Sunday, June 8, 2014

Hands2Help - The Giveaway Winners!

"What does love look like?
It has the hands to help others.
It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.
It has eyes to see misery and want.
It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men.
That is what love looks like."

Hi, all!

You guys are amazing!  After totaling up the final numbers, this year we ended up with seventy active participants, who made a total of one hundred forty-five quilts!!!  

70 participants!!!
145 quilts!!!

You donated 52 quilts to Quilts of Compassion, 48 quilts to Happy Chemo, and 33 quilts to Hurricane Sandy Survivors.  Four quilts went to various international charities, donated by our participants living in Canada.  And eight quilts were linked up without a designation as to which charity they went to, so you can mentally add them to whichever charity makes you happiest!  Wherever these quilts go, they are going to do a marvelous job of bringing love, hope, comfort and cheer to people who are in need of a great big quilt-y hug.  

You. Done. Good!!

And now, even though I know none of you do this for the giveaway, I'm very happy to say that we have giveaway items for everyone who participated (and linked up!) this year!!  (A few folks didn't link up, and I have to assume that life happened and they were unable to complete a quilt for the Challenge - but if that's incorrect, be sure to contact me directly at salliesue57 (at) gmail (dot) com and let me know!)

So now let's see who won what!!

The Fat Quarter Shop is contributing three $25 gift certificates to the cause!

Winners:  Lisa E., Linda S., and Jennifer L.!

Shannon at FabricsNQuilts is giving a $35 gift certificate for the final giveaway!

Winner:  Leanne P.!

Kathy over at Pink Chalk Fabrics is providing three $25 gift certificates to her lovely shop!

Winners:  Selina K., Terri J., and Ann X.!

Julie at The Intrepid Thread is also providing a $25 gift certificate, which you can use to indulge yourself from her exciting selection of fabrics.

Winner:  Melissa G.!

Judi Madsen at Green Fairy Quilts is offering a $30 gift certificate to her lovely shop!  Judi just started offering free shipping this year - how awesome is that?

Winner:  Kim D.!

The wonderful folks over at Quilt Dots have chipped in with four sets of their wonderful magnets, and a necklace base for each set! 

Winner:  Rhonda R.!

Winner:  Aldis L.!

Winner:  Maxine S.!

Winner:  Lindsey J.!

Craftsy is generously offering five gift certificates for a free on-line class!  Have you tried Craftsy yet?  It's awesome!

Winners:  Sharon V., Kathy D.,  Nita C., Christa H., and Irene V.!

Fabricworm has sent some lovely fabric bundles from their amazing stock of addict-worthy fabric!

Winners:  Jasmine S., Joanna P., and Jamie E.!

GenerationQ Magazine is offering some great back-issue bundles of their magazine. If you haven't seen this magazine, you should check it out - great articles, wonderful photography and awesome patterns!  They're also providing a copy of their new book, Stitch 'N Swap!

Winners of the library sets:
Anita S. and Shannon W.!

Winner: Kacey W.!

Pam Nagle, who sells lots of great stuff through Instagram as @auntiepami, is offering eight spools of wonderful Aurifil thread.  This thread will spoil you rotten!

Winner:  Beth H.!

Kate Spain has sent some of her lovely fabrics, some of them out of print, in four fat quarter bundles.  She also sent some great Kate Spain goodies!!

Winners:  Charmaine T., Karen Gr.,  Shauna T., and Sue D.!

Winners:  Kate R. and Mina K.!

Amy Smart, who blogs at Diary of a Quilter, has sent a lovely bundle of giveaway items, too.

Winner:  Pauline F.! 

Winner: Sandy!

Winners:  Julie R. and Susan N.!

Winner:  Joanne H.!

And now, books and patterns…

Emily Bailey, who blogs over at Em's Scrap Bag, is donating some of her fabulous patterns!

Winners:  April M. and Karen Go.!

Karrie Lyne Winters, of Freckled Whimsy fame, has started her own line of patterns, and is donating two sets of the winner's choice of five patterns!

Winners:  Belinda S. and Carolyn B.!

Megan Dougherty, who blogs at The Bitchy Stitcher, is donating a signed copy of her new book, Quilting Isn't Funny.   I so want a copy of this for myself - just haven't ordered one yet!  Megan always makes me laugh….

Winner: Kathy S.!

Christina Cameli, from A Few Scraps, is donating a signed copy of her new book, First Steps To Free Motion Quilting.  I can testify that this is a fabulous book - great at teaching free motion quilting using small and useful projects!!

Winner:  Jean K.!

Annie Toy, well known for Annie's Ruby Slipperz, is donating some quilting books, too!  They'll be drop-shipped to the winners directly from Amazon.

Winner:  Carla H.!

Winner:  Shelli L.!

Winner:  Michele K.!

Winner:  Harriett B.!

Winner:  Sherry B.!

And here's what your fellow participants have donated!

Kathy Schwabeland, who blogs over at Lime Green Is A Neutral Color, is donating a copy of Quilt Lovers Favorites from Better Homes & Gardens, a Trim The Tree II paper piecing pattern, and a Stained Glass quilt pattern.

Winner: Amy W.!

Selina Kidney, who blogs at Selina Quilts, is donating charm packs of Little Black Dress, Juggling Summer, and Breezy Batiks.
Winners:  Little Black Dress Charm Pack, Pat P.!
Juggling Summer Charm Pack, Joanne H.!
Breezy Batiks Charm Pack, Carol E.!

Sharon Vrooman, who blogs at Vroomans Quilts, is donating jelly rolls of Wallflowers by Wyndham Fabrics and Enchanted by Free Spirit Fabric.
Winners: Wallflowers Jelly Roll, Adele D.!
Enchanted Jelly Roll, Ann S.!

The fabulous P., who entertains us from her blog, The Way I Sew It, is donating a copy of her pattern, Thoroughly Modern Lily and a $25 gift certificate to

Winner:  Myra J.!

Susan McAdams, who blogs at suemacseeds, is donating a $25 gift certificate to Fabricworm.
Winner:  Beth S.!

Karen Green is donating 100 I-spy charms, a spool of thread, and a flying geese ruler in a fabric basket that she made!
Winner:  Katie Q.!

Kathleen Gansert, a/k/a KatieQ, who blogs at Katie's Salt Marsh Path, is  donating a jelly roll of Oink A Doodle Moo!
Winner:  Valerie R.!

And the following items come from some donors who wished to remain anonymous...

Winner:  Carol S.!

Winner:  Kathy S.!

Winner:  Tanya F.!

Winner:  Paulette H.!

Winner:  Sheila N.!

Two sets of an Aurifil sampler and pair of small sewing scissors on a retractable lanyard
Winners:  Susan M. and Cecilia Y.!

Mettler thread samplers
Winners:  Terri B., Barbara N., Mickey W.

…but wait - - - there's more!

Marilyn Lewis, who blogs at North Hills Quilter, is donating long arm quilting services.
Winner:  Karen P.!

Sue Daurio, who blogs at Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures, is donating long arm quilting on up to a queen size quilt, choosing from a variety of quilting designs.
Winner:  Julianne K.!


I'll be e-mailing all the participants and hooking them up with the sponsors (if needed) or verifying addresses over the next few days.  It's a big job - bear with me while I get to everyone!  And if, in all of this craziness, I missed your link-up or quilt picture, please please please contact me directly (salliesue57 (at) gmail (dot) com). It was not intentional and I don't want to miss anyone!

Thanks once again to everyone who helped sponsor the Challenge this year - I love being able to see that everyone who participates receives a little bit of a thank you for all their hard work!  

I've been by and visited everyone's link to see your wonderful quilts - and it's a lot of inspiration!  If you haven't already, I hope you'll each visit the other links and leave comments - this is your time to pat each other on the backs!!  You've done awesome work and I can't wait to see you again next year!!

And speaking of next year, I had the idea of maybe doing a quilt-along next year, a nice simple but interesting quilt that could be taught and completed within the time span of the Challenge.  What do you think?  I'd love to know!  And if you have any other suggestions to make the Challenge even better next year, please let me know….



PS For those of you who were following the 150 in 5 event on my blog last week, I want to let you know that between necklace sales and generous donations, my daughter came within $300 of her goal by Friday midnight.  Thanks so much to all of you who bought a necklace, made a donation, or helped spread the word!!  I can't wait for the day when I can introduce Nathanael to you!!


  1. This is so awesome. Thank you to all of the sponsors and to you, Sarah, for all of the work and time you put into this event. It's been a positive experience and fun.

  2. So wonderful, another successful challenge! Thank you Sarah for all your hard work I'm so happy I was able to participate again this year.

  3. Sarah thank you for all your work in this!!! And the prizes are awesome!! THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

  4. this was fun to take part in, you sure have put a lot of work into this.

  5. I enjoyed participating again this year. So much fun even if I moved in the midst of the Challenge.

  6. Thank you to all the sponsors and for all you do. I think a QAL would be a great encouragement and lots of fun.

  7. Sarah, well done to you, for being the force behind this great initiative.... it's fun every year!!!! If you do a QAL next year, I would only ask that it start well in advance since it comes at a very busy time of year! Great job everyone !

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  9. Thank you Sarah for all your hard work! Thank you sponsors for all that you do! I think a QAL would be fun for this event next year!

  10. Thank you to the wonderful sponsors and their generosity. Sarah, you after fantastic, thank you! As for the QAL, I think it would be lots of fun for next year.

  11. Thank you for organizing such a wonderful project Sarah. I know it takes a lot of work and I am happy and honored to have been a part of this. Thanks also to the sponsors and to all who provided giveaways. I am looking forward to participating next year, not only in donating quilts, but also prizes. I love quilt alongs because I find it very inspiring and facinating to see the same pattern made with LOTS of different fabric choices; and of course they go to such good causes. Thanks again!

  12. thanks for all you do for others and thanks to ALL the sponsors ! I think the QAL is a wonderful idea !

  13. OMG! Sarah - so generous... so many sponsors and so many goodies! How did you keep track of it all? You are amazing.

    Yes, a quilt along would be fun, and we could still do our own thing, if we wanted to.

  14. A big thank you to you and to all the sponsors and participants in H2H! I think a quilt along is a great idea for next time!

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