Pillow Challenge Voting Opens Today

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Pillow Challenge Voting Opens Today

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Voting is open for the  2016 Pillow Sewing Challenge

Thank you to everyone who participated by entering a pillow this year! I love seeing the work of this dynamic group of talented stitchers. I’m thankful I don’t have to choose just one winner.

Each voter will receive FIVE votes. Scroll down to the pillow gallery to vote. Share this post with a friend; everyone is eligible to vote. In addition to the generous prizes offered by sponsors, I decided to also offer a prize bundle, the Hobo Tote Template Package, to one randomly drawn winner.

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Pillow Sewing Challenge Guidelines

  • Online voting begins March 22, 2016.
  • Voting closes on April 3, 2016.
  • Elected winners and one randomly drawn winner will be announced April 5, 2016.


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Over $1,300 in prize packages from our generous sponsors:

Baby Lock Sewing: Anna Sewing Machine, value of $399

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Assorted Product Bundle (patterns, books and fabric) from Amy Barickman and Indygo Junction, case and props not included, value of $200

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Assorted Product Bundle from June Tailor, value of $185 


Clover Assorted Nancy Zieman Product Bundle, value of $165

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Sewing With Nancy DVD Value Set from Nancy’s Notionsvalue of $164.

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Pellon Product Bundle from Pellonvalue of $87.


 F+W Media Two-Book Package, value of $55FWPrizePack 55

Hobo Tote Template and Notions bundle donated by Nancy Zieman, value of $50

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2016 Pillow Sewing Challenge Schedule

  • March 22: Voting Opens
  • April 3: Voting Closes
  • April 5: Winners Announced

Share your comments below about the Pillow Sewing Challenge and let us know if you plan to join!

Get Stitching!

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Email challenge questions to [email protected]. Challenge not open to sponsors, employees, and immediate family members. Photos and techniques may be featured in future promotions, blog posts, videos, and/or TV shows.
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  • Sue Dodson
    March 22, 2016

    Everyone’s creativity is very inspiring to me!! Thank you all!!!!

  • Karen McDonner
    March 22, 2016

    So many beautiful pillows to choose from, wish they could all win.

  • Jan Wilson
    March 22, 2016

    All are beautiful. Congrats to all.

  • Tammy Kazmierczak
    March 22, 2016

    I really enjoyed looking at all the entries and seeing the techniques used. The process sparked my creativity. Thank you to all the entrants!

  • Rebecca Monnin
    March 22, 2016

    All are beautiful! Thanks for sharing all that creativity!

  • Joyce Walraven
    March 22, 2016

    All is really great, gives me many ideal

  • Miranda E
    March 22, 2016

    I have co-workers trying to vote for me, but since we’re all on the same Network, it won’t let them!!! Bummer…

    • Becky
      April 3, 2016

      My husband was not allowed to vote on any other device in our house. It always showed my votes. This is not right! We tried going through his FB page, his email, nothing worked.

  • Joyce Wilson
    March 22, 2016

    I have a problem, I can’t pick just five entries. I want to vote for all of them. What a wealth of creative designs. Good luck to all the entrants.

  • Karen
    March 22, 2016

    I really liked the tooth fairy pillow! Also the octopus! All of the pillows were quite nice and looked like they took quite a bit of work to complete. I wish all the best to everyone!

  • Sally Clayton
    March 22, 2016

    Amazing talent and such vibrant colors! Difficult to choose only five designs. Every entry was a winner!

  • Marjorie
    March 22, 2016

    I really liked # 9 then # 49

  • June Cannon
    March 22, 2016

    My favorite is Flower Basket, all the entries are really beautiful.

  • Sharon Carbine
    March 22, 2016

    Many talented contestants! I liked more than five pillows. However, as required, I limited myself to five votes. Good luck to all participants!

  • Shelinstitches
    March 22, 2016

    Voting was really tough! #50 & #60 are the same pillow

  • Jody
    March 23, 2016

    hmmm, I have selected my 5 pillows, but cannot find any
    ‘submit’ button for them. I have scrolled up and down several times. Is it the ‘submit comment’ button?

  • Jill Hensley
    March 24, 2016

    Hard to choose! Lots of great pillows!

  • Nancy Metz
    March 27, 2016

    Many beautiful pillows with talented people behind them. I can appreciate all the time and effort each one put into their project.

  • Suzan
    March 27, 2016

    I do think the vote choices allowed should be increased to perhaps 10% of the entries (eg, 100 entries =10 votes). There were so many wonderfully creative pillows, it was difficult to choose just 5!

    Also, I experienced a problem when somehow a vote was cast by me unaware. Another time my finger touched a “heart” unintentionally while scrolling; please consider redesigning voting procedure so a vote can be erased or changed.

    I was blessed to see what so many talented people create. I will be entering next year…!

  • Toni
    March 28, 2016

    You have two that link to the same Etsy shop, so were submitted by the same person. (the black and grey flower pillow and the blue “modern pillow patchwork”) I thought the rules had changed so each person could submit only one entry?

  • Lisa Cecil
    March 28, 2016

    Love all the creative pillows!!

  • Deborah crowe
    April 3, 2016

    I felt so guilty for NONE of my 5 picks to b true quilted, the 5 I chose however provoked emotion. Loved this assignment.. Thanks for including us.. Bless all the artists! The momma a pillow, stole my heart.

  • Deborah crowe
    April 3, 2016

    I felt so guilty for NONE of my 5 picks to b true quilted, the 5 I chose however provoked emotion. Loved this assignment.. Thanks for including us.. Bless all the artists! The comment said error when I resent., it said duplicate, I erased part to resend. Thanks for the priveledge to vote… If I have time I will enter next year.

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