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Monday, April 2, 2012

2012 Golden Quilter Awards Ceremony

Welcome to the 2012 Golden Quilter Award Ceremony!  Every quilter is invited to attend.  And, when you do, SewCalGal hopes that you will also celebrate and congratulate the winners of the 2012 Golden Quilter Awards.

A bit of background information, for those that may not be aware.  The Golden Quilter Awards started a few years back, when SewCalGal started thinking about the Oscars and all the other awards that are given out to those in the entertainment business, but there wasn't anything for those in the quilting business, that make our world of quilting so wonderful. 

Annually, PR Angels are asked to help spread the word about these Awards, to increase awareness and get more quilters to participate by submitting nominations and ultimately by voting.  For several weeks nominations are accepted and any quilter, any place in the world, can submit nominations for approximately ten categories.  When nominations are closed, all nominees are recognized and voting is then opened, where anyone can vote for their favorite nominee.  Tonight is the night we now get to hear who the ultimate winners are and celebrate. 

Like the Oscars, while it is an honor to be nominated to the Golden Quilter Awards, it is even more special to be a winner of any of these annual awards.  The nominees and winners get bragging rights.  For PR Angels, those that nominate and/or vote they get entered to win prizes donated by sponsors, that are always given out after the Award Ceremony.

red carpet Pictures, Images and Photos
Like the Oscars, attendees of the 2012 Golden Quilter Awards get dressed up.  Of course, quilters are also welcome to come in any attire that they want (you can even wear your PJs).

Chery (Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting) is expected to arrive wearing this beautiful quilted jacket that she made. 

Looks like we are ready to get started...........

Time for the envelopes, please.

For Best Designer, the Golden Quilter Award goes to:

Congratulations to Bonnie K. Hunter!
Bonnie K. Hunter

For Best Author, the Golden Quilter Award goes to:

Congratulations to Bonnie K. Hunter!

Bonnie K. Hunter

For Best Teacher/Instructor, the Golden Quilter Award goes to:

Congratulations to Bonnie K. Hunter!
Bonnie K. Hunter

For Best Quilt Store (physical), the Golden Quilter Award goes to:

Congratulations to Mary Jo's Cloth Store!

Mary Jo's Cloth Store

For Best Quilt Store (online), the Golden Quilter Award goes to:

Congratulations to Jenny Doan and the Missouri Star Quilt Company team!

Missouri Star Quilt Company

For Best Longarm Quilter, the Golden Quilter Award goes to:
Congratulations to Karen McTavish!

Karen McTavish

For Best Product (Physical), the Golden Quilter Award goes to:
Congratulations to the Olfa Corporation and Olfa Rotary Cutter team!
Olfa Corporation
Facebook url: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/OLFA/102711346433359

For Best Product (Software), the Golden Quilter Award goes to:

Congratulations to the Electric Quilt Company and the entire EQ7  team!
The Electric Quilt Company

For Best Quilt Book Publisher, the Golden Quilter Award goes to:
 While there are many amazing Quilt Book Publishers that were recognized by quilters, from around the world, when nominated for the 2012 Golden Quilter Awards, it is clear that two such publishers are loved equally.  There was a tie for this category, so we want to recognize both of these amazing publishers for their contributions in making our world of quilting so wonderful.

Congratulations to the C&T Publishing and to Martingal & Company, home of that Patchwork Place.

C&T Publishing
Stash Books: http://www.stashbooks.com
blog: http://www.ctpubBlog.com
Facebook url: https://www.facebook.com/#!/ilovequilts

Martingal & Company, home of That Patchwork Place
blog: http://blog.shopmartingale.com/

For Lifetime Achievement Award (most influential person), the Golden Quilter Award goes to:

Congratulations to the Bonnie K. Hunter, who is clearly loved by quilters from all over the world for all of her contributions to make our world of quilting so wonderful! 

Bonnie K. Hunter

As quilters, we want to say congratulations to all of the 2012 Golden Quilter Award Winners.   Over 4,000 quilters, from all over the world took time to vote and they wanted to honor you as being the best of the best world wide, to say thank you for all you have done to make our world of quilting so wonderful! 

To all of the PR Angels, Nominating Committee, those that took time to vote, as well as those that come to this 2012 Golden Quilter Awards Ceremony, I hope you will help to congratulate this winners when you see them, by leaving a comment on their blog and/or Facebook page, or send them a note thru Twitter. 

While my posts and images are copyright protected, if anyone wants to use photos and/or information in this post,  to blog about, include in a newsletter, etc., you have my permission and encouragement to do so.  I view PR for these winners is one of the best gifts we can give them.  If you need higher resolution images, just email me to let me know.

Thank you
 to the Sponsors of the
2012 Golden Quilters Awards:




Time to Party!

Champaigne Pictures, Images and Photos

Celebrate!! Pictures, Images and Photos

And, maybe, while you are celebrating you'll go visit one or all of the 2012 Golden Quilter Award winners on their Facebook page, blog, or twitter and leave them a sweet note of congratulations and how much you appreciate all they have done, to make our world of quilting so wonderful.

Tomorrow, after I've had a chance to sleep in, take a good nap, etc. I'll let everyone know who won the prizes during our party tonight.  For those that may not understand what is going on, these prizes are randomly given out to those that have helped, over the past few months, with PR for this event, nominations and for voting.  Collectively, there are well over 5,000 quilters that have helped world-wide. 

Lastly, don't forget, the page  on this blog labeled "Golden Quilter Awards" is updated throughout the year.  You can always check it for a summary of current information and appropriate links.  It will be updated within a few days, to summarize the 2012 Golden Quilter Awards and will be updated as it gets closer for the 2013 Golden Quilter Awards, next spring!


Karen M said...

Wow! Congratulations to all the winners. Thank you, SewCal Gal, for creating and hosting these awards. By the way, please do not step on the train of my beaded gown as I glide through this crowd.

YankeeQuilter said...

And to think I knew Bonnie when....congrat to all the winners. Thanks for hosting! Now which way to the open bar?

Fabrics N Quilts said...

What a sweep for Bonnie! Thanks Darlene for another great event!

Rosemary said...

Congratulations to all the winners! What fun! Hope everyone has a good time at this event! You think we'll make the news tonight??!!

Lisa Marie said...

Congrats to all the winners AND nominees!

Carol J said...

Congratulations to the winners this year! I can't imagine what our little world would be like without people like you supporting us in our passion :-)Enjoy the party!

Leslie said...

Thanks for all your hard work with the annual awards. And congratulations to the winners.

Snoodles said...

Congratulations to the winners -- bragging rights for 2012! Thanks, SewCalGal, for your hard work in organizing this. It's important for all of us to be able to show our appreciation to those who impact our community in so many ways.

teachpany said...

Wonderful job, again SewCal Gal! Thanks again for doing this! You deserve an award for "Most supportive quilter."

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow Bonnie took a clean sweep!! Thanks Darlene for all of your work and diligence in hosting and presenting this amazing Award ceremony for the Quilting community! You ARE appreciated!

Crickets Corner said...

Just sent congratulations to the winners. Thanks for putting it all together and showing us to the best of the best.

Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

Congratulations to all the winners! You do an amazing job setting this up, Darlene!

QuiltSue said...

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you for organising this event for us all to take part in.

Sharon said...

Congrats to all of our nominees and winners for 2012. And sewcalgal "thank you" for all your hard work....

sao said...

CONGRATS TO SEW CAL GAL for making this happen! CONGRATS to all of the winners.....I am so proud to be a fan! :)

sao in Midlothian, VA

Joanna said...

Congratulations to all! Thanks SewCalGal for this fun post and event.

Anonymous said...

You deserve every one of these awards. The kindness, the sharing, the brightness you offer to all of our days is comparable to none other..........Sandi

Lise said...

Wow what an event! Congratulations to all! And thank you Sew Cal Gal for putting this event together

Belinda said...

Congratulations everyone! And to you SewCalGal for another successful awards show!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the winners!

Melissa @ Sew BitterSweet Designs said...

Congratulations to all the winners! Well deserved!

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Nanbon44 said...

WOW, looks like Bonnie Hunter is the big winner tonight, congratulations to Bonnie and all the winners, you are all fantastic at what you do, keep up the good work... Special thanks to Darlene for all her hard work to make these awards possible... Great job Darlene....

Daisy said...

Thanks Sew Cal Gal for a great opportunity to tell you who we think is the best of the best.

Luv2Create said...

What a fun way to see Who's Who in the quilting world today - thanks Sew Cal Gal! I have heard Bonnie Hunter's name many times from my quilting friends but have never looked at her website or her books but I guess I will have to now!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Congrats to the winners! Thanks for posting my quilted jacket. I feel so 'red carpet' ready now.

Polly said...

Darlene, thank you so much for doing this for us all! I know it's allot of work on your part and we all appreciate all you do for us!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to all the winners!

Maureen said...

Thanks for organizing this and for letting so many of us be a part of it! I'd be among those wearing PJs on the sidelines and giving all the winners a standing ovation.

Josie McRazie said...

Can I tell you this meant nothing to me when I read it yesterday morning. Last night was my guild meeting and we had a guest speaker. I live in Moline. (do you know where I am going with this yet? LOL) Bonnie Hunter was our speaker! Can I say she is so very talented and charasmatic! She really moved me! I had tears in my eyes at the end (I cry at the drop of a hat hehe) Very cool!

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sewmeow said...

Congratulations to all the winners! Definitely deserved for Bonnie and all of them. Thanks, Darlene, for all your PR time and work for us quilters. You really keep it all together for us!

I'm wearing my silver rhinestone encrusted tenny shoes to the ceremony....can't wear heels anymore! See me sparkle!....tee hee.

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Its amasing, congratulations to the winner, I'll surly visit every one of them.
Tank to you Darlene, this is a great event, and I'll ask for you permission to
use your pictures for a post in my blog. This event is important
to quilters all over the world.
Liebe Grüße
Bente - Germany

Mary Ann said...

Congratulations to all and thank you to Darlene for organizing this fantastic event once again!

Peg H said...

Congratulations to all, and many thanks to SewCalGal for putting this together and sharing with us all!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!! Thank you SewCalGal for all the work and time you put into the event....you are wonderful!