My wonderful main sponsor who came to me out of the blue, and who I now consider a friend (I've said it before but it's amazing how many people I have met through my blog), is Brenda, of Quilt Designs in the Yard.
You must check out her site here. She does amazing work. Think Barn Quilts, but scaled down so you can have them in your yard, maybe on a shed, to dress it up, in a spot in the garden maybe where things don't grow so well, or maybe at your front door!
Of the nine designers, three of us finished 30 quilt designs by the deadline. That is amazing. I would hazard a guess that our little group created in the neighbourhood of 150+ quilts over the course of the 70 days.
This challenge has never failed to spawn further accolades. Many of the designers have had a design published that was submitted in the challenge. Many have made one or more of their designs, either within the 70 days of the challenge, in itself quite the accomplishment, or shortly after. This year again, this has been the case.
But first of all the winners!
The grand prize winner of the back yard quilt is Cindy of Stitchin' at Home! Cindy was the first one done, and her designs are exquisite. She is currently sewing up one of the 30 she designed for a magazine! Cindy gets to choose which one of her blocks she will submit to Brenda to be turned into a sturdy aluminum back yard quilt something like the one below:
Kathleen of Kathleen McMusing has won the $25 gift certificate from Cali Quilt Co.
|Pretty in Pink|
I was the third person to complete all 30, but being the host, I have declined the other $25 gift certificate, which is from Clinton Modern Creative.
Unbeknownst to him, MacGyver picked the winner, so the gift certificate goes to Leanne of Devoted Quilter.
I've made three of my designs so far:
|Cheerio design #1|
|Pasque Star design #5|
|Luminous Layers design #17 (needs quilting - check back Friday!)|
Anja of Anja Quilts has made one of her designs. She was late to jump in to the challenge, but we were glad to have her, and here is the one she made:
|No name as of yet...|
Thank you so very much to Anja, Genevieve, Sarah, Wendy, Kathleen, Cindy and Leanne for joining me in this year's challenge. We have decided to keep our little group going, as an incentive to keep creating, as a safe place to share, and a safe place to get advice/thoughts on our work.
Thank you so very much to Brenda of Quilt Designs in the Yard, to Tayva of Cali-Quilt Co, and to Darla of Clinton Modern Creative for generously sponsoring a prize in this year's challenge. I am so grateful to you three small-business owners women for your support. I do hope my readers will consider spending some of their hard-earned money at one of these three great places, when next they are about to purchase fabric or a quilt-related gift. It's so important to support small businesses!