Just for the record, I have many talented friends. You’ve seen their talents here on this blog. Many of them are quilting geniuses. I am blessed to be able to rub shoulders with them. Today I have decided to spotlight one of them.
This is my dear friend, Sally. Sally is a mega fabulous quilter. Best of Show Winner. Times two. I like to tease her about that. But I also like to ask her opinion about all things related to quilting. As long as I’m prepared for perfection being a requirement for whatever I’m asking her about. Sometimes I throw up my hands and roll my eyes at her response. And then I call her Best of Show Winner again. Times two.
You see, Sally was the Best of Show Winner at the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild’s Annual Quilt Show in 2009. I was the Show Chair that year and it was so fun to be good buddies with the Best of Show Winner! Then she entered the quilt in another show and won again. Best of Show. Times two. I like to tease her about that, can you tell? Sally is cringing as she reads this blog today.
This is Sally with her winning quilt, “Bunnies Running Amok.”
Aren’t the bunnies just the cutest little things? Sally started this quilt at our JSS Retreat in April of 2009, so we were all in on it from the beginning. What fun it was to watch this quilt grow and become a masterpiece! It is quite the show-stopper. A fabulous quilt. Did I mention that it won Best of Show? Times two.
Since then Sally designed a beautiful quilt with little aprons appliquéd on it. She drew each apron herself. Then after much pushing and shoving encouraging from me and several others, she made a pattern of this fabulous quilt. You saw it on an earlier blog when I showed you all the quilts the JSS gals made using the same fabric, as a challenge for our Bee last year.
This is Sally’s apron quilt. She calls it “Join Me for Tea.” There are cute little embroidered sayings on it that Sally made up. She’s very talented, that Sally girl.
That’s hand embroidered there folks. It is perfect. I don’t know how she does it so exquisitely.
And here are the six aprons, up close and personal. Because you need to see them all up close and personal.
Look at the cute buttons on this one up close. They all have cute buttons on them. Teensy, tiny buttons.
Sally has individual patterns of each apron for if you’d like to make just one. Only I don’t know how in the world you’d be able to pick just one.
Or there’s a big pattern with the entire quilt. All the aprons. All the embroidered designs. Sally made the original quilt using embroidery from Crabapple Hill Designs. So when she did her own pattern, she drew new embroidered designs to be included in the pattern. They are as cute, if not cuter than the ones in the quilt, in my humble opinion.
There are great instructions with cute little headings…..
….. and a fabulous layout diagram.
This is just one of the wonderful embroidered designs that Sally drew to include in the pattern.
The individual patterns as well as the full quilt pattern are all available at Quilter’s Dream, the shop where I work. However, for today, to celebrate a milestone on this blog, I’m giving away one of Sally’s complete quilt patterns! It’s our first blog give-away!
Have you been paying attention to the counter on the blog stats? If you have, you know that we just crossed the 10,000 mark. And this blog is only 3 months and 12 days old. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that you’d like it enough for me to get 10,000 hits in that short time. Never did I think that I’d post 74 times in that short length of time. Who knew that I could come up with that many things to talk about? Apparently some of you did, when you encouraged me to start this crazy thing. And you created a blogging monster.
Simply answer the following question in the comments section of this post:
What is your favorite memory of your mother or your grandmother’s aprons?
What comes to mind when you think of aprons? Do you have a favorite story about an apron? Maybe it’s your own apron that has a story. Just tell us about it in the comments and you’ll be entered in the drawing for Sally’s cute pattern. And if you can’t think of an apron story, make one up! Or just write “I’m a quilter who needs Sally’s pattern” or “I’m not a quilter, but I need Sally’s pattern” in the comments. In other words, leave a comment and you’ll be entered!
Please only comment one time. The winner will be chosen using the random number generator at random.org on Friday and notified via email that they won. I’ll post the winner here as soon as they have responded to my email.
Thank you, Faithful Blog Followers, for your support. I couldn’t have hit 10,000 without each and every one of you. And if I can somehow figure out a way for this site to make money, we will have more give-aways in the future!
In the meantime, I’m hanging around Sally. I’m hoping some of her fabulous talent rubs off on me.