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And the Winner Is …. August Needlework Stash Contest


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Well, I had fun setting up the draw this morning, but gosh, it took me a looooong time….

First, I read through each and every comment carefully. As I read, I typed each commentor’s name in an Excel list – I eliminated repeat postings (people who posted more than once, keeping their names in, of course, once!) and also any comments that didn’t fulfill the instructions.

I also eliminated my comment (sorry, that’s a bit obvious) …

And then I took the Excel list and sorted it alphabetically. (I used to really despise alphabetical order when I was in school…) and then I split it in three and resorted each list manually, just moving people randomly around (shuffling, in a way).

And then I put the list back together into one long list of 72 names.

And then I went to random.org and got a number, and the number was….


Now, I know that means nothing to you! And it didn’t really mean anything to me, either, until I looked at the Excel list, and found the name. Then I went to the list of comments to see what the person said, so I could repeat it here.

And this is it:

Melisa B (crazyqsis) said she would like to know about taking pattern markings out of embroidery, especially with iron-ons – or are they just meant to stay?

So Melisa, congratulations – I hope you like your new book and threads, and I’m sure you’ll find plenty to do with them while creating and crazy quilting! Please contact me by the end of the day on Friday with your address! (PS – if you have an AOL e-mail address, it is unlikely that I will be able to e-mail you back. For some reason, my e-mails always bounce back from AOL…)

And dear everyone who participated…. thank you! So many really excellent questions that I will certainly make use of in the future! And if you didn’t win this one, don’t give up. I do this pretty consistently every month, and have other goodies you’ll like, too!


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  1. Congrat’s, Melisa B., you lucky duck!

    Mary, I so wanted to add a second question that I’d thought of, but I didn’t because I knew I would be adding to you having to weed through comments. But I can tack the question here! 😛

    What or whose work or works of art, from another medium, would you like to see interpreted with needle and thread?

    I would love to see a work or two by Joseph Stella done by a master embroiderer. Here’s one of my favorites…

    There! Whew! Glad I got that off my chest! lol! – Jeannine

  2. Congratulations, lucky Melissa!
    I’ve been 12 hour later!!! Icame back home yesterday night and I read the August contest at 4 pm today! Not even the time difference saved me!! Next time, maybe

  3. Many Congratulations, Melissa !! 🙂
    Do share with us what uses you put your stash to. Enjoy needle-working !! 🙂

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