Friday, May 29, 2009

the quilting bee giveaway

Giveaway #12

I am so freakin' excited about this giveaway! This is different from any giveaway we've done, and I know there are tons of quilters out there who are going to being dying to win this one.

Felicia Graves, owner of The Quilting Bee, is a machine quilter. She has been in business for six years, and most of her work is freehand. Before learning to machine quilt, so worked as an artist (painting needlepoint canvas for Rebecca Wood Designs) so her favorite thing to do is "draw" on quilts using her Gammill longarm quilting machine (I know!). So all you quilters out there, admit it--you have at least one quilt top just waiting to be quilted. Don't we all? This is where Felica comes in. People send her their quilt tops and backing, and she puts them together with a one-of-a-kind quilting design. Look how gorgeous these quilts look with Felicia's finishing touch.






In my opinion the quilting is really what makes a quilt. Felicia's work is so amazing--she is truly an arteest. And guess what? She's friends with our girl V from the other day. There's some crazy creative vibe coming out of that little town in the middle-of-nowhere-Utah. I just may have to make a stop there next time I'm there visiting family in Utah so I can soak up some of their amazing-ness!

So here's the coolest part. Felicia will be quilting a quilt for free (up to 56"x56") for our lucky winner! Here's what you have to do to enter. Go to The Quilting Bee blog and tell us your favorite of Felicia's top 10 quilting memories (hint: they're all in her April archives). Make sure to leave us a comment by Wednesday, June 3 at 11:59pm PDT! Oh, and while you're there, scroll to the bottom and watch her slide show of more amazing quilts she's quilted. It's mesmerizing.

Good luck to you and your quilt tops!

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Chelsea M said...

Her #4 memory is sweet. It must be great to have a friend to quilt with and I love Vanessa's work. Felicia's quilting is beautiful!

Nisha said...

Ouchie bobbin story!! I'll remember that one and be sure not to lean over my machine.

Mara said...

V's quilt is perfection. What a truly talented lady!

introublewithmyhusband said...

I love the story about how the denim quilt came to be. It's too funny!

AmandaSue said...

Wow what pretty quilts! My favorite quilting memory of hers is #2 quilting for relay for life. The quilt is really pretty and I am think it was nice of her to donate a quilt to be actioned off for cancer research. Thanks for entering me into this great giveaway.
unforgetable_dreamer_always(at)hotmail.com

Alisha said...

Yay! I found her blog the other day and FELL IN LOVE with her stuff! Favorite top 10 Memory was the winding bobbin. Her husband laughing and leaving her there to get the camera is hysterical!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Lisa B said...

I love that she quilted for relay for life....and I LOVE the quilted purses!! Would love to get my hands on one of those!!!

Leslie said...

#1!!! I don't think I've ever heard of that happening to anyone before...and the picture is priceless!!!

Lift Up Your Hearts said...

::::::hyperventilating:::::: What beautiful, amazing work!! And those stories - I really enjoyed reading through them! My 2nd favorite was reading through how she decided to go into business, but I'm sorry, #1 winding the hair into the bobbin? I laughed so hard, and sent that one to my friends. LOL

jenni said...

i REALLY like #4 that pinwheel quilt is darling but seriously #1 takes the cake!! so funny!! I am glad her husband got a picture.

Tiffany said...

Love that she came from a quilting family (#10) and has decided to pass down that tradition. But I love the #1 where her hair got wound up in the bobbin. Funny.

Alisha said...

Love the bobbin winding incident! Too funny!

roseylittlethings said...

Love the quilting memory of her getting her hair wound around the bobbin, too funny! Great giveaway!

Barbie said...

Wow, I would LOVE to win this prize. Unfortunately, there are more than a couple quilts that need be quilted...

My favourite quilt memory was "starting a business". As a mom of two young babes, I've often wondered about starting my own business. I find this story very inspiring.

CBear said...

The story about getting her hair caught in the machine and the resulting grease spot on her forehead! I can totally see myself getting into a situation like that - with the same "hahaha" from the husband!

Emily S. said...

That bobbin story is HILARIOUS and totally something that would happen to me!
Thank you for such a fabulous giveaway!

Fritter Chicks™ said...

Wow! She is very talented! I love all of them! I think my favorite of her memories is the one she did for Alyssa. How very thoughtful! Colors are very cheerful!

Sara Richins said...

My favorite memory is a tie. Between #1, getting hair stuck in the bobbin, and #10, her first quilt was just a "scam" to get her own bathroom. That's funny, but at least she learned how to quilt and become this amazing quilter she is today!

Elizabeth said...

Wow! What inspiration! My favorite memory was #10...the one that got her into quilting and how she got a shower out of it. Totally something I would have done!

Brenbren said...

My favorite is the #3 Quilt for Alyssa. My mother just started chemo. Before she started, we made 2 blankets together. One for her to snuggle and feel close to me when she was sick and one for me to snuggle and feel close to her. I live just a meir 14 hour car ride away from my mom;( So the blankets are wonderful!
brenbren13@gmail.com

Heather said...

I love her story about her quilt for the relay for life. Such a great cause and a beautiful quilt to boot!

heatherdemke(at)gmail(dot)com

Kelly Jackson said...

I hate to be the first comment...the random number generator does not usually pick number one...some mix this one up in the jar :)

I love the bobbin in the hair. I know it must have hurt...I'm sorry for that part....but it does make for a great laugh. Bad way to make pin curls ay?

Kelly
IHaveANotion@yahoo.com

Aubrey said...

Her hair getting caught in the bobbin is my favorite, how funny!
byubabe14 at yahoo dot com

Maple Memories said...

WOW!! She is truly amazing!! My favorite memory was #9 about starting her business. As a business owner that followed my heart, I could really relate to that one!!! Looks like she made a great decision!

V and Co. said...

i love felicia! seriously the woman is amazing! she's done a few of my quilts and i have always walked away happy as a clam eating chocolate!
my favorite quilting memory (there's a few but i'll pick a sentimental one) is when she and i found out that one of our friend's here found out that her 2 year old daughter had cancer. we bought fabric and pieced and quilted a quilt all in one day. all we could think of "what can we do for this little girl" so we made her that quilt.
i hope i win cause i have like a bazillion quilts i'm making and that will be helpful to my pocket change!!!

The Titmi said...

Sad but funny! I thought that was blood but glad it was grease from getting her hair stuck in the machine

Carol said...

The bobbin story - of Course- because I've always wondered if anyone else has ever done that. Now I know it's not just me.

Jen O said...

My favorite memory of Felicia's is #6 because Marsha is my mom, and she is the host of the fabulous Mountain Valley Quilt Retreat! I'd love to have a quilt top quilted, so I'm crossing my fingers that I win!

connie said...

Oh, my the bobbin in the hair is so funny but how humiliating! Her work is incredible. I am just learning and I am in ahhh..

Megs said...

Oh my gosh, I just finished a quilt top so I am so excited about this giveaway!! I really liked #5 and #6 of her quilting memories. Mostly because I just moved to a new place and I am hoping to find friends. Her stories helped lessen my fears of breaking into a new area. Great give away!!

LB3K said...

WOW!!! I want one of those machines! How cool! I love the story of her hair getting caught in the machine-- he, he!

Skye and Aaron said...

Oh my favorite is for sure the Bobbin story! OUCH!!!

Megan G said...

My favorite is #3. The quilt for Alyssa.

Melissa said...

L-O-V-E the Moda pinwheel quilt... classic perfection!!!

Alice said...

I love the denim quilt story. So funny!

Tuesday Girl said...

I love that her bobbin was caught in her hair, that is so something that would happen to me!

tuesdayef (at) aol dot com

Anna said...

Hands-down memory #1. I am always terrified of this.

~EMILY~ said...

Mine is #3. What a wonderful giftto give a sick child. Plus I really want to know whre to get a machine like that.

the Fife's said...

quilt for Alyssa, how sweet is that. I don't have a quilt to be quilted but if I win I am going to put one together, what a great giveaway!!

ronandwhit said...

The bobbin story is hilarious!! But my favorite is her first quilt. She got a bathroom and made her first quilt. How fun it would be to make a quilt with your Dad!

Sara said...

Wow, that bobbin story is hilarious! Can't say that's ever happened to me. What beautiful work! I totally understand what she meant about "finding herself" again during postpartum. I too turned to sewing during that time in my life.

MFamily said...

#3 is such a sweet story and made me think of when someone made a quilt for my little peanut when she was born 15 weeks too early.

Mindy said...

I'll always love Felicia's story of starting her business. Only someone as super talented as Felicia could jump into it that way and be so amazing!

Mama King said...

Having little girls I would say the Alyssa Quilt is darling.

Lindsey said...

I love the bobbin story and the quilting with V on Mother's day weekend. This is such an awesome giveaway!

woodwards said...

the bobbin story is hilarious! what a memory! my husband would have done the same thing...

Laura and Kelly Allen said...

I laughed hystercially at her #1 memory, because I would totally do something like that.
But, I think the memeory I'm most drawn to is her #2 memory - quilting for Relay for Life. This is my second year as a Relay participant and I think ti's a great way to put your talents to a good cause.

Karissa and Mik said...

i love the #1 memory i could not stop laughing!!! that could totally happen to me i get way to into my sewing! i would love to win this giveaway i love to make quilts but im horrid and quilting!

The Nedrys said...

My favorite story is when she moved to her new town and made such a good friend (#4). I have moved and know how hard it can be until you meet that special someone who you just "click" with.

GSGC StrongFamily said...

I have to agree with so many others, the bobbin story is priceless! ALthough they are all great stories.

Ruth B said...

I have the perfect wall quilt that needs to be quilted and I can't afford to do it! So...my favorite was getting the bobbin stuck in her hair. Seriously, that cannot be topped.

The Shields Family.... said...

I love her #3 Quilt for Alyssa is so so cute!! :-) Her work is AMAZING!!

Kelly O. said...

I think I love the memory of how her business came to be. I've been mesmerized by those machines long before I decided to even think about pieceing a quilt.
Her creativity is astounding and her going out on a limb like that takes guts!

Camille and Luke said...

#1 is one of the best stories I've heard!!! I love her quilts! They look amazing!!

Hills said...

I have to say that i LOVE the bobbin story that is so funny(sorry) i always wondered if that has happened now i know! liquidgirl2004@hotmail.com

Pearl Girl said...
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Pearl Girl said...

I loved memoried number 1 and 10, they are all so sweet and special but I like the funny stuff. and I can't believe they drywalled over a garbage can full of jeans. hahahah I would lover her to quilt the one I am working on because I don't know how to quilt.

Kayleen said...

My favorite was #3 Quilt for Alyssa. Having spent some time a Childrens Hospital I have a whole new perspective on parents who have sick kids. That was so sweet of you to make a quilt for Alyssa.

Nicole said...

#1 is super funny and sounds like something I would do...and #3 is so sweet and she is so thought ful.

Julie said...

Of course the bobbin incident. That's definately I could see happening to me and my hubby just laughing. I also liked the jean quilt story. Beautiful quilting, I wish I had anywhere near that talent.

Jill said...

Oh I laughed outloud about the bobbin story!!! So glad she got a picture of it too. I really want to win this one ... I have a quilt ready!

daffodilhilltoo said...

I really love her memory of making the quilt with V. for a little girl with cancer. I have so much compassion for those who have to face that. BTW, I have 2 quilts that could use quilting.

Vanessa said...

I love the story about Mother's Day weekend with Vanessa. Probably because my name is also Vanessa, and I am a military wife whose husband has missed that last 5 Mother's Days so I can totally relate.

Material Mary said...

Memory #1 with the denim quilt and the bathroom ordeal. Love that one. They were all fun though.
Mary

Aunt Spicy said...

Stop it! I was dying over quilting memoru #1...DYING! That is just classic, and I love that there is a photo to go along with it. You just can't make stuff like that up!

torinem said...

Her #1 memory is too funny! Will have to watch out for that!

tornem(at)yahoo.com

Summer said...

What gorgeous work! I wish I had that talent! I love the bobbin story - that is priceless!

Coloradolady said...

I loved the one with the bobbin, but the one that was the leap of faith and purchased her own machine to start her own business was great...such strength and faith! Loved it....

Sitton said...

I like #1, funny but sad. She makes some very pretty quilts!

Melonie said...

Ha! I loved the bobbin story. That would be soo hilarious and painful!
meloniew a t g m a i l d o t c o m

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Sarah (Team Chilton) said...

#1 all the way. That sounds like something I would do. And my husband would have reacted the exact same way.
thanks!

Brooke said...

When her hair got caught in the bobbin! That is one I'll never forget! She does have beautiful quilts....just lovely!

Thank you so much for the chance and have a lovely weekend!

;-)Brooke

Stueller said...

I love the bobbin story/memory because I think it is something I would do! How generous of her to offer this.... I could only wish I could do that!My last quilt was hand quilted because I didn't have the money to pay someone, so this would be awesome!

Amy said...

LOVE the bobbin story!! Sounds like something I would do:) I hope I win!!

girlsmama said...

Quilting for Alyssa. That is a truly touching story.

Stacy Howard said...

#1 is so funny. Glad her husband took a picture.

heather said...

I like cute little Alyssa's quilt

jedigirlz said...

Her hair got stuck in a bobbin?! That would get my husband running for the camera too.

Shell said...

Felicia is awesome! Her personality is even better than her quilting (is it even possible for something to be better than that?!) I must say my favorite memory is #1, the bobbin, because I still can't seem to wind one of those dang things and it's good to see even the pros can't handle them sometimes!

Andrea said...

I like #9 how she started her business. It was nice to learn more about her.

Lisita said...

I think the sweetest story is the quilt she made for her friends daughter who had cancer. Beautiful quilts!

Lynn Osborne said...

The denim quilt story is my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win!

Somer said...

I like the story about her dad and the denim quilt.

Kalena said...

I love Quilt memory #1! So funny! She is amazing!

Nate and Steph & Brooke said...

I really liked her "updated" version of sewing! Getting the kids ready for 30 minute game/movie intervals, getting music ready for quilting time! And of course the bobbin hair incident is classic! She really is a true artist.

iamwoman said...

I love the denim quilt story! And oh goodness--I have a quilt just sitting here waiting to be quilted. What a delight this would be!

Beth- the mama bee said...

What lovely work! I like the bobbin story :)

rosanne said...

My favorites are tied: number 1 - the bobbin story is hysterical! And number 9 - how she got started. I love to read about people's histories and their inspiration :) Her quilting is GORGEOUS!

The Sander Family said...

the bobbin story is great, so funny! i guess it happens to the best of us. I also liked learning more about how she started her business.

Lois said...

Memory # 3. What better way is there to show your love to a friend in need then to use your special talents. I'm sure she loved the quilt. Lois

zees5 said...

I agree that the quilting can make a quilt. I like #4. I really admire Vanessa's work and I love her sense of humor. She is someone I would really enjoy meeting and since Felcia has such good taste in friends, I'd love to meet Felcia too.

Life is nothing without good friends I am so grateful for the support and encouragement of good friends, including my husband (:

izazbz at yahoo do com

Donna said...

This is the best giveaway EVER! I am keeping my fingers crossed-have the perfect quilt to quilt!

My favorite memory is #5-My Quilting friend Becky. This is my favorite because I have a dear friend named Becky, but she passed away in October from cancer. The quilt I would like to have quilted is one I was working on for her before she passed and never finished. We found out she had brain cancer in June and it was just so fast. Anyway, Felicia's work is stunning.

Donna
buggaboosmommy@yahoo.com

ParkerMama said...

Wow, I'm not sure which one I enjoyed the most.

Quilting with her friend on Mother's Day, the rubbermaid tote of jeans drywalled up in the shower area, or the bobbin in the hair.

Okay. Maybe the bobbin in the hair. hee,hee

My youngest, Parker, is trached. Because of his severe airway issues a trach was necessary for him to be able to breathe without wearing his heart out.

Because of this Parker can't use fleece blankets or quilts tied with yarn because of the potential of the 'fuzzies' being inhaled via his trach......and straight into his lungs.

We call quilts that have been machine quilted 'trach friendly' and are always hoping one might come to live with Parker.

Maybe this will be our lucky contest. :D

And this talented quilted is from Utah....that's Parker country!

Such a beautiful giveaway!

hods (5) mom (@) aol (dot) com

Samantha said...

Oh my goodness. Her quilts are absolutely amazing. I hope to learn how to quilt someday. Anyway, my favorite memory of hers is #4. Quilting with friends has got to be the best.

ThereO said...

My favorite is her Starting a Business memory.

D said...

My favorite is #8 because she mentions Ann Collet who just happens to be one of my favorite Great Aunts (and lucky for me she is in town visiting this weekend). :)

Jennifer said...

I could soooo see my hubby grabbing the camera before helping me detach myself from my sewing machine! That's just priceless.

I also loved her memory of starting her own quilting biz...that's gotta be scary and exciting all at once!

Vindiciti said...

My favorite is the #2 Relay for Life story. My mother had breast cancer and we as a family heartily support the Relay for Life every year. I praise her for her donation!

bruinbr said...

I love memory #1 - looked painful but a great lesson!

Cheryl said...

I love her memory of her first quilt, the denim one that was traded for a bathroom. What a Hoot!

The Allen Family said...

I love that she made a denim quilt with her dad and getting the hair wrapped around the bobin is pretty hilarious!

Anne said...

ouch! bobbin story! Ohh my goodness...I'm so glad I have to wind a bobbin on top my machine; but I'll have to keep that in mind!

Screen Door said...

Quilting Memory #3 is the one that stands out. My answer to everything in life is quilting -- It's seems to heal everything. Thorw my name inthe bucket.

Tracy said...

I like the first one! While being grimly scarey and embarrassing...it reminds me of the year I was around 10 and trying to make a heart shaped cake for my mom for mother's day. my long hair got caught in the beaters and it rolled all the way up to my head. LOL

La Gitan Mystique said...

My favorite is Felicia's number one quilting memory when her hair got caught in the bobbin and her DH ran for the camera.

Gina

daretadream (at) q (dot) com

Stephanie said...

i love how's she made friens through quilting - vanessa and becky - way to love your job!!!!

Alison said...

The bobbin story!

Amber Z said...

1 is probably my favorite and most memorable. I know people knit with animal hair, but quilting with human hair seems a bit of a stretch. I'm glad it
was captured on film.

courtneyb said...

without question, number 1, sorry, but that's hilarious!

Kathryn said...

LOVE the bobbin story!

Sondra said...

Memory #1 is definitely hilarious. I love the picture of the bobbin still caught in her hair! Poor thing! I also love the quilted bags (not a memory, but I really want one!).

Jinii said...

I love the story of the birth of the denim quilt.

jinii_boren@yahoo.com

lil miss' mama said...

little alyssa's quilt story! but i have to say that i thought the first story about the bobbin was crazy!

Valerie said...

#1 Oh my goodness, I had no idea that you could wrap your hair in a bobbin! Going to pin my hair back next time I get out the sewing machine!

Blessings,

Valerie (at) thecraftyclassroom.com

fruitfulwords said...

I love this idea of writing about 10 quilting memories. I think I'll "steal" this idea for a future post at my blog. :-)

I enjoyed all of them and of course laughed about the bobbin incident. But my fav was #4.

What a wonderful support Felicia was for Vanessa. And what a cool way they supported one another on that Mother's Day. I wish more people would/could offer that kind of support for women whose husband's are gone.

Kaitlin and Charles said...

I liked the memory of coming together with Becky, a once form of "competition." What a great story of humility, friendship and courage!

Jennifer Lindstrom said...

Memory #10. I love that her dad was such a sweetie to break open the drywall just so his little girl could make a quilt (even if it was actually just a devious plan, hahaha).

Melly said...

It has to be the bobbin story. I never knew you could do that, now I am certain it will happen to me someday, hopefully not soon!
mellisa.willis@sbcglobal.net

jeannette said...

i have two favorites...one that made me laugh, and one that made me almost cry! her hair getting caught in the bobbin..made me laugh! my husband would totally laugh and run for the camera! then, the sweet quilt she made for little alyssa. what a wonderful way to minister to a hurting family!

Jack and Bernice said...

My fave memory is #1. I don't know if I can imagine exactly how that could happen, but at the same time, i feel like if it is going to happen, it'll probably happen to me. :o)

BSchwendy said...

As someone who is often frustrated by bobbins (that's me, novice crafter!), memory number 1 is my hilarious pic.

Tots and Tails said...

All i know is I know how it feels to put hemming your jeans at the bottom of your list! I love her Red white and blue quilt now I want to do a quilt for every holiday!

Megnhope said...

I liked #9 the best. It was neat to hear how everything came to be.

kels said...

i like her whole cloth quilts :)

Staci J said...

What great memories! I love #3, the quilt for her friend's daughter Alyssa, who was diagnosed with cancer. Such a hard trial to go through. Beautiful intricate quilts, I love them!

Amy said...

bobbin in the hair...that is so something I would do!! ha

sdwaard said...

Okay, I like several but I'm going to have to say my favorite is #1. Getting a bobbin stuck in her hair sounds like something I would do!

Connie said...

Definitely the bobbin incident! It is something that I could so see happening to me!! Ouch!!

Susan L. said...

#1 is definitely my favorite! I laughed hysterically when I read that! Her quilting is beautiful.

susanlanthrip@knology.net

Heidi said...

the bobbin story is classic, it made me chuckle. However, I really enjoyed reading about how she got started.

Cuddle Bug Baby Designs said...

What a great give away! The #1 quilting memory is something I would totally do. In fact, I'm amazed that I haven't done it yet. I'll have to keep on my tows and avoid the bobbin winder and my long curly hair! Ouch!

sarah swingset said...

i love #4. Quilt of Alyssa. It's a sweet story and i love the pink and green quilt.

throuthehaze said...

my fave is #1 quilting memory. Ive had similar things happen to me!!

Cheryl said...

I really wanted to NOT choose #1 because it seemed way too obvious or easy a pick - but honestly, it's probably the funniest quilting story I've ever read! The kind of moment when you just want to yell, "what's a nice girl like me doing in a place like this?"

Angela M said...

Number one is the best! How classic that the hubby laughed, got the camera and then helped her. angelou22@gmail.com

Aimee Chappell said...

My favorite memory is #3 - Quilt for Alyssa. Her quilts are absolutely beautiful.

scrapworking said...

They're all great memories, but winding your hair in the bobbin sounds like something I might do, so it gets top billing! Thanks for the giveaway...going back to her blog to learn more. I secretly think of getting a longarm someday!

Amy G said...

I've been a fan of Felicia's work for a couple of years and I would absolutely love to have my own piece of her wonderful talent!!! It is tough to pick a favorite post but tonight I have to say I really can relate to the 4th post - her Mother's Day weekend quilting and enjoying the company of her good friend. I am also the mother to boys and I know how wonderful it can be to get together with a good GIRLfriend and create and visit and have fun! The bonus to this post was Felicia's admittance that her quilt hasn't been quilted yet - I can ultra relate to that too!!! Whether I win or lose I am glad I can view her work and dream of future quilts because her work inspires me to get busy!!!

Rane said...

Alyssa's quilt by far.
I am a cancer survivor,
thus you hit a spot in my
heart. My Daughters BF
right now has Leukemia,
and my daughter just donated
her hair for her friend to
have a wig. You are a
gentle soul. Thank you.

Melanie said...

I have to go for her reaching out to Becky, knowing that there could definitely be tension, and making a friendship out of it instead.

Awesome!

Kathleen W. said...

My favorite memory of hers is the Mountain Valley Quilt Retreat, #6, because it reminds me of some of the art retreats I've done, specifically a long weekend of shibori fabric dyeing at a place called Peter's Valley art center in NJ. I love how inspiring it is to work with other artists.

Kim said...

Number one for sure! That is hilarious!!!

c said...

The bobbin story has to be the best ever - even more so than some of the crazy things I've heard at my guild meetings.

Lisle H said...

Oh, the denim bathroom story is priceless! And the bobbin--painful. It sounds like something I'd do...

fun and unique "green" handbags said...

I know the deadline is way past, but i still wanted to add my two cents: The hair-bobbin is way funny. Pretty quick of you husband to think of the camera!
Way to go to laugh at yourself!
I can certainly learn from that!

Wendy Lady said...

I was so touched by #3 - Alyssa's Story, but really loved #1 - the Bobbin story. Such wonderful quilting memories!

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