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Vote Now and Give-Away: New Beginning Quilts

Quilters' Show & Tell

Hi everyone!

It’s time to vote and enter the give-away for this week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell event. This week’s theme is New Beginning Quilts. Our guest judges for this week are Kim from Persimon Dreams and Thearica from Pig Tales and Quilts. They both have 100 bonus points that they’ll assign to four (or less) of their favourite quilts.

Give-Away: Quilters’ Cookbooks

Quilters' Cookbooks

I don’t have a sponsor for this week, so I’ll be giving away copies of the two Quilters’ Cookbooks that I put together from recipes submitted by quilters around the world. The top two quilters with the most votes (from the community plus guest judges) will win a PDF copy of both cookbooks. I’ll also award both copies randomly to two individuals that leave a comment below.

To enter the give-away, leave a comment below answering: Have you started any new block of the months this year? Share a link if it’s available online.

You have until Monday, January 28, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. to enter the give-away.

This Week’s Quilts

Here are this week’s Challenge Quilts:

Quick stats:

  • Total submissions: 14
  • Total countries: 5
  • Total provinces: 2
  • Total states: 9

You can click on the photo to view a larger version.

Beginners Quilt Beginners Quilt
By: Diane U.,
Ontario, Canada

When I retired from working at very stressful job; I joined our local Quilting Guild and took a beginner’s class from a wonderful teacher. This was my very first quilt; that was 4 years ago; and I’m still smitten with the journey of quilting. Thank you for allowing me to show my work.

Quilt size: width: 30" height: 46"

Cat Scratch Fever Cat Scratch Fever
By: Pamela Scoville,
New Jersey, USA
Blog: Random Access to the structural underpinnings of my life

Log Cabin quilt created for my cat sitter, made out of left over scraps from previous quilts, wool batting and quilted for me by my friend on her longarm. I finished the binding on the 13th with help from the kittens who nestled under it as I was doing the hand sewing.

Quilt size: width: 92" height: 103"

davids quilt davids quilt
By: barbara woods,
Georgia, USA
Blog: wont-to-be quilter

my sister gave me 3 bags of scraps and i made my youngest a quilt for his birthday out of them

Quilt size: width: 72" height: 86"

Ebony And Ivory Ebony And Ivory
By: Amanda Reid,
South Africa

Ebony And Ivory…Black and white…new beginnings….for ALL kinds. The whole quilt selfmade,,,(yesterday!) Applique and machine. ALL the fabric is black and white in mixed designs. Happy flowers,birds and butterflies!

Quilt size: width: 24" height: 28"

Evolution Evolution
By: Jenny in NZ,
New Zealand
Blog: Jenny Quilts

A Drunkards Path design from an old APQ magazine. Fabric’s depict for me the daily new beginnings of our world.
Sun, Sky, Moon & Water, plus Spring and Autumn Greens around the edges. Fire, Embers and the ashes cut from the scraps in the center.
The continual renewal of life and New Beginning’s

Quilt size: width: 39" height: 39"

Graduation Quilt Graduation Quilt
By: Deb V.,
New York, USA

A new beginning from high school to college. This is a tee shirt quilt that fits the XL twin beds at college. The 4 corners are appliques of his 4 major interests, marching band, golf, basketball, and boy scouts where he earned the eagle scout badge also found within the quilt.

Quilt size: width: 78" height: 96"

Hummingbirds Hummingbirds
By: Maggie Boucher,
North Carolina, USA

I am not quite done with this piece it is a work in progress, however; I wanted to share it with you all. I call this hummingbirds. I just love the Aqua blue framing each square. I hope you all enjoy this. I should be done with it next week.

Quilt size: width: 48" height: 60"

It's Hip to Be Square It’s Hip to Be Square
By: Donna Keating,
Texas, USA
Blog: Quilting Bear Gal

This quilt was made for the birth of my darling grand-niece, Emma Lee. She is so beautiful and loving with a great beginning of life.

Quilt size: width: 42" height: 56"

Nature's Pirouette Nature’s Pirouette
By: Kris Jarchow,
Nebraska, USA
Blog: Sew Sunshine

This quilt was a new technique for me, curves and freezer paper piecing. The whole piece was put together with the freezer paper on the front of the fabric so you didn’t know what it looked like until the end and you pulled the paper off. A new beginning for me in quilting.

Quilt size: width: 29" height: 29"

New Beginnings New Beginnings
By: Lynn,
Oregon, USA
Blog: Quiltn 4 Fun

This was made for a swap called New Beginnings. The sun is paper pieced in batiks, the lilies are appliqued in wools.

Quilt size: width: 18" height: 20"

Poker Run Poker Run
By: Yvonne Bamlett,
Alberta, Canada

This is a crazy quilting technique. I think it is a New Beginning for me because it was difficult to get it to fit properly and it made me realize that even though I have pieced many blocks, this one was the most challenging. The horses are scary looking, but they are supposed to be funky. They are.

Quilt size: width: 80" height: 84"

Red Table Scarf Red Table Scarf
By: Stella Nemeth,
Pennsylvania, USA
Blog: Walking Life’s Path Again

I needed a new project to get me moving in the new year. I didn’t want anything too big. I found a pattern in the most recent edition of Easy Quilts. I changed the colors and some of the piecing directions. My scarf is smaller than the one in the magazine as well. it succeeded in getting me moving.

Quilt size: width: 12.5" height: 37"

The Comfort Quilt The Comfort Quilt
By: Carole,
Blog: Wheels on the Warrandyte Bus

I wanted to make a summer quilt for our bed using a combination of fabrics that I had collected on my travels to Japan and New Zealand. I have used Japanese taupe and traditional prints along with other matching fabrics that have a textured look. The Pattern is by Australian designer Leanne Beasley.

Quilt size: width: 72" height: 72"

Watercolor Squares in square Watercolor Squares in square
By: Debbie,
South Carolina, USA
Blog: Stitchin’ Therapy

A mini watercolor created for the first week challenge for Project Quilting. I like the creative push in this theme challenge. I am free to express myself and try new things or do what I like best. I used 2 inch squares of floral fabrics to blend this table topper with batik border.

Quilt size: width: 14" height: 14"

Vote Now

Now it’s time for you to vote for your favourites!

  • Voting is open Friday to Monday, January 28th at 8 a.m. (EST)
  • One vote per person (based on IP address NOT email address), so have your family and friends cast a ballot for their favourite quilt
  • Winner announced Monday afternoon/evening

How to Vote:

  • Review the photos above and make a note of your favourites. You can select up to TWO favourites this week.
  • Below, you’ll see the names of all the quilts with a square button beside each one. Select the buttons for the quilts you want to vote for. Then scroll down, all the way, until you get to the bottom of the list of quilt names. Press the vote button.

New Beginnings

  • Nature's Pirouette (44%, 115 Votes)
  • Evolution (25%, 66 Votes)
  • Ebony And Ivory (23%, 59 Votes)
  • Watercolor Squares in square (17%, 45 Votes)
  • Cat Scratch Fever (11%, 28 Votes)
  • Beginners Quilt (10%, 25 Votes)
  • New Beginnings (7%, 17 Votes)
  • It's Hip to Be Square (6%, 15 Votes)
  • Poker Run (6%, 15 Votes)
  • Graduation Quilt (5%, 12 Votes)
  • Hummingbirds (4%, 10 Votes)
  • The Comfort Quilt (4%, 10 Votes)
  • davids quilt (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Red Table Scarf (2%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 259

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Next Week’s Show & Tell

The theme for next week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell event is Winter Landscapes. Read the Rules and Guidelines and submit your photo before next Friday, February 1st.


To sponsor a weekly Quilters’ Show and Tell event, please send me an email and I’ll send you the information package. Check available dates here.

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27 Responses to “Vote Now and Give-Away: New Beginning Quilts”

  1. Yvonne says:

    This Gallery is so much fun. Very inspiring. A big thank you to all of you who make it possible. :)

  2. Gunda says:

    This year I was clever an didn’t make a New Years resolution, so I can’t struggle

  3. Elizabeth says:

    How am I doing with my New Years’ resolutions? Actually Great. I made a resolution to get my Sewing/Craft Room Organized. I have completed organizing my Jewelry (Beads and Things) and 3/4 through my quilting Stash. What a Job! When done I can complete all my UFO’s and start on the wish list my family and friends have requested. Elizabeth, Silverdale, WA

  4. I don’t do BOMs because I like things to be symmetrical and even and so it would bother me too much LOL…

  5. CathyC says:

    ooh, such a hard choice to pick my faves. I haven’t actually started a new BOM just yet – I am still to finish my HST BOM, but I have bookmarked the Lucky Stars BOM to start as soon as I can

  6. Joyce says:

    I love your weekly contests..enjoy seeing what people make!

  7. carla bynum says:

    Hi!!! Love looking through the contests!!! I don’t make resolutions…Nope!!! Not me!!! I just always have things I want to work towards!!! So learning to quilt and use a sewing machine is on my list!!! So far so good!!! Thanks for the fun!!!

  8. Diane says:

    I like seeing all the creative designs in the quilts!

  9. Colleen says:

    I’ve started the Craftsy BOM. It’s bright and colourful, and starts out easy, but will lead to some new techniques for me. Craftsy is at http://www.craftsy.com

  10. Lea says:

    Yep, I’ve started one, thats all I’m allowing myself for the year. Nothing else new, only UFO’s….yeah right…but I can try. Anyway Erin Russeks BOM Jingle here’s the link its a doosy! http://erinrussek.typepad.com/one-piece-at-a-time/jingle-bom/

  11. i feel really dumb – first I can’t find an area for comments just after the weekly contest so I’m writing my questions here in hopes someone can answer them.
    I see over 30 entries but only a limited number of titles with boxes to check – my favorites are not among that list – I’m confused.
    also — at one place on the page it says only one vote per e-mail address, but then in another place it says each person gets 2 votes.
    I love this site and enjoy the contests – this is only my 3rd or 4th time to visit, but I am obviously confused.
    Oh about Block of the Months – I never do them – like someone else mentioned I really like symmetry – and just don’t like the look of “sampler” type quilts. I might enjoy doing a BOM that showed depictions of the 12 months, or the same pattern in different colors or something like that.

  12. Mishka says:

    Hi Cheryl,

    Vote on the actual blog post page, where you left the comment:


    There was an error for The Blog link, that I forgot about until I saw your message. It’s fixed now.

    You can only vote once but you can select two favourites, i.e. two boxes then hit the Vote button once.


  13. Beth T. says:

    I haven’t started a block of the month yet–still working on my unfinished projects from previous years. But once I’m caught up I’ll be working on the Gen X Block of the Month, Sisters Ten. Here is a link to the main page: http://www.genxquilters.com/2012/12/sisters-ten-bom-details.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GenXQuiltersandYToo+%28Gen+X+Quilters+%28and+Y+too%21%29%29

  14. Jan N. says:

    I don’t do BOM’s because I already have too much on my plate and I like to finish what I start before going on to a new project. Sometimes that isn’t possible though, but I do finish it as soon as I possibly can. Don’t like to have UFO’s just sitting there for years.

  15. lindawwww says:

    I haven’t started a block of the month yet but would like to start a Christmas themed one. But I’ve made a crib quilt already this year.

  16. Jenny H says:

    Am presently on last 2 months of “Forget Me Not” a floral applique BOM by Esther Aliu


    Not sure how to post a link properly as am not good on computer but this is her group address
    Have made other quilts from her designs and am sure I will be doing her BOM for this year.

  17. BĂ©atrice says:

    I started BOMs like every year…Erin Russek’s Bom , Sulky, etc….

  18. Djoekie says:

    ik ben nog niet begonnen met een blok of de maand maar wie weet komt dat nog

  19. Inge Christensen says:

    i have not tried a bom yet, but am planning to make one for myself. i have found 12 lovely blocks that would go nicely together, mainly stars, and will be trying to complete this quilt step by step this year.

  20. Amy's Crafty Shenanigans says:

    I have indeed joined a BOM – 2 in fact. ‘Lucky Stars’ with Don’t Call me Betsy and the ‘And Sew on’ with Kristy at Quiet Play. ‘And Sew On’ is a free one. Free is always great!!

  21. Lis Martion says:

    I Luv this site. Looking at other people’s work & having the opportunity to vote for some ones gorgeous work.

  22. Vi says:

    Love seeing all the different projects. Very hard to vote for just 2!
    I am not doing any BOM right now as I am finishing up 5 quilts before I start anything else.

  23. jean says:

    I am working on a new design for a BOM to teach my quilting students.
    Love the Nature’s Pirouette and want to try it. I will have to try and find the pattern.

  24. Suvarna Annapragada says:

    Awesome quilts….. I voted… Thanks for giving this oppurtunity to vote :-)

  25. Suvarna Annapragada says:

    Oh and as far as the new block of the month…. Started on one and hopefully will continue :-)

  26. […] to everyone that entered quilts and voted for last week’s New Beginnings Show & Tell […]

  27. Rebeckah says:

    I have not started a BOM but I do participate in Stash Bee and there are always fun blocks that we make for the queen bee for the month.

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