Win a Quilt – Photo Contest

On January 28th, Southern Charm Quilts turns 9 years old!! In celebration, we are having a little contest.

Yep, yep, we are giving away a quilt! Have a look…

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about the prize quilt:

The size of this quilt is a lap quilt. It measures approx. 55″ square.

The fabrics are called “When skies are gray”. They feature umbrellas, raindrops, and other sweet little lovelies.

The colors are palest blue, bright white, gold and black.

I’ve used two different fabrics for the back, a gingham and a turquoise fabric. It blends with the front beautifully.

Then I’ve quilted it with wavy lines both horizontally and vertically.

Then finished off with a black and white scallop print for the binding.

how can you win this quilt:

To enter the photo contest you just need to send a picture of one of my quilts in use or displayed like the pictures below.

HOW TO WIN:

I will be selecting my favorite picture from all the entries I receive, the more creative the photo the better. I love to see my quilts in YOUR life. I love to see people in the photos or around landscape or just a beautiful place spread out in a meadow. There is absolutely nothing you can do wrong with your picture so feel free to make it your own.

RULES:

– any photograph is eligible as long as it features an item handmade by me. So if you have purchased from me before and are willing to take a picture of your item you can enter the photo contest.

– all entries must be received before January 27, midnight. That gives you 10 days to take your picture and send it to me.

– you may enter as many times as you like as long as each entry features a different photo.

– it doesnt matter if it is professionally taken or you take the photo yourself as long as you own all rights to it.

– by entering you are giving me the photo to use in my shop, blog, marketing, etc.

– I’m happy to allow my international customers to enter as well, but the shipping will not be included for the prized quilt and must be paid if the winner is from outside the US.

HOW TO ENTER:

Please email me at mel.tray@gmail.com, with your photo as an attachment. Please put in email subject “photo contest’. Please make sure all your contact details are in the body of the email OR tag me on instagram @southerncharmquilts and comment that this is your entry for the photo contest.

On January 28th, I will send out a newsletter announcing the winner. Good luck!

pictures from some of my customers:

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Since we are turning 9 years old this month, I thought we’d finish off the month with a sale. Take 15% off all purchases for the remainder of January. Use code ‘happybirthday9’ at checkout on any purchases from today through January 31.

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Memory quilt S A L E

I am so excited to announce this sale!!

I consider memory quilts to be the single coolest thing in my shop.  What better way to keep your child or loved one’s clothing?  What good is it doing stored in a box in a closet or your attic?

I have had so many of my customers tell me about spending time with their child by going over each square in the quilt and talking about what that outfit was, where they wore it to, how old they were.

What other way can you spend quality time, reminisce the past, clear out some free space in your house, and snuggle up under all at once?  I can’t think of anything else!  🙂

Now let’s spend the next few minutes gazing at cuties and their quilts.

Just the sweetest eye candy!

Visit all my memory quilts here.

If you have a picture of your cutie to share, please email me anytime!

A few new customer pictures + a large throw. 

 It’s looking so very much like fall around here now. The leaves are still not quite done changing, but most have started. 

Cooler days have begun, but we are still reaching mid 70s degrees for most days. 
  

I thought it was time for a more fall-ish quilt.     

I’ve pulled fabrics in navy, gray, mustardy yellows and gold. 

 

Most feature deer or vanes, arrows, wood grain and more that I thought had an earthy feel to it. 
   
    
    
This one is a large throw. My favorite size for the sofa. I can lie down and this quilt completely cover me head to toe. This is also my fave size to keep in my car for impromptu picnics and such. 

This quilt is ready to ship in my shop here. 

 

Lately, I’ve been given a slew of adorable pictures sent to me by my lovely customers. 
   
 

Most of these pics are of memory quilts and it appears that children love them. You can find all my memory quilts in a multitude of sizes and prices here. 
   
 

Thanks for the pictures. They put a big smile on my face every time I see them. 

💜, Melanie 

Photo Contest Winners

I put off choosing a winner, because I had such a hard time deciding on one. Your pictures were all so much fun to look at with sweet little babies and pets. I also enjoyed all your kind comments. Thanks so much for all who participated!

There were 3 winners.

First place – winner of the lap quilt goes to….

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2nd place and winner of a $50 gift certificate to the shop goes to….

date night quilt 2015

and finally, 3rd place and winner of a $25 gift certificate goes to….

notting hill farm 2015

Congrats to the winners! Please contact me if you have won, so I can get you your prizes!

Thanks so much for all of you have sent me pictures of my quilts being used in your life. Every time I receive a picture from you, I smile.

Photo Contest Time

It’s time for another Photo Contest!

Do you remember last year’s winner?

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AND THE RULES GO LIKE THIS…..

To enter the photo contest you just need to send a picture of one of my quilts in use or displayed like the picture above.

Below is the quilt I am giving as the prize. It is a throw quilt measuring approx. 56×56 inches usually sold in my shop for $155.

HOW TO WIN:

I will be selecting my favorite picture from all the entries I receive, the more creative the photo the better. I love to see my quilts in YOUR life. I love to see people in the photos or around landscape or just a beautiful place spread out in a meadow. There is absolutely nothing you can do wrong with your picture so feel free to make it your own.

RULES:

– any photograph is eligible as long as it features an item handmade by me. So if you have purchased from me before, such as a quilt, nursery set, pillow, anything at all, and are willing to take a picture of your item you can enter the photo contest.

– all entries must be received before September 6, midnight. That gives you 2 weeks to take your picture and send it to me.

– you may enter as many times as you like as long as each entry features a different photo.

– it doesnt matter if it is professionally taken or you take the photo yourself as long as you own all rights to it.

– by entering you are giving me the photo to use in my shop, blog, marketing, etc.

– I’m happy to allow my international customers to enter as well, but the shipping will not be included for the prized quilt and must be paid if the winner is from outside the US.

HOW TO ENTER:

Please email me at mel.tray@gmail.com, with your photo as an attachment. Please put in email subject “photo contest’. Please make sure all your contact details are in the body of the email OR tag me on instagram @southerncharmquilts and use the #scqcontest15

AND NOW HERE IS THE QUILT THAT IS UP FOR WINNING…

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This quilt measures approx. 56×56 inches. It’s soft, made of 100% cotton.

Colors include: blue, green, pale yellow, and a gorgeous brown on cream dot.

I cannot wait to start receiving your entries!! Here are a few more from last year.

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There will be 3 winners chosen this year.

1st Place will receive the winning quilt

2nd Place will receive a $50 gift card to my shop.

3rd Place will receive a $25 gift card to my shop.

Let the contest begin!

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On a little side note, I am also having a 10% off sale from today through next Sunday. If you are wanting to purchase something and have it in time for Christmas NOW is the time to purchase.

Use coupon code ONEWEEKONLYSALE.

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Find more pictures from the last two years photo contest here.

Have Fun!

Embroidered Photo Quilted Sham Cover

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I was watching a video on Creative Bug by Annabel Wrigley.  Once I saw the tutorial, I knew I wanted to make one of these adorable embroidered photo pillows, but with my own twist.

I didn’t fall any of the tutorial, instead just used the photo embroidery idea from it.

I had my photo printed on fabric by Spoonflower on the canvas twill fabric.

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The picture was supplied by one of my sweetest customers, McKaila, of her daughter Violet.

I turned her photo into this using Photoshop.

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I took her photo and cropped it, and then turned it to black and white, turning up the contrast very high.

I then uploaded it to spoonflower, chose their 8×8″ swatch option for $5 on the cotton twill.

Then I embroidered it with lazy daisies and french knots.

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I put a little coral bracelet on her arm as well.

After the embroidery, I trimmed the photo down to a perfect 8″ square.  I also cut up an 8×8″ square in white, sewed it and the photo together, right sides together and left a gap for turning.  Then, turn and press the gap closed, but don’t sew it yet.  Just sit it aside.

I chose a pillow size and quilted it, and then sewed the photo square directly to the middle of it.

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The pillow is made with an envelope closure.  Once it was completed, I added the pom poms.  There are lots of good tutorials online for those and then stitched them to the corners.

This pillow is available as a custom made item in my shop here.

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Customer Pictures

Sorry for being gone. I’ve been behind on orders and struggling to catch up. There have been no side projects while I try to get orders out, and then of Christmas and New Year’s, oh and a studio move that you might have noticed already. I’ll get a post up with the details very soon.

Meanwhile, I have a new customer picture for you to swoon over.

Pretty gorgeous, huh? And the quilt is lovely too. J

This darling baby girl belongs to a sweet Mommy who sent me this picture. Thanks so much Caitlin! Love looking at your pictures.

The quilt the baby lies on is Brambleberry Ridge which I will be listing hopefully next week to the shop.

Its lavender, brown and gold. Not just any gold, a metallic gold. And I’ll be sure to showcase those details with more pictures for you soon.

In the meantime, Happy New Year! Thank you so much for another great year!