The finalists for our Fabric Design Contest have submitted their
secondary designs, so while we get them ready for judging, we thought we
would share some of the designs with you and a little bit about the
designers. To read the previous four designer bios, click on the
following designer names: Carbonated Creations, Sherry Saunders, Virginia Odien, and Sandra Malone.
Introducing Ingrid Figueras, designer of Squawk!
Thank you to everyone who entered our Quilts Made with Love giveaway! As heartfelt as this book is, it was so touching to read all of your wonderful comments and hear whose lives you would make a little better with a quilt from this book. I want to remind you that if you aren't a winner, you can still pick up a copy of the book at 40% off right now thanks to our book sale.
Using a random number generator, we have selected our three winners.
Comment #315 - Annette Barnaby
I delight in supplying warm huge in the form of quilts for friends and family members. Especialyl for my Granddaughter Sydney who moved a little farther away from Nana.
Comment #91 - Terry Estes
I would make quilts for my four children and six grandchildren. I made sure about 15 years ago each of my children had quilts from each of MY grandmothers (I have three). There is no feeling like snuggling underneath a blanket made by someone who loves you. You get to experience the memories and love all over again.
Comment #298 - Leslie Fox
My mother-in-law would love to receive a quilt made from a pattern in your book. I have been looking for a special pattern to make for her since my father-in-law passed away. She needs the warm comfort of a quilt lovingly made. The last pattern in this post looks perfect!
Congratulations to our winners, and thank you again for entering!
Winners - be sure to check your inboxes! We need to hear back from each of you within a week or a new winner will be selected.
The finalists for the Fabric Design Contest have submitted their secondary artwork, so while we get them ready for our team of judges, we thought we would share the designs with you and a little bit about the designer.
Meet Virginia Odien, designer of "Fairy Lanterns".
Virginia was born in Japan but reared in sunny California. As a military brat she lived in a whole lot of states before she was 5. Since she’s allergic to cold weather she’d like to thank her parents for settling in the golden state.
Her first memory of creating art was soaping up the glass shower doors and finger-painting swirls and flowers on the doors instead of scrubbing her grubby tom-boy self. She learned it was far more fun playing than scrubbing. Creating beautiful things motivated her to transfer ephemeral bubbles on glass into crayons, pencils, or watercolor onto paper.
Finding a print-on-demand website and realizing she had a hard time finding the kinds of fabric designs at brick and mortar stores that made her heart race. She set out to create fun, quirky and beautiful fabrics that would appeal to her and those who want something different than the same old, same old.
Virginia is self-taught and continues to hone her design eye by studying what works and what doesn’t. She credits her many forays into different mediums that helps her understand color, texture, and when to take an aspirin so she can keep designing.
She works in a media relations and marketing office where she dreams of designing all day long and answering calls from companies that are demanding more and more designs from her.
The finalists for our Fabric Design Contest have submitted their secondary designs, so while we get them ready for our judging panel, we thought we would share the designs with the public and include a little information about the designers.
Meet Sandra Malone, designer of Cans and Buttons.
Sandra Malone grew up in a rural farming community in Texas. Her creative interest at that time was learning to sew. She could creatively combine several patterns together to sew a new outfit that was different than any you could purchase in a store. Sandra’s painting career didn’t surface until later after raising her children. Sandra would purchase the Foster Art books and teach herself as much about color and art as possible. After moving to Wyoming in 1970, and finding a friend that was interested in Tole and Decorative painting, did she begin to design on her own. In 1975, Sandra started her painting career in a small studio in the basement of her home, and finally she and a friend developed a business in Casper, WY called
“Creative Hang Ups”. After 10 years of owning a business, Sandra
decided to move into the creative design work and has remained there
along with authoring and publishing design books in decative painting.
Sandra has two daughters and one son, in which all of them are involved in some art form. She also has 8 Great Grandchildren, and continues to teach herself as much about art as possible. Her next challenge is to learn a computer program to enhance her artwork.
If you don't already know, next year will be Connecting Threads'
20th anniversary. We're pretty excited about that! To celebrate this
milestone, we wanted to do something a little special. We wanted to make
sure that whatever we did, we could share it with all of you, too! We
were looking for something that was both aesthetically pleasing while
still remaining useful. With everyone's lives getting busier and busier,
we figured a calendar would be just the ticket.