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Monday, March 22, 2010

Golden Quilter Award Winners

The First Annual Golden Quilter Awards accepted nominations in February, where 160 nominations were received for the nine categories of these Awards.  Both nominations and votes were submitted from people throughout the world.  Ultimately, 509 votes were received in March,  for favorite nominees, that determined who the winners of the nine categories of the Golden Quilter Awards. 

Before I announce the winners, I would like to say thank you to all of those that were nominated as each of you, or each of the products nominated, have made a significant difference in the world of quilting.  You are recognized and appreciated by many quilters for what you have shared, and for inspiring others.  For this I give my heartfelt thanks and appreciation.  I also want to say thank you to those that took time to submit nominees and for those that took time to vote for your favorite nominee.  Your vote matters!

And now, I'd like to present to you the winners of the First Annual Golden Quilter Awards:

1) For the category of Best Designer, the winner is:
Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs

2) For the Category of Best Teacher/Instructor:

Bonnie K. Hunter

3) For the Category of  Best Author:

Eleanor Burns, of Quilt In A Day

4) For the Category of Best Quilt Store (Physical):

There was a tie for the winner of this category, with one coming from sunny Southern California, and the other one coming from an area of British Columbia, which I believe is also known as a sunbelt of B.C.
Rosie's Calico Cupboard, San Diego, CA

Satin Moon, Victoria, BC

5) For the category of Best Quilt Store (online):
Fat Quarter Shop

6) For the category of  Best Long Arm Quilter:

Judy Madsen, Green Fairy Quilts, Saint George, Utah

7) For the category of  Most Innovative new product (physical item):


8) For the category of  Most Innovated new product (software item):

Electric Quilt - EQ6

9) For the category of  Most influential person in the world of quilting to-date, aka "Lifetime Achievement":

While there were many talented people that were nominated to this category, the majority of the comments submitted with many nominations clearly reflected heartfelt feelings for someone who has brought so many people into the world of quilting, taught, lectured, runs a successful business, and continually inspires and assistance to others.  Without question of my ability to tally votes, the winner of this category is:

Eleanor Burns, of Quilt In A Day

Again, I want to congratulate all the winners of the Golden Quilter Awards, as well as recognize the contributions of all those that were nominated.  You have all influenced our wonderful world of quilting.  Thank you!

Lastly, I could use some help to congratulate the winners.  If you have time to contact them, to congratulate them, to blog about them, post insights on Facebook or Twitter, I'd appreciate it.  Our world of quilting certainly deserves some visibility, like the Golden Globes, so please help congratulate the winners and spread the word about the Golden Quilter Awards 2010 winners.

For a complete list of all the nominees for the Golden Quilter Awards:  http://tinyurl.com/yg3wz34

Winners of the Golden Quilters Awards Voting March Giveaway will be announced tomorrow on my blog where I share insights on contests & giveaways.    If you would like more info on this giveaway:  http://tinyurl.com/yzxnepq


Barb said...

I was so glad to see Judi win....this was a big undertaking and you took on the challenge well and did a super job!

Joanne Lendaro said...

What fun this was! thanks for taking the time and efforts to put all of this together. You did a fantastic job!

Judi said...

Wow! Thank you so much! I am honored. I was honored to even be mentioned, let alone win. Thanks everyone who voted for me.

Jocelynilla said...

This is so exciting!!! We (Fat Quarter Shop) are really, really honored! Thank you...it is a huge pay-off that our customers love us as much as we love them :)

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Oh Wow....I voted for lots of those folks!!! Yeah!!!!
Congratulations to everyone who were selected....what an honor.

You did a wonderful job Darlene....Thank You so much for doing this.


Anonymous said...

Congrats to your winners! I was excited to see Bonnie win...she so deserves it!

Jocelyn said...

Congratulations to the winners. They are all so deserving!

Anonymous said...

There are so many wonderful people in the world of quilting. Choosing the best would be so difficult.