Sunday, May 27, 2018

Hands2Help - Results (WOOHOO!!!) and Winners!!

Hi, all!

Oh my goodness - what a wild ride this year's Hands2Help Challenge has been!  Have you enjoyed it as much as I have?  Once again, I am amazed by how generous the quilting community is - but while I ramble on, I'm sure you are wondering just how many quilts were donated... so here it is.....



...fabulous quilters donated....



...incredible quilts!!!!!!!  That's 25 more quilters and 149 more quilts than last year - you guys are absolutely AMAZING!!! As the numbers kept going up, I was more and more amazed.  At 300, I was jumping up and down - so you can imagine what it was like around here when we topped 400!  Let's just say my husband was a little worried for a while that I had gone completely off my noodle....

And not only are you amazing, but we have some pretty amazing sponsors, too - because EVERYONE gets a gift to thank them for participating so generously in this year's Challenge!  The list of sponsors and the winners is below...


The fabulous Kate Spain (and her husband Pete!) sent a fun box full of scraps - appropriate for this, the year of the scrap!  I've bundled them up in fun groupings that should make anyone's heart sing!  (And just imagine, Kate Spain's scraps!)
Winners:
Barb N., Lisa M., Trudie C., Ursula Y., Debbie McD., Cathryn S., Susan S., Sherry B., Kathy Q., Mary D., Adele D., Jamie E., Mona R., Jeanine C.




Amy Smart, who blogs at Diary of a Quilter, has sent a huge bundle of giveaway items.  
Winners:
Maria J., Rebeckah A., Marsha H., Joan D., Annie M., Kelly C., Nita C., Jan A., Ann S., Charlotta N., Pat P., Linda M., Jan O., Moira McS., Anja C., Jannette B., Terri B., Pam E., Lorraine B., Kathleen R.


Amy is now a fabric designer, with two lines under her belt!  It's fun following along and watching her creativity bloom...


The folks over at Fat Quarter Shop are back again this year, offering three $25 gift certificates!  Have you been to Fat Quarter Shop?  They have a great selection of fabrics, and they feature wonderful tutorials for easy quilts using pre-cuts.  Lots of fun things going on there!
Winners:
Erica T., Wilma S., Pat C.


Christina Cameli, from A Few Scraps, is donating her newest book, Wedge Quilt Workshop!   While all of her books are excellent, this book moves beyond free motion quilting into some seriously fun piecing.
Winner:
Arlyn P.




You may be most familiar with Classic Metal Company as the creators of those fabulous metal barn quilts - but Mark has been branching out, and this year he is donating four sets of these beautiful Christmas ornaments as prizes for Hands2Help!  Be sure to check out his website to see all the beautiful things he creates just for quilters!!
Winners:
Elizabeth F., Paula DiM., Duffy M., Ramona N.

If you're anything like me, you're already familiar with The Warm Company, creator of Warm & Natural batting.  The Warm Company has sent us several wonderful quilt batts to be given away as prizes!
Winners:
Joy M., Melissa G., Beryl R., Vicki S., Kim A.


Our friends at Craftsy have come through this year with three fabulous quilt kits as giveaway items!!  And if you haven't checked out Craftsy Unlimited yet, you really need to - imagine unlimited access to all of their classes 24/7!  You could learn how to do everything!
Winners:
Karen McC. Melinda C., Debbie B.


Northcott Fabrics has joined us as a sponsor this year, sending several beautiful fabric bundles to share as giveaways!  Their fabric truly is wonderful, with a beautiful hand and great colors.
Winners:
Sherrill P., Lisa E.


Moda Fabrics has also jumped on board, with a fun box of goodies that will ensure many happy hours of quilting to come for some of you!  
Winners:
Louise H., Myra B.. Janine H., Becky McN., Sandy P., Kathy C., Kathleen P., Nikki M., Selina K., Charlene D., Joy McD.

And Kate Conklin has generously donated several of her patterns once again!  She's such a good friend of the Hands2Help Challenge!
Winners:
Barbara H., Sarah S.




Many of you not only give it forward with your quilts, but you also help encourage the people who participate in the Challenge by donating giveaway items!  (Quilters are THE BEST!!!)  So here's what your fellow participants have donated!

Terri Johnson, who blogs at QuiltNCards, is donating a bundle of six fat quarters in warm, wonderful reds!!  Terri does the most amazing paper piecing - you should see some of her creations!
Winner:
Shannon W.


Joanne Hubbard, who blogs at Everyone Deserves a Quilt, has donated this beautiful jelly roll of Grunge Hits the Spot by Moda for one lucky winner!
Winner:
Ann W.


Kathleen Gansert, a/k/a KatieQ, who blogs at Katie's Salt Marsh Path, is donating a $25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop.  Katie's trying to get back into the habit of blogging, so stop by her blog and show her some love!!
Winner:
Robyn O.



Selina Kidney, who blogs at Selina Quilts, has found a great prize to donate - an OttLite!  These things are awesome - just great for adding a little extra light just where you need it...
Winner:
Carol S.


Many of you have sent quilts for Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo to Emily Bailey over the years - but did you know that she makes beautiful all natural soaps, too?  And this year, she's donating three of her mini-samplers as giveaways.  The winners will get to choose their three favorites - and I guarantee it will be a tough choice!
Winners:
Susan R., Deb A., Carolyn B.


Susan Smith of Stitched by Susan has decided she wants to be a giver this year, so she's offering edge to edge long arm quilting services, batting and return postage for one lap size quilt, (max 4875 square inches).
Winner:
Paula B.

Chris Behme of chrisknitssews and not much else (don't you love that name!) has donated a $25 gift certificate to Always In Stitches in Noblesville, Indiana!  They have a great on-line shop you should check out...
Winner:
Sharon T.

Karen McCutchen has very generously shared some quilting goodies with us - a Connecting Threads Essential Cotton Salt & Pepper thread set, a Connecting Threads 5000 yard black cotton cone, Machine Quilting Skillbuilder 1, a large fabric with preprinted quilting to practice on, and a Mini Coffee Cup Quilt Pattern!
Winners:
Heide D., Tracey B., Darlene H., Jean S., Cathy K., Sue D., 


Terri a/k/a Quilting Nonnie has jumped in with a Kaffe Fassett Classics Layer Cake and an American Jane Honey Bun - how fun!  I love both those designers!  Just imagine what you could create with those beautiful fabrics....
Winners:
Tonia C., Sue G.


And Robyn Ostby is providing this beautiful 27-fat quarter bundle for one lucky winner!  Don't you just want to pet all that gorgeousness?
Winner:
Debbie D.



We've also had some wonderful Quilt Fairies who are helping us obtain more goodies to giveaway. That's still in progress, but here's a few pictures of some of the goodies just to whet your appetite...



One of our quilt fairies got in contact with some folks, and arranged for a $20 gift certificate to Fort Worth Fabric Studio...


They have a beautiful website, and a great selection of fabrics, but my favorite thing is the Friday Bundle Batch - a curated collection of fabrics for a great price.  Head over there and sign up for their email newsletter to keep up with everything that's going on!  
Winner:
Kate S.


And that same quilt fairy got in touch with Quilter's Dream, the batting folks - and they send a big box of battings to give away! Can I tell you how very grateful I am for quilt fairies?
Winners:
Geri DeB., Becky D., Juli M., Cindy P., Marsha P., Joanne B., Helen S., Carol E., Kristi B.

I have a wide variety of anonymous donations that I didn't take the time to photograph and won't list in detail here in the interests of getting this post finished in time to publish on Sunday - but here are the winners of those wonderful prizes:
Winners:
Mari H., Ruth H., Diann B., Sharon V., Brenda R., Karen G., Ilana J., Charmaine T., Terri J., Sue B., Deborah S., Carole C., Patricia E., Christina P., Bonnie S., Susan N., Joanna P., Mina K., Joanna H., Brooke K., Joanne H., Kathy D., Julie K., Amanda R., Michelle R., Kathy D.'s mom, Anita S., Paulette H., Julie S., Bernie K., Nancy C., Carolyn J., Irene V., Val R., Ida F., Karen K., Sandra W., Joann O'N., Linda S., Danice G., Mary G., Karen G., Doris M., Charlotte M., Paula A., Cathy L., Cynthia B., Kathy S., Amber B., Maria S., Lynette C., Sylvia A., Sherry V., Liz H., Ashley B., Loris M.

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So that's a wrap for this year's Hands2Help Challenge (at least for you guys - I've got to get all those prizes in the mail or notify the sponsors who will be mailing theirs out directly!)  And remember, it's never too early to start thinking about next year's Challenge!  I particularly appreciated some of our anonymous donors, who did some legwork to get additional corporate sponsors.  If you have contacts with quilting related companies, businesses, pattern designers, etc., think about asking them to help sponsor the Challenge next year - because if this year is any indication, I'm going to need to start collecting prizes and sponsors a whole lot earlier!  


Hugs!  Huge Hugs!!!

Sarah

PS For some reason, Blogger stopped sending me email notification of comments made on my blog on Friday.  If that continues, I may have trouble responding to your comments - but please leave them anyway and I'll try to find a way to answer (like replying on the blog.)  I love hearing from you all!!

68 comments:

  1. Congratulations to everyone, the winners, and the sponsors are so generous, and those quilts, what winners the recipients will be.And if this continues, you will need a very comfy chair for next year. Well done, Phew, sit back when the posting is done and take a rest.

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    1. I certainly need a more comfortable work stool, or at least a cushion on mine! LOL!

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  2. Oh wow!!! That is an incredible amount of quilts made! Well done everyone!!!! I hope you ge a prize too for all the work you have put in!!! xx

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    1. Isn't it amazing? I had hoped for 300, but 416? WOW!

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  3. Wow, what an amazing and awesome result!! Thank you for all your hard work, and for the fabulous prizes. What generosity that every participant is a winner!! I am sure the quilts will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for organizing this wonderful event.

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    1. Our sponsors have really been amazing over the entire course of the Challenge, all eight years. We are blessed!

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  4. Congrats to all the winners. I know I always look forward to H2H every year. So happy to hear of all the quilts that were donated. Looking forward to next years H2H! Thank you to all the companys that had donated items.

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    1. Strangely enough, I'm looking forward to next year, too - but I'm not ready to start on it yet! LOL!

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  5. I knew there were many generous quilters out there, but this year's total number of quilts is incredible! Congrats to all the quilters, and a huge thanks to you, Sarah, for all your hard work.
    (P.S. I'm having the same problem with Blogger and not getting any comments by email.)

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    1. It really is incredible, isn't it? And I'm so glad to know I'm not alone in my Blogger issues...

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  6. 416! Wow! Now go put your feet up and relax!

    (Same Bligger problem here too.)

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    1. I'm planning on it, Mari - and I'm glad to know I'm not alone with Blogger problems. Wish they'd get their act together!

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  7. Wahoo! This is such awesome news! Another successful year! Thank you to all the sweet quilters participating and to the generous sponsors...And especially to you Sarah. Your inspiration cheers us all!
    And buggers to Blogger. It is still messing me up with being able to comment. And my friend told me yesterday that she left a comment on my blog post but it is no where to be seen. It's hard to stay connected. I've taken to emailing some bloggers when I can't leave a comment. But go rest up with a lemonade anyway, Sarah. You deserve a break :-)

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    1. Oooh, this is another Blogger thing. To find your friend's comment, go to Blogger and look in the Spam folder under Comments. Sometimes they mark regular comments as spam for unknown reasons. Good luck!

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    2. I'm glad to know I'm not alone with problems with blogger. I've "lost" comments too, only to find them in the spam folder. Many from people who have been commenting on my blog for years, but the spammers always seem to make it onto the blog!

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    3. Thank you, Mari and Sarah! I found comments under Awaiting Moderation and was then able to get them to publish. I hope Blogger gets this worked out soon. I wouldn't have figured this out without your help.

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  8. So happy to be able to participate this year in such a great cause. Truly appreciate all the hard work you put in Sarah to make this happen! Relax and enjoy this weekend.....

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    1. Believe me I plan to!! Thanks for joining in!!

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  9. 416! Wow. That is such an amazing number. What a great group to be a part of. Congratulations on the success Sarah.

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  10. This is amazing contratulations!!!

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    1. Congratulations to all of us on a job well done!

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  11. WooHoo! What awesome numbers! I'm thrilled to be a part of this. Thanks for all you do to organize this. You rock!

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    1. So do you, Joanne - and all the quilters who have participated this year and past years! The Challenge wouldn't exist without all of you!

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  12. Oh my gosh that is soooooo wonderful. Congratulations.

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    1. Congratulations to everyone - quilters, recipients - we're all winners!!

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  13. Wow! The numbers are exploding.
    I sure hope there is a prize for the administrator of this event... If not let me know.
    Congrats on a job well done.
    Hugs

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    1. Thanks, Terri! It's wonderful to see so many quilters bind together in common cause - and become friends in the process!

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  14. Congrats Sarah~! Another job well done. We all know that non of this would happen if it were not for you!
    I am thrilled and amazed at this year's numbers. Wow. Looking forward to next year.

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    1. LOL - It wouldn't happen without all of you! I'm just the cheerleader!

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  15. Congratulations! 416 is an incredible amount of quilts. Thank you for all of the time and effort you put in the the yearly challenge. H2H not only comforts the recipients of the quilts, but brings together quilters in a common cause. It's a wonderful challenge. Thanks again.

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    1. It certainly has been instrumental in introducing me to quilters all over the world, and it's fun to know I have friends most anywhere i could go!

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  16. Wow, 416! Congratulations that’s awesome!

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    1. Isn't that amazing, Char? Can't imagine what next year holds for us!

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  17. Amazing-what a great challenge-I'm in for next year!

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  18. What a great response to the H2H 2018 challenge! Kind of mind-blowing, really. Great work, everyone, and especially you, Sarah, for all you do!

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    1. It really is mind-blowing! Thanks for finding the perfect word!!

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  19. I'm shocked! I thought we'd get 350, maybe 375. Woohoo, what a great year of giving. This is fabulous. Just think of all those uncomforted people if you weren't pulling us all together. Thank you! Thanks to all the sponsors and quilt fairies, too. I am already thinking about my quilts for next year. This COULD actually be the year I get them ready before we start in March. LOL I say it every year, but it could happen!

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    1. You and me both! Good luck with those quilts for next year...

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  20. Congrats on an amazing accomplishment!

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    1. Congratulations go to all the participants - they made it happen!!

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  21. Wow...that's a lot of quilts. Amazing! Congrats. And thanks for all that you do to make this happen.

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  22. This is just absolutely amazing!!

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  23. 416! That's amazing! Thanks for hosting this, you are the best!

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  24. I absolutely LOVED this! It feels great to make something for someone else! This was so much fun And i can't wait to do it again! And I'm so excited! I won the quilt block ornaments and i can't wait to find somewhere great to put them!! Thank you so much for putting this all together!

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  25. One of the very best parts of H2H is that you always seem to find enough prizes for everyone who participates! Do you feel like Oprah? "You get a prize! And YOU get a prize! And YOU get a prize!!" :)

    I'm also struggling with blogger, so I give you permission to not respond to this comment. Just know that I appreciate all that you do for our wonderful community.

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  26. That number of quilts is amazing. Thanks for all of your hard work putting it together and for giving us a way to help out.

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  27. I totally forgot to visit your blog yesterday (I don't get the email notification until the day after the blog post), but I'm as astounded as everyone else at the response this year. Congratulations to all; the quilters, the sponsors, the quilt fairies and most especially to you, Sarah. I truly don't know how you do it and keep up with all your other commitments. It's clear how much time you put into H2H, but the financial burden must be rising as well. Hope the blogger issue gets resolved soon. I've seen speculation that it's connected to the European privacy policy business. Once again I think I'm glad I'm not a blogger.
    Pat

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  28. That is an amazing number of quilts! How absolutely awesome! Congratulations to all the well-deserving winners. Great job on this project, Sarah!

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  29. I forecast a well-deserved break in your near future, after all the work you've put into this project. Thank you!

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  30. That's so impressive! Congratulations on this amazingly successful challenge! (And you're not alone with the blogger glitch.)

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  31. Way to go! What a great thing you have done, organizing THIS. So happy to participate (my first time!)

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  32. What can I say??? You are a jewel and I am so delighted with the marvelous response!!!! May God bless your goodness always! :-)

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  33. Sarah this is just so AWESOME!!! 416 quilts is such a blessing and will bring so much comfort to those in need...makes my heart smile <3 :-)
    Thank you for all you do to organize this event and the prizes are the extra special icing on the cake!!! You are truly a blessing!!

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  34. Wow, what wonderful results. And all thanks to your organization of the challenge and lots of quilters jumping in to help. Thank you for all you do and hopefully next year I'll be donating a quilt made from the Craftsy kit we won. Thanks again.

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  35. Wow, that is amazing! I'm so happy that you had such a good turnout. I got into this a little late, so I'm hoping I can do more than two next year. Thank you SO much for all the hard work you do to put this whole thing together. YOU should get a prize!

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  36. YAY!!! Thanks Sarah for all YOUR hard work! Sure appreciate everything you and Emily did! (hope you get this message! HA)

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  37. This is so exciting! Thank you for all your hard work putting this together every year. I am so glad I found it again and was able to participate. I had so much fun the last time I helped (2014?). I received the new piece I ordered for my long arm quilter and hope to get it going soon. My goal for this summer is to quilt the tops I finished for H2H and send them out to the charities. I picked the Chemo charity because my grandma is ending her battle with Leukemia, I will miss her. But its OKAY. My sister just moved n with us and is living in my sewing room out back, so that's another thing I need to get settled before I can begin quilting. Thanks Again!

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  38. So great to hear of all the quilts made this year for H2H. Thanks for all your hard work and to all the great sponsors.

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  39. So glad H2H was so successful this year! The Amy Smart scraps prize you sent me has arrived, thank you. And thanks especially for organizing this event!

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  40. Oh my goodness Sarah what a huge job to keep track of all of these treats! It's an organizational feat! Thank you so much for the fabric that you sent me... I am going to sew it into a project immediately!

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