Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Win a Jacquie Gering Quilt!

All quilts pictured here were made by Jacquie Gering.

I am so excited to announce the raffle of  a Jacquie Gering quilt!  Jacquie hardly needs introduction as a leader in the world of moder quilting, where, among many things, she is an amazing quilter, talented author, excpetional teacher, and she currently serves on the Modern Quilt Guild Board of Directors.  But perhaps more important on her bio than all those impressive things is that she is extremely gracious, funny, and kind-hearted, and I am blessed to call her friend.  If you have already met her, you know exactly what I mean and you are nodding your head in agreement as you read this. If you haven't met her yet, please listen to me and go and do so!   You will come away feeling refreshed and inspired.

Last summer while having lunch together in Chicago, Jacquie gave me a stack of quilts to send down to Guatemala for Project Quilt Lemonade.  We thought it would be fun to raffle off one of them for people who have donated a quilt to this charity!

A quilt to beget quilts = a win for one of you and a win for the people of La Limonada!

This is the quilt made by Jacquie Gering being raffled, named Selvage Spools:
(Ignore the Christmas decorations in the background - I snapped this pic awhile ago!)
The quilt measures about 33" x 49" and already has a convenient hanging sleeve :).  It would look super cute hanging in a sewing room and I'm thrilled it is coming to live with one of YOU!
I am so appreciative of all the support from this community of makers in providing quilts for La Limonada.   Thank you!  We are spreading JOY my friends!

So, would you like to win Jacquie's quilt?  Of course you do!   Here are the details:  Any quilt donated for Quilt Lemonade that makes it's way to me by March 31, 2015, will be included in the raffle.  To be included in the drawing, quilts must meet the guidelines for the project, as specified in this post .  Basically, we need new completed quilts of a usable size.  50" x 50" is a general measurement requirement - Of course we will accept larger quilts or slightly smaller as long as they are of usable size.  We want these quilts to be both a thing of beauty and function - something that will bring joy and warmth to those who could use more of both of those things in their life.  
Close up of Jacquie's Selvage Spools

And if you don't happen to win, Jacquie has a tutorial on her blog for how to make this cute selvage quilt.  It's perfect for all those fun selvages out there.  Is it me, or are the selvages getting cuter and cuter lately?!  
Good news:  If you have already donated a quilt, you are already entered!  
More good news:  Each quilt gets an entry, so you will have as many entries as the number of quilts you have donated.  

Another close up of Jacquie's Selvage Spools
Now, let's get busy making some quilts for La Limonada!  I'll draw a winner randomly at the end of March.  If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me.  Let me know when you are ready to mail a quilt and I'll send on the address.

And I'm sending out a  huge THANK YOU!  to Jacquie for sharing her quilts with Quilt Lemonade!  I am grateful.  

Monday, March 2, 2015

My New Favorite Quilt

OK, like many quilters, my favorite quilt is often the last one I've just finished.  This just means there is lots of opportunity for each quilt to have it's turn in the spotlight - the one everyone clamors for during family movie night- the one I find the kids have snuck downstairs to put on their bed before they go to sleep.  But truly, I think THIS quilt is my favorite.  I mean it this time. ;)

Everytime I walk through this room, my eyes find their way to all those colorful candy-like triangles, and it makes me happy.  It just does!

This quilt was made with the help of my dear friends from around the globe in The Stitch Tease Bee.  I have so enjoyed sewing with this group of talented women for the past few years and am so thankful to have a tangible reminder of our work together living wtih me in my home!  I came up with a panel of flying geese (see tutorial here) for my beemates to make with me and I love what they created!  There are so many special fabrics in here, including some of my all-time favorites, that it is easy to lose several minutes just looking at them all.  Eye candy at its finest.

And the back!  I've been saving this hoarded Ikea fabric for something special and had this quilt in mind from the start.  I quilted with a walking foot spiraling out from the center - worth the effort and sore shoulders if you ask me.  I love it!