Last week’s contest resulted in some unpleasantness, leaving me with no choice but to make some changes to the rules & guidelines for the weekly contests. Please see the highlights below and the updated Guidelines page before entering your quilt in the competition. These rules are effective immediately.
The theme for this week’s quilt contest is Leaves, Trees & Flowers. The theme can be represented by the quilt design or in the fabrics chosen for your quilt. You can submit quilts, wall hangings, pillows, etc. using any technique (pieced, appliqué, embroidery) as long as the item you enter is completely finished (i.e. bound and quilted). Please do not submit a quilt that you’ve already entered in another contest this year… let’s see something different.
Vicki Welsh is back as this week’s sponsor and she’s donated three wonderful prizes.
Vicki Welsh – Hand Dyed Fabrics
Has it really been only a month since I was last here? Autumn is right around the corner here in Virginia. While I love all seasons and all weather, I do especially love autumn in the Mid-Atlantic. The colors along the Blue Ridge Parkway are breathtaking and you can find inspiration for dozens of quilts.
I love this week’s theme because we all get so much inspiration from nature. Here are just a few of the fabrics in my shop that were inspired by leaves, trees and flowers.
Coleus is inspired by my one of my Grandmother’s favorite plants. I loved all of the different varieties that she planted in her garden.
Sugar Maple was inspired by a spectacular tree in my own front yard. I am grateful to the original owners for planting it.
I think that the inspiration for the Autumn Stash Pack is obvious!
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Let’s get to the prize!
This week I am awarding prizes to THREE winners. Each of the top three entries will receive their choice of a Stash Pack from my shop. The Stash Pack is a set of 10 fat eighths of fabric. If you wonder what you can do with fat eights, check out the zig zag quilt that my friend and quilt artist, Wanda Hansen is making with her Stash Packs.
Some Changes to the Rules…
As I mentioned above, there was some unpleasantness that resulted from last week’s contest. I have updated the rules and guidelines page and strongly encourage you to read it before entering.
Essentially, it is unacceptable to enter two quilts in the same weekly contest. The quilter that did so last week, chose to use a different name, location and email address allowing her to enter twice. I had no idea it was the same person, until it was pointed out to me along with some help from Google to translate the Russian.
Over the 2.5+ years I’ve hosted these weekly contests, there have been a few occasions of voter fraud. Some I’ve been able to prove concretely and they were dealt with appropriately. A few other occasions I wasn’t able to prove the fraud but strongly suspected it. As such, If I do suspect fraud in the future, I will opt to award the prize(s) to the quilter of my choice.
Additionally, since most fraudulent votes also seem to go hand-in-hand with quilters that post on web-based forums or send out mass mailings, these are now unacceptable methods to use when inviting your friends/family to vote for your quilt. It is also unacceptable to use proxy servers in order to vote multiple times for your quilt.
As you can imagine, I was very discouraged and disappointed yesterday morning when I found this out. My intent with these weekly contests is to provide an opportunity for quilters around the world to show off their quilts and for site visitors to enjoy the virtual quilt show and be inspired by the wonderful creations. If you enter one of my contests, I hope you share that same spirit.
It should go without saying, but if you are caught cheating, you are not welcome to enter future competitions. Please share your quilts elsewhere.
Enter the Contest
Get your cameras out! To enter the weekly contest, read the rules and guidelines, then submit your quilt photo by Friday, August 31, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. (EDT). Voting will start shortly thereafter and last until the following Monday, September 3, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. (EDT).
Weekly Quilt Contest Links
- Submit your photo
- 2012 Themes, Winners & Sponsors
- Sponsor a contest – Only two dates left this year:
November 12 (Sports)
December 3 (Christmas Table Runners)
Last Week’s Quilt Contest
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