ASI's Stitches Magazine Sends Hopeful Hearts Quilt on Cross-Country Journey

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Embroiderers from Minnesota, Michigan, Arkansas, Ohio, NC, Maryland and Washington create a quilt to help benefit 10 causes.

The Stitches Hopeful Hearts Quilt starts its cross-country journey to bring awarenesss to a variety of worthy causes.

'ASI is proud of the decorators who so generously donate their time and resources to public service and can’t think of a more fitting display of their commitment than this beautiful quilt,' said ASI CEO Timothy M. Andrews.

A 12-square quilt stitched by embroiderers in seven states begins a cross-country journey this week to spur awareness of a variety of causes, including Alzheimer’s, domestic violence, Special Olympics, bullying, hunger and Cystic Fibrosis.

The embroiderers created quilt squares for a cause dear to their hearts, then performed and documented their public service for Stitches® magazine, published by the Advertising Specialty Institute® (ASI). The Stitches Hopeful Hearts Quilt will be displayed in several communities where quilters are based before going on permanent display at ASI headquarters in Trevose, PA.

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“ASI is incredibly proud of the decorators who so generously donate their time and resources to public service and can’t think of a more fitting display of their commitment to making the world a better place than this beautiful quilt,” said Timothy M. Andrews, ASI president and CEO.

Stitches, honored as a Magazine of the Year by the American Society of Business Press Editors, issued an open invitation to embroiderers and chose 13 stitch experts – some working in pairs – whose mix of needle skill and devotion to their causes stood out. In addition to creating a square, each embroiderer volunteered or donated to their cause. The individual squares were stitched together by Geri Finio, a quilter and embroidery artist who owns Studio 187.

Embroiderers of the Stitches Hopeful Hearts Quilt are:

  •     Sandy Miller, Sandy’s Sweet Embroidery Creations, Hendersonville, NC, for the Melbourne, FL-based Brevard Rescue Mission, a shelter for homeless single mothers and their children.
  •     Robin Mouton, Back Gate Embroidery, Sneads Ferry, NC, for the Special Olympics of Onslow County, NC, to help intellectually challenged individuals enjoy positive experiences through athletics.
  •     Angie Crook and Geri Schwarz, Cotton & Clover, Fort Smith, AR, for Fort Smith Children’s Emergency Shelter, the only shelter provider for homeless children in the city.
  •     Abbie Andersen, Bootstrap Threads, Gig Harbor, WA, for Tacoma, WA-based Crystal Judson Family Justice Center, which serves victims and their families by offering basic necessities and a safe haven.
  •     Loronda Schuler, Heav’n Sent Creations, Marshall, MN, for House of Hope Minnesota, which helps teenage girls overcome behavioral issues.
  •     Naomi Spivak, Matan Embroidery, Ann Arbor, MI, for the Back Door Food Pantry, an interfaith food distribution center for the needy.
  •     Michael and Nancy Krupar, Wellington Thread Works, Wellington, OH, for Genesis House of Lorain County, OH, which provides temporary shelter, food and support to women and children escaping domestic abuse.
  •     Tracy Petrekovich, Hoop & Stitch Embroidery, Cortland, OH, for Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, which gathers, processes, freezes and packages discarded big game meat that’s then delivered to food banks free of charge.
  •     Gail Gilmore and Donna Fenstermacher, A To Z Wear Ltd., Cincinnati, for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati, which provides services for sufferers and their families.
  •     Sadia Andrews, Sadia’s Designs, Windsor Mill, MD, for the Bethesda-based Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which works toward a cure while supporting the afflicted. The quilt will not be displayed in Windsor Mill.

For more information and display locations, contact Stitches editor Nicole Rollender at nrollender(at)asicentral(dot)com.

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The Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) is the largest media, marketing and education organization serving the $19.4 billion promotional products industry, with a network of over 25,000 distributors and suppliers throughout North America.

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