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Monday, May 7, 2012

Busy Work Contest Winners!!

Collecting American Country by Mary Ellisor Emmerling

My thanks to everyone who participated in my very first Pocket Patchwork Sew-along!  The response was overwhelmingly wonderful!  I know that many of you haven't been able to sew-along with us these past few weeks, but that's quite alright.  Read on for a reason to get started!

This book is one of my all time favorites.  I page thru it regularly and am inspired by the lovely things on its pages. One page in particular really caught my eye this spring, and was the catalyst for two of my most recent designs, with the Busy Work quilt being one of them. 

Lucy's Prairie Pockets pattern was inspired by the Prairie Pocket hanging on the wall.  I had been wanting to create a pocket for some time, and it just kept nudging me.  I'm so glad that I did because they are really great fun to make.  Doesn't it look awesome in this arrangement?  Pockets look great next to the reproduction quilts in my house, too.   Loving all those needle-keep cases and wonderful antique quilts.  Sigh.

There are many goodies on this page that I'd love to reproduce in some fashion or form.  You, too?  Well, Busy Work was inspired by the little black, brown, and cream colored two-block Sawtooth Star quilt to the lower right corner of the pocket.  Two blocks doesn't make for a long sew-along, so I played with ideas until I came up with what you now know is Busy Work

So, that's how Busy Work came to be!  What do you think? 

Now...on to the important stuff.  Choosing the winners!  Yes.... winners - plural.  I decided to choose two winners....so each will get a set of my newest 6 patterns.

The random number generator chose the winners and they are.........

Jan who said....It's been so much fun waiting for Friday to see the next piece of the quilt. I love the finished quilt. I did mine in the same color way as yours and I'm going to quilt it with an overall design using my embroidery machine. Thanks for a great project!!

Marcia who said.....This little quilt is adorable. I am just getting into mini quilts as I begin my retirement. Mine is not ready to send a photo yet, but I have the fabrics ready to go and have started cutting. The border really adds a great finishing touch.  You fabric line is lovely. I look forward to buying and using it - maybe with your patterns.

Please email me your snail mail addresses and I will get those patterns to you right away!  Thanks to everyone who commented all along.  Words don't fully express how I love reading them and that they mean so very much to me. 

I'm loving all of the colorways that you are all using.  I've seen quite a few and they're great.  Thanks for the photos and links!!  Now, I know everyone would enjoy seeing how your Busy Work quilts are turning out, so I'm going to propose another give-away!!!

Piece & photograph your Busy Work quilt by 
Saturday, July 7th.  

If you have it quilted and bound, why, we'll consider you an over-achiever!  Send me a photo of your quilt via email no later than July 7th to be eligible, and I will show them all in an upcoming blog post!  Your photo will count as your entry to the give-away. 

One winner will receive a Fat Eighth bundle of my new fabric collection,  

So, ladies and gentlemen......start your sewing machines!  

I've got to get back to market preparations.  Enjoy your day and I'll be in touch very soon!



  1. Congrats to the winners - I guess I am an over acheiver as I have my mini 'Busy' finished - yes, quilted and bound.

  2. Sharon is so good about finish everything! Congrats to the winners.

  3. Ohhhh - what a lovely prize!!! My top is done and now I best get to thinking about how to quilt it...

  4. Congrats to the winners, and thanks for another opportunity to win! I just have to add the border and then finish it off. I will certainly try to meet the deadline!

  5. We are all winners with this new program!! Thank you. Cannot wait for the next busy work project. Their small, fun, beautiful and the fact that they are accomplishable in a fair amount of time makes me want more.
    Thanks again, and congratulations to both winners.

  6. Congrats to the winners. Guess I need to hurry and finish up, just have the borders then to quilt it.

  7. Really miss our little get-togethers on Fridays. Am looking forward to the reports from Spring Market.
    Carol L

  8. Hi Pam just found your blog through Quilt Hollow. I am going to make your little quilt.It looks amazing.Looking forward to visiting here regularly.