I hope you all had a very nice Christmas, and Happy 2016! I had a wonderful break… lots of family time and hanging out with the kiddos… daughter left for England on Tuesday night- so now the party is over and it’s time to get back to work!
First order of business is that I am finally announcing the winners of the Cozy Afternoon Block of the Month contest!! I asked you to send photos of your completed projects, and you did not disappoint! We got even more entries than last year! I LOVE the contest because I get to see all of your beautiful work! I HATE the contest because I can only choose a few winners! I know everyone always says how hard it is to choose a winner for these things… but really, it was just so difficult, because I loved everything that was sent in. Originally, there were to be 3 winners, but we ended up with 6- 1st, 2nd, a 2 way tie for 3rd, and 2 Honorable Mentions.
Entries were judged based on creativity, overall design and aesthetics, and workmanship. Entries needed to include one or more blocks from the Cozy Afternoon Block of the Month.
Here we go!
First place winner was Brenda from Georgia, who will receive a fabric kit for our 2016 Block of the Month! I loved the blue and yellow fabrics that Brenda chose- they remind me of a vintage tea set. I think what really set this quilt apart was the lattice sashing! Brenda said, “The applique is all by hand. I used a washout fusible and turned and glue basted the edges before appliqueing. I incorporated some of the embroidery details into the applique also. I have always wanted to do lattice style sashing and this project was perfect for that. I did all the free motion quilting on my Pfaff 4.0 Quilt Expression.” Congratulations, Brenda- simply gorgeous quilt!
Second place went to Darlee from Canada. Darlee will receive a box full of fabric and sewing goodies. I liked how she combined appliqued and embroidered blocks to make a larger sized quilt, and I think the delicate floral fabric is just darling and perfect for this project! And don’t you think her borders are soooo clever?? Darlee said, “Originally, I thought I’d make the appliqued blocks; and do a red theme. Since I really wanted to make a quilt for my son I would need to replace the appliques and select fabrics to his liking. So I made one for him. That still left me with the desire to make the teacup blocks; and use a pretty floral fabric that didn’t fit in his quilt. It is very rare for me to make a second quilt of the same design as my wish-list of projects is already too long. However, since I really wanted to use a piece that had belonged to my mother; I decided it would be a perfect quilt to make for myself. But what block version would I make? That was the most difficult, as I liked them all. So, I choose to make the teacup blocks in all three versions; and decide later how to arrange them in my quilt. And that fits perfectly into my style of quilting, just get started and see where it goes.”
Great job, Darlee!
Linda took 3rd Place with her FiestaWare inspired quilt! She made a table cloth in colors to match her dishes. I thought her octagon shape and pieced setting triangles were very clever. Congratulations, Linda!
Also tying for 3rd place was Debbie with her cute and scrappy mug rugs! I loved how she took my embroidery patterns and made her own scrappy project with them. Adorable!
Debbie and Linda will each receive a digital book and pattern pack.
An Honorable Mention went to Meliska from South Africa. She is 15, and this is her third quilt! Meliska said, “The centres of the blocks is embroidery I did on my grandmothers machine in April. It doesn’t really fit the theme or colours, but I thought it was a good idea to use them nonetheless. That is why all the blocks have embroidery and not just the centre five blocks. Because I have school, I can only do quilting in the vacations, so I started this quilt in June. That is why I only used the first two patterns that you sent out. Since it is my 3rd quilt I am so happy to say that it was square when I finished, which for me is a really big achievement. Now during the exams in November I wanted to finish the quilt, so I decided to quilt it on my mother’s long arm quilting machine at home. I worked for three days straight to finish it and since it was the first time I used the machine I was really excited. The background fabric and the blue sashing I quilted with a big Meander, and the blocks I did with a smaller one. The embroidery centres I did with a really detailed Meander and stitched around the picture so that it would pop.” I’m sure Meliska will be winning more award for her quilts!
Our second Honorable Mention was awarded to Bobbie for her quilted hot pad. The happy cheerful colors and cute embroidery made me smile!
Meliska and Bobbie will each receive a digital book prize.
I also wanted to show you the quilt that Heidi from Red Letter Quilts made from the Cozy Afternoon pattern. Heidi was the first place winner of our Sew Sweet Simplicity contest last year! She used the Cozy Afternoon pattern to make a Christmas themed quilt. She used the “critter” designs in the novelty fabric (from my Joy, Love, Peace, Noel fabric line, which I designed several years ago) for her embroidery patterns, and colored them with crayons.
Please click over to her post here to see more photos of this adorable quilt!
I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at these great projects! Thank you to EVERYONE who entered! Are you looking forward to our 2016 Block of the Month? I’ve almost got it done! Make sure you are on my email list so you are the first to know when we get started on this! A little sneak peek: