I never thought much about the lack of posting on this blog. I knew customers could just come into the shop and enjoy being there. Who would want to read about it when you could be there in person. We so enjoyed the conversation, coffee, and fabric hunting. Reality has struck and we live in a different world than a few months ago.
In order to cope with this new reality, we have spiffed up our Facebook page and are posting “new stuff” there daily to keep us all inspired or entertained.
After the experience of filming our 42nd Anniversary Quilt Show, we decided to give it another try. Armed with an Emmy winning broadcaster as our camera person and the best webmaster ever this reluctant spokesperson has made a 5 minute video on working with Ombre fabrics. We do know one thing, we won’t lose that spokesperson to the lights of a film career. Just get past the funny accent I never knew I had and enjoy the information.
You will love bringing ombre fabrics into your quilting world. The shading is done for you and it makes everything look amazing.
Video of our 42nd Anniversary Rainbow Challenge Quilt Show
We are excited to share a video of all the beautiful quilts donated for our 42nd Anniversary Rainbow Challenge. Over 210 quilts were donated by our generous and talented quilters. Even if you attended the show, you’ll want to watch as Kathy shares some of the touching stories behind many of these quilts. Thanks again to everyone who donated a quilt for this worthy cause!
Viewers Choice Winners
Everyone who attended our show on Friday, March 13th and Saturday, March 14th was asked to vote for their favorite 10 quilts. The quilts were so great that the voting was very close – so we have decided to have 13 winners instead of 10! We make the rules, so we can bend them too!!
Here are the winners – we’ve included the Quilt#s in this listing since voters didn’t know who made each quilt.
For the winners of place #4 – #13, the votes were so close that we’ve designated them all as 4th place and we’re going to show them in the order of the original Quilt #.
2020 Watch for Rainbows Quilt Challenge
The Creations’ 42nd Anniversary Watch for Rainbows Quilt Challenge is a great success thanks to over 210 quilts donated by generous quilters.
Donna Difiore, of Kerrville, the quilter with the most Challenge quilt entries, will receive a $200 gift certificate to Creations.
Maureen Vestigo, of Boerne, is the winner of the quilt Creations is giving to one of the gals who entered the show.
Winners of the Viewers Choice awards
Once the show is over, these winners will be notified and announced shortly afterwards here on the blog, so stay tuned!
We will also be posting a video of the show at that time.
Preview of the 2020 Watch for Rainbows Quilt Challenge Show
March 13th and 14th at The Main House (details below the photos)
Click any of the images below to bring up a slideshow of these beautiful quilts.
On March 13th and 14th we will display all the quilts entered in our challenge. You are invited to come to The Main House (across the parking lot from Creations) and view these great quilts before they are given to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). The show will be open from 9:30 – 5:30 both days. (You can see a preview of the bright colorful quilts in the gallery below.)
There is no admission fee and the first 420 visitors will receive a gift from Creations. Grab your quilting, or non quilting buddies and make a day of it. We invite everyone who attends to vote for their 10 favorite quilts. The quilts with the most votes will earn a gift certificate for their maker.
Creations will also be giving away a quilt at the show. A donation of $5.00 to CASA will get a ticket for the quilt. At the close of the show, we will draw from the tickets and the winner will receive the finished quilt. You will need to come to our Quilt Show to see the donation quilt. Remember, donations will only be taken during our show, so you have a great opportunity to win a finished quilt.
Come and help us celebrate the generous quilters who shared their time and talents with children in foster care.
After the show, visit the shop to find some great values on our 3 yard rolls, 1 yard cuts and sale fat quarters. We have added lots of new fabrics to these groups. These quality fabrics at great prices make wonderful quilt backs or just additions to your stash.
It has come to our attention that we are not those “Spring Chickens” we might like to think we are. With that in mind and the fact that we have worked 7 days a week for over 20 years, it’s time for a change. If you shop with us often, you know that over the years,we have tried to take a day off during the week. It just never seemed to work for us. We know that we want to be at the shop when it is open. The logical conclusion is to adjust the days we are open.
We have been blessed by the length of time our employees will work with us. We want all our gals to have time to be with families, travel and do all the things they have dreamed of. With two fewer days a week to be open, we will be able to have a fully staffed store to help you with all you fabric selections.
We weren’t quite as young as the picture on the left when we started, but we have spent most of our lives taking care of Creations. It’s now time for a breather so that we can continue to work and love being at our store. Don’t panic, we have no plans to quit just yet. We want to be able to continue to do what we love and not become the two old crabby sisters who own that quilt store! Your experience in our shop is the most important to us and we feel we can better handle this with our new hours of operation.
You will find Creations open Tuesday – Saturday 9:30 – 5:30 and closed on Sundays and Mondays beginning Sunday, September 22nd. We don’t want this change to cause anyone any inconvenience, so if you have shopping buddies, please pass the word for us.
Thinking about it, working 5 full days a week at our ages doesn’t REALLY count for slowing down much! Remember, beginning Sunday, September 22nd we will be closed on Sundays and Mondays, but will be eager to see you in our shop Tuesdays – Saturdays.
We are so pleased to announce that CASA will again accept the quilts from our 3rd challenge, “Watch for Rainbows”. We thought this challenge would be so appropriate for kids in foster care. The Rainbow is a sign of a promise. With a promise, there is hope and with hope there is a chance for change. CASA is the organization that can take our special quilts and distribute them to the kids that need them the most. We hope you will consider joining our challenge this year.
This zig zag quilt is one that we completed to donate. It’s so bright and fun that we hope it will inspire you to take part in our challenge this year. (We used the challenge fabric as our binding.)
The kickoff date for the challenge is Friday, August 16th. We will have our challenge kits ready to go on that date. The cost is $18.00 and it will have 1 yard of the challenge fabric, a possible pattern to use, the label and the entry form. Kits will be available in the shop and online until we run out.
How to Enter
As usual, there are very few rules. Actually, we will be thrilled to have quilts any time to give to CASA, but to be eligible for our prizes, the quilts need to:
- Use some portion of our challenge fabric,
- Be accompanied by an entry form,
- And be turned into the shop by Tuesday, March 10th, 2020.
When is the 42nd Anniversary Quilt Challenge Show?
Our quilt show will be Friday and Saturday March 13th and 14th, 2020. Last year we had over 400 visitors at our show.
The selection of winners in our quilt show is done by Viewers Choice. We will have gift certificates to Creations for our top ten vote getters:
- First Favorite: $300.00 Creations Gift Certificate
- Second Favorite: $200.00 Creations Gift Certificate
- Third Favorite: $100.00 Creations Gift Certificate
- Favorites 4 – 10 will each receive a $50.00 Creations Gift Certificate
And, we like to reward the person who makes the most quilts…
The one who makes the most quilts will receive a $200.00 gift certificate to Creations.
Everyone’s a Winner
Everyone who completes a quilt, using one of our kits, and turns it in before the deadline will receive a $15.00 gift certificate to Creations. We would love to have all quilts made, but only those quilts finished from purchased kits are eligible for the $15.00 gift card.
We hope you will join in the fun and enter a quilt. You can see videos of our past two quilt shows in blog posts below.
Challenge Quilt Kits
Our challenge kits will be very simple this year. For the $18.00 Challenge Quilt Kit fee, you will receive one yard of this digital print rainbow fabric. The rainbow is stretching from selvage to selvage. The kit will also include a suggestion for a pattern that you can use or not. There will also be the quilt label and your entry form.
- You can do anything that inspires you.
- Our suggested size range is: whatever size you would like to make.
- We love the small quilts for the young kids and larger ones for kids aging out of foster care.
New this year there will be the opportunity to win a finished quilt from Creations just by entering a quilt of your own. Everyone who enters a quilt, will have the chance to win the quilt we will give away.
If you can’t come pick up one of our kits, we will be glad to send the Challenge Quilt Kit to you. We will again pay the postage to get your Challenge Quilt Kit to you as long as you are in the US.
We have some other great ideas for the show, but we will tell you all about that later as it gets closer. Right now we all need to get working on those quilts!
Our 41st Anniversary event was a tremendous success. We so appreciate all the generous quilters from across the country who gave of their time and talents to participate. It’s a special person who will make a quilt for a child they will never meet. The 145 quilts will go to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) to distribute to children in the foster care system who have been removed from abusive homes. They will go to children in our county and surrounding counties.
We had nearly 400 people come through the show. To celebrate our anniversary, we gave a gift bag with store coupons to each person who visited the show. What other quilt show gives you a gift when you come!
The real winners of our Quilt Show are the 145 children who will receive a new quilt to call their own!
However, we did have a few prizes to award.
Most Power of Words Quilts ($200 gift certificate):
Cathy Wallace – San Antonio
The 2 winners of our drawing for Brother Scan ‘n Cut machines are:
Laura Webb – Fair Oaks Ranch
Janie Love – San Antonio
Viewers Choice Winners :
Each person was also able to vote for their 10 favorite quilts in no particular order. We tallied the votes and came up with the winners.
We awarded First, Second and Third Place for Viewers Choice. In addition, we gave prizes for places 4-10 (in no particular order). See the winning quilts, quilters and their prizes in the gallery below.
Click any photo to be taken to a slideshow of full-size images of these quilts!
The 41st Anniversary Power of Words Quilt Show Videos
We were amazed at all the beautiful quilts that these talented and generous quilters created for the children, so we’d like you to have a chance to see the whole show via videos.
Opening Day of the 41st Anniversary Power of Words Quilt Show
(A short overview of the quilt show.)
The Entire 41st Anniversary Power of Words Quilt Show
(Photos of every quilt contributed for this show.)
The 41st Anniversary Power of Words Quilt Show Special Mentions
(These quilts had special stories behind them that we want to share, like where or who they came from.)
Creations’ Crew Contributions to the 41st Anniversary Power of Words Quilt Show
(Our wonderful Creations’ staff couldn’t resist getting involved in this special project.)