - Pam Holland and Her Possums!

Not only an exciting event to watch, the contest served a great purpose. The following day, all of the quilt tops created by the contestants for this challenge and the previous Fall Quilt Market IQC are auctioned off to benefit the Texas Quilt Museum. Now that's a double win!

Posted December 1, 2017


The Vendor Walk at Baby Lock Tech 2017

Every year, Baby Lock holds the Baby Lock Tech event where vendors and stores meet to discuss the world of sewing and their products. Always a festive and fun event, this year's event in St Louis, Missouri was no different! A great time was had by all and some amazing vendors came out. If you weren't able to make it, don't fret! Christopher Blakeman from Blakeman Vacuum and Sewing made a terrific Facebook Live video with Nicci Brazzell of Nicci's Embroidery that includes a walkthrough of the entire vendor floor.

View the video here and take note that yours truly, A&E Gutermann, appears at the 30:01 mark!

Posted November 8, 2017


The Iron Quilter Challenge - Spring Quilt Market 2017

Twice a year at the Fall and Spring International Quilt Markets, teams of quilters rise from the ashes to compete in the famed Iron Quilter Challenge. These members cut, stitch, and iron their way into the race to make the best lap size quilt possible in 90 minutes. As shown in the photos below, there is some serious concentration and excitement that takes place as these talented quilters work their way through the competition.

The winner of the Spring 2017 Iron Quilter Challenge was Team Stone Cold Foxes, led by Karen K. Stone. Congrats to all who participated!

Who will win the Fall 2017 Iron Quilter Challenge? We will just have to anxiously wait as these remarkable contestants show us what their made of next week!

Posted October 25, 2017


A Quilter's Retreat

Once a month, quilters from various quilting groups (The Stitching Witches, In Stitches, and Heritage) get together for a day of quilting and comradery. These women have found they enjoy not only quilting, but also the friendships that come from their common interest.

In addition to their monthly get togethers, they also have a grand Quilter's Retreat once a year in Maine that everyone looks forward to. At this event, all have a great time sharing both their love of quilting and enthusiasm for the craft.

Here you see some of the quilters enjoying using our Gütermann cotton quilting thread on their retreat in March.

Just look at all of those smiles!

Posted October 11, 2017


Serging to Win

This past March, A&E Gütermann sponsored a Serger Contest with Contestants were instructed to use only serger thread to sew an item or outfit in its entirety. Out of 26 entries, the final winner was chosen by member vote and that prize goes to Annette Wright!

Anette created a beautifully constructed cardigan and disclosed, "I chose this pattern as I knew I could sew it completely on the serger and use my conver-stitch machine for interesting contrasting thread work...Super cute little jacket/cardigan. When I make it next time I'll be adding pockets!"

Congratulations, Annette! We look forward to seeing your next creation.

View all of the contest entries and comments at Pattern Review Serger Contest.

Posted September 27, 2017