Thursday, June 4, 2015

And the winners are ......

A big congratulations to our two winners of the 2015 Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge.
Taking equal first place in the new Quilt category and our Open category are .....

Amy Gunson of Bad Skirt with her beautiful Handcrafted quilt and Hillary Goodwin & Robin Gails of Entropy Always Wins with their Friendship & Motherhood Picnic Blanket.

Here is what this years gorgeously talented industry judge Maura of Folk Fibers had to say about Amy's quilt, her first place choice for the Quilt Category: "I really love the simple design, it feels classic and original, two qualities that goes so well together in quilt making. The quality and presentation are both so beautiful, I especially enjoy the angled yet soft lines from the actual quilting. I'm yearning to see it in-person I can tell the depth and beauty is beyond the photograph. The presentation is clean and simple yet a touch of personality with the chair. I also think it's clever how the small prints challenge was executed with small piecing, overall fantastic quilt!"

Maura also loved Umbrella Prints' first choice for the Open category, the Friendship & Motherhood Picnic Blanket by Hillary & Robin, saying "The meaning and creativity of this quilt is enough to melt my heart. Life is magical let's all make quilts!"

Isn't Maura just the sweetest, thank you for helping us choose the winners - it was no easy task !

The Audience (Pinners) Prize* was won by the delightful Katherine Ferrier for all of her thoughtful comments and support. 

QUILT category winner - Amy Gunson of Bad Skirt with her beautiful Handcrafted quilt

OPEN category winner Hillary Goodwin & Robin Gails of Entropy Always Wins with their Friendship & Motherhood Picnic Blanket

Maura also picked two more honorable mentions, this is what she had to say about Elli Beaven's Marina Triangle Quilt: "This quilt jumped out at me from the beginning due to the traditional use of the triangle or pyramid pattern with the use of a contemporary print. I will always love a monochromatic blue quilts, it feels very cohesive and beautiful." 


Karen Lowry's Laurel Wreath Applique: "This quilt is incredibly clever in the way it highlights the umbrella prints!! It's clean, simple, modern, and overall a darling design."

We want to give a big heart felt thank you to everyone who participated this year, from those who bought a packet of Trimmings (with very good intentions) to those who helped share all the fun and encourage those who entered and of course all of the AMAZING creative people who put so much thought and love into their designs & hand made items.

Make sure you go along and take a look on the pinterest board (it's never too late to like and share what you love) and remember to click through and read all of the beautiful stories.

Over the following weeks we look forward to sharing with you more of the beautiful projects created with Umbrella Prints Trimmings.

*we noticed that some people may not have noticed the change in the challenge rules. There is no longer a popular vote but instead a winner for an audience member who pins and comments. We listened to what many of you had said regarding a popularity contest and agreed, so created a new prize that reflects the inclusive nature of the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge.



  1. Such beautiful entries this year. I'm blown away by the details in that duck! I hadn't realised how intricate all those fabric pieces were.

  2. What a fun challenge. Loved seeing all the creative projects that everyone came up with.
    And (EEK!), thanks so much for the honorable mention!
    See you in 2016?
    Karen Lowry Reed

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