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Monday, February 2, 2015

Get Your Motors Running! And You Get To Vote!!!!

We're deviating a little from our usual Monday Morning Inspiration post, but I think this will be especially inspirational!!!
Last September, Janet Pray of Islander Patterns gifted me a bolt of this wonderful fabric. It's a shirt weight barkcloth. I loved it at first sight! My original intention was to make a ball gown and use the panels to create a full skirt. I had 11 panels, so plenty to create a full skirt and enough left over for the bodice.
But, the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to share it. Then an idea popped into my head, so I called Janet and ran my idea past her and she loved it. 
I knew that Janet was coming out with a new Craftsy Class and that it would showcase her new pattern, the Motor City Express Jacket. Since I had 11 panels of the fabric, I thought that I would share 10 and of course keep 1 for myself. So I chose 10 bloggers to participate. Each blogger received 1 panel, approximately 20" wide, by 60" long. They could do anything they liked, but it needed to be made into a garment. They were free to mix the panel with another piece of fabric, or use it all alone. Out of the 10 chosen. 9 completed the project and what an amazing(really amazing!!!) job they did! Please click on their links to read about their inspiration and design process.


Shams of  http://communingwithfabric.blogspot.com/2015/02/challenge-accepted.html

Cennetta of  http://themahoganystylist.blogspot.com/2015/01/black-and-white-contest-and-wardrobe.html


Lisa of  http://www.poldapop.com/2015/01/get-your-motors-running-va-vvrrooooom.html


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So, this was a challenge and YOU get to determine the winner!!! I'm so glad it's not me as I just can't choose a favorite. The winner will receive Janet's new Craftsy Class along with the Motor City Express Jacket pattern. It's a great pattern with lots of zippers!!!! 
So now we need your help to choose a winner. Please go to each contestant's blog, read about her process and then come back here and vote for your favorite. Voting will end at midnight on Monday February 9, 2015 and the winner will be announced on Tuesday February 10, 2015. How will you ever be able to pick a favorite??????

**As you can see, the voting issue has been fixed and the voting is well under way. If you would like to vote for your favorite contestant, just click on the HEART in the upper right hand corner of the thumbnail and your vote will be registered. 






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    1. Ah! It was tough. I'm going to go with sewtofit. Love the transformation of the other fashion fabric!!!

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    2. The voting has finally been fixed. Just click on the heart in the upper right hand corner and it will record your vote.

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  2. That was so generous of you, Rhonda! You are right, those 11 panels would have made an amazing ball gown! It is a hoot to see how each blogger used her panel. A really fun idea with lots of creative approaches!

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  3. Number 8. Sew to fit is my vote.

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    1. Hi Kristen, please come back and register your vote by clicking on the heart in the upper right hand corner of the thumbnail. Thanks!

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  4. I am assuming that one votes here, in the comments section. I vote for #2, Communing with Fabric, Shams!

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    1. Hi Kathie, the voting issue has been fixed. Please come back and click on the heart in the upper right hand corner of the thumbnail to register your vote. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Jessica,
      The voting issue has been fixed. Please come back and register your vote by clicking on the heart in the upper right hand corner of the thumbnail. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Necie,
      The voting issue has been fixed. Please come back and register your vote by clicking on the heart in the upper right hand corner of the thumbnail. Thanks!

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  7. Beautiful fabric and some wonderful creations by everyone. I'll come back later to see if the voting is working properly. Hope you are not delayed too long in your travels home.

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  8. Hard decision. #3 by Cennetta has my vote.

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    1. Hi Anne,
      The voting issue has been fixed. Please Come back and click on the heart in the upper right hand corner of the thumbnail to register your vote. Thanks!

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    1. Hi MiMi,
      The voting issue has been fixed. Please come back and register your vote by clicking on the heart in the upper right hand of the thumbnail. Thanks!

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  10. Thanks Rhonda! This is fun. I had already seen three yesterday and was looking forward to seeing the rest. It sure will be hard to vote!

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  11. The use of color, the extension of the design, the creativity of lines, the fluid top to skirt combination.....yeah, #8 has my vote!

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    1. Hi Jen, The voting issue has been fixed. Please come back and register your vote by clicking on the heart in the upper right hand corner of the thumbnail. Thanks!

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  12. Wow - how exciting and how very generous of you and Janet Pray of Islander Patterns. All items are fabulous and well done to all. One stands out to me though and it looks like there will be a formal voting system soon so I will wait until it is up and then cast my vote.

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  13. Can you have a 9-way tie? Seriously, the fabric is beautiful and what these creative women did is nothing short of STUNNING! I love them all.

    And what a generous competition - to the bloggers, of course, but also to us to see such eye candy!

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    1. Hi Victoria, the voting issue has been fixed. Please come back and register your vote by clicking on the heart in the upper right hand corner of the thumbnail. Thanks!

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  15. What a great idea, and such an amazing variety of beautiful creativity! I particularly like challenges with "no rules" - that's what really lets the creativity shine, IMHO :)

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  16. These are all so great. I think I will wait for the secret ballot.Great job, everyone!

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  17. Such incredible creativity - tough choice!!! I will have to go with Cennetta from the Mahogany Seamstress and her classic design! Loved it!
    Ruth L

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    1. Hi Ruth, please come back and register your vote by clicking on the heart in the upper right hand corner of the thumbnail. Thanks!

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  18. Wow, they all did amazing jobs. Rhonda, Hope you get home soon.

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    1. HinGinger, I don't think I have ever been so happy to get home!

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  19. Oh how fun! I love that moto jacket pattern. I'm gonna have to buy it now!

    Safe travels. Those ground blizzards in the plains can be awful. Are you driving?

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    1. The storm was really treacherous. At one point I had a bit of a panic attack. The conditions were just so bad. And the bad thing about it is that once you are in it, you have to keep moving. There must have been well over 200 cars and trucks that slid off the road. The good thing though is that most looked like their were no injuries. I'm ready to stay home for a while :)

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  20. This is such a fantastic challenge, and choosing a winner will be so hard. Everyone put such a unique and creative spin on their garments! Well, I'll be checking out everyone's make before I make my choice.

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    1. Hi Joi, please come back and register your vote by clicking on the wart in the upper right hand corner of the thumbnail. Thanks!

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  22. Wow, these are all so creative - and so different from one another. My absolute favorite is the first one by Debbie!

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    1. Hi Charade, please come back and register your vote by clicking on the heart in the upper right hand corner of the thumbnail. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Becky, please come back and register your vote by clicking on the heart in the upper right hand corner of the thumbnail. Thanks!

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  24. WOW! amazing! you are all so creative! I vote for Debbie's wonderful dress but it was incredibly difficult to choose!

    Regards from France!

    Isabel

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    1. Hi Isabel, please come back and register your vote by clicking on the heart in the upper right hand corner of the thumbnail. Thanks!!

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  25. I did vote - but nothing came up saying I have voted. There is a green tick so I am hoping that shows up as voted. If not - I have voted for the magnificent work in the hooded suit that Rosie made.

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    1. Hey BeaJay, click on the heart in the upper right hand corner of your chosen thumbnail. That will register your vote. Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Denise, the voting issues have been fixed. Please come back and register your vote by clicking on the heart in the upper right hand corner of the thumbnail. Thanks!

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  27. Although they're all great, I managed to vote for just one!

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    1. How did you vote? I can't figure out what to click, and I want to do so anonymously - Thanks!

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    2. I should have explained further. There is a heart in the upper right hand corner. Click on the heart of the contestant of your choice. That will register your vote. Just be careful, once you cast your vote, you cannot vote again.

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  28. Cannetta for me also, with Mari as a close second.

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    1. Hi Neufy,
      The voting issues have been fixed. Please come back and click on the heart in the upper right hand corner of the thumbnail to register your vote. Thanks!

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  29. It was a VERY difficult choice, Rhonda!! Congrats to all the participants: all without exception created wonderful and very unique garments! Thank you so much for putting this all together, you're amazing!

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    1. Thanks Tany, but I really didn't do anything. Just an idea and they all took the idea and ran with it.

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  30. What a great Challenge....and everyone who participated did such lovely work!

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    1. I agree Patty. I am truly in awe of the work that everyone did.

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  31. What a great idea...and so difficult to vote

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    1. That's why I passed the task off to you ;)

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  32. I vote Rosy,number 7!! Her creation was outstanding, she is a genius of creating new things :))) This was wonderful xx

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  33. I am so impressed by all of these bloggers. Well done everyone. Rhonda - Great choices of bloggers. Kudos to you for running this contest. It is inspirational to those who read your blog.

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    1. Thanks Brenda :) Everyone really did an amazing job!

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  34. I'm on my Smarty pants phone right now so I'll be back later to vote from my laptop.
    I need to see all the entries.
    Fabulous contest and the sewists did a bang up job transforming this lovely floral print into amazing wearables.
    Great job Rhonda for making this possible!

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  35. This was so hard. They are all wonderful but I cast my secret ballot. Once again, your generosity is so inspiring.

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  36. Stunning collection and so diverse! Hard to choose but I voted for one and wish I could have voted for more! Good luck everyone!

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  37. All of the entries are just beautiful so it was hard to pick one but I did. Good luck to everyone!

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  38. What a brilliant idea! It's amazing how different the entries are :D

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  39. Just voted! Very easy process! I love how the little heart turns red once you vote!
    As others have said, that was very generous of you to share your fabric! Each one is amazing and it was difficult but I finally narrowed it down! Congratulations to all the ladies on your amazing efforts!

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  40. It was so hard to choose. Those are some really creative and beautiful garments. In the end my vote went to Cenetta. Good luck to everyone - you are all worthy winners.

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