The concept of designing a quilt for someone you love, even if you don't own a sewing machine or know your way around a fabric store, was my favorite part about the Stitched Kickstarter when I first read through their e-mail. They were offering a chance to review one of their printed quilts to help spread the word and my interest was piqued. After scrolling through their site, I realized the possibilities for designing a custom quilt were ten times what they first appeared.
I liked that they had some templates in pleasing colors but what sold me on this concept was that I could choose a traditional template and then drag and drop color options into each block to get an entirely different look. I was able to design a quilt that is really similar to some I've been wanting to make for the last two years that would've never passed through my sewing machine. It wasn't even until I came back to watch the Kickstarter video again that I realized there was a tool to customize a quilt from scratch using blocks! Talk about a fabulously versatile tool!
I got my quilt in the mail yesterday and was thrilled with the quality of the fabric and print. While it's not a hand or machine-pieced quilt, it still has the texture that comes with being quilted together with a long arm machine and the rich colors and patterns that come from factory printed fabrics. It was ALL I COULD DO to keep Smith and his applesauce-covered face from wrapping himself up in it when I pulled it out of the packaging. We cuddled on the couch as soon as I cleaned him up. We're both big fans.
After watching their video and reading more about their purpose, my new favorite part about this campaign was their excitement to offer flexible working hours and fair wages to refugees. I can always get behind a company that cares about their employees and goes the extra mile in working with their unique needs to help them improve their lives.
I love what Stitched is doing and I really want to see them fully funded ahead of schedule. These quilts would make the perfect gifts for new moms as they get all nesty in preparation for their new baby or for high school grads that might need a little comfort as they transition away from home. I can see some of the fun templates being popular with all of the ages in between as well! It's such a great concept for anyone who appreciates the beauty of an heirloom gift but doesn't feel like they can make one themselves.
You can learn more about their Kickstarter campaign and become a backer here. I'm going to go snuggle under mine after I pour another cup of coffee before a certain someone wakes up from his nap!
P.S. This sponsored post is in collaboration with Stitched but all opinions are my own. I'm always happy to support and share about companies that are doing special things and putting more beautiful products into the hands of those that appreciate them.