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!)
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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!
Joy M., Melissa G., Beryl R., Vicki S., Kim A.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!!
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...
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!
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).
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...
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!
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....
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?
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!
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?
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:
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.
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!!!
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