AND -- we all need to go to the Designs in Machine Embroidery website to see WHO WON THE EMBROIDERY MACHINE.
It will be no surprise to my Expo-fan-blog-readers that both Jan and Bonne -- the Inspired 2 Sew girls -- took up Eileen's challenge. On very short notice, they both designed a gift tag for Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine's chance to win an entry level embroidery machine.
Here's Jan's entry:
She wrote: Oh my gosh, this was fun! My gift card is cotton covered with a greenish gold organza. Then I used some of the hot-fix crystals on the tree and put a red star at the top! I cut the outside with the pinking shears and added a red silk ribbon tie! What a cute idea - I’m surely going to make some more gift tags this year! I would love to win this Brother SE-400 embroidery machine for my dear granddaughter. I had a great opportunity to use some Brother machines at Steve Wilson’s Embroidery Workshop for Anita Goodesigns last spring in Puyallup, WA - I was amazed how user friendly every machine we used was. I started teaching my granddaughter Teagan Barnes, to sew when she was 8 years old, have taken her to classes and she has entered her projects in the local fair. I was the guest quilter at a local quilt show, and she was there with me, as we had made vests of the same fabrics but our own choosing! She uses my embroidery machine but it would be wonderful for her to have her own as she is now 15! I keep encouraging her to design and sew her own garments and this would be a huge step up for her!
And Bonne's entry:
When Rita Farro asked her Blog fans to participate how could we say no? Then to find out it involves Eileen, whose designs I own and love, as well as Brother, whose wonderful machines I’ve had the pleasure of using during hands on classes at the Puyallup Sewing & Stitchery Expo I couldn’t wait to participate. To top that off I now have two new sites to add to my Bookmarks!
My tri-fold tag incorporates Eileen’s designs, hot fix crystals, ribbons, and ribbon hinges (that were sewn in with the border satin stitching).
Winning this contest would mean having the opportunity to share this wonderful hobby we all enjoy. It would give me the chance to encourage/promote this pastime that has given me immeasurable pleasure over more years than I care to state, because I would forfeit the prize and request that Brother donate the machine to the Puyallup Sewing & Stitchery Expo to be used as a prize (to promote sewing in the next generation if possible).
WOW...These two girls are VERY competitive. And they make us ALL LOOK GOOD.
Great challenge, Eileen -- be sure to let us know who wins the machine!!