Monday, April 9, 2012

Feather Your Nest: Judges

Hello friends!

We launched Feather Your Nest last Monday (have you signed up yet?), announced prizes a few days later, and it's now time to present to you our judges!

Along with being a month-long series focused on the home, Feather Your Nest is also a sew/stitch-along contest in which you make things for your own home and get a chance to win some fabulous prizes. To help determine the winner of the contest, we enlisted the help of 10 fabulous ladies who are as friendly and inspiring as they are creative and crafty.

Without further ado, here are our judges (in alphabetical order):

  • Ellen Luckett Baker - The Long Thread
    You know her from her fabulous blog The Long Thread. Ellen is also the author of 1, 2, 3, Sew and the designer of a brand new fabric collection for Moda called Quilt Blocks. You can preorder it here, whee!
  • Amanda Carestio - Lark Crafts
    Amanda is one of the crafty editors over at Lark Crafts. She is also a talented designer and author of both Fa La La La Felt and Heart-Felt Holidays. She blogs over at Digs & Bean. Go pay her a visit and congratulate her on the impending arrival of her baby girl! (Amanda and Lark Crafts are offering a bundle of 5 books as a prize!)
  • Rashida Coleman-Hale - I Heart Linen
    Rashida is the powerhouse behind the blog and brand I Heart Linen. Her fabric lines I Heart and Washi have been super popular, and we love her books I Love Patchwork and the more recent Zakka Style. We befriended Rashida when she played with us on the Spring Runner Sew-Along last year and we're so excited to have her join the fun on Feather Your Nest!
  • Maureen Cracknell - Maureen Cracknell Handmade
    If you don't know Maureen's work yet, you're in for a treat. She is the sweetheart behind Maureen Cracknell Handmade where she shares her sewing, quilting and absolutely incredible free motion stitching projects. Check out her blog for adorable tutorials and constant inspiration.
  • Keli Faw - Drygoods Design Online
    Keli is the busy mama behind Drygoods Design Online (one of our sponsors!). When she isn't ordering and selling fabulous modern fabric for her shop, she is creating beautiful handmade goods for her line Bread & Salt. You can also find Keli on her blog and Pinterest. (Drygoods Design Online is sponsoring Feather Your Nest with a lovely prize. Keli is also offering a 15% discount on all fabrics to Stumbles & Stitches readers in April with the code FEATHER15.)
  • Rachael Gander - Imagine Gnats
    Rachael is the all-around crafty mama behind Imagine Gnats. Sewing, graphic design, quilting, embroidery, there's not much she doesn't try -- and she's constantly cranking out new stuff! Check out her blog and Etsy shop for endless inspiration, projects and patterns. Rachael is also the co-founder of The Covert Robin and The One Stop Giveaway Shop. (One of our prizes is a set of 2 prints by Imagine Gnats, thanks Rachael!)
  • Kimberly Jolly - Fat Quarter Shop
    Kimberly is the founder and owner of Fat Quarter Shop, one of our sponsors and an incredible source for beautiful fabrics, pre-cuts, patterns and more. Kimberly has been a quilter for years and creates fun Block-of-the-Month kits and quilts for Fat Quarter Shop. You can find her blogging along with her team members on The Jolly Jabber. (Fat Quarter Shop is providing our 2 biggest prizes for the Feather Your Nest contest, so generous!)
  • Jennet Mae Jones - Feathered Nest Studio
    Jennet is a mom, artist, graphic designer, and art educator. Check out her shop on Etsy for quirky, whimsical and sweet items made by hand for kids and the home. Her Tumblr is an endless source of creative inspiration and her new blog has become one of my favorites for kid crafts, sewing projects and more.
  • Kristin Link - Sew Mama Sew!
    Kristin is a mama to two girls and the owner of Sew Mama Sew! What can we say about Sew Mama Sew!? Amazing fabric, amazing blog, amazing projects. If you don't check in daily, you're missing out!! (Sew Mama Sew! is providing one of the prizes for Feather Your Nest, yay!)
  • Melanie O'Brien - A Sewing Journal
    Last but certainly not least, Melanie is rounding out our judging panel. Her blog A Sewing Journal is a fabulously curated selection of fabric collections, pattern and book reviews, sewing projects and more. We never fail to be inspired when checking in. Melanie is a regular contributor at Sew Mama Sew! with her awesome "Sewing Trends" series.

We'd like to thank these wonderful judges for their participation!! We're so excited to be working with them on this series and sew/stitch-along!

If you haven't yet signed up for Feather Your Nest, now is your chance! Go check out the details and leave a comment on the post to participate. Not only will you be making something special for your own home, you'll be getting a chance to win one of 3 fabulous prize packages, AND you'll get to show off your project to these pretty awesome crafty ladies! Win-win-win! We can't wait to see what you'll make...

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