Friday, March 16, 2012

AccuQuilt's Third Annual Barn Quilt Contest

Hi everyone:

Can you believe that it's been almost a year since AccuQuilt last hosted the Barn Quilt Contest? Well, it has and that means that it's once again time to start working on a new block to enter. 

Here's the scoop:

The contest entry dates are from March 16 until April 9, 2012, with the winner being announced at the AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Paducah, KY (April 25-28). The winning block will be unveiled on June 22, 2012 during the AccuQuilt Let's GO! Quilting Retreats. The winning designs will be proudly displayed on AccuQuilt’s new home office.

One lucky winner will be chosen to receive a $1,000 AccuQuilt Shopping Spree along with a trip for two to Omaha, NE, to visit AccuQuilt’s new headquarters for the public unveiling of the winning barn quilt design. In addition, the runner up contestant will receive a $250 AccuQuilt Shopping Spree.
How do you enter? It's easy:

No purchase is necessary to enter; just click on the AccuQuilt Barn Quilt Design Contest badge on the right hand side of my blog to be taken directly to the entry site.


Grand prize winner will receive a prize package consisting of:

- One (1) $1,000 AccuQuilt Shopping Spree ($1,000 value)
- Round trip airfare for themselves and a friend from winner’s home and transportation to Omaha, NE, for an unveiling ceremony for their design on the AccuQuilt offices.
- Two (2) tickets to the 2nd Annual Let’s GO! Quilt Retreat in Fremont on June 20-21, 2012 for themselves and a friend.
- Three (3) night hotel stay (one room for three nights).
- Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner for three days.

One runner up prize winner will receive a prize package consisting of:

- One (1) $250 AccuQuilt Gift Certificate
- One (1) ticket to the 2nd Annual Let’s GO! Quilt Retreat in Fremont on June 20-21, 2012.

The top one hundred (Top 100) quilt block designs will be selected by a panel of AccuQuilt’s management from among all eligible entries received. Each of the 100 winners will receive a prize package aggregate value of $25 consisting of:

- One (1) $25 AccuQuilt Rewards Points ($25 value)

Who wouldn't want to win an AccuQuilt shopping spree, not to mention having your block on the side of their corporate headquarters? So, get out your pencils and paper - or should I say, AccuQuilt GO!, GO! Baby or Studio - and start designing. 

Good luck!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pre-Spring Cleaning

Hi everyone:

It's been unseasonably warm in Calgary this past week, but with the warm weather comes westerly winds. They've caused all kinds of havoc in town from items blowing around the backyard to pieces of buildings falling off downtown structures. Luckily my quilt studio is in the basement, so no fabric has blown away! Although that is a good excuse to purchase more fabric!

This type of weather ushers in what my co-worker calls "pre-spring" and since this calls for "pre-spring cleaning", I wanted to let you know about a change I've made to my blog. You'll notice that I've added a new tab at the top for my book reviews. This should make it easier for you to find the reviews and to see if you might want to add one of these books to your library. 

I sometimes find it difficult to remember what books I actually own (not that I have too many, of course!) and use to help me keep organized (too bad there isn't a!). If you haven't tried out this free resource, you might want to look into it. In addition to keeping track of the books in your library, you can view other member's book reviews and even get advance copies of upcoming books to review. 

You'll also want to view my other tabs for free patterns and tutorials, as well as my videos. New videos are being uploaded almost every week and I'd love to hear your comments on them, as well as any suggestions for future videos. 

Happy quilting and stay on the ground!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Setting up a Quilt Studio

Hi everyone:

The past few weeks I've been busy working on the latest video series and polishing up the final product for you. The new series is almost ready for public viewing and here's a sneak peek of what you'll find in the latest video series from Chatterbox Quilts - Studio Set-up.