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Friday, April 1, 2011

Winners of the 2011 Golden Quilter Awards


While today is April Fool's Day, this post is not a joke!

Like the Oscars, there are always many to thank and recognize for making something special happen.  Thus, it is also appropriate that I take time to thank everyone helped by voting for their favorite nominee in the 2011 Golden Quilter Awards, to Kathleen Brown for help with tallying votes, and to the wonderful Sponsors of this event.  Speaking of which, everyone is invited to the 2011 Golden Quilter Awards Party on April 8th when 30 wonderful giveaway prizes, donated by our sponsors, will be given away. 

I feel like the party has officially started and will not end until the Giveaway bash on April 8th.  As there are typically many toasts at such parties, it seems we need to lift our glasses to toast.  Please raise your glass and toast with me to honor all of the nominees for the 2011 Golden Quilter Awards.  "Here is to everyone I look up to!"

Before we  toast to congratulate the winners of the 2011 Golden Quilter Awards, I'd like to heighten awareness that SewCalGal was the host of this event, therefore ineligible to nominate and/or vote.  Like the nominees, the winners were recognized  by fellow quilters, from throughout the world, for your contributions in making our world of quilting so wonderful, and the consensus was that you are the Best in the respective category you were nominated for, among the best of the world.  We lift our glasses to toast to you:  "To excellence, which means caring more than some think is wise, Risking more than some think is safe, Dreaming more than some think is sensible, And working more than most are willing to do!".

Drum roll..........

The envelopes are opened and I'm happy to announce the official winners of the 2011 Golden Quilter Awards.

Best DesignerAnne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs

Best Teacher/Instructor Bonnie Hunter, Quiltville


Best AuthorEleanor Burns, of Quilt In A Day

Best Quilt Store (Physical) Mary Jo's in Gastonia NC

Best Quilt Store (online)Fat Quarter Shop

Best Long Arm QuilterJudi Madsen - Green Fairy Quilts

Most Innovative product (physical item)AccuQuilt Go! Fabric Cutter

Most Innovated product (software item)
EQ7, by The Electric Quilt Company

Most influential person in the world of quilting to-date, aka "Lifetime Achievement"Eleanor Burns, Quilt in a Day

10) Best Quilt RetreatTwo Wacky Women (Southern California)


The sponsors for the 2011 Golden Quilter Awards and giveaway are:

These sponsors have generously donated 30 wonderful prizes for a giveaway where those that help with PR, nominate, vote, as well as enter the giveaway for this event, have a chance to win prizes. If you have not yet entered this giveaway, you may wish to click here to enter and review the rules, where you can also learn about various ways to win.

Like the Oscars, there are those that report the news and help increase awareness which is always appreciated by the winners.  Thus, I ask all  PR Angels that can post insights on their blogs about the 2011 Golden Quilter  Awards, and include a complete list of all the winners in their post, to help with PR.  For those that are able to do so, please leave a comment on this post, with a link to your post, for an extra entry in the giveaway for this event. 

For everyone, I hope if you have a chance you congratulate the winners of the 2011 Golden Quilter Awards whenever you see them, via Facebook, Twitter, email, or how you feel appropriate.


In closing, I simply want to say again "Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 Golden Quilter Awards".

37 comments:

Quilter in the Gap said...

I blogged about the winners.... http://gapquilter.blogspot.com/2011/04/winners-of-2011-golden-quilter-awards.html

Polly said...

Thank you for organizing and coordinating this event. I can only imagine how much time, energy and dedication it takes from you to pull this off!! You are wonderful and are truly appreciated!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Pat said...

Congratulations to the winners!

Dee said...

Congratulations winners one and all! Thank you for your amazaging organizational and blogging skills!

Mommarock said...

I'm so excited to see some of my favorites listed here... I also see some new names, which as a new quilter is very exciting too.. Thank you to those who nominated those people, and are leading me to meet new greats.. it is a wonderful adventure for me.

Snoodles said...

Congratulations to all of the winners - and the ones nominated, too! They must be doing something right, since folks nominated them! Thanks, SewCalGal, for all your efforts in seeing this through!
Jacque in SC
quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

Patty D from NC said...

I did PR here: http://ncweekendquilter.blogspot.com/2011/04/2011-golden-quilter-awards.html

Thanks for hosting - very exciting for the winners.

Cheryl said...

I just posted the winners list on my blog www.cherylshtuff.blogspot.com
Congrats to the winners and thank you to the sponsers!

Wendy said...

Congratulations to each of the winners and Thank you for the amazing amount of work you have put into these awards and to the sponsors too!

Barb said...

That is just awesome....what hard work you have put into this fun event. Thanks so much. Congrats to the winners!

The Bag Lady From The Bay said...

I blogged about the Awards and placed a widget to your site for this purpose as well as I have you on my to follow list for blogs I so enjoy reading every day.
CONGRATULATIONS on another successful Annual Event which is well attended and Congratulations to all winners, the Nominees who are not listed in the Winners Circle are WINNERS none-the-less.

Lee Nakamoto said...

A huge thank you to sewcalgal for organizing the 2011 Golden Quilter Awards, and everyone that voted for the accuquilt GO! Fabric cutter. Everyone in the accuquilt family can't thank you enough for your continued support of what we are trying to achieve. I'd like to recognize the efforts of the blog community who have taken accuquilt to quilters around the globe with inspirational tutorials and insightful reviews. We are very lucky to be part of an incredible group of people who share our love of quilting. Thank you again!

Judi said...

Thank you so much!

Baskets Of Quilts said...

Congrats to the nominees and winners! Thank you for recognizing & honoring quilting in such a great way!

CopyrCowgirl said...

Congrats to all the winners! I would post to my blog if I ever got one going.............

Madame Samm said...

Great job Darlene....some of my fav did indeed win..mmm I did not see your name though for best coordinator...funny lol

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Congratulations to all the winners!!!
Pat

"Lois Grebowski" said...

Yay to all the winners!!!!! Woo hoo!

Millie said...

Congrats to all the winners. Good job coordinating as always, Darlene!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

How exciting.....congratulations to all the winners!

Smiles,
Kelly

Quilt Hollow said...

Congrats to the winners...I felt honored to have been nominated for longarm quilting but by who?

sandiqltr said...

Congrats to all of the winners!!! It is wonderful to have so many talented people to learn from. Thank you SewCalGal.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Congratulations to all the winners!! I've sent out a post on my blog today :-)

http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com/2011/04/envelope-please.html

Ariane said...

Congratulations to all the winners!!!!

Cecilia said...

Congratulations to all the winners. I'm excited to see some of my favorites won.

pojeda said...

Congratulations to all of the winners. So glad my favorites won!

matate10 said...

Congratulations to all of the winners and a big thanks to the best Coordinator of all time. Thanks SewCalGal!!!

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Congratulations to the winners and congratulations to you for hosting this event. Now you can sit back and relax a bit.

Joanna said...

http://needlethreadhappiness.blogspot.com/2011/04/more-playing-with-dies.html

I posted about the winners on my blog today.

Bente said...

http://iliketoquiltblog.blogspot.com/
I´d put the winnerpicture and the links on my blog.
Bente

Stormy Days said...

Congratulations to all of you, whether you won or not. How wonderful to be recognized like this. A huge thanks to SewCalGal for all the hard work she put into this so we can all enjoy it.

Peach Rainbow said...

Congrats to the Winners!
I posted the results here;
http://peachrainbow.blogspot.com/2011/04/winners.html

Carrie P. said...

Congrats to the winners.

Quiltingranny said...

Congratulations to the winners!

Sharon said...

Thank you so much Sewcalgal for hostessing this even it was fn. And to the winners Congratulations I hope you have a wonderful year in your winning positions.

Lisa said...

Hi Darlene, I congratulated the winners here: http://inspiredquilter.blogspot.com/2011/04/2011-golden-quilter-award-winners.html

Many thanks to you for all your work hosting the event! ~~Lisa

Lana said...

Congratulations EVERYONE! What an honor!
SewCalGal...You are wonderful! Thank you too!