Birds, bugs, flowers, sunsets, mountains, trees, food and animals all provide quilters with such wonderful inspiration. Whether it’s the nature-themed fabrics we use, or the quilts we design and create, nature provides us with endless opportunities.
The Quilting Gallery, along with six fabulous sponsors, is thrilled to host the Nature’s Best 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.
Registration is now closed for this contest.
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.
Aurifil is an Italian company based near Milano. They produce superior quality, cotton threads for professional and domestic quilters.
Aurifil has donated a kit containing 12 spools (1,094 yards) of Cotton Mako’Ne 40 threads.
This two strand 40 weight thread is perfect for machine quilting. 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton it produces far less lint than standard threads. It is great for topstitching and fine detail work. Longarm quilters find the strength, reliability, and the wide range of colors exceptional. Cotton Mako’Ne 40 is a relatively fine thread so it makes a nice flat seam for piecing patchwork too.
Phyllis Dobbs has been designing quilts for 20 years. She has written 2 quilt books and has had over 150 quilts published in magazines and books. In addition, Phyllis is an artist and uses her art in designing fabric. She has completed 4 collections, with her latest collection being It’s a Dog’s Life for Quilting Treasures by Cranston Printworks.
With her love of fabrics and quilting, designing fabric was a perfect combination with both loves as well as fulfilling a dream.
Phyllis has donated a fat quarter bundle with 10 fabrics from her It’s a Dog’s Life fabric collection.
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.
They take quilting beyond the classroom and into your home with their detailed and easy-to-follow quilt lessons and patterns which are loaded with photos and some even include videos. When you purchase a pattern, you get more than just that pattern; you get personal and individual guidance from the instructors who are ready to answer any and all of your questions.
Quilting Weekly has donated a free quilting class of the winner’s choice.
In Mel’s own words:
I am a 30 something wife of 13 years, and mother to Urban who is 4. We live in Tooele, Utah which is about 40 min west of Salt Lake City.
To keep my sanity I must create. I found this out when I gave up my hobbies after Urban was born in 2005. Major depression set in and I could not shake it. I found that when I create, I am happy. Now I feed the passion as I am able.
I love to read and even when I am sewing I listen to audio books. Audiobooks are great for home owners and mothers; you can clean, make dinner, sew and garden while benefitting from a good book!
I’d love to have you over for a visit! Mel’s Own Place
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