The theme for this contest is the holidays. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, U.S. Thanksgiving, New Years or others, us quilters make such wonderful creations for display at this time of year.
The Quilting Gallery, along with six fabulous sponsors, is thrilled to host the Holiday Traditions Quilt Contest. It’s actually two contests with one theme: small projects (e.g. table runners, bags, wall hangings, lap quilts, etc.) and full-sized quilts.
See below for the guidelines, how to enter, and the prizes up for grabs.
Sponsors and Prizes
A huge thank you to the fabulous sponsors for donating these wonderful prizes.
Aloha from Hawaii!!
Kona Bay Fabrics has been offering quilters, fabric lovers, crafters, and sewing enthusiasts a wide array of gorgeous fabrics since 1991. Kona Bay Fabrics and Seattle Bay Fabrics are sold to independent fabric and quilting shops all around the world. They do not sell directly to individuals and strongly encourage people to support their local independent quilt and fabric shop.
Kona Bay Fabrics is their collection of Asian designs and Seattle Bay Fabrics are gorgeous designs suitable for your quilting and fabric projects. In addition, their Asian Fabric Magazine is a quarterly publication showcasing many quilting and craft projects, travel articles, recipes, etc. for Asian fabric lovers!!
Kona Bay Fabrics has donated ten 1-yard cuts of their Asian fabrics.
LizzieB Cre8ive is a wholesale pattern company created by two women who share a PASSION for quilting. And coincidentally, they also share the same NAME! Meet Elizabeth Hawkins….
Lizzie – (Liz) resides in Pennsylvania and loves the conception and design side of LizzieB. She takes her sketchbook wherever she goes because she never knows when a quilt might pop into her head! When she’s not sketching, she’s busy stitching.
B – (Beth) resides in Arizona and is a quilter extraordinaire! Give her a design; an array of fabrics, a super big gulp of Diet Coke, click the heels three times and a LizzieB quilt is born! She does the pattern writing so that even right-brained Liz can understand them.
Cre8ive – Together Liz and Beth have found their niche in the quilting world. They strive for uniqueness in their designs. They look for inspiration in the things that they love and find comfort in (jazz music and umm, chocolate?). Traditional is not their focus. Whimsical is! They both enjoy appliqué (because they can take it with them anywhere!) then like adding detail and texture with embroidery and simple notions.
Lizzie B Cre8ive has donated a fat quarter bundle from their Whimsyland collection.
Day Style Designs is an online quilt shop owned by Leah Day, who also happens to be the creator of the 365 Days of Free Motion Quilting Filler Designs Project!
Each day on the blog, Leah shares a new free motion quilting filler design with a video tutorial so you can see exactly how to design works. With already more than 75 designs posted on the blog, you’re sure to find the perfect quilting design for any quilt.
Leah has donated Free Motion Fillers Volume 1 DVD and Downloadable Workbook, so you can learn how to quilt the first 20 designs from the
Sue Bleiweiss – A self-taught book artist, Sue enjoys spending her days in the studio creating interesting and unique surfaces to make books with. Working with fabric and paper, and usually a combination of both, it’s the pursuit of creating something that is a pleasure to touch, as well as look at, that inspires her to continually search for new and unusual techniques to explore.
Terri Stegmiller – After a lifetime of experimenting with all types of crafts, Terri began exploring quilting in the early 1990s. She discovered pretty quickly that traditional and bed-sized quilts were not quite her style and began experimenting with mixed media and creating her own designs. Known for her innovative combinations of color and pattern she is inspired by nature, cats and the female face; and enjoys creating artwork that incorporate these elements.
Sue and Terri teach online classes through Two Creative Studios.
Sue and Terri have donated one of their new books: Creative Ways with Books and Journals.
Combine traditional book binding techniques with fabric and fibers to create journals to keep for yourself or give as gifts. You’ll learn how to make beautiful hand painted fabrics using Shibori and water-soluble crayons. Explore mixed-media techniques with tissue paper, kitchen foil, paper fabric and recycled envelopes. Create gorgeous textured surface journals using machine cord, linen strips and pearl beads.
With easy-to-follow directions accompanied by full-color photos, even the most inexperienced book maker will have no trouble making the eight soft cover and four hard cover book projects.
STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books publishes a vibrant collection of exciting and visually stunning craft books specializing in quilting, knitting, sewing, felting and other popular craft genres.
Quilting for Peace, by Katherine Bell, is an inspiring new title about the centuries-old and growing movement to change the world through quilting. Available in October, Quilting for Peace offers more than 25 essays profiling individuals and organizations devoted to making quilts and other necessities for the needy, alongside 15 projects and guidelines for quilters who want to contribute to an existing effort or establish a new one. Make the world a better place one stitch at a time!
STC Craft has donated an advanced copy of this inspirational guidebook. For more information on Quilting for Peace, visit the STC Craft blog. While there, don’t forget to check out their other quilting and craft titles, as well as exclusive author interviews, beautiful images, and upcoming promotions.
In Anne’s own words:
I am originally from England but have lived overseas for many years. For the last fourteen years I have been living in Brunei, a tiny independent monarchy on the island of Borneo in South East Asia. This tropical location is a wonderful source of inspiration for the art quilts that I like to create.
My designs reflect my love of nature and a lot of them are directly inspired by my environment here in South East Asia: the creatures, exotic flowers from our garden and the tropical rain forest. Usually I start off with a photo that I’ve taken myself and then adapt it using EQ6 to make a quilt design. I like to make realistic designs and my favourite method is appliqué, both by hand using silk thread and by machine, using a combination of invisible, satin stitch or raw edge depending on the design.
Anne’s offering two appliqué patterns, "Hibiscus Flower" and "Log Cabin Geckos". The patterns include instructions and full size templates for the appliqué which can be done by hand or machine. The pattern for the "Log Cabin Geckos" also includes instructions for the log cabin border, and outer foundation pieced border with preprinted foundation patterns.
There are two opportunities to enter this contest, and you may enter both options once.
- Small Quilts and Projects: table runners, bags, wall hangings, small lap quilts, kids quilts, etc.
- Full-Sized Quilts: Add two sides of your quilt, height and width. If it’s 80″ or larger, enter it as a full-sized quilt.
Your quilt/project should represent the upcoming holidays in some way, either by design or the fabrics chosen. The quilt you enter must be your own creation. It must be something you made yourself, but does not have to be something you personally designed.
When you submit your photo using the links below, you can also enter a short (300 characters) story to go with it. Submissions close December 7, 2009.
New for this contest: you will need to know the approximate height and width of the quilt you are submitting. (Not the photo size, the actual quilt.)
Voting will start December 8th and end December 16th. Site visitors will be able to vote once for both a small and a large quilt. The winner of the large quilts will choose which prize they want first, then the winner of the small quilts. Followed by second and third places. Six winners in all.
To enter the contest:
- Submit Your Quilt – Large Quilts – Closed
- Submit Your Quilt – Small Quilts & Projects – Closed
Dates to remember:
Contest start: November 10, 2009
Final submissions: December 7, 2009
Voting: December 8 through 16, 2009
Winners announced: December 17, 2009
A photo of each winning quilt and the winner’s name and location may be supplied to the various sponsors for them to use on their blogs or newsletters.
You may use the code below to add the logo above to your own blog. Thanks for your support. The more contestants, the more exciting the contest.