Cirrus Solids BOM Challenge Winner

I keep forgetting to share this news with you, so it’s a bit old.  First I had to wait for it to be announced by Cloud9; and then when it finally was announced, I didn’t have time to write a blog post because we were so busy trying to finish our house, pack, and move.  But. here it is… I am the May WINNER for the Cloud9 Fabrics Cirrus Solids BOM Challenge.   YIPPEE!!!!

If you haven’t heard, Cloud9 Fabrics is coming out with a new line of yarn-dyed solids in September.  In anticipation of the release, Cloud9 is hosting a BOM challenge in which they are asking quilters to design and submit blocks (including instructions) using 4-6 of the new solids.  I started designing a block last October and had it about 85% finished, but with work and other things I wasn’t able to get it finished and submitted.  And then… the January winner was announced and the block I had designed was so very similar.  Oh no!  I just couldn’t believe it!

So in February I started over from scratch.  More ideas…. more drawings… more blocks designed in EQ7.  Playing around with layouts of the blocks, and trying to figure out which one idea I would settle on and submit.  I finally made a decision and had the instructions written and submitted by the end of February.  And 4 short weeks later, I received an email stating my block below, which I call “Stuck in the Middle”, was selected for the May BOM.  🙂

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Several weeks later I received my winnings — a fat quarter pack of all the solids — and I have the say the fabric is amazing!  They are soft, have a nice drape, and the colors are bold and saturated.  I am looking forward to sewing with them… once I figure out what I’m going to make.

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You can find the directions and layout for my winning block here, and all winning BOMs can be found here.

Some alternate layouts are below:

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Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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I’m Excited!

I’m so excited today!  First, my craft room is featured on Art Gallery Fabric’s blog today.  Check it out here

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Second, I got in my Art Gallery Fabric’s fabric order today.

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I plan to participate in their ‘Make it Right Challenge’.  The prizes for the winners are awesome — cash and a swag bag full of goodies!  It doesn’t get any better than that.

I also got in the other item I need for this challenge.  But I can’t show you what that is or you’ll know what I’m making.  It’s a surprise!  I’ll post an update when I have it finished.

Their cotton fabrics are delicious.  They are so soft, silky, and smooth.  They are really easy to work with, and stitch up ever so nicely.  I participated in the monthly challenges they sponsored last year.  It was so much fun and really challenged my creativity.  I actually won one of those — it was thrilling!  Here are some of the pictures from those challenges.

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I can’t wait to start sewing!!