Thursday, September 15, 2016

Summer Solstice Quilt-A-Long - Parade and Grand Prizes!!!

First off,  I would like to say Thank You to all of you who quilted-a-long with me.  This has been such a wonderful and successful Quilt-A-Long and that is because of each of you.  I loved reading how so many of you were quilting along for the first time and really stretching outside your comfort zone to try new things, especially with those curves.  That is what Quilt-A-Longs are all about!!   I loved seeing each of your individual creativity come out in this pattern, truly amazing.   And now, you all have absolutely beautiful finishes to show for all of your hard work.

And speaking of finishes . . . Did you happen to see that there are 42 of them!!!   That is totally awesome!!   You all are the greatest to Quilt-A-Long with!!!  To see these 42 quilt tops just pop on over here and check out the links at the bottom of the post.  They are absolutely amazing!!!     And if you want to see everyone's progress along the way, you can check out the  Happy Quilt-A-Long Flickr Group or visit the #summersolsticequiltalong.  It was so much fun to watch each of your quilt tops come together as we took this journey together :)

One more thing before we get to the parade, if you are just popping over and finding the Summer Solstice Quilt-A-Long for the first time, or just want an easy reference for the future, you can find all of the Tutorial Posts for the Summer Solstice Quilt-A-Long at any time under the Quilt-A-Long tab at the top of my blog.  You can also reference the following links here :)

Alright, Let's get to the Parade!!!! So Fun!!!   First off, I have to apologize that you didn't have a whole lot of time to quilt and bind your projects.  I knew I was going to be out of town for the next two Thursday's and wouldn't have been able to do this post, so you all had about a week less to finish your quilts than we have had  in the past.   So we don't have a whole ton of finishes which is my fault . . .  but we still have some and they are amazing!!!!!!

Several of you worked your little tails off to get these done in time and I am so excited for you!!!    A huge round of applause for these amazing finishes!!!  So here they are :)  You can click on the name (if it is underlined) to go to that persons individual link site and see more about their project :) 

Lesley from Canada

 Susan from United Kingdom

Aren't they just stunning!!   Enjoy your beautiful Summer Solstice Quilt finishes ladies, and thank you so much for sharing them with all of us!!  

We have one item of business left . . . we need to pick some winners!!!  

A huge Thank You goes out to Julie at The Intrepid Thread  and Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring our Grand Prize Giveaway's!!!  All 41 of you that have linked up your quilt top are eligible for the grand prize!!  There will be four grand prize winners!!! The first 2 winners will each receive a $100.00 Gift Certificates to Fat Quarter Shop and the next 2 winners will each receive a  Custom Cotton + Steel Fat Quarter Bundle from The Intrepid Thread !!!     So fun!!!!!


So, lets get to it!!   Good Luck Everyone!!!  Drumroll Please . . .

***The First Grand Prize Winner who will receive a
$100.00 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop. . .
. .  Liz

***The Second Grand Prize Winner who will receive a
$100.00 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop. . .

. . .    Leslie

***The Third Grand Prize Winner who will receive
 a Custom Cotton + Steel Bundle from The Intrepid Thread is . . .

 . . . Heather

***The Fourth Grand Prize Winner who will receive
 a Custom Cotton + Steel Bundle from The Intrepid Thread is . . .. .

   . . . Kim

Congrats Ladies!!!   I will be emailing you :)  Enjoy!!

Let me sign off with one last thank you to all of you who participated in the Summer Solstice Quilt-A-Long!!!  I am so excited to have so many wonderful friends to quilt-a-long with me and I so appreciate all of your sweet comments on the quilt along, they mean a lot!!  I had such a great time hosting and I hope you had a fantastic time quilting-along!!!

Now to start thinking up a new Quilt-A-Long :)  Until next time . . . Happy Quilting!!!
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  1. Congratulations to the winners. They are beautiful finishes.

  2. Great quiltalong. I couldn't fit it in this summer, but I enjoyed watching everyone's progress. Well done the winners.

  3. these are incredibly beautiful all of them
    What an inspiring bunch!
    Congrats to the winners

  4. Wow. Great job!
    I'm still seeing my drunkards path units....

  5. Awesome finishes! They're beautiful.

  6. Well done you people who finished their quilts so quickly. They all look amazing.
    I admit to finding the 16 blocks of drunkards path slow going, but I did eventually get the top done. Quilting it is next on my agenda. I am so happy to now be able to sew the curves in my sleep though. Thanks so much Melissa. You are the best QAL host ever. Next time a couple of extra weeks to get the quilting done would be wonderful.

  7. I didn't have time, but was certainly inspired! Fabulous work by you all!
    Thank you for hosting Melissa, and sharing!

  8. Congratulations everyone! they all look great, Thanks Melissa for a very successful Quilt-Along can't wait for the next one!

  9. Put together the back today, it took every leftover piece of the fat quarters I had, and man, is it BIG. I'm a little concerned about all the seams but with 64 squares per large block times 9 plus sashing, what's a few more on the back of the quilt. It was a great QAL. I admit my brain fizzled out a few times trying to get the inside, surround and corner squares to match up. Thank heavens I took some photos of my intended layout and had your help to sort it all out. I'm still sewing up extra drunkard's paths. They are my enders and leaders right now, and I don't know what I'll do with them when I get them all sewn but I just couldn't waste all the precision cutting. Thanks so much, I learned a lot.


Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)