Last time we solicited ideas for themes to use in our Fabric Of the Week contest, lots of folks weighed in with great suggestions. For the next couple of days, I'd love to open up the comment thread one more time to see if we can gather even more good ideas. What do you think? What should our next contest theme consist of?
Ok, after some good feedback on a flawed voting process last week, we've decided to experiment with the way we handle voting during weeks when we hold semifinal rounds. Instead of having to choose a single favorite design per page, you can vote for as many — or as few — as you want. This week we've spread 37 designs over three pages, and on each page you can 'check' all the designs you really like and then move on to the next page. The vote totals will obviously be much higher, but everyone will get a chance to vote for designs they like without being forced to skip over one excellent design in favor of a slightly more excellent one. That's what the finals are for, right? We still plan to take the top five designs in the voting and run them against the top five from last week for the final round. Vote here.
The contestants in round two of our doll panel-themed fabric of the week contest are:
Heidi Crawford dollpanel
Rochelle Hughes nancy_ann_drawing
Stephanie Faith This Doll Loves
Kim Niles Christmas Westie Doll Panels
mel latthitham bright owl
Tina Rose annabelle_doll
Jane Pierce aka zJayne Galley Girl
Chelsee Gobin What a Doll ! – Happy/Sad
Michelle @ Wee Folk Art weefolkart-gnome-dolls-four-colors
kismutt Little Geisha Girls
blueberryblonde Nurse Berry
Carrie Kirby Clementine thinking
connie kaiser Gingerbread Doll
Kim Timothy Nesting Dolls
Joan De Lurio stuffed vegetables: roots
Mochi Studios Ninja Beans Panel
Emily Hawke astronaut
Gretchen Schroeder Baby Saguaros
Kathy fronczak Gnome_for_the_Holidays_Dolls
jackie the weebotts
TurquoiseCro Pink Rose
Cate Anevski The Pact Doll Panel
melanie hamilton catrinaFatQuarter
Dawn Huntington ChristmasBoggie
Jordan Perme wonderland_flip_doll
Star Primm audrey_and_pippin
Uptown_girl Winter Dolly
Katy Tanis Teddy Bears of the World
Sarah Nussbaumer Cats in pajamas
Rosanna Bernstein Jazzy Jasmine Dolly from Japan
emily ready for play
Aliza Rich Doll Poor Doll
smilerecipe Kawaii Kokeshi
Good luck to all!
The top five vote-getters from last week, by the way, are listed below. These five doll panel designs will appear again next week in the final voting.
apoo 4 little gnomes
Sylvia Ion Humpty_Shelf_Sitter
Gila von Meissner 14"/ 35cm Kawaii Kokeshi Dolls
And for those of you who pulling together costumes this weekend for yourselves or your little ones, have a happy Halloween.
In the last 24 hours, I have become completely obsessed with sewing a zigzag quilt. It all started with a general feeling of bummed-ness that came on while reflecting that I am really not so good with the clothing sewing. Then came a little twinkling of re-interest in home-sewing projects. I start craving as much cozy as possible when the weather turns cool. Shortly thereafter, dear Stephen picked me up a copy of Material Obsession which pictures quilts sewn with just the right mix of reproduction vintage fabrics and funky modern prints. Then on to the Material Obsession blog–where I saw this beauty–and then on to the Flickr zigzag quilt pool. (Is there a Flickr pool for everything?) I'm totally smitten.
Lest you dismiss this quilt project because of all that triangle piecing, did you know that you can make one with strip-pieced square blocks sewn on point? You can! Amanda Jean from Crazy Mom Quilts offers a tutorial on Bee Square Quilts here!
1) The deadline for submitting your design is Monday, November 2, 2009 at noon, EST — NOT November 5th, as I wrote in the email.
2) In addition to the prescribed palette of colors, I wrote initially that you could use only white. Upon further consideration, we decided that white AND black are both ok to use. Apologies for the late modification!
You can read more about the rules for entry and find the form to submit your Spoonflower design for the contest here.
Due to widespread dissatisfaction with the voting methods used in recent semifinal rounds, the upcoming voting this week will allow you to vote for as many — or as few — finalist candidates as you like in our doll panel design contest. So stay tuned!
We posted about this on Twitter & Facebook last week, but failed to take note on our blog – Tina Firesheets of The Greensboro News & Record recently penned a very nice account of the Spoonflower story: Spoonflower: A Blossoming Business. It's been republished once or twice in other places. Most impressive — to us, at any rate — were the very large photos that appeared on the front page of the paper. [A shot of Danielle showed up on p. 2]
Once again we were blown away by all the responses to this week’s contest theme. With 77 entries in the Doll Panel contest, once again we’ll be breaking the contest into two weeks of semifinal voting with a third week for the finals.
Week one has thirty-nine designs, spread out over four pages in the voting. You can vote for up to one design per page (although a vote on each page is not required) by clicking on the design you like best (a green check mark appears on the image when you select it). We’ll take the top five designs from this week and the top five from next week and run them the week after — with photos — in the final round. [note: I originally wrote to the participating designers that we’d take the top fifteen designs, but we’ve since decided just to run ten finalists]
There’s one other point that may deserve explanation. As you look
through the entries you will notice that not everyone interpreted the
idea of ‘doll panels’ the same way. That’s our fault, really, because
we failed to set out a technical definition of ‘doll panels’ in our entry
form. As usual, we’ve accepted all of the entries regardless and we’ll
leave it to the crafty Spoonflower community to decide which approach
to ‘doll panels’ it most favors.
VOTE HERE. The participants in week 1 are:
Beth Parker Obama Doll
Rochelle Fugate Birthday Girl
Joanne C. Harper Saint Nick in Green
Diana Symes dolls
Julie Shaw Curlicue Girl
Kweli Kitwana MyAffirmDoll
Marie Eiriksson pigeboldlillagul
Sylvia Ion Humpty_Shelf_Sitter
Kelly Grooters monster_dolls
jennifer borrell anderson out of doors girls
peggy gatto 2_copy
katy keuter nesting-dolls
Cathy Comora ‘The_Ta_Ta_Dolls’
Jessee Maloney ‘Robot Dolls’
Laura Wilson Build Paint Bake Sew Dolls
Kelli Perkins perkinsdolls
Crittie M. Gay Sassy Dolls
Annelie Hervi Dollpanels
Lisa Rene Anderson Spoonflower_doll_panel_LRA
Cathy Bullington vudo2
Leigh Forest Sprites (Mini Dolls)
Shala Kerrigan Flower Kokeshi Dolls
Lynn Baron twobloomfairy
Stacy Campbell-Kraft Darla_the_doll
Leanna Maksymiuk gnome_grey
Linn Bodur doll1
Valorie Wilson steampunkdoll
Jen Addotta matroyshka_nesting_dolls
apoo 4 little gnomes
Gila von Meissner 4″/ 35cm Kawaii Kokeshi Dolls
Elizabeth McKenzie vincent van gogh …departed artist doll
Ginette Callaway Beauty Large
Linda Tieu Singing Doll Boy Panel
Katie Bailey Kawaii Kokeshi
Lindsay Nightingale The Extra’s
Karen cox Northern Light Dreams
Sharyl Chow Sailor Kitty
The Fabric Of the Week winner in our numbers-themed design contest is Katie Lombardo (Katie Daisy) an artist and illustrator who also runs an Etsy shop called The Wheatfield. The final round had many lovely and original designs, but "Candy Coated Numbers" came out on top.
For the first time this week you don't actually have to truck over to Etsy to buy the winning fabric, it's available for sale on Spoonflower itself! So buy it here for as long as Katie decides to keep it up for sale. Hurray!
Once again this week, we fudged a little and have sixteen — rather than the planned fifteen — finalist designs based on the voting last week. From forty down to sixteen is not bad, and ended up with a really diverse group of designs for our Numbers-themed Fabric Of the Week competition.
You'll have only one vote this week, so choose carefully. On the polling page you'll see a photo of all of the fabrics and then a series of squares showing the designs themselves. You'll vote by clicking on the design you like the best and when you do so you should see a green check mark appear on the design. Submit your vote by clicking the 'done' button at the bottom of the polling page. Voting happens here. Please vote only one time!
Based on the voting last week, our finalists are:
explore/99676 Candy Coated Numbers by Katie Lombardo
explore/99753 dropping_sixes_and_nines7 by Nancy Rink
explore/99721 hermes number tumble by Darci Falin
explore/101138 'Numberology' by tammikins
explore/101216 tree2 by Star Primm
explore/100529 Numero Uno by Heather Dutton
explore/100952 Retro_clocks_and_Numbers by Cynthia Frenette
explore/101027 ready_or_not_two by Joy Lamphere
explore/101217 'NumberBlocks' by monkeybutt
explore/101260 Five_Little_Ducks by Sylvia Ion
explore/101270 Big_Fat_Zero by Alex Morgan
explore/99750 typewriterbw by Lauren Dahl
explore/101157 fractions by Michelle Freedman
explore/100779 NumberFun by kari
explore/101350 4_four_tile by Sarah Meyer
contest_entry/101195 numbers2ndtryallflat by Lauren Hunt
The deadline for submitting doll panels for next week's contest is Monday, October 19th at noon EST.
As you may remember, next week's fabric design contest is specifically for doll panels. [Deadline is Monday, October 19th, at noon, EST. Entry form and details are here.]
We've received a couple of good questions about this particular Fabric Of the Week theme and I thought it would be a good idea to post the questions and responses here in case anyone else is wondering the same thing. [questions below paraphrased from our scrapbooking friend KarenHarveyCox]
o What size should I make the doll panels?
They can be any size, but we will preview the panels in the contest as
1-yard pieces rather than quarter-yards, which is what we usually
show for contests, so size your design to display well at one-yard. A yard of quilting weight is, by
default, a 6,300 pixel canvas (42" x 150 pixels). So if your doll panel
is 1,575 pixels wide, it will repeat four times across the width of the
fabric preview. If it is 1,050 pixels wide it will repeat six times across. A yard is 5,400 pixels tall by default. To repeat your panel twice vertically, it would need to be 2,700 pixels tall.
o Does my doll panel have to show the front and back of the doll?
Not required, but cool.
o Spoonflower seems to have lots of doll panels, teddy bear panels, etc. I'd like to design an apron panel. If I do that, how do I size it?
As with all files on Spoonflower, we don't alter or adjust the file
you upload in any way. If you want to create an apron panel, you'll
need to design it yourself using a graphics program of some sort. If one-yard of canvas is enough to make your apron, you
should try to design your panel to a one-yard canvas. In the case of
quilting-weight cotton, you should design to a 6300 pixel by 5400 pixel
space (42" x 36" at 150 pixels per inch). Large designs that take up an entire yard will almost certainly have to be saved either as PNGs or JPGs rather than TIFs in order to get them under our 30MB upload limit.
If anyone else has questions about the doll panel design theme, please post them in the comments!