Best New Product: StoryPatches; Giveaway!

Of all the new products I saw at International Quilt Market in Portland, my favorite was StoryPatches from This tiny little product makes any quilt you give away more special and more lasting. Let me explain how StoryPatches work.

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This is the package you purchase for $2.99—yes, less than three dollars. It contains a small sew-on pre-shrunk patch with a QR code that looks like the one below.

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The package has instructions for how to create a message using audio, video, still photos or text. You create the message and it gets stored by Then you attach the label to the quilt. Anyone who scans the label with a QR code reader will see the message.


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With StoryPatches, I could leave this little guy a permanent message.

For example, if I made a Patch Pals quilt for my grandson, I might create a message telling him I love him and have high hopes for him. I’d remind him that snuggling up in that quilt is like wrapping my arms and my love around him tightly, warmly, always and forever.

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Ruff Patch, from Quiltmaker’s May/June ’11 issue

I would store the message with the folks and attach the label to his quilt.

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Add the label with its QR code to the quilt.

He and his parents would always be able to scan the label and instantly hear the message I left behind. I don’t think this would replace a traditional quilt label, instead it’s something that could be added to a traditional quilt label.

I think this is innovative. Neither of my own parents are living, but can you imagine how special it would be if I had StoryPatches with messages from them on special quilts? Or something from one of my grandmothers, or even their mothers? Of course the technology wasn’t available to them, but it is to you and me! This is amazing.

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Hold your phone up to this image and scan it with a QR reader to be taken to a demo video I made.

If you actually scan the QR code above with a QR reader on your phone or mobile device, you’ll be taken to a sample message I created. Watch the video and then leave a comment here for a chance to win a StoryPatch of your own. Comments left before midnight Wednesday, June 12 will be eligible to win. We’ll announce winners here. The winners are comments 2, 41, 87 and 105. Each has been notified and a StoryPatch will be going out in the mail.

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StoryPatches come in sew-on or iron-on versions. They also come as StoryStickers in several colors so they can be added to scrapbooks or other crafts. Look for StoryPatches at your local quilt shop or at the website.

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About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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125 Responses to Best New Product: StoryPatches; Giveaway!

  1. Beth Griffiths says:

    Talk about double bonus!! Not only the chance to leave a message and quilt information (date, made by, made for, etc), but with quilt theft on the increase this clever patch makes quilt ownership ‘sew’ much more certain. Gotta love it!!! :)

  2. C.J. Fuhrman says:

    Great idea, and a new way to use a smartphone!

  3. Sue says:

    Awesome idea!

  4. Cindy Jackson says:

    Such a great idea. I can think of so many uses for this!

  5. Helen Sutton says:

    What a wonderful conclusion for any quilter to leave a love message to their loved ones a and future generations to hear your message.

  6. Darlene Jacolik says:

    How great are these? Would love to win!

  7. Jane B says:

    This is fabulous!! I definitely will be getting them for future quilts!!

  8. Diana Wilsey Geer says:

    Coincidentally, I have a Patch pal (the deer) quilt in progress for my #1 grandson. A QRC would be a wonderful way to express all the love that went into this quilt.

  9. Lindy Enlow says:

    Absolutely love it. It would have been great for quilts for the military when my husband was in. I love this idea!!

  10. Bunny says:

    absolutely innovative…..

  11. Barbara Wexler says:

    Wow!…Wish this had been on Facebook yesterday when my Quilt Guild met! I’m sure everyone would want to buy the QR patch. All of us have grandchildren far away who would love to “hear” from us. What a great idea!
    Tell me where they can be purchased and I will put it in our Guild newsletter.
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. Cheryl says:

    What an awesome way to leave messages for my grandchildren and the quilts I make for them. When I am gone they will still have a part of me there forever.

  13. Rayne says:

    I would love to have these. If I don’t win, where can I buy them?

  14. Cynthia Carlson says:

    Wow! I love it! This is something I would love to put onto my quilts for my grandchildren’s quilts as well as family members and friends’ quilts.

  15. Ellen Kuber says:

    Would love to win one for my grandkids quilts

  16. Sandie Terrien says:

    WOW – this is absolutely awesome!!!!

  17. Mona says:

    These look very interesting – watched the video on them and boy! have we ever come a long way in technology. These are washable and everything – sure hope the technology stays around to read them in 50 years

  18. Jewell says:

    WOW!! What a great idea! I have a not-so-smart phone and it read the QR tag just fine. Can’t wait to get some and put them on my quilts. My family and friends will be amazed! Calling our quilt store now!!!!

  19. Marie Gilkey says:

    I’m like you. To leave a live message to my great grandchildren would be just the grandest thing yet. Thanks for the contest!!!!!!!!!

  20. Lori Funk says:

    What an awesome idea! I am going to have to get some of these! :)

  21. Donna Poole says:

    Want to watch it, but unfortunately I get an error message. Maybe everyone else is trying to do the same thing. Anyway, great idea!! I’d love to do this for my new grandsons!

  22. cathy jones says:

    I downloaded the app to my phone, but it would not scan. Maybe you need to have a video of how to scan the label on the screen.

  23. Debbie Gibbs says:

    This is amazing, I would love to hve something like this…it’s the wave of the future!!

  24. Cindy B says:

    It’s time for something like this in the quilt world. Maybe it will deter theft of a quilt.

  25. Diane Cloyd says:

    I cant wait for the chance to try them.

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