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 thoughts on “We do need these!

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

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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? ^.^

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

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

  10. 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

  11. 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??

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

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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?

  16. 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”.

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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 😉

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

  22. 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?

  23. 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?

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

  25. 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!

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

  27. 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.

  28. 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 😉

  29. 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.

  30. 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…….

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