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Vote Now and Give-Away: Summer Fun Quilts

Quilters' Show & Tell

It’s time to vote and enter the give-away for this week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell event. This week’s theme is Summer Fun quilts.

Our guest judge this week is Sandra from Sandra’s Craft Corner. She has 100 bonus points that she’ll assign to four (or less) of her favourite quilts.

Give-Away from Vicki Welsh Hand Dyed Fabrics

Vicki Welsh Hand Dyed Fabrics

It’s a typical hot and humid summer here in Virginia and I am loving every minute of it. There’s no better time to stay inside in the air conditioning and quilt! One of my favorite ways to make a summer quilt is to use an old flannel sheet for batting. It makes the quilt cooler and lighter for the warm summer months.

In the dye studio, however, I am thinking of Christmas. I want to make a Christmas quilt this year so my newest fabric palette was designed for my Holiday quilt. I want something more vintage looking. I want to create a quilt that looks like it’s been in the family for a long time and is a Christmas tradition. That’s why the name of this new palette is “Traditions”.


There’s a Stash Pack that would be great for making a set of Holiday placemats


The Traditions gradient


And the Reunion gradient

There are 2 additional gradients and 4 Shades packs. All of these fabrics are currently on sale in my shop. In addition, Quilting Gallery readers can receive free shipping on US domestic orders over $40 with the coupon code TRADITIONS. International customers can put the code in the comments section to receive $5 off orders over $40. Free shipping expires July 18.

You can keep up with everything happening in my shop by subscribing to my free newsletter. As an added bonus, 5 newsletter subscribers win free hand dyed fabric each month.

The winners from the Quilters’ Show & Tell submissions and the give-away below will each receive their choice of a Stash Pack from my shop. The quilter that wins will also receive a 2.5 yard package of Mistyfuse fusible web.



Give-Away for everyone to enter:

To enter the give-away, leave a comment below answering: What’s your favourite summertime activity? The winner from the comments will be selected randomly. You have until Monday, July 15th, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. (EDT) to enter the give-away.

This Week’s Quilts

Here are this week’s Summer Fun Quilts:

Quick stats:

  • Total submissions: 17
  • Total countries: 6
  • Total provinces: 2
  • Total states: 9

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

Blueprint Blueprint
By: Christine Herald,
New Zealand

20 year old son was most put out he didn’t have a quilt made by ‘Mum’ so….for his 21st he decided his quilt would be a likeness to his Paper Tiger catamaran Blueprint, by then the centre panel was started… 2 years later he finally got his quilt, “was worth the wait mum” what do you think???

Quilt size: width: 60" height: 76"

Box of Crayons Box of Crayons
By: mindless,
Washington, USA

This quilt started with the backing fabric:I fell in love with Heidi Grace Designs-Reagan’s Closet. It screamed for a colorful, fun top so I used SWIRL by Whistler Studios & scraps from my stash. Then I hand quilted designs that I copied from the backing fabric. I quilt from Wa state.

Quilt size: width: 51" height: 72"

Ella's Pink and Purple Ella’s Pink and Purple
By: Kristin Donnelly,
Indiana, USA

Made for my niece Eloise. Variation on Ellen Burns’ Quilt in a Day Log Cabin.

Quilt size: width: 50" height: 70"

Even Ants Need Refreshment Even Ants Need Refreshment
By: Rhonda Lawton,
Texas, USA
Blog: Ravelly1

It’s hot here in Texas & I hadn’t eaten any watermelon yet so that was on my mind as I made this little summer fun mug rug with a couple of ants who showed up.

Quilt size: width: 9.5" height: 5.0"

Farmers Market Farmers Market
By: Erika Rutten,

I started this quilt years ago and when the blocks were done life happened and the blocks ended up in a drawer.
This year I decided it was high time to finish it.
Farmers Market is designed by Pat Sloan.

Quilt size: width: 44" height: 45"

Lasst Rays Lasst Rays
By: Phyllis Cullen,
Hawaii, USA
Blog: Phyllis Cullen Art Studio

Our sunsets over the ocean are beautiful here in Hawaii. I use hand dyed and commercial fabrics with the stained glass method that I developed and teach to share our island’s endless summers

Quilt size: width: 18" height: 24"

Monkey Business Monkey Business
By: Sandie Hrycyk,
Ontario, Canada

Hoffman’s Last Banana fabric was just the thing for a summer time child’s quilt. The pattern is Catchanap from Pieced Tree. I made a baby quilt of my own design with the scrap fabric. I quilted it a pattern of free motion leaves and circles. Just right for a jungle!

Quilt size: width: 50" height: 55"

Mysterious Letter P Mysterious Letter P
By: Persimon Dreams,
Wisconsin, USA
Blog: Persimon Dreams

The Mysterious Letter P quilt was inspired by a local quilt show challenge. We were told to make a quilt inspired by a letter and give at least five clues as to what that letter was. I chose the letter P and included – pinwheels, plus signs, pink, purple, plaid, peace, print, polka dots, and more!

Quilt size: width: 26" height: 26"

Pure Hearts Pure Hearts
By: Linda Douglas,
Montana, USA

Neat little hand+machine pieced+quilted wall hanging of “Pure” fabrics from Sweetwater looks so neat hung on our porch in Summer!

Quilt size: width: 14" height: 14"

Sea Turtles Sea Turtles
By: Debbie Lange Quilting,
Indiana, USA
Blog: Debbie Lange Quilting

Our family vacations at the beach. One summer we watched a turtle nest hatch. To commemorate the event I designed and stitched this quilt for my brother. The Mother’s back is a Radiating star. The small hatching turtles are my variation on the Drunkards Path. The heads are dimensional, they flap!

Quilt size: width: 80" height: 86"

Seagull Lake Sunset Seagull Lake Sunset
By: Beret Nelson,
Alaska, USA
Blog: On The Trail Creations

A friend took this picture of her family canoeing at the camp where I grew up, met my husband, and got married. (the chapel is on a hill in the background) The camp had recently been largely burned in a forest fire, but in this sunset picture, it was possible to imagine it hadn’t changed…

Quilt size: width: 30" height: 24"

By: Linda Douglas,
Montana, USA


Quilt size: width: 18" height: 28"

Summer purse Summer purse
By: Summer purse,
Blog: lappeguri

Made this summer purse to a friend. The purse has two pocked outside and a lot inside.

Quilt size: width: 18" height: 20"

Summer's first quilt Summer’s first quilt
By: Alison Saunders,
Missouri, USA

This was the first quilt that I ever quilted and it was done this summer! It was a practice quilt made from leftover HST from a graduation quilt for a friend’s son. So, this one will be for his first child. I used a long-arm quilting machine to quilt musical notes into it as he loves guitars.

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 40"

Sunshine Melody Sunshine Melody
By: Fiona,
Blog: BubzRugz

These colours are so summery to me and the quilt is called Sunshine Melody. There is piecing and a lot of applique for the flowers. The quilt is designed by Dawn Hay and pieced and quilted by me and given to a daughter in law who lives in the tropics…

Quilt size: width: 55.5" height: 68"

Sweet Summer Days Sweet Summer Days
By: Gale Lavers,
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Sew Along with Ellison Lane Blog June 2013. All blocks paper pieced and we got to decide how we wanted to finish it. I added sashing in the background color to make the treats stand out and added fusible lettering. Love how it turned out and really enjoyed the sew along. Thanks Jennifer Mathis.

Quilt size: width: 24" height: 30"

Where's The Beach? Where’s The Beach?
By: Kathleen Brown,
Illinois, USA

A swimsuit, towel, and flip flops….. what more do you need for summer fun?! Well, except the beach, of course!

Quilt size: width: 6" height: 6"

Vote Now

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

  • Voting is open Friday to Monday, July 15, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. (EDT)
  • 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 next week

How to Vote:

  • Review the photos above and make a note of your favourites. You can select up to THREE 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.

Summer Fun Quilts

  • Sea Turtles (38%, 180 Votes)
  • Lasst Rays (34%, 161 Votes)
  • Seagull Lake Sunset (23%, 110 Votes)
  • Blueprint (19%, 92 Votes)
  • Sunshine Melody (18%, 85 Votes)
  • Farmers Market (18%, 83 Votes)
  • Even Ants Need Refreshment (15%, 71 Votes)
  • Mysterious Letter P (10%, 49 Votes)
  • Box of Crayons (7%, 34 Votes)
  • Where's The Beach? (6%, 26 Votes)
  • Summer purse (5%, 23 Votes)
  • Summer's first quilt (3%, 13 Votes)
  • SOW GOOD DEEDS (2%, 9 Votes)
  • Sweet Summer Days (2%, 9 Votes)
  • Pure Hearts (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Ella's Pink and Purple (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Monkey Business (0%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 472

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Next Week’s Show & Tell

The theme for next week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell event is Scrappy Quilts. Any quilting style is acceptable and unfinished quilt tops are welcome too. Please don’t submit a quilt you’ve already entered in the past… let’s see something different!

Read the Guidelines and submit your photo before next Friday, July 19th, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. (EDT).


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132 Responses to “Vote Now and Give-Away: Summer Fun Quilts”

  1. nancyb from many la says:

    Believe it or not, my favorite activity is staying inside – it’s too hot where I live! LOL!

  2. Susan says:

    My favorite suumertime activity is working in my garden (when it’s not too hot).

  3. Heidi says:

    Summertime is best spent by the pool or at the sewing machine :-)

  4. Deb Cline says:

    A friend and I started a new summer tradition: we sew/quilt companion projects! That means we plan similar designs/pieces, share fabric from our stashes, and get together to cut, mark, and stitch about once a week.

  5. We live in sunny (extremely hot) Florida so our Summer activities either involve swimming or staying indoors trying to stay cool. Most Floridians stay inside during the Summer and come out in the Fall/Winter to do normal Summer activities like bike riding, walking, and picnicking.

  6. Kathy L says:

    I like to stay inside and quilt when it is hot outside.

  7. Judy C in NC says:

    I love to work in the garden early in the morning when everything is waking up and the air is still. Afternoons on the porch with iced coffee. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. Judy C in NC

  8. Patricia Moffitt says:

    I just keep on quilting!

  9. My favourite summer activity alternates between swimming in the pool and quilting, depending on the weather. Unfortunately this year I broke my arm – so reading has mived into first place. :)
    Thanks for the giveaway and the continuing contests!!

  10. Debbie Rogowski says:

    My favorite summer time activity would have to be going to the beach.

  11. “Summertime and the living is easy…”so I do my best to remember to enjoy that feeling and to live in that moment as much as I can! I love to garden, but I take lots of breaks and take time to smell the flowers, to sit outside with my cat and chickens playing freely in the yard, and to read a good book, or my favorite quilting magazine! Then, with a deep sigh of relaxation, I head back inside to quilt to my heart’s content….rejuvenated inside and out from my respite.

  12. Marijke van Welzen says:

    Relaxing in Florida for THE summer ( I live in THE Netherlands ) while there I order supplies, buy quilting magazines and books, visit à quilt show in Delray or Melbourne. Get inspiration by visiting places like THE Orchid society, Butterfly world, Morikami gardens etc.

  13. Heather says:

    Now that I live in Florida my favorite summertime activity is staying inside and stitching!

  14. Sallie says:

    Staying inside and piecing. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Nita says:

    Enjoying the lovely weather, the lake and the cabin.

  16. Carol McDowell says:

    Walking my dogs in the morning while its cool and then watching my garden grow – thank you for the opportunity !

  17. nancy k says:

    Watching my husband cook on the grill!

  18. gudrun says:

    Favourite summer activity…piecing quilts, as it is usually too warm to quilt. If it is too warm to piece… time to hit the beach.

  19. Roz says:

    Hmmm…lazing by the pool, reading a good book when not in the pool!!

  20. leanne says:

    love swimming in summer preferably at the beach !

  21. lindawwww says:

    My favourite summer activity is sitting in my lounge chair with a glass of ice tea and a pile of books I’m ready to read!

  22. Phyllis Carlyle says:

    I enjoy the view of my garden from inside the cool house. However, I do get more sewing done in the winter, when said garden doesn’t need tending.

  23. kris says:


  24. My favorite summer activity is reaping the harvest from my vegetable garden.

  25. Julie Fukuda says:

    Summer is family time! While I visit I can play in their gardens and pull weeds to me hearts content, and in the evenings and while travelling I can piece blocks for my next quilt. Perfect!

  26. chris says:

    I just keep on quilting all year long. But I also love horseback riding & carving eggs.

  27. Jody says:

    I love wading in the creek below our home with my grandson. We walk through the overhang of trees and grass making our way to Dinasour Island. What a wonderful time we have.

  28. Maryellen says:

    I love going to the lake and beach, and driving with the sunroof open, and sitting on the patio. I’ve even cut quilt blocks outside!!

  29. Heather says:

    Great to see so many inspiring quilts.

  30. Nesta says:

    I love going to the sea and making sand ladybirds with my daughters!

  31. mariajose says:

    !Unas telas preciosas!

  32. Dolores says:

    gardening and quilting

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