Friday, July 11, 2008

And The Winner Is...

One characteristic of winners is they
always look upon themselves as a
do it yourself project. ~ Denis Waitley

It's time to announce the winner of the Par-Tay with Attitude Summer Blog Contest!

I've taken far too long to do this, for two reasons: 1) It was hard to pick just one person to win the table runner and, 2) I've been trying like crazy to get the table runner finished! You know that old expression, "My eyes were bigger than my stomach"? A version of that applies to this contest: "My heart is bigger than my quilting skills!" I really was hoping to have it done and ready to mail, but there you go: life gets in the way.

So, without further ado, the winner of the contest is:

Every one who entered!

I'm serious! The bloggers who choose to post about how attitude changes everything are all winners in my book, and as such, they deserve a prize. I knew I couldn't do a table runner for everyone (or I'd be sewing until this time next year. Yeah, I'm that slow!) So I'm creating something like this for the runner-ups:

It won't be anything fancy: just a simple nine-patch block done in those fun fruit fabrics. Let it remind you to eat more fruits and vegetables, something we can all improve on (me included!)

Here is the top of the table runner, which I need to quilt and bind...

I'm lousy at taking pictures of my projects, so the color looks really flat. Believe me, the colors are anything but bland! Here's a close-up of one of the blocks:

And this bright reminder of why attitude changes everything will go to:

Rebecca at Ready Maid

Her post about her life-long struggle with weight and self-esteem really hit home for me. By reading the experts, then adopting her own 'can-do' attitude, she's been able to make some powerful changes in her personal life. Rebecca, thanks for being a shining example of how Attitude Changes Everything!

Here is a list/link to all the winners.

Jill at Life with Nature Girl
Karen at Never 2 Many Quilts
Manuela at A New Decade
Terry at Quilt Nut

Please drop by their blogs and give them a note of congratulations. And ladies, please email me your mailing address so I can send your prize to you as soon as it's finished. (

And while you're at it, why not drop by Scale Junkie and thank Diana for thinking up and coordinating this whole Summer Block Party idea. She's the mastermind behind it all, so be sure to toast her with a diet drink, with a fun umbrella in it!

Winners, your posts on attitude were terrific!

For me, that's what this journey called life is all about. There isn't a whole lot in this world we can control: we can't control the weather; we can't control the price of gas; we can't even control how fast those of us who give out prizes get the darn things done! :-)

But one thing we have 100% control over, 100% of the time, is our attitude.

May yours always be positive!

Until next time...


RunningNan said...

Congrats to everyone! The positive attitude is always oh so infectious! I've been infected for a year now!

Ready Maid said...

OMG, Pattie!! I was JUST about to turn off the computer to pack up for our vacation when I heard the incoming mail Ding.

I'm so honored to have been asked to participate in your summer blog challenge. Without the support of all the other HYC participants, today wouldn't be nearly so joyful.

Here's the link to the actual post that caught your attention.

Thanks again, a million times over. Now, back to packing!!

Chubby Chick said...

Wow! Those prizes are beautiful! You are quite a gifted quilter! :)

Midlife Mom said...

Congratulations to ALL the winners! Now are we going to get to read their entries? You are so right when you say that attitude is everything! It makes such a huge difference in our lives.

NanaKaren said...

Pattie, you are SO thoughtful to make all of the entrants winners! What a nice thing to do! Sure made my day and I'm sure all the others too! Thanks again!

JC said...

The table runner turned out beautifully. I know all the folks that entered will be so pleased with their quilt square. Have a great weekend.

Manuela said...

Oh, you're too sweet!

I'll treasure it for the experience of getting to "know" someone with such a terrific attitude.

Thank you and congrats to Rebecca.

Nicole said...

Oh, I LOVE the runner! Awesome that Rebecca won. :D

Needled Mom said...

Congratulations to everyone. The quilt runner is just gorgeous and I can say that because I have seen it in person. You did a fabulous job on picking a winner and I know that everyone else will love the mini quilts too, Pattie.

PEA said...

Hello dear Pattie:-)

I'm finally here to catch up on your last few posts...time seems to get away from me these days and I'm not getting much time at the computer!

First of all, congratulations to all your winners:-) I think the table runner and quilted blocks are just gorgeous, I've no doubt your winners will love them!!

I so understand what you're saying about food and how it can rule your life! I've gotten into the same habit, eating whatever I want and whenever I want, not watching the calories whatsoever and watching the weight go up. It's funny you should blog about this because just this past Sunday I suddenly realized I couldn't go on like this and have to change my eating habits. I need to start exercising as just makes me so angry at myself for letting things get this far again. I'm sure we can cheer each other on as we learn to eat healthier again:-) xoxo

meggie said...

Hi, Here from Wanda's. Love your table runner, the fabrics are just perfect! I also love brights.

jillytacy said...

Wow Pattie! Thanks this is a nice surprise! I was happy just to have entered. The runner and the nine patch blocks look great! I'll e-mail you with my info. Thanks again for reminding us all how a positive attitude can change everything!