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Vote Now and Give-Away: Quilting Close-Up

Quilters' Show & Tell

Grab yourself a pencil and some paper as it’s voting time for this week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell event. The theme is Quilting Close-Up. For this week, I asked for photos that highlighted the actual quilting.

This week’s guest judge is Emily from The Caffeinated Quilter. She’ll have 100 bonus points to assign to up to four quilts.

Give-Away from Quilts by Jen

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Hi! I’m Jennifer Houlden from Quilts by Jen and I am just thrilled to be this week’s sponsor on the Quilting Gallery. I am a textile artist, quilt designer, pattern writer and quilting blogger. I live with my husband, 1 dog and 2 cats in a rural community outside of Barrie, Ontario. I have been very fortunate to live in a variety of places like Yellowknife in the Canadian Arctic and Roxby Downs in the Australian Outback, which have provided a lot of inspiration for my quilt designs.

An art quilt I created drawing on my experience in the Outback

An art quilt I created drawing on my experience in the Outback

My design career began with Arbee Designs while living in Australia and I continue to design and distribute for them. When I moved back to Canada a couple of years ago I created Quilts by Jen and began creating and publishing patterns under my own label.

While I love every aspect of quilting, I become really excited about choosing fabrics and colours and designing with appliqué to create a sense of depth and movement within my designs. This past year I developed a technique incorporating Bargello and appliqué to create stunning flowers such as this sunflower:

The petals are all appliquéd from the Bargello run which amplifies the Bargello to create a very strong sense of movement within the flower itself.

The petals are all appliquéd from the Bargello run which amplifies the Bargello to create a very strong sense of movement within the flower itself.

When I was living in Australia I designed Santa Sacs to use instead of stockings. The sacs all have colourful appliquéd designs such as Santa, a reindeer, an angel, a star and a few different snow people. These personalised Santa Sacs were hugely popular in Australia and I now have them all available as patterns or custom orders.

The Sacs make wrapping easy with no paper to throw away. Great for all ages.

The Sacs make wrapping easy with no paper to throw away. Great for all ages.

Just before New Year’s, I was challenged by a friend to a 365 Day Blogging Challenge. Yes, 365 days – in a row. With less than 2 months to go, yes, I think I might be a little crazy! This has certainly been very challenging but right from the beginning my husband and I decided that if I was to succeed I needed to have a theme for every day of the week. Out came the brainstorming tools and we created a series of topics like Technique Tuesday and Free Motion Friday. With each day having a separate theme this has created a huge resource of information for quilters and artists.

I enjoy teaching and sharing the knowledge and skills of quilting that I have. It is wonderful to see my students grow and learn in the classes that I teach. Yes, on top of all of this, I also present trunk shows and workshops to quilt shops, guilds and groups of quilters all over.

Weekend Special for this weekend only – Spend $20 or more on Quilts by Jen patterns from my web site and receive an additional pattern free (free pattern excludes Purely Canadian). Pick the pattern yourself and put the name of the pattern in the notes window when you check out on my site or leave the notes blank and I’ll choose one of my favourites for you.


The prize this week includes two patterns – a Santa Sac pattern and a Peppermint Candy pattern. The quilter with the most community votes and guest judge points will win one set as well as one person that leaves a comment below.


To enter the give-away: Visit Jen’s pattern page, then leave a comment below answering “Which Santa Sac is your favourite and if you were to make one who would it be for?”. I am making the Santa Sac for my youngest niece Alice and the Rudolph Sac for my eldest niece Lucy. You have until Monday, November 11th, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. to enter.

This Week’s Quilts

Here are this week’s Quilting Close-Up Photos:

Please note: if you are viewing this post via email or your RSS reader, you’ll need to click through to the blog post to see the quilts and vote.

Vote Now

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

  • Voting is open Friday to Monday, November 11th, 2013 at 6:00 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 FOUR 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.

Quilting Close-Up

  • Spinner (28%, 80 Votes)
  • Fiorabella (28%, 79 Votes)
  • Scrappy Squares (27%, 76 Votes)
  • Moose Madness (20%, 57 Votes)
  • White Quilt for Kate (18%, 50 Votes)
  • The blues (16%, 45 Votes)
  • Appalachian Spring~To God Be The Glory (15%, 42 Votes)
  • Linen Doily .... (13%, 36 Votes)
  • Maggie's flowers (13%, 36 Votes)
  • Just doodling (12%, 34 Votes)
  • Red and Green Traditional Applique (11%, 32 Votes)
  • Colours (11%, 30 Votes)
  • Red, White, and Blue for Christopher (9%, 26 Votes)
  • Kid's drawing baby quilt (9%, 26 Votes)
  • Christmas Dresden Plate (8%, 23 Votes)
  • Block of the Month Batiks (7%, 20 Votes)
  • Oriental expressions (6%, 16 Votes)
  • We Gather Together (6%, 16 Votes)
  • Hexagons (5%, 15 Votes)
  • Summer Fun (5%, 14 Votes)
  • All Seasons Basket - Christmas (5%, 14 Votes)
  • Loopy Knots (4%, 10 Votes)
  • Marcia's Barn Quilt (3%, 9 Votes)
  • Salt Water Bargello (3%, 8 Votes)
  • Potpourri (2%, 7 Votes)
  • Strippy Firefly (2%, 7 Votes)
  • Rose Quilt (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Pick Up Sticks (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Scrap Happy (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Feathered Crosshatch Charity Quilt (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Smowman Wall Hanging (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Pastel Whirlygigs (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 285

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Next Week’s Show & Tell

The theme for next week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell is Remembering Veterans. This can be a quilt you’ve created in memory of a veteran or a quilt created for a veteran (such as Quilts of Valor). 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 Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. (EST).

Enter your quilt here!


There are no more sponsorship opportunities left for 2013. The themes and dates for 2014 will be available in December.

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Posted: November 8th, 2013

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73 Responses to “Vote Now and Give-Away: Quilting Close-Up”

  1. apple blossom says:

    love the Santa Sacs. and quilt is awesome thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  2. apple blossom says:

    oops forgot to say I love the snowman and snowlady sacs

  3. Linda Webster says:

    I love the Santa and Rudolph Sac pattern.

  4. JeanP says:

    I like the Rudolph sack the best! I would not make one–I’d have to make at least 7 of them–one for each of the grandchildren!!

  5. Lori Smanski says:

    Wow these ladies really made it hard not to be able to pick them all. They are all winner’s in my book. Fantastic job all of you. Those Santa sacks are so adorable.

  6. Lynda wright says:

    I just love the Santa sacks. I think I would do the Santa one as I am about to have a first granddaughter in time for Xmas and it would be the ideal thing to make that she could cherish and use for years to come. Love your site.

  7. Judy says:

    My favorite are the Snowman and Snowlady. I would make one for my daughter.

  8. mariajose says:

    !gracias por el esfuerzo,de mantenernos semanalmente informadas!

  9. Frances says:

    Love your snow people sacks and I have a sweet niece who would love to receive gifts in such a special package.

  10. Naomi Vela says:

    My Favourite santa sack would be Snow boy and snow girl.

    Thanks for the chance to win


  11. Becca says:

    Some very beautiful quilts this week! You inspire me to go work on my quilting. Definitely need more practice to run with this crowd. :D

  12. Peggy says:

    Awww, they are all pretty cute, but Rudolph is my favourite.

  13. jackie says:

    I love them all, but if I have to choose it will be Rudolph, and I will make him for my 5 year old grandson, CASH, who loves all animals. Thanks for the opportunity. Love your site. Jackie

  14. Tammy Pettus says:

    My favorite is the Christmas Sac with Santa on it. I would make it for my great nephew.

  15. SewCalGal says:

    All of the Sac bags are so cute and I’d love to make them all, but Santa and Rudolph Christmas definitely has my attention.


  16. Barbara Pricola says:

    I love your Christmas Sacs. My favorites are the Santa/Rudolph sacs and the Star/Angel sacs. I would make them for my sister-in-law and nieces. I also love all of your quilt patterns, particularly the Bargello Sunflower and the Bargello Dahlia.

  17. Helen Bazinet says:

    I love the Santa and the Reindeer. with 6 great grandchildren could sure use the patterns.

  18. Linda McCoy says:

    Those Santa Sacs are delightful! I like the Star the best!

  19. How fun to see all the quilting details this week!

  20. Mary Chevalier says:

    All of the sacs are beautiful .They are all winners too me.

  21. Joan H. says:

    My favorite are Santa/reindeer patterns. I would like to make Santa for our great granddaughter.

  22. Calina says:

    My favorite santa sack is the snowman. Because I have tons of snowmen in my Christmas decorations… But they are all adorable!

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