****Oh my goodness I wrote this two nights ago and just remembered I didn't post it over here! Seriously...how could I forget something like announcing the winners over here on Project Run and Play as well as over at Simple Simon. I swear I am loosing my mind....Anyway, if you haven't seen it over at Simple Simon yet, here it is:*****
As I write this I am sitting here curled up on my couch in my ratty old pajamas and eating Riesens (love these things). It's after midnight so everyone is asleep and the house is quiet which means I have some time to all to myself to think. So before we get to the winners from the drawing you are going to have to indulge me for a minute.
Almost 5 years ago when Elizabeth and I started this blog we didn't know all the places it would take us, all the fun we would have, how much work it would be, and how much we would love every minute of the journey.
These past few weeks as I've read your emails and opened your packages I've felt so blessed. I've been surprised at how much I feel like I know you ladies even though most of us have never met. As I handled many of the items you made each skirt told me a little something about you....from the pattern and fabric choices to the construction...each piece captured a little portion of the maker and it was a sweet experience to be able to sort through them.
So many of you ladies have touched our lives and we feel like you are our dear friends...we talk about you like you are here with us...what you write in comments or in emails...we think about you and we appreciate you. And we want you to know that we are so thankful for all of your love and support...you truly enrich our loves and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Again this year we feel like Skirting the Issue was a terrific success. Every year we hope to have 100 skirts donated for foster care girls and every year we have been able to exceed this goal. This year was no exception.
This year, after counting all the skirts that have been made and donated...our grand total is:
That is a lot of skirts!
So many in fact that we are going to split up all the ones that we received and share the wealth by giving them to several different foster care closets. And that my friends, is awesome...
Now...on to the drawing....for every skirt that was made a ticket with the makers name (or number if you were in the linky party) was put into a giant tin and yesterday Elizabeth and I drove down to one of our favorite stores (Hey Hey Provo Cotton Shop!!!!) and had the fabulous ladies there draw all the names for the prizes.
Rochelle called the prize and then Teresa drew out a name and then I wrote down who won what and all the while Elizabeth snapped photographs. (It was fun...next time I think we should video it...we were all nervous and excited as every prize and name was called...)
So without further ado here are the winners of our drawing:
The winner of the Babylock Elizabeth Sewing Machine is.......
Congratulations Moana! I use this machine almost everyday and I LOVE it...and not just because of it's name! (Although "The Elizabeth" is a FANTASTIC name :) )
You are going to love this machine!!!
Babylock was also generous enough to send us to send us 2 boxes of delicious MadeiraThread to give away to 2 of you as well!
And the winner of the boxes of thread are:
The ladies from Skirt Fixation
The Fat Quarter Shop (who we LOVE) supplied us with two $50 gift certificates to their fantastic online shop and the winners of those certificates are:
Next up is a gift from another long time friend that has been with us for years. Riley Blake Designs:
And again this year they are giving away 2 of there adorable fat quarter bundles.
The winners of these bundles are:
The Ribbon Retreat is one of our favorite companies in the entire world to work with....and they are giving away two $35 gift certificates to their online store.
And the winners of these two certificates are:
And last but certainly not least we have a $50 Sewing Box from Pick Your Plum
And the winner of this prize is:
Welcome to Emmaville
Then finally Elizabeth and I wanted to add to what the sponsors had given so we have put together a little surprise package just from us and the winner of that package is:
Terra from Mama Says Sew
We appreciate all of these sponsors who have all been so generous. Each one of them have been outstanding to work with (year after year) and we are so lucky to be able to have their support. They really are terrific companies.
With that said....I think that officially wraps up another year of Skirting the Issue...
Thank you again...how glad we are that we have been able to cross paths with all of you kindred sewing sprits through this little speck in cyber space....keep coming around...we enjoy your company.
We are so excited to begin Project Run and Play Season 10 in
a few weeks. We will post the themes next Monday so you too have time to sew along and some other fun guest posts until our opening day which will be Monday, September 15th. That day the linky party will open to show off your week one designs and the voting will begin on Tuesday September 16th.
Wowza, Wowza and Wowza! All throughout the week liZ and I have been geeking out all of your designs! We kept calling each other and saying..."did you see #, no wait look at #......." seriously all week long. You have been sewing some thoroughly AMAZING (I know I use that word too much, but it just fits) DESIGNS.
And I am so glad we left the final four to all the judges to decide.....because that would have been one tough job. The other good news is that we have so many more people to choose from when we ask 5 designers for Season 11 too!!!!
So, here are who the judges picked for their final four....in no particular order. You will have until Sunday night at 8 pm (MT) to vote and then the Open Audition winner will be announced on Monday morning with the other 5 designers to make up season 10!
Good luck to everyone!!!! Voting is at the bottom of this post.....