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!".
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:
- CT Publishing
- Dragon Threads, Extraordinary Textile Art Books
- The Electric Quilt Company
- Fat Quarter Shop
- Fairfield Processing .
- Martingale & Company, Home of That Patchwork Place
- Margaret Bucklew, of Patterns 2 Quilt and Chiseled in Cloth
- Prairie Moon Quilts
- Stitch in the Ditch .
- Sew Fun Quilts and Judy's ETSY store.
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".