Monday, March 21, 2011

Featured Challenge Winner

First a little about Team Challenges:
For the MIVEST team challenge members are encouraged to post a new item in their shop that pertains to that month’s theme.

A poll is then created for users vote on their favorite item. Voting each month will close on the last day of the month at midnight. The Winner’s shop will receive as “Spot Light” feature on the Teams Public Blog, and a link to this “Spot Light” feature will be posted to the teams Facebook and Twitter account the following month.

Second the Winner of our last Challenge was

$50.00 USD

By A Thread is a home of quilted purses, bags, eyeglass cases and other quilted items made out of beautiful fabrics. Each item is designed, sewn and free motion quilted in a smoke-free, pet-friendly studio. Free-motion quilting is basically drawing with thread, using a sewing machine. By A Thread’s creator likes to experiment with various free-motion designs so something new is something expected from this shop.

By A Thread’s inspiration for this art form came soon after moving to Vermont, and meeting her friend Karen. Karen was a quilter. Karen was exuberant and generous in sharing her expertise. She was making art quilts. Upon meeting her she was working on a beautiful, soulful piece depicting a bayou in her native Louisiana. By A Thread’s creator was hooked. She had been sewing for a long time and had always had an interest in quilting. There were magazines with pictures of amazing creations from intricate traditional bed quilts to abstract journal quilts. The quilts were gorgeous. The breadth of fabrics available was truly astonishing. She began collecting my own stash of gorgeous fabrics and was hooked on this new art form.

"I had ambitions to make art quilts of my own, but constantly found myself drawn to more practical items. I made baby quilts for the children of friends. I made artistic pot holders. I made pillows with nature scenes. I came to love the texture of quilted fabric and the beautiful, useful things that could be made with it. I discovered that I liked to experiment with free-motion quilting, which is using a sewing machine to draw with thread on quilted fabric.

Somewhere along the way, I needed a small purse. Long ago, I’d given up carrying the monstrous handbags that seemed to grow bigger every year with the junk I’d stuffed into them. I didn’t want to go back to a big bag, so I made myself a little purse I could wear across my chest. I loved it and so did my friends and co-workers. I began selling a few purses at Christmas and soon found myself fantasizing about a life making beautiful, useful things. This web site is another step on the path of making that fantasy a reality. I hope you enjoy looking at my creations and feel free to take one home!" Mary Collins

And five more
Great items from this shop....

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Also check By A Thread’s FB Page

Follow the By A Thread Facebook fan page for updates on my shop and random quilting/craft related information, as well as dispatches about life in Vermont.

Keep posted for the MIVEST next Team Challenge.


karen said...

This is wonderful!Congratulations on your feature!Beautiful work!

Linda said...

Congratulations Mary!

Cozy Noggin said...

Lovely items!!

khowardquilts said...

Nice article and lovely photos!