Saturday, 21 May 2011

A post of two halves...

The first half is to announce the winner of my not-half-as-successful-as-I-had-been-hoping-attempt to raise funds for the relief effort in Japan. Mr Random Generator thingy said:

...who came out with the immortal words...

I sincerely thank those who were supportive enough to either donate or blog about it - I appreciate it but more importantly it has helped in its own extremely small way with the relief efforts in Japan.

I would like to say I was overwhelmed with the support I received from the online quilting community...

Thank you instead to:

(If I have missed anyone off this list, please let me know and I will be more than happy to add you)

The second half of this post is to tell you about the first Leila mentioned in the list above, rather than the second Leila!

Leila will be starting a 
BWS tips button

In her own words:

"On June 17th I am going to be kicking off the “We Can Do It! Skill Builder Sampler.” You can just call it the Skill Builder Sampler or SBS if you want. :)  Some of the recent blogland talk got me thinking about things that I want to try out in my quilting. I realized I was just a bit scared and nervous about trying new things. It is always easier to try something new with a friend and so I hope we can all work through this sampler quilt together.  Each month I will focus on a different quilting skill and provide tutorials for three 12 inch quilt blocks using the month's skill.  Some of the skills you might already have – please, leave any advice or additional tips in the comments for us – but I know there will be something for everyone to learn.

I have designed this sampler so that a beginning quilter can easily move from block to block and build their quilting skills. The beginning blocks will review basic skills and concepts that can be applied to any quilt. I will liberally reference other blogs and tutorials which have already described and explained the techniques and skills we will be learning."

She's also doing a giveaway of the new Denise Schmidt line from Joanns  and some Japanese fabrics.

So get on over there!


  1. I'm sorry you're fundraiser wasn't as successful as it should have been. I'm glad there is a deserving winner in the end, all little bits help. And that is what it is all about right?!


  2. Yay! Alison, you know I have loved this quilt since its debut at fall's Blogger's Quilt Fest. I promise to treat it well! Thank you so much!! I am also going to do a second donation to the Red Cross for Japan relief right now in celebration of the win. Your giveaway has done much good, and every bit helps!! Be proud!

    Leila, that poster brings back memeories and makes me smile/cringe- we had the same one in our woman's locker room when I was sloughing my way through dental school:-)

  3. Congratulations Kristie! And, Alison, thank you for the thank you. It is the good will of people like you who will step up to help others in need and who don't forget about their ongoing need that make a real difference in the world.

  4. Every.




    Your kindess and generosity are inspiring. :)


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