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As many of you know the BadAss Quilters Society has it’s very own brick and mortar store.

SPOOL is the destination shop  in Chattanooga TN for those who want BAQS merchandise, a friendly face, and staff that understands that quilters come in a million different varieties from sweet and simple to hard rock and BadAss!

We are there Tuesday through Saturday  serving up cool fabric and warm smiles ( I would say hot smiles but I don’t want you to get the wrong idea about us! )   The store is getting ready to celebrate it’s 7 month birthday and  making plans for the summer.


Of course lots of you know about the AQS quilt show that is coming to Chattanooga in the fall  and if you don’t check this out and start making plans to join us.. it is going to be AMAZING  ——> Chattanooga AQS Show <———–

BAQS is SO very excited to be having a 50 quilt juried exhibit in the show…  and you should totally think about entering something!  ——- > AQS / BAQS Juried exhibit information  <————

But wait wait there is more!

No need to sit around just watching the clock tick as we count down to the quilt show .. no way!  SPOOL is very excited to announce that we are going to be part of this!

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YES! we joining 400+ other shops across the United States and in Ontario Canada   in being part of the Row by Row Shop Hop Experience  July through September of this summer.  With numbers growing across TN and across the nation RBR is one of the fastest growing hops for a reason.

It is easy and FREE to play, it lasts all summer and it is made for those who travel. No matter if you traveling takes you far or just in your own part of the state you are going to find RxR shops who are going to welcome you as well as have a free pattern for you at each stop not to mention amazing fabric, RxR collectibles and kits at some shops making this the best experience of your summer.   ( If your local store is not part of the hop yet encourage them to get on board, the more who play the more fun it is for everyone!)

SPOOL is going to be going all out for this event including  helping our customers get a bit ahead by providing some organizational help to keep all of the patterns, kits and travel instructions they collect during the hop  in one handy place.


With both a  cover sheet as well as note sheets anybody playing along can keep their experience organized and be ready to sew and then win the big prize … yes.. all shops that are part of the hop will have a wonderful prize  for the first quilt that is brought into their store, with at least 8 rows, quilted and bound. ( Only 1 winner per store and each quilt can only win once)  Check HERE to see if you state is part of the fun.


 Want to see how I made the binder?   Well here you go!


Want to make a binder of your very own and be ready for the Row By Row Shop Hop?.. Ok  Just click on the link to download and print the sheets you need!

Generic RBR cover page  <——- Cover sheet here

Generic note page <——— Note pages here

Do you live here In TN  or are you planning on coming to TN this summer? If so come on over and ~ Like~ our page for the RxR shop hop to keep up on details and shops that will be participating!

More details coming soon.  Are you getting excited??  I know I am!



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Quilty Pleasures

by maddie6 on April 2, 2014

mandy leins at longarm

I admit it, I am pretty jazzed about getting to take a quilting class while I soak in the bathtub, or drink a glass of my favorite adult beverage while wearing comfy clothes and hanging on the sofa with my pups.

 Craftys and others like them are making access to top notch quilting professionals a breeze. For the same cost as a class that insists you wear pants and keep your drinks of the non-alcoholic variety you can take a class on your own terms and then get to watch it over and over.. how cool is that??

For me it is even better when the class is by a friend that I get to see far to little of and yet there she is  on my tablet rocking her longarm and teaching us some amazing and creative techniques that you won’t find in just any class. I want you to meet Mandy Leins of  Mandalei Quilts and Longarm Service

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And lest you think  ” well that is for longarmers only”.. oh contraire!    Mandy’s techniques are VERY transferable to the domestic machine so don’t shy away from this class just because you don’t have a longarm, or that you don’t have a Gammill longarm… this class has something for all quilters!

To make it even sweeter I scored BAQS readers a $10 off coupon to  give this class a try!  ( You can thank me later!)


Now go forth, put on your comfy pants and learn something new!



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Oh Ikea Expedit how swank you look filled with fabric.



I just got back from our monthly trip to the wonderful land known as Ikea.. sadly our trip was to get 80 small metal pegs which someone (ahem) lost so the new shop shelves could not be put together until these little gems were back into the mix.

Be that as it may we won’t let my lame  little venture dampen our spirits for getting organized this Spring.

My darling Robyn from Coffee and Cotton gets us rolling with a fantastic tutorial on a fast and good looking way to deal with fabric that is more than a Fat Quarter are less than 2 yards ( I would  say there a lot of these cuts in the stash of most quilters).

Don’t don’t dilly dally… pop over and see Robyn and learn her Jedi mind  fabric trick for yourself.

p.s For those who are worried about the demise of the Expedit have no fear, it just got  a new name and a bit of re-engineering for material savings – don’t freak out!

p.s.s- share this  page, it makes for good karma and a happy Maddie!




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BadAss Quilter of the Week – Cristy Fincher

  I am searching my memory banks about how I met today’s BadAss Quilter and I come up blank.. oddly is seems that I have known her warm smile and big heart forever and yet I think it was just last year that we actually met. Crazy how some people feel just right in your […]

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We all have Baggage

It was going to be so exciting… a bag that proclaimed everything cool about being a member of the BadAss Quilters Society- red, white trim and then our awesome logo… heaven I tell you… the angels were going to sing! But having been burned before I ordered a sample before plonking down thousands of dollars […]

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In Praise of the Simple Quilt

Quilt :   A bed coverlet of two layers of cloth filled with padding (as down or batting) held in place by ties or stitched designs. – Merriam Webster Quilt: An anxiety or exhilaration inducing project that either soothes the soul or shreads confidence depending on the day, the pattern or the quilter – Maddie Kertay […]

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Laurie Tigner – BAQS Cover Quilter of the Week

Quilting is so many things to so very many people. Each person brings their own form of amazing to this art and today’s Cover Quilter is no exception! Laurie Tigner’s art is nothing short of jaw dropping and proof that quilting does not have to be your first passion for it to be one of […]

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A Few of My Favorite Things! Vol.1

  I have always been rather picky when it came to the supplies I use in my sewing room and now with literally 1000′s of  products at my disposal I have kept with that  notion about my notions and I am VERY careful about what I sell at SPOOL. I only sell items that I […]

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Working with Japanese Linen

  Have you jumped on the linen bandwagon yet? While possibly one of the oldest fibers known to man it is having yet another renaissance due in large part to the adorable ways that Japanese are producing patterns on  and projects for this versatile  fabric. Linen has a wonderful hand, is easy to sew and […]

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Quilting isn’t Funny – But Megan Sure is!

  If you don’t know Megan Dougherty it is about time you checked that  off of your bucket list.  While there might not be a million quilting humorists, she is indeed one in a million as far as I am concerned (I suck up to her in this way to let her know my devotion to her […]

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