The Day has finally come!!!
The day we get to announce prize winners for those who were kind enough to sew along with us for Skirting the Issue but before we do…
I just want to give you my heartfelt thank you. Every year when we begin Skirting the Issue I worry that no one will participate and then every year when the photos, emails, and packages start coming in I am overwhelmed with your kindness.
It’s the packages that really get me. When I hold the items that you’ve made suddenly I feel like we’ve met. Those names that I see on Facebook or commenting on the blog become very real, personal friends as I hold in my hands what you have made. And some of you that have sent in packages each year…I swear I could pick out a garment you’ve made from a pile of handmade items. Each of your stitching, fabric choices, and styles are as unique as you are. And every year I savor seeing your handiwork. Elizabeth and I say all the time those that sew are some of the kindest people on the planet. And it’s true.
This year Elizabeth and I were able to donate the skirts that were sent to us to five different locations to be distributed to girls in need. And that’s not all because so many of you were able to donate your skirts to local foster care closets and charities in your area, which is fabulous!!!! All together we were all able to donate 1,107 items to girls in need.
We really were hoping to have this be our first year where we reached the 1,000 mark and we did it!!! Thank you so much to all of you. I can’t believe we did it!
And now….onto the “prizes”.
For every skirt that was sewn a name was put into our drawing bowl to win a gift provided by one of our awesome sponsors. So this morning, with the bowl over flowing Grace (my 7 year old) drew out the names for the prize winners. So if you sewed one skirt or ten look to see if you are one of the winners listed below!
This sewing machine is a Rachel….and she is fabulous. I’ve sewn on a Baby Lock Rachel numerous times and it runs like a dream. It has an easy to load, drop in, bobbin, over 50 different stitch selections, a computerized screen, and a built in needle threader that will spoil you rotten.
And the winner is…….Courtney Kelly
PRIZE #2: One Of Several Fabric Bundles From Riley Blake Designs
And the winners are……T’s Garden…..and….Jeri Dollvou!
PRIZE #3: A 50 Spool Thread Bundle From Coats and Clark
I use this dual duty thread quite a bit and really love it!
And the winner is…….Risa
PRIZE #4: Two $50 Gift Cards From The Fat Quarter Shop
There are so many fun things to find online at The Fat Quarter Shop! This place is always a must when it comes to fabric shopping. (And they have been a Skirting the Issue sponsor all 4 years so thank you Fat Quarter Shop!)
And the winners are……Camille Parkinson….and…..Kristina Smith
PRIZE #5: A $75 gift from Pick Your Plum
“Pick Your Plum is your first stop for killer deals on crafting, baking, home decor, and fashion needs as well as anything else we fall in love with and can offer at a Pick Your Plum approved price! We offer multiple products a day, but there’s a catch! Each product is only offered for 72 hours or until they sell out. It’s like the day after Thanksgiving every day!!” We love (really) Pick Your Plum and their generosity every year for Skirting the Issue!
And the winner is….The Seattle Sewing Guild
PRIZE #5: A $50 Gift Card From The Ribbon Retreat
If you haven’t checked out The Ribbon Retreat’s beautiful online store you really should….they have everything you need when it comes to all things ribbon…and tulle…and premade flowers….and you can get lost over there! And like The Fat Quarter Shop and Riley Blake Designs they too have been a Skirting the Issue sponsor all 4 years and we appreciate it very much!
And the winner is…..Debra Middlebrooks
PRIZE #6: A Special Surprise Thank You Gift Package From Simple Simon and Company.
A package full of a few of our favorite things including OUR TWO NEW patterns (one that hasn’t even been released yet!) and some of our new fabric! (We hope you will like it!)
And the winner is…Kathy Polites
Again, thank you to our sponsors and to every one who sewed along with us. I wish we had something for all of you…
PS: If you are one of the winners will you please send us an email so we can get in touch with you to get you your prizes!!!