Have you seen how many Quilting Bloggers there are now in the directory? As of this writing, 848, which means we need only 152 more to reach the end of June goal of a thousand.
I have been overwhelmed with the many kind words that have been sent to me via email and the various blog postings that have been written about the Quilting Bloggers directory, and of course the hundreds of you that have posted the banner on your site to help spread the word.
The enthusiasm, excitement and generosity has been wonderful. Now, with the help of four fantastic Quilting Bloggers, we are giving back to the blogging community. I have had three fabulous donations offered as contest prizes.
How does it work? Once we’ve reached a thousand, three random members of the Quilting Bloggers directory will be chosen as winners. The first person selected will have their choice of which prize they would like, then the second person and finally the third.
The three prizes donated are:
- Crazy Shortcut Quilts book and a fabric goodie,
- Comfort Is… pattern and fabric package, and
- Learn to Machine Quilt with Pat Sloan book.
Complete details of the prizes and their generous donators are below.
How can you help?
Continue to spread the word asking your friends and family to submit their site for inclusion in the directory.
Another way to help is to write a blog post about the Quilting Bloggers directory and, if you like, share your experience. I’ve had several emails from people saying how they’ve met new friends and acquaintances, found new connections in their new community, and have enjoyed an increase in their site traffic, all because they’re listed in the Quilting Bloggers directory. Since it’s only two weeks old, this is bound to continue growing and bringing the community together.
Posting a banner on your site is also a great help.
How do you enter the contest?
If you’re already listed in the Quilting Bloggers directory, you don’t need to do anything. If you’re not listed, and you have a blog, Submit your Site. The three contest winners will be chosen from the first 1,000 approved listings.
A Note on Submissions
I have had a few submissions to the Quilting Bloggers directory for blogs that are as little as a few hours old. Unfortunately sites that are too new to be reviewed and evaluated for inclusion in the directory, will be put on hold for at least two weeks, or until such a time as I can make an informed decision to include the site or not. These submissions will not be included in the Contest and do not count towards Reaching a Thousand.
Prize #1 has been donated by Marguerita McManus and Sarah Raffuse, authors of the book, Crazy Shortcut Quilts, Quilt as You Go and Finish in Half the Time!. Included with the book will be a fabric goodie.
Crazy Shortcut Quilts, Quilt as You Go and Finish in Half the Time!
Learn to make crazy quilts using fat quarters of fabrics, quilting as you go, using the decorative stitches on your sewing machine! Easy and quick &, requires almost no sewing or quilting experience. Includes fabric selection advice to make your quilt a part of your home decor, and includes time estimates for the quilts, so that you will know how soon you can have a quilt finished!
- Instructions for 15 projects including wall art, pillows, a queen-size quilt, fabric valances and accent throws
- Advice for selecting the right fabrics and color schemes
- More than 175 color photos
- Ideas for using your decorative stitches
After reading Crazy Shortcut Quilts, you won’t have quilt tops sitting around waiting to be quilted any more. You’ll be looking for more projects to make!
Prize #2 has been donated by Dorothy Baker and is a baby quilt pattern she designed called Comfort Is….. The finished quilt measures 38 1/2" x 46 1/2". Also included in this prize are pre-washed fabrics for the bunnies and for some of the flowers and leaves.
I was thrilled to discover that Dorothy is the designer behind the wonderful quilt, All About Bears, that I had the pleasure of seeing at the Upper Canada Village quilt show last year. This has to be one of the most gorgeous quilts I’ve ever seen… one day I hope to be able to make something that beautiful.
Prize #3, has been donated by Pat Sloan and is her Learn to Machine Quilt with Pat Sloan soft-cover book.
Learn to Machine Quilt with Pat Sloan
Pat Sloan introduces her favorite tools and supplies for machine quilting, explains how to prepare a top for quilting, and instructs you in her signature style of free-motion machine quilting. Based on a class she teaches, the approach is easy, fast-paced, and will have you quilting free-motion swirls, curves, and other shapes in no time! After working on practice pieces and a project or two, you will soon find yourself free-motion machine quilting with confidence!
The book features basic machine quilting instructions plus 6 projects: Sew Simple table runner (using fabric charm squares), The Joy of Sewing wall hanging which is perfect for any theme print, Sunflowers Forever wall hanging, Chantilly Beach Roses throw, and Butterfly Garden quilt and pillow shams.
About Pat Sloan – Pat has been busy lately with her usual books, patterns, and fabric lines. But did you know she is an active blogger and has new online workshops? Check them all out! Website | Blog | Webcam | Online workshops