Why I've been so quiet
So I disappeared for a bit. I've been super busy with the stuff behind the scenes on this site and with starting this new business. All the fun stuff, like making a new pattern template and learning which plugins I need for my site. Lots of researching and designing time. Things are starting to get settled so I should be able to start posting more. In addition to my business startup work, I've also been helping my Mom with her entry in the AccuQuilt Block Design Contest.
AccuQuilt Block Design Contest
My Mom, Julie Wilcox, entered her block design called Tribute into the AccuQuilt Win the Dream Quilt Block Design Contest! She made the block in honor of my grandfather who was in the Navy for 23 years and currently has dementia. If she wins, the Valley Quilter's Guild (our local guild) and the national charity Quilts of Valor will win too!
For those unfamiliar with the Quilts of Valor, they are a national charity that gives Quilts of Valor to service members and veterans that have been touched by war. To date, they have given 99,577 quilts! They are a wonderful organization that gives back to the people who defend our way of life and that's why we want to help them.
Our local guild will win an AccuQuilt Studio fabric cutter and a collection of dies. This will help so much with all the cutting that needs to be done for all the Service quilts that are made for our local charities. Also, just having access to the Studio during Open Sew days will be a great benefit to the members.
To win the Block Design Contest, Tribute has to have the most votes by May 27th. Everyone can vote one time each day between May 1- May 27th and each vote enters you in the daily prize giveaway which is worth up to $700! In the last few days, her block has managed to climb up to page 1 (14th place) which is fantastic, but we have to keep the momentum going. A month is a long time for daily voting, but it's worth it if we can win a donation for Quilts of Valor and our local guild, Valley Quilters Guild. Plus the daily prizes are pretty awesome too!
It's a great contest and I really hope she wins. Here's the link if you want to check out the contest and her block: http://www.accuquilt.com/block-contest#!/entry/6646105?=f54mxi
When the contest is over, my Mom and I will be making a quilt with this block to send to my grandfather. I'll be sure to share pictures on here.
Update 5/30/14 - Contest Outcome
The AccuQuilt contest ended....and Tribute didn't win. We got all the way up to 12th place on our best days last week and then we got knocked down to 17th. We bounced between 16th and 17th but in the end 17th was where we ended. It was a great effort by everyone and I really want to say THANK YOU sooooo much! We ended up with 860+ votes which is just amazing and so humbling!