Saturday, June 16, 2012

You're a winner, and I'm a winner!

So I was sitting at the computer waiting for it to be noon, so I could ask to select a winner for the 100+ followers giveaway.  I idly scrolled through my "spam" folder -- and found a message from Sandi at Piecemeal Quilts with the subject "EQ7 Giveaway Winner."


Sandi asked us to tell a story about a special quilt, and I talked about a quilt made by my great-grandmother in the 1890s:

The quilt I’d like to tell you about was made by my great-grandmother, Mary Gehman Horning. In 1896. That’s right — 1896. Mary lived up in the mountains of Colorado, where my great-grandfather was a coal miner. He was a bit of a “roundheel,” which is code for “he ran around.” She was left to raise her four children on her own for months at a time.
She pieced two quilts from indigo fabrics and muslin, completely by hand and heavily quilted. When my Aunt Frances was moving out of her house, she offered me one of the two quilts, saying her daughters weren’t interested in having them (!) I chose the Double Irish Chain — she wanted to wash it before she gave it to me, as it had a smallish stain on one corner. I shrieked, “No, no, not necessary!” and convinced her not to put it through the washing machine. When I brought the quilt back to Colorado, I had it appraised by a Certified Quilt Appraiser, Bobbie Aug. After talking about the fabric, the design, the stitching and the hand-quilting, she asked me if I had an idea what it might be worth. I answered, “Oh, I think with all the quilting, it should be worth about $400-$500.”
She replied, “I am putting an appraised value on this quilt of $3600. You have a treasure I will never have, a quilt from your own family.”
It was just like on “Antiques Roadshow.” All I could say was “you’re kidding,” and “wow!”
My Aunt Frances wrote up a nice little history of Mrs. Horning and gave me a picture of my Great Grand-Mother sewing. Doubly treasured now that Aunt Frances is gone, also.
And yes, I have the quilt stored in acid-free paper in a special acid-free box!

Again, eeeek!  I won the EQ7 program!  One of the commenters noticed this was my second big win this month, and suggested I buy a lottery ticket . . . . . hmmm, maybe I should?

And now, your're a winner.  According to, the winner is:

Who is Ali, of alimakes.

and she said:

Ali wins:

Ali describes herself as "a long-suffering resident of the soggy, squish Pacific Northwest."  And she makes wine!  I may have to look her up when I go to the Tacoma Quilt Festival in August!

Congratulations, Ali!  I'm sending you an email asking for your address so I can send the three charm packs to you!

From the desk of your


  1. congrats on your win! I'm sure we'd LOVE to all see that quilt in your story!!!

  2. Have you ever posted a pic of that quilt? I'd love to see..., if you wouldn't mind sending me the link. :)

  3. Congrats on your EQ7 win! I'm so excited to see what you come up with!

    1. TJ, thank you! I will be searching for "how to use EQ" tutorials on the web, I'm sure there are lots.

  4. Thank you so much for the charm square giveaway! I hope you have fun with that program, it has such good reviews. If you haven't posted pictures of that quilt you should, I'd love to see it too!

  5. Congratulations to Ali on her win and you too for yours as well. I loved your story on the quilt. How lovely to have
    a quilt made by your great grandmother.

  6. What a lovely story, Marti and Congrats to Ali

  7. Congratulations to you both! I enjoy winning! Thank you for sharing the story of the family heirloom quilt! How amazing! :)

    1. P.S.: Would like to see pics of the quilt, please!

  8. Seriously? You won EQ7?? Awesome!! I have it and have only sorta played with it. I got it about a month before the baby was born, so I haven't been designing any quilts lately, but it's still fun to play on!! And my 4 year old loves to "make quilts" on it, too. :)
    Yay for you!


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