myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Post Stitch Gathering Blend Fabrics Competition!

The Stitch Gathering may be over but the fun hasn’t stopped yet!

For the first time ever we are hosting a competition involving some of the fabric in your goody bag! And if you didn’t attend the Stitch Gathering this year then don’t worry, there is still a way for you to become involved…

The lovely folks at Blend Fabrics have always been a very generous sponsor of our event, sending their beautiful Cori Dantini fabric for the goody bag every year!

They know (as any regular readers of this blog will know) that I LOVE Cori Dantini’s fabric and have made so many things with it over the years.

This year Blend sent these four pieces of Cori’s ‘The Makers’ fabric for each goody bag. And together we thought it would be fun to have a little competition using this fabric.

All you need to do is make something amazing from your Cori Dantini fabric! You don’t need to use only this fabric (you can add other fabrics to your make) but the majority of the project must include fabric by Cori Dantini (feel free to add fabrics from her other collections!).

You can make whatever you like! I have made bags and pillows and quilts from Cori’s fabric, but really the sky’s the limit.

In fact to get you inspired here is a selection of my past projects…

How about a little EPP? Cori’s delightful designs are perfect for fussy cutting.

This is the first thing I did with her original line ‘Beauty is You’. It is still one of my favourite cushions.

I liked it so much I made another with her next line ‘The Sweet Life’.

A few years back when The Makers first came out I made this workshop bag to take to QuiltCon (and I still teach a class in this).

And a tote bag for all my swap buttons/badges/pins (it has denim on the other side).

I used Cori’s ‘Made for Adventure’ panels for more tote bags.

I even made a quilt with her ‘The Adventurers’ line for Today’s Quilter.

Of course you lot will probably think up something totally amazing that will surpass anything seen here!  It doesn’t need to be anything huge, I am of course wondering about making another zippy pouch! Or what about a sewing notion?

My two Thread House partners in crime, Lynne Goldsworthy and Karen Lewis have very kindly agreed to help me judge the entries and find a winner! We are going to be looking out for creativity, originality and beauty.

And what do you win?

All this booty!

More Cori Dantini fabric – fat quarters and a large panel, 4 DMC variegated Perle Cotton 8 threads, 3 Aurifil 80wt threads, AND that large zippy pouch, handmade by your’s truly as a class sample for my applique workshop at the Stitch Gathering itself (it has a lovely improv, matchstick quilted back too!).

Didn’t come to the Stitch Gathering this year? Well you won’t have got the lovely free fabric to use, but if you have (or can obtain) some Cori Dantini fabric (perhaps from a previous SG?), then you can also enter!

So how do you enter?

Post a photo of your finished piece on Instagram or as part of a blog post by December 31st 2017 using the hashtag #SGBlendFabricsCompetition.
If you are using Instagram please also mention @blendfabrics, @coridantini and @mybearpaw in your comment. We’d all love to see progress shots too so please use the hashtag throughout.

I will host a linky party on my blog in early January and announce the winner then!

Good luck everyone!!

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