My Quilty Friends

I’ve always been a big fan of quilting.

I love the process, I can’t get enough fabric in my hands, and there’s something so incredibly special about the community that you can create not just when gifting a quilt, but even in the making.

I’m constantly amazed by, excited about, and so thankful for the relationships you make while browsing the local fabric shop, sharing your project plans with the lady in line behind you, or even getting fabric cut when the girl behind the counter predictably wonders aloud, “what are you working on?”

And that’s just the first part of the process! We all have our quilty cheerleaders: the ones who taught us everything we know, who are up for a late-night texting session on how to get that seam just right, or are always game to pack up their machines and settle in for a weekend sew.

As for the quilt itself – it speaks volumes to the recipient. The hours of stitches, design choices, prayers, and love poured into your quilt can’t go unnoticed.

Quilting is so powerful, and for as much as I love the design, the fabric, and general quiltiness, I think I love the community most.

I was lucky enough to notice this community from a very young age. My mom was the incredible owner of a quilt shop in our hometown. I had the privilege of watching her grow that place from one collection to a quilter’s paradise – she is absolutely the reason that I believed I could make it in this industry in the first place. She sold my first patterns (way back in the 6th grade) and supplied me with patterns, fabric, and longarming to jumpstart my passion. But what stuck with me: the people.

Yes, my mom was a savvy business owner, but more than that she was a lover of people. She was a crying shoulder, a trusted friend, and a wise soul to any and all who walked through her door. There’s just something about quilting that lends itself to community, and it’s an easy place for those of us that might struggle to find community to finally find our place.

Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?

So this week, I want to encourage that community to speak up! So much that needs to be said goes unsaid in life, especially during this time of COVID-19 isolation.

This week, I want you to write an Instagram post about you and your quiltiest friend — tell them how thankful you are for them and why you love them — you’ll make their day! When you do, you AND your friend will have a chance to win a $25 gift card from my shop, a Charlie Harper Summer Tote, and 5 Charlie Harper Summer Fat Quarters from Fabric Worm.

When you post, don’t forget to:

☑️ follow @designsbyrr and @fabricworm on Instagram
☑️tag your friend
☑️and use #myquiltyfriend

Nominate a friend today and don’t forget to say the things we always seem to forget to say; they might never know if you don’t tell them <3

Contest Details:

Enter between February 10 – 14 by creating a post, following @designsbyrr and @fabricworm on Instagram, tagging your friend and using #myquiltyfriendin the description.

Winners will be chosen on February 15 and announced via Instagram.

This contest is in no way sponsored by Instagram.


  1. What a great idea for a contest. It is so great to read all of the inspiring words and stories in your bloat post. Thank you so much.

  2. Oooooh! I am just itching to see what your very first middle school quilting patterns looked like!!!! I bet they were fantastic!
    I’m sorry you don’t have your mom helping you anymore, but she is still standing next to you <3
    – purduefan94

    • Thanks so much Peggy, as far as middle school quilt patterns go, I can say that they were interesting!

      And thank you for your kind words – she inspires me every day!

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