We do need these!

There’s a famous movie line from “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” about “we don’t need no stinkin’ badges…”  It’s been widely quoted, mis-quoted, paraphrased and borrowed.

And it’s wrong.  We do need these badges.


Think Merit Badges – think scouting.  Think “really cute”.  Better than buttons.

The badges shown above were given away at Quilt Market by the designers – though not all of the badges came easily.  Some designers required a story, the answer to a question or something a little “more”.  While I didn’t see any juggling, magic tricks or daring-deeds performed, there was some singing.

If you weren’t at Quilt Market, these super-cute, super-collectible badges will be coming to a shop near you soon.  (Shipping is scheduled for late June.)  While some of the designer badges from Market won’t be available, there will be several new, “I’m going to need those” badges.

If you’re wondering how the badges came about, there’s not a one of us in the office who doesn’t like and collect this sort of thing.  From saving our old Girl Scout badges to buying vintage and new badges in trendy shops and online, it was funny how many of them everybody had.  So why not do something quilt- and stitch-related?

The designers!  If we liked this sort of thing, so would they, right?  Yep.  They loved the idea – right up until they were asked to provide what they wanted their merit badge to be based on their style, personality or whim.  Some were stumped and a few had a lot of ideas – a lot.  Fortunately, they had Joy – the uber-awesome graphic designer who created the badges.  She sent designs and options based on their requests, suggestions, fabric style, etc.  They got to pick their favorite – though in some cases, it was a first-come, first served sort of thing.


I think there are now 8,283 badges.  Okay, a slight exaggeration but there were about forty different badges at Quilt Market.  The pink International Quilt Market 2016 badge was only available at Market, it came with the bag shown below – it was the gift provided to shopowners with a Moda appointment.


The smiling yellow badge was given to everyone attending the Moda Customer Appreciation Party.  So just showing up at the right time and place to get a badge took a little effort – and it was duly rewarded.


So if you’re wanting merit badges – they’re coming!

And stay tuned… if you’ve spent any time here in the past year, you’ve probably already guessed that I might have a bag and a few badges stashed away for a giveaway.  Not today but soon.


Really.  You want these, don’t you?

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89 comments on “We do need these!

  1. Maggiie White says:

    How could you not want one?!!!! A few would be stupendous;)

  2. terrieannie says:

    I especially like the one with a pincushion that says, ‘CREATE’!

  3. Karen Frank says:

    Of course I do…..the more the better! : )

  4. Helen LeBrett says:

    looks fun!! 🙂

  5. Carole Wood says:

    His fun! I can’t wait to start collecting:-))

  6. Sharon says:

    These would be fun to hand out at a guild sit-n-sew event. Or when we get together to do QOV.

  7. Terry Hughes says:

    Yes Yes Yes! I <3 badges!

  8. Beth T. says:

    Yes, please!

  9. Anne says:

    Have to have these. They are adorable!

  10. Debra Stebbins says:

    I want them all……….

  11. PamD says:

    Super cute! You’ve convinced me.

  12. Marilyn says:

    Fun Fun Fun love them all

  13. Sue says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the badges. Can’t wait to see them in the stores. Would love them all!

  14. Miriam says:

    Delightful! Hard to believe just how long it’s been since I earned my Girl Scout badges (think ’50s)! Your badges make me snile, and I hope to earn some of them. Thank you!

  15. Denise Armitage says:

    Four granddaughters who are learning to sew…started at age 4! Youngest is two. Badges would be awesome rewards, right up there with getting to pick out their own charm packs! Great idea!

  16. Can’t wait for them to be available!

  17. Gene Black says:

    i see several that I would LOVE to have.

  18. Sandra D in Joliet says:

    What a great idea and fun sayings. Of course we want one each.

  19. Mary Farus says:

    Didn’t take much to convince me. I NEED some of these!!!!!

  20. kathy says:

    These badges are great! Who wouldn’t want them? They remind me of my girl scout patches.

  21. Anne Manly says:

    Wow! Who keeps coming up with such great ideas? We’ve all earned a lot of them already! I’m sure there will be a rush on them.

  22. cfurchert says:

    Too much fun! I both want & need!

  23. Barb Johnson says:

    I still have my Girl Scout sash with all the badges I earned! And I have all my camp patches sewn onto an old army jacket. Yep, I’m dating myself, but who cares? ^.^

  24. Cheryl Reeves says:

    these badges, Great idea.
    Brings back memories of girl scout days.

  25. Theresa says:

    Sadly, I never was a girl scout but sign me up now to be a Quilt Scout!

  26. Ingrid says:

    Totally sew much fun!

  27. Jennie says:

    Oh, I need these. Sew fun! Would look adorable on a sewing bag, or a shopping bag to fill at the quilt shop.

  28. Frankie Easter says:

    The badges are sew fun!! I’d love to collect some and put them on a bag.

  29. Rhonda Snider says:

    I was a Girl Scout leader for ten years. Yes, oh yes, I want them!!!

  30. Caryn S says:

    Definitely want these! I was a Girl Scout, but I also love collecting small things like these badges.

  31. Helen says:

    I want some, too!

  32. These are wonderful and so fun who wouldn’t want one? Some great inspistionsl world!

  33. Karen says:

    absolutely want these!

  34. amq97 says:

    Yay! Something sewing related and “a blast from the past to collect”!! I’ll be collecting along with the rest of you. Allison in Plano, Texas

  35. Sewing Sue says:

    Need has little to do with it… lol! I WANT them all. Especially runs with scissors and sew first ask questions later. How do they know me??

  36. Hildy says:

    Yes, please! It’s not that I just Want them I NEED them:-)

  37. Lee Ann L. says:

    Yes! Please? I am loving the No Regrets one along with many others.

  38. ruthee says:

    I want them All!!!

  39. Mary says:

    Way cute!!! My theme has always been One Stitch at a Time. I’m gonna need one of those buttons!
    (And several others!)

  40. Tammy says:

    I can’t wait to hunt them all down!

  41. VickiT says:

    Those really are super cute. I’m guessing, judging by the comments, they will be a hot item. I just hope all the local quilt shops and those online realize this or they’ll be sold out very quickly.

  42. Carol Eberhardt says:

    Be creative…one stitch at a time…I love these….channeling my inner a Girl Scout! I will be scouting shops for these!

  43. Ann says:

    I need them all!

  44. Tamie says:

    I’ve been wanting to make a sash name tag and these would be perfect!

  45. Marianne says:

    Love the badges. Such a clever idea!

  46. Nina says:

    I would love these for a sewing project I am teaching in our local 4H club. The kids are 5 and up and have been having a blast sewing. Any idea how much these will run?

  47. Diana Wylie says:

    Absolutely need these!

  48. Cindy Derryberry says:

    Yes I think I need these for sure!!!!

  49. Diane Martin says:

    Who does not wish they had not given away their Girl Scout sash? At least this will give me a way to replace it “adult appropriate”.

  50. kshackabq says:


  51. Wendy Bynum says:

    I made a list of the ones I want, it equals all of them!

  52. Brenda says:

    I don’t want one. I want them all. ALL.

  53. Marge Dominic says:

    I just love them all. Wouldn’t they be fun in Tervis insulated glasses or cups?

  54. patty says:

    Love the badges! I saved all my son’s badges as he grew up. Badges from baseball and bowling. When I made him a t-shirt quilt for graduation I finally had a place to put those badges! One by one I sewed them on – twice. Twice? I had to take the quilt apart 15 years later and fix it up after his dog torn the heck out of the sashing and ripped off some of the binding. Now I just wish I knew what happened to my Girl Scout sash.

  55. Maggie Kriz says:

    Love them & can’t wait until they’re available at quilt shops!

  56. stephanie woodward says:

    Mostly I need the Bolt Hugger badge and my friends would agree

  57. thimbleanna says:

    I got my first order of the badges yesterday, but some of them in your pictures weren’t on the website when I ordered — does that mean they’re coming? I REALLY REALLY want that little smiley face with the star block for an eye. Pretty PLEASE???? ;-D

  58. margie ullery says:

    Yes, I want them all!!!!! SUPER CUTE!!

  59. Tracydvr says:

    Great idea!! I set up and worked the Girl Scout booth in the Service area at IQF-Houston for over 5 years with my daughter. We always had many visitors stop and reminisce their days at camp. Good news is those who get these know how to sew them on 1 😉

  60. Kari says:

    Oh yes… This is such a neat idea! I loved my badges when I was a Scout!

  61. Ilona says:

    Lovely, I’m going to make some myself!

  62. Samantha says:

    How exciting!!! I am a life member of GSUSA so this is right up my alley.

  63. Angela says:

    Yes Yes Yes. I have to have them.

  64. Katrina says:

    Love love love this!

  65. sidney says:

    Of course I want them! I love sewing & quilting! They would be perfect on a vest, a denim jacket or a bag!

  66. Linda P in IL says:

    from a former girl scout..these badges rock..great idea..love them all. especially “sewing makes me happy” I don’t even mind mending..it’s sewing, right?

  67. Kate Loasby says:

    I love the badge that says “sewing makes me happy” How could you not want some of these!! Are they going to be available in the UK?

  68. 2nana50 says:

    Love this idea! Can’t wait… Wanna get some collectibles…

  69. Kay Dieterich says:

    Love the idea of the badges. I would love to have some to present to my quilting buddies.

  70. Patty C. says:

    Love ’em. And totally agree with you that a giveaway is an excellent idea.

  71. elyzabetsy says:

    So much fun! 🙂

  72. Dianna says:

    Yes! Love them!

  73. Margaret Johnson says:

    Love them!! Most definitely want them, as many different as I can get!!

  74. Angie @ GnomeAngel.com says:

    As someone who wasn’t allowed to join the Girl Guides or Brownies, the thought of being able to collect merit badges now fills me with a level of excitement that’s a little sad in a “grown” lady. These are a fabulous idea and I can’t wait to see where it goes (and try and win some!). Well done Moda!

  75. bee says:

    oh man those are fantastic!

  76. Debra says:

    LOVE!! Such creativity! Love, again!!! Can’t wait to see if I can find them!!!

  77. Donna Lee says:

    Really really really want these! (I wonder what my mother did with my Girl Scout sash. Wish I still had it!)

  78. Sew Happy says:

    What a wonderful idea. One more thing to collect. I hope a store near me will have them. “Sew with Love”
    Happy Creating
    Donna F.

  79. Terry Allen says:

    Badges bring back lovely memories of my years in scouting and being a leader of my daughter’s troop. I’ll be on the lookout for these badges 😉

  80. Nancy Mastrianni says:

    Sweet memories. How do we get them?

  81. Jane Nadig says:

    The badges are so cute, I too would love to have so badges for a quilt project.

  82. ecsokmay says:

    I would love to see them added to all purchases 🙂

  83. Pamela B says:

    Ooooh badges !!! Love the idea – as a Girl Guide (Canadian) leader of 8 years going on 9, I would be thrilled to make a camp blanket (although it would really be a quilt retreat blanket ) and sew all these on. I’ll certainly be checking back.

  84. Cecile Lamy Uhry says:

    Will these ever be for sale? For instance, they could be sold and part of the profit given to a NEEDY charity. So many people love purchasing all quilt related items, I certainly do, but I tend to purchase more when a charity is involved. Just saying…….

  85. Yes, yes, YES I want some!

  86. Shirley says:

    Yes please!

  87. Judy says:

    Anxious for my lqs to carry them, . I have some ideas going through my mind for them.

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