I hope you're enjoying the Challenge so far! Maybe you've started on your quilts, maybe not - everyone works at a different pace - so it's all good! Today we're going to meet the sponsors who have contributed some lovely things to thank all of you wonderful quilters for participating in the Challenge….
First, let's meet the corporate sponsors.
C&T Publishing is providing four $25 gift certificates! They have loads of fabulous books - I'd have a hard time choosing!
Amy Smart, who blogs at Diary of a Quilter, has sent a big bundle of her patterns for several participants! An accomplished pattern and fabric designer, her blog is always interesting and insightful.
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!
Christina Cameli, from A Few Scraps, is donating a copy of her newest book, Step-by-Step Texture Quilting, and a copy of her first book, First Steps to Free Motion Quilting! While all of her books are excellent, these are two of my favorites. Definitely a must-have for your own library!
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 eight sets of these fun A Quilter Lives Here items as prizes for Hands2Help! Be sure to check out his website to see all the beautiful things he creates just for quilters!!
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 seven wonderful quilt batts to be given away as prizes!
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.
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!
Quilters Dream Batting has generously donated six quilt batts for our participants! These are great batts, particularly for hand quilting!
Clover USA, the makers of my favorite tool, the hera marker, have sent us some fabulous notions as giveaway goodies!
Emily Bailey, who blogs at Em's Scrap Bag and is also the champion for one of our charities, Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo, is donating three bars of soap and five PDF patterns from her shop! If you love scrappy quilting, you need to be reading Emily's blog - she's the queen of scraps!
Pineapple Fabrics is joining us as a sponsor this year with two giveaway goodies! Be sure to check out their on-line shop and tell them thank you!
Judi Madsen at Green Fairy Quilts is joining us again this year, with a fat quarter bundle for one lucky participant! If you don't know about Judi, you should - in addition to being a fabulous quilter, she's a pattern designer, author, teacher, AND she runs a great on-line shop!
Figo Fabrics is new this year - new to the Challenge, and new to the scene as a fabric company! They are an off-shoot of Northcott Fabrics, and they were so much fun to meet in person at QuiltCon! Be sure to check out their fun, fresh, and very modern fabrics soon...
Webfabrics.net is another new sponsor this year! I got to shop in their booth at QuiltCon and oh my what wonderful fabrics they had! (A half-yard bundle of Nuno may have jumped into my basket..) They are generously offering a discount coupon to their on-line shop for all participants who finish the Challenge this year!
OLFA is also joining us this year as a new sponsor! (I got to meet so many wonderful people at QuiltCon this year and talk to them about the Challenge - it was great to add lots of new sponsors.) I don't know a single quilter who doesn't use at least one OLFA product, and they have generously donated two mini-cutter bundles as giveaway items.
Elizabeth Hartman, pattern designer extraordinaire, has joined us as a sponsor this year by sending nine of her patterns! Her designs are definitely on my bucket list - if you aren't familiar with them yet, you can check them out on her website.
Fabricworm is once again joining us as a sponsor, providing a fat quarter bundle for one lucky participant! Fabricworm has a wonderful array of fabrics in their shop, including organics, Japanese imports, and the fabulous Charlie Harper fabrics!
Do you love really great lighting at your sewing machine? Then you need to check out InspiredLED! I absolutely love their lights on both my tabletop sewing machine and on my long arm - they really help my old eyes! InspiredLED is donating three lighting kits for this year's Challenge!
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 eight fat quarters in a rainbow of colors!! Terri does the most amazing paper piecing - you should see some of her creations!
Kathleen Gansert, a/k/a KatieQ, who blogs at Katie's Salt Marsh Path, is donating a beautiful Craftsy quilt kit. Katie's trying to get back into the habit of blogging, so stop by her blog and show her some love!!
Susan Smith of Stitched by Susan is returning as a giver this year, offering edge to edge long arm quilting services, Hobbs 80/20 batting, thread and return postage for one lap size quilt, (max 4200 square inches).
Jamie Elfert of L'Fair Quilts is newly retired (which is great for her pattern designing) and in her newfound spare time she found a great item I think every quilter needs! She's donating one of those wooden quilt squares (they come unfinished so you can match it to your own decor) for one of this year's participants!
Karen McCutchen has put together some wonderful quilting goody bundles that several of our participants are really going to enjoy!
Sharon Vrooman, who blogs at Vrooman's Quilts, is sharing two Island Batik fat eighth bundles with us this year. Sharon has the coolest address for a quilter of anyone I know!
Carole at From My Carolina Home will send to one lucky winner a sample card of all Hobbs Battings along with four 18-inch square Tuscany battings to try, a set of 8 summer fun color fat quarters by Boundless Fabrics, a spool of Aurifil thread, and the Scrap Dance pattern of the winner's choice.
Leanne Parsons, also known as Devoted Quilter, is donating two PDF quilt patterns to this year's Challenge!
Joyce a/k/a Quilterchick Designs is an author and pattern designer, and is stepping up with one of her books and some low volume fabric for one lucky participant!
Cindy, who blogs over at Stitchin' at Home, is donating one of her PDF patterns!
Myra, who blogs and creates over at Busy Hands Quilts (and by the way, has a great Friday linky party there too!) is donating five PDF patterns from her shop to five participants!
P., the famous blogger, Pyrex and paint-by-numbers collector, and general all-around fabulous quilter, is donating two books to the goodie collection!
We've also had some wonderful Quilt Fairies who are helping us obtain more goodies to giveaway. More than ever this year, and you all have no idea how much I appreciate all your participation! My office is currently a disaster area of boxes and piles of giveaway goodies...
...that I'm working diligently to get ready for the end of the Challenge! So while I work on these, you guys keep working on those quilts!
Such a great array of prizes from so many generous folks! Despite our record number of participants (247 to date!) it looks like we will have enough goodies to send a "thank you" to everyone who finishes a quilt! And if you already said you'd donate something, but you don't see your name here, let me know - I have tried to keep track of everyone, but something may have fallen through the cracks...
Be sure to show all our sponsors some love - they really come through when I contact them about the Hands2Help Challenge every year!! And be sure to check back next week, when the fabulous Jamie of L'Fair Quilts will be our guest blogger!!
Remember, if you post pictures of your H2H quilts or in-progress shots on Instagram, try to tag me (@fabricaddictquilts) and use the tags #Hands2Help2019, #h2h2019, #carolinahurricanequiltproject, #mercyfulquilts, @jacksbasket, #quiltyhugs, and/or #victoriaquiltscanada.
Time to get quilting!!
PS If you're just now finding out about the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge, there's still plenty of time to enter! Just fill out the form in the top right sidebar (be sure to scroll down and fill out the complete form!) You can read more about the Challenge by clicking the Page tab at the top of the blog...