Sunday, May 15, 2011

Isabella's Bonnets - HMQS Design Challenge

"Isabella's Bonnets"

I may have said this before, but I ♥ Riley Blake Designs.  Recently voted the 2011 FabShop Rising Star, the folks at Riley Blake and their incredible team of designers are making a difference in the quilting world.  Their company sponsored the 2011 Home Machine Quilting Show Design Challenge, supplying this year's fabric, "Isabella", designed by Lila Tueller.

The Midnight Quilters: Debra Proctor, Deonn Stott, Tricia Mathis
- with Collette @ Riley Blake Designs

23 teams participated in the challenge, including "The Midnight Quilters" ~ consisting of my friends Debbie and Tricia and myself.  At the awards night we sat in giddy surprise, seeing our quilt and hearing our names called as the first place winners! A-MAZING!! We giggled all the way to the podium! 


At the end of the week, all the quilts in the challenge were sold at auction for the charity "Lifting Liberia" to help build schools in Africa. The auction brought in nearly $4,500. And even more amazing--our little quilt raised $850 for the cause, sold to a happy woman from Idaho.  Boy, do I love quilting--everyone wins!!


See previous HMQS  DESIGN CHALLENGE QUILTS  ← click here.


  1. Mesmerized by your slide-show... wow, this is quilt in a million! thank you for sharing! ... I am still in awe...
    Valentina in faraway Cyprus

  2. What a fun post! Love your slideshow, your story, your quilt, and your focus for the quilt and its contribution to many!

  3. Oh my!! I love it; it is fun; great work....and so so different...very nice job

  4. It's beautiful...very chic :)

  5. I went the the HMQS! I saw all of those quilts! They were all so great. Are you in the SLMQG? I just joined and I'm hoping to go to the meeting on Thursday. Thanks for visiting my blog. We just gave the pirate ship quilt to the teacher today and she loved it :)

  6. Your quilt is so darling! A well deserved win! I love the way you added all the beautiful embellishments...I'll have to play with this method! Thanks for sharing this wonderful quilt. Thanks for visiting my blog and for you lovely comments, too.

    Nancy @ Quilts Sew Shabby

  7. What a fun quilt. So vibrant and love how you've used the fabrics. Congratulations. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

  8. How darling is that? I also LOVE Riley Blake, and actually just made 2 quilts using the Isabella is so so cute! Great work on that design and congrats on the win!

  9. I love this quilt. The hats,parasols and it just seems to be saying Ladies enjoying themselves.
    Great job.

  10. Hi, love your quilt. What a great idea. Also love the quilting,as a long armer myself I had to smile at your do's n don'ts page. I hope to quilt such a quilt one day! Congratulations on a beautiful job. Chris

  11. Beautiful quilt and sold for a wonderful cause. Congratulations on the win.


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