Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Reminder - voting is open on the 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge

2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Marsala

Voting is open on the entries in the 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge.  Go HERE to vote.  You can vote for your favourite entry in each of the three categories, until 6pm 29 April 2015 NEW ZEALAND TIME.

Monday, 27 April 2015

2015 Finish-Along Q1 Winners!

Woohoo, I finally managed to pull together a list of winners for Q1 of the 2015 Finish Along.  Well done to everyone who participated - if you completed some WIPs then you're already a winner in my book!  However, there are real prizes to hand out, so here goes!

This winner of the Fat Quarter Shop $75 gift voucher is Anne from Springleaf Studio with entry 186, this lovely zingy quilt.

The winner of the imagine gnats $30 gift voucher is Jessica from Just Some Boobs, with entry 15, this fun wallet:

The winner of 3 patterns of the winner's choice from Sew Sweetness is Hollie from Just a Mom who Sews with entry 361, this simple but sweet quilt:

The winner of 3 patterns of the winner's choice from Sew Bittersweet Designs is Teresa from Aurea's Kitchen with entry 88, this totally cute giraffe toy:

The winner of the $25 sew me a song gift voucher is Anita from Day Dreams of Quilts with entry 397, this stunning mini quilt:

The winner of the Green Fairy Quilts $25 gift voucher is Quilting Nonnie with entry 540, this snuggly looking quilt:


The winner of the Mad About Patchwork $30 gift voucher is Jennie from Porch Swing Quilts with entry 198, this truly gorgeous Weekender bag:

The winner of 3 patters of the winner's choice from Tartankiwi is Ali from Needle Down with this lovely little potholder:

The winner of the Fabricworm $30 gift voucher is Just Sew Sue, with entry 110, this really striking and beautifully quilted quilt:

The winner of one large thread set from Aurifil is Carol from Carol Quilts Sometimes, with entry 340, this lovely vintage looking quilt:

The winner of the other large thread set from Aurifil is Kirsten from Gemini Stitches, with entry 352, this cat themed pillow which I obviously adore:

The winner of a small thread set from Aurifil is Marie with entry 313 (here).

The winner of the other small thread set from Aurifil is Deana with entry 3, this amazing medallion quilt:

The winner of  Blossom Heart Quilts' Bright Sky quilt pattern is Who Sew Busy with entry 483, this awesome quilt she made for a friend:

The first winner of a copy of Make Modern's current issue is Mrs K from Mrs K Kwilts, with entry 543, this great artistic piece:

The second winner of a copy of Make Modern's current issue is Kathy from Kathy's Quilting Blog, with entry 277, this great churn dash quilt (I love a good churn dash):

The winner of the prize from Polka Dot Tea is Sarah (@windyrisepatchwork) with entry 517 (here).

The winner of the bundle from Donna's Quilt Studio is Sarah from Things I Make, with entry 212, this fantastic quilt that she and her son made together:

The winner of the surprise prize from Rhonda is Linda from Koka Quilts with entry 48, this beautiful Anna Maria Horner heavy quilt"

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And finally, the winner of my High Tea quilt pattern is Carol from The Running Hare with entry 103, this very cool mini quilt:

All the winners were drawn using the random number generate at random.org.  Congratulations to all the winners - I'm in the process of sending out emails to hook you up with your prizes so you should be hearing from me very soon!

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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Caturday Wisdom #117

 If you do enough yoga you too can check the smell of your feet with ease. Ralph

Even Ralph has to ease into a pose like this. His feet and butt get closer to his face the longer he is squished upside down somewhere, preferably next to a warm human.
If you're Kiwi/Aussie, have a nice long weekend, everyone else have a nice regular-length weekend!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Introducing the official 2015 Finish-Along cheerleading squad

Wow - you guys did an amazing job finishing LOADS of projects in Q1!  I was amazed to see that there were 549 finishes when all was said and done.  Great work - there must be a load of WIP piles that are smaller now.

It took me a while to work through the links - I visited about 470 and Leanne from she can quilt was amazing and visited the rest.  To help speed the process up next time round, I've put together a crack team of cheerleaders to help me visit all the projects and encourage you to whip your WIPs.

First up is Rhonda - founder of the Finish Along.  Rhonda used to blog as Quilter in the Gap but she has recently re-branded as Rhonda's Ramblings.  Rhonda has also been doing an awesome job helping me find people to write tutorials for the Finish Along.

Rhonda's [Quilt] Ramblings

Next up is Leanne from she can quilt.  Leanne hosted the Finish Along in 2013 and did a brilliant job.  I had the good luck to meet her at QuiltCon earlier this year and she is as lovely in person as she seems on her blog.

she can quilt

Helen from Archie the Wonder Dog is my next cheerleader.  She's been a long time supporter of the Finish-Along and is doing a great job getting through her WIPs this year.  

Next up is Kirsten from Gemini Stitches.  Kirsten is one of my long-time blogging friends and makes lots of beautiful things.  She has also been kicking some WIP butt this year.

Last but not least is my real lift quilting buddy Wendy from Wendy's Quilts and More.  Wendy may be the most prolific quilter and stitcher I know, and her talents extend to beautiful embroideries and beading as well as quilting.

Of course, I will be visiting links and leaving comments - I found visiting all your finishes such an inspiration that I wouldn't want to miss out entirely!  Please give the cheerleaders a warm welcome and check out their blogs if you're not already a follower - you won't be disappointed!

I am currently working on a post for the Q1 Finish Along winners, so keep your eyes peeled!

As always, feel free to grab the Finish-Along button and spread the word.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Good luck to everyone with their Q2 lists.  I am definitely feeling extra motivated to make progress on some of my WIPs after seeing everyone else's finishes!