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October 25 2015 Blog Post

posted Mar 11, 2016, 1:24 PM by Lorna Shapiro

Hi everyone...


Once again last Saturday I had the pleasure of turning our home into a mini art gallery as the Challenge 2015 quilts were hung. Nearly 40 quilters came, viewed and voted for their 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice quilts. I think it is fair to say that everyone who saw the quilts created by our intrepid Challenge 2015 participants was inspired to go home and try something new! A sincere thank you to the quilters who provided this inspiration. Here is the link to the 12 quilts that were submitted in time for voting day...  https://picasaweb.google.com/111238355129959414049/Challenge2015FinishedQuilts


And you're waiting with bated breath I'm sure to hear who the winners are. Because there was only one quilt submitted that was not a wall-hanging, I decided to run with just one category and give 4 prizes in that category. I counted 3 points for a 1st place vote, 2 points for a 2nd place vote, and 1 point for a 3rd place vote. The winners from this voting process are:


Ellie Stockner  -- 1st place -- Wisteria Garden ($100)

Ritva Tavela -- 2nd place -- The Fractured World of 20Q3 ($80)

Bea Braun -- 3rd place -- Firsts, Firsts, Firsts ($65)

Carol Pettigrew -- 4th place -- The Geisha ($50)


Congratulations Ellie, Ritva, Bea and Carol! And thank you again to all the participants for your creativity and the inspiration you provide..


Newly Arrived... Marcia Derse Pallette collection... and it's a beauty. Check these out:



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Spool vs. Cone Thread Delivery... Perhaps some of you, like me, have long heard that there are stack-wind and cross-wind threads, and they need to be unwound in the right way to not put extra stress on the thread. But I couldn't get it into my head which was which, and my particular machine only delivers thread off the top of a spool or cone.  Superior has produced a video that covers this topic very well and here's the link to it...  http://www.superiorthreads.com/videos/superior-thread-holder/

I am now stocking the Superior thread holder shown in this video and it is $35 if you need one.

And a very fun set of photos from a washroom at a Japanese roadside stop... I have to say I generally do not find washrooms places where I'm inclined to take photos, but in Japan I just had to! Naoko, Hiroko, their parents and I stopped at a rest stop along a highway to grab a coffee and use the washroom. Here are some of the unusual things one finds in a Japanese public washroom facility...


A dispenser for antiseptic foam that one places on a piece of toilet paper to wipe down the seat before sitting... now why don't we have these?


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A secure seat into which your baby or wee child can be placed safely while you use the toilet...


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And a legend at the entrance to the washroom showing which cubicles have which facilites, and a light to show if they are occupied or not:-)

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Now... you will not be surprised when you visit Japan:-).


Enjoy the fall weather. I'll be in touch in late November.
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