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UFO Quilt Challenge Contest

UFO  Quilt Challenge – deadline this weekend!

Quilt Challenge Save a UFO

Starting Jan 5th, Quilting Is Murder is sponsoring a Quilt Challenge with Quilting Gallery where we ask participants to save a UFO (un finished object) from certain death by finishing it up! Here’s the best part: it can be anything mysteriously quilting related *and* you decide if it is “finished” or not when submitted (see below).

Is it killing you to have a particular project unfinished? Can’t figure out what that pile of scraps was supposed to have been? Is it a total mystery what you were thinking when choosing *those* fabrics? Did someone steal your pattern and it’s unclear what to do next? Break out your quilting books and tools, get creative and finish up that UFO!!

Have fun with this an tell us all about what you saved from certain death and if you remember what inspired the creation of the UFO way back in the day. Entries will be judged on their story and how they turned out.

How Does it Work?

  • Grab a project from your UFO pile (unidentified project pile) and start finishing it up!
  • Submit your entry between January 5th and February 11th, 2012.
  • One entry per quilter.
  • On February 14th, 10 finalists will be chosen by a panel of Quilting Is Murder’s Killer Shop Owners and posted on this blog and on Quilting Is Murder’s blog.
  • Voting for your favorite UFO begins February 14th and closes February 19th, 2012.
  • On February 20th, the most popular UFO saved from certain death will receive a bernette 25 sewing machine. All nine runners up will receive a gift set of Quilting Is Murder Lapel Pins and both copies of the Quilter’s Cookbooks.

How to Enter the Contest:

  • Go to our Flickr group – Quilting Is Murder UFO Challenge to upload your entry photos. Stay motivated by sharing your progress photos throughout the month and connecting with others in the challenge.Since there will be many photos entered, please post a comment and a link to your final photo in the “Official Challenge Entries” thread so that the judges can find your entry quickly.
  • Each entry should have 3 photos: a before image, a full final picture and a detail picture.
  • Label your photos “Jane P. – {name of entry}” to make searching entries easier.
  • Please include a short story about how your UFO was saved from Certain Death.

If you have questions, email chief Inspector Jean.

You can see all the quilts submitted and read about them in our Flickr group called Quilting Is Murder UFO Challenge.

What does “finished” mean?

With a Challenge only 5 weeks long, we recognize it’ll be pretty hard to piece, quilt and bind some projects. We ask you just make really good progress.

For instance, say you found a bag containing all the pieces of a king sized quilt you promised your sister in 1975. If you can get that bag of scraps transformed into a top that’d be a wonderful accomplishment! (Plus we’d all LOVE to see those colors – not to mention the look on your sister’s face when you show it to her now!!) We’d count that as “finished”. However, say you had completed that same top back in 1975: quilted and bound would qualify as “finished” in this case. Oh, we’d still like to see the expression on your sister’s face, by the way…..


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Show & Tell

Joan S. sent us a couple of pictures of twin size quilts she made recently with Christmas presents of fabric from our shop.

Joan received a Signature Batik Fat Quarter pack and added some yardage.

She made this Rail Fence quilt and plans to bind it with leftover signature batik strips. Yummy.

The Signature Batik was designed by Carol and Marty to celebrate the store’s 20th anniversary.

There are several colors and are only available from Batiks Etcetera.

Joan used an Autumn Harvest Jelly Roll and added some Saltbox Harvest and yardage for borders to make this half log cabin quilt.

We are out of Autumn Harvest but Saltbox Harvest would give a similar feel.

It is so warm and cozy looking.

Definitely deserves the autumn and harvest names.

We love to see what you do with our fabrics!  Thanks Joan!  Carol