Monday, July 28, 2014

Sewvivor Season 3 Giveaway + Top 16 Contestants

Stay tuned for a giveaway at the bottom of this post!
Sewvivor is now on Facebook and Instagram!


Like many of you, I've been daydreaming about Sewvivor nonstop the past few weeks. It's crazy! From my end, from the moment I started planning, I couldn't quit thinking about the challenge themes, brainstorming who I'd like to have on the "tribal council," the thrill of seeking out sponsors, and of course, the anticipation of who will audition, and who will make it to the Top 16. And in all honesty, this competition makes me feel sick too-- not being able to put every one in the competition is the hardest part of running Sewvivor. That, and saying goodbye to contestants as the competition advances. It's so painful that I almost considered quitting Sewvivor! But I love Sewvivor too much to give up on it now! I try to make everything as fair as it can possibly be, but it still feels unfair when we have to pass over someone completely deserving to compete! 

I just hope you'll all keep in mind that you're ALL "sewvivors" to me! To each of you who auditioned- thank you!!! I have read all the entries, and my mind is completely blown by your talent. I feel so inspired by your projects and also by your words. Many of you tried out, a little scared, but wanting to challenge yourself. That is so cool! 

The most important thing to me about hosting Sewvivor is that everyone knows its meant to be FRIENDLY. I have no doubt it will be. The quilting community is quite unique and special, and even though we don't all know each other in real life, we share so much in common. I love how this competition has attracted people from all over the world. Again, my mind is blown. Thanks again to everyone for helping to promote Sewvivor, and for being excited about it.

Of course a HUGE thank you to the sponsors who make this event so attractive to contestants. The prizes are incredible, and we ALL love the the companies who are sponsoring Sewvivor!

If you didn't happen to make it in the Top 16, let me be the first to say CONGRATULATIONS! Hahaha! Now you get to sit back and enjoy watching the competition without all the stressful deadlines. And I do hope you'll sew along with the themes and share on Flickr and/or Instagram (#sewvivor and #sewvivorsewalong).

To those who have made in into the Top 16, CONGRATULATIONS to you too! I hope you're up for this! I'll be contacting you with further details this evening.
Ok, here we go.
DRUMROLL PLEASE....






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Again, congrats!!! You guys are free to get working on the First Challenge: NAUTICAL! (Remember, for all the challenges, the sewing must be completely done by YOU, and can not have been started before July 1).



RUNNER'S UP
If any of these 16 change their mind and do not wish to participate, I'll be contacting the runner's up (in the following order). 

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Once again, thank to the "Tribal Council." Their job was pretty much impossible. Here's how it worked: They made their picks based on skill, technique, difficulty, creativity, presentation, or stories and inspiration gleaned from the projects. Each judge chose her top 2 favorite, and those 10 automatically made it into the competition. Then they cast their next 5 favorite. I tallied those up, and the remaining spots went them. 
Be sure to follow each of these ladies... they are quilting gurus!
Mary Dugan from Molly Flanders Makerie
Jeni Baker from In Color Order
Amy Newbold from Sukie Don't Ya Know
Jenny Fox-Proverbs, Editor of Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine
Sarah Fielke from The Last Piece



This giveaway is for anyone!!! You don't have to be a contestant to enter. 
Here's what's in the jackpot:

18 spools of thread from Coats and Clark
1 shirt from Patchwork Threads
Issues 9, 10, and 11 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine
$25 online gift card to Fabric Depot

It closes this Friday August 1, and the winner will be announced next Monday August 4!
To enter, wait for the form to load below.
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Friday, July 25, 2014

The Sewing Party + 5 Tickets to Win

As many of you know, Sewvivor is in full swing around these parts. I love running this sewing competition (even if it eats up some of my own sewing time, haha), and I will be so sad when it's over! Sewvivor ends at the end of September, but I already have something else to look forward to....

The Sewing Party!

Sewing + Party = Awesome!!!

The Sewing Party0718Here's a look at all the exciting details:

WHO: Anyone wanting to connect with other like minded seamstresses and seamstors (is that what you'd call a male seamstress? I dunno)! Here is a list of bloggers who are helping to promote and will also be in attendance at the party! This year its just for US residents (hoping to party with the whole world next time).

WHAT: Check out the classes and teachers! Participants can attend classes, chat with participants from across the country, interact with top bloggers and educational experts who are teaching, and explore the latest crafting and sewing tips, techniques and products in our marketplace. You'll "attend" the class virtually, and have access to it for 90 days afterward.

WHERE: The comfort of your own home. This is cool so you can watch the classes and practice on your sewing machine at the same time!

WHEN: Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 10:00am-8:00pm eastern standard time.

WHY: This online sewing party is the first of its kind! You can be a part of history in the making by attending. I think this will be an exciting opportunity, especially for people who aren't able to travel to sewing conferences, or who don't have a strong local sewing community-- what a great way to connect!

RSVP: Tickets are $40. Go to the website to register! Spots are likely to fill quickly. If you sign up from my blog by July 31, you'll receive a free and super cute Sewing Party t-shirt (valued at $20). Enter LETSPARTY in the Promo Code Box at registration.

HOSTED BY: These amazing sponsors!
Our Stellar Sponsors


GIVEAWAY: 5 Tickets to 5 Winners!

 Just fill out the entry form below. Ends July 30. Hope to see you there!
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Sewvivor 3 Auditions (1 Day Extension) + Past Sewvivor Champions!

Hey guys! Holy Sewvivor! Have you seen the auditions?!?! They are out of this world amazing. Every last project! Trust me when I say that if you don't make it into the Top 16, its not because your project isn't amazing. It's all going to depend on where the judges cast their votes. They have an incredibly difficult job! 

I'll be extending the Auditions for ONE day. So they will close this Tuesday, July 22 at Midnight, eastern standard time. 

The Top 16 will be announced next Monday, July 28!
{Over the weekend, I will be posting TEASERS on Instagram and Facebook... clues to who has made it into the competition... stay tuned! Hehehe, I'm so sneaky}!



So while you wait for the big day next week.... check out some of our past Sewvivor champs. There are been amazing talent in the competition the last 2 seasons. Maybe study their blog posts to gain inspiration for Season 3! Also, you can browse the Sewvivor archives on my blog to get a feel for how the competition goes. And check out the Season 1 Top 10 and the Season 2 Top 10. (I changed it to Top 16 for Season 3 to better mimic the actual show).

Season 1 Champ: Miranda from One Little Minute
Miranda was our very first Sewvivor Champion from Season 1 in 2012. She is one of the most talented seamstresses on the web if you ask me. Her entry piece was a custom wedding dress! I had the pleasure of meeting Miranda later that year, we roomed together at Sewing Summit. Here are all of her projects from Season 1. Click here to read her recap. (Themes were: Upcycle, Sew for Charity, Pleats, and Judge Inspired)

Season 2 Champ: Caila from Caila Made
Again, an amazing champ from Season 2! Her audition piece was this amazing kimono dress. I love this girl- I had a chance to meet her at Sewing Summit last year. She's a hoot. I loved how she took the quilted challenge and created an entire pieced wardrobe for her son. (Themes were: Quilted, Emerald, and Buttons). Her blog has blossomed into such a great resource for kid's clothing and patterns.

Here's a peak at the 2nd and 3rd place winners from Seasons 1 and 2.

Jess from Dream Catcher Baby
She auditioned with her Big Bow dress, and now she has a booming business selling them!

Melissa from Melly Sews

Catlin from Call Me Cat

Kirsten from Kojo Designs

Last thing... if you are interested in trying out my favorite quilting magazine in print... I'm so excited to have a special deal for you. You can try 3 issues of Love Patchwork and Quilting for $10. This is how I first introduced myself to this gorgeous mag. Details below!

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