For Pansy Maiden


If you didn't know that Pansy Maiden aka Laura Collins has an Indiegogo campaign going on right now hurry and check it out! Laura's expecting her first small person and really could use YOUR help to keep Pansy Maiden moving forward. I love makers. I love creative entrepreneurs. I love Laura. And I love her bags. <PREVIEWEND>

To help make this happen for this incredible woman that I find so inspiring I'm going to give away my "Octopus Garden" prizes (1 Roadrunner tote, Canteen Pouch (I love mine!), free shipping for a year!, a mystery perk & so much love) to a contributor. Yep. One random contributor will be chosen and my prize will become his/her prize. So if you have $5. $10. $25. $50. how about $100? Then help a girl out. She wanted to raise $12,000 but would be thrilled to raise $6000. I don't see why we can't meet that goal in the next 11 hours. Let's do this.


The yet to be released, Roadrunner Tote! EEEEP!

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Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Sale


Thursday, January 24th is Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day and we wanted to say thank you! We aren't "just" a quilt shop even though we sell some awesome quilting fabric and teach a number of quilting classes. We also consider ourselves a pretty fabulous knitting, crochet, needlecraft and sewing shop. (Have you seen the two dozen wools we have in stock? And the new Spud & Chloe yarns?)


I think nearly every single person that works at gather here has patchworked something - a tree skirt, a laptop case, a baby quilt, a potholder. Every new order of fabric that arrives inspires me to make another quilt. I'm currently sneaking in a few minutes each day to work on my Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt that was inspired by Aneela Hoey. <PREVIEWEND>


Abby Glassenberg wrote the absolute NICEST blog post about why she loves Gather Here for the Visit Your Local Quilt Shop blog-hop and we hope that you feel the same way. We hope that we've been providing you with inspiration, quality products and a community of makers that was missing from your life. Because honestly, that's what you've provided for us. We get to share our love of craft with YOU every single day. We not only teach the crafts we are passionate about but also learn from the talented folks that come to the store. We are blown away with all that YOU manage to create and how awesome everything is.


As our way of saying thanks for making us your local quilt shop, we're offering 25% off all quilting cotton. And for just this day only, buy 4 fat quarters and get 2 free. PLUS, with a $50 purchase you can enter to win a fat quarter bundle of our favorite Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets (pictured above) or a fat quarter bundle of our favorite prints from Carolyn Friedlander's Architextures! We can't wait to see what you make!

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Superstorm Sandy Raffle Prizes

Winners of the generously donated prizes are listed below each photo! Thanks to everyone who donated. Please email us your Red Cross donation confirmation as well as where/how you'd like your prize delivered!

The following prizes have been generously donated for our Red Cross Disaster Relief Fundraiser. We are grateful to all the independent makers and the awesome vendors that we proudly do business with. Thank you so much for helping encourage folks to give to those who desperately need assistance. I love you all. And I love this community. Ready to make a donation? Click here to donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Then leave a comment over HERE with your donation amount and transaction code.


Lorax "Speak for the Trees" Quilt (approx. 66" X 79") donated by Robert Kaufman Fabrics

WINNER: The Branch Family (ON398598819) #412

Bounty of Basics (Lights) Fat Quarters - 100 Kona Fat Quarters totaling 25 yards! These bundles aren't even available until January 2013! Amazing donation from Robert Kaufman Fabrics!

WINNER: The Litke Bennetts (ON395654653) #385

From Swans Island: A signature canvas tote bag, a copy of their newest accessory pattern the Claire Bandana and a skein of Organic Merino Worsted in Bittersweet.

WINNER: Sarah S (ON391978894) #361


GeoCentric 7 oz Organic Cotton Canvas Fat Quarter Bundle from Cloud 9 Fabrics.

WINNER: Carolyn Ziering (ON390937348) #315

 Dirty Water Dyeworks, $75 gift certificate for use in her online shop!

WINNER: Seanna Lea (ON399591165)  #423


Handmade hippo by Kitty Kitty Crafts! Adorable, 100% cotton fabric hippo that is machine-washable and one of a kind.

WINNER: Curiositykt (ON390303691) #273<PREVIEWEND>


A gift basket of awesome from The Orange Owl: Winner selects one vegan handmade soap, one vegan body butter, one vegan bath salt, and one vegan lip balm! All of the Orange Owl's products are 100% chemical-free!

WINNER: Minh (ON386095644) #96


Button Collecting Bird Tote by Egg-a-go-go! Hand screenprinted cotton tote with handstitched vintage and new buttons.

WINNER: Sonya (ON386262164) #109 


Enting Fibercraft Handspun Wool/Silk: Bittersweet and Grapes, 2-ply fingering weight yarn, 135 yds. The colors include rust, bittersweet orange, concord grape purple, and an olive/pine green. Made in Massachusetts by Naomi!

WINNER: YulieGilooly (ON386967525) #341


Totally fashionable prize combo by Margravine and SewMaryAnn.

WINNER:  Amy M (ON389994304) #238


Two pdf bag patterns by Needle and Spatula

WINNER: YulieGilooly (ON386967525) #347


Small Tattooed man from the book We Make Dolls by Jenny Doh. 17 1/2" tall. Designed and made by Mimi Kirchner. He was on the cover.

WINNER: Emily (ON384860885) #65


One skein of hand-dyed superwash merino/sock yarn (fingering weight). 462 yds/100g in blurple colorway by Rhinofluff.

WINNER: Kat King (ON388640179) #175


Two skeins of handspun super-bulky two-ply in "fangorn" 150+ yds, 7+ ounces by Rhinofluff.

WINNER: abmatic (ON382355132) #29



The complete set of Betz White's new patterns: Wildlife with Love

WINNER: The Teti's (ON392948896) #367


Mini Modern Drunkard's Path quilt by Maritza Soto. Approximately 30" X 40" in size. 100% cotton and gorgeous.

WINNER: Lisa R (ON390875472)  #307


TARDIS is a 2ply super thick-n-thin handspun yarn, that's deliciously soft and GIGANTIC like the Pixies song. It's made from super soft merino, bamboo, silk & angelina. Finally it's a whopping 145 yards and spun by KnittinK

WINNER: Sarah W (ON385843543) #79


addi Click Lace Long Tip Set from Skacel Collection, Inc. (I sure hope a knitter wins these!)

WINNER: Liza (ON386828764) #148 


The first issue of By Hand and a By Hand Eco tote bag!

WINNER: The Neus (ON398383367) #406


A Peep Boot by Lizzy House and a copy of her amazing quilt pattern: The Colorist

WINNER: Kelly Speakman (ON394101183) #377


addi-ART Diamond Circular Needles by Skacel Collection, Inc. These needles feature a visible core of genuine Swarovski crystals which twinkle and dance in celebration of every stitch you knit.

WINNER: KBlake (ON386982919) #140


Red Velvet Felted Cupcake Pincushion by Made In Lowell.

WINNER: Stephanie (ON391985904) #360 


Winner may choose from either the 6 Month Yarn Club Spring 2013: Sock / Fingering Yarn or Bulky/Worsted Yarn. Every two months members receive an exclusive, hand-dyed skein of yarn in a totally new color-way! By Toil and Trouble.

WINNER: Sara O (ON389906575) #230


Lamb is knit from cotton and wool and is made from the "Lamb" pattern from the book Itty Bitty Toys by Susan B. Anderson. Knit by Sarah Schlesinger.

WINNER: Mommers (ON389482597) #21

Three skeins of Fleur de Fiber Amelie, which is 70% wool, 30% silk, 115 grams, 378 yards per skein, retail $30 per skein. They are a lovely purple with hints of reddish purple and splashes of blue by Angela aka Purls before Wine.  

WINNER: Caitlin (ON385856025) #82


Megan Nielsen "I Make Fashion" gusseted cotton tote bag, fabric stash note cards and a copy of Pina: dress/top pattern.

WINNER:  Sophea Diaz (ON394041175) #373

The Herringbones Quilt by Maritza Soto using Lizzy House's Guising.

WINNER: Grassfield Manor (ON401506899) #432

Custom Hand Knit Pom Pom Hat for Baby by MB by brigid.

WINNER: Electra (ON385764654) #169


a copy of Jenean Morrison's Pattern & Design Coloring Book vol. 1 which Virginia picked up at Quilt Market.

WINNER: Elise W (ON386614719) #115

2012 Quilt Market Swag! Copies of Quilting Arts and Modern Patchwork. Three fabric bundles and two patterns!

WINNER: Siobhan (ON383576701) #41 

From the 2012 Quilt Market Fabric 2.0 Goodie Bag! One Free Online Quilting Class on Craftsy!

WINNER: Laurie Mathews (ON389996105) #257

70 yards of hand dyed, hand spun, corespun yarn plus a simple mitt pattern from The Spun Monkey!

WINNER: Lesley Zavediuk (ON388511652) #174

A large stuff toy of the winner's choice by Zooguu!!!! There are 23 critters to choose from including aliens!

WINNER: Monica (ON390258914) #279


The Petite Hobo by Pansy Maiden! Waxed canvas exterior and Cordura interior combine to make the most durable, long-lasting, water-resistant AND fashion-forward bag you will ever come across. Our all-natural, paraffin-based waxed canvas has been used by tough-as-nails mariners for over a century. This fabric is renown for its long-lasting, water-resistant properties. Zip closure, four interior pockets: 2 = 6”x4", 2 = 3”x4” 12” drop, 14” at widest point, 5” deep, 4” across bottom.

WINNER: Jackie Lane Tsioris (ON390945953) #314


A hand embroidered pendant by The Merriweather Council. You will receive a voucher from Danielle to select one pendant in any color with any letter that you'd like!

WINNER: TeamKloss (ON384438723) #50  


Veggie Vampire Tea Towels! A set of 4 18"X20" cotton towels!!!!! by rhymes with twee. (gosh, I hope someone just gives me a set of these)

WINNER:  Alison Gordon (ON389106326) #202

A huge box of charms, fat quarter bundles and four gorgeous tote bags arrived from Andover Fabrics! I think every single person who donated is going to win a charm pack of Marisa (creative thursday)'s the Red Thread and Thomas Knauer's Frippery.

WINNER: Melissa Quest-Mercadante (O-40W557706V615450G) #11
Melissa Carden (ON386663843) #122
Kat Kennedy (ON380262220) #326
Kate Sharaf (ON396126372)  #390

Pellon USA has generously donated throw-sized packages of Natural Blend 80/20 Batting, Wool Batting and 100% Natural Cotton Batting. That's 3 awesome prizes to inspire 3 people to make a quilt! Which you might consider donating to THIS quilt drive!

WINNERS: K Mahoney (ON397374625) #397 (NATURAL BLEND)

Donna (ON390855318) #290 (WOOL)

Candice & Eloise (ON38993678) #241 (COTTON)


This necklace from designer, Erin M. Harris consists of 5 strands of green, gold, and purple seed beads (metallic, clear, and silver-lined), 18 inches with a gold-plated lobster clasp.
WINNER: Amy aka Knit Collage (ON385674372) #72

Also from designer, Erin M. Harris, a bracelet consisting of 3 strands of copper, blue, and green seed beads (metallic, clear, and silver-lined) with green iridescent cube beads. It's 8.5-inches with copper wire end cone coils and a copper square-and-bar clasp.
WINNER: Becca F (ON386210441) #85
Schaluna in Luxair. 58% Baby Alpaca, 10% Merino, 19% Lurex and 13% Nylon. 120 yards per 50 gram ball. From Skacel Inc. 2 balls and a copy of the Skacel Fall Magalog with pattern for hat on the cover.
WINNER: Teena (ON388927823) #187
Betz White (ON390006770) #261
T Crockett (ON391508854) #337
license to purl (ON379104956) #295

Gather Here "make something" hand silk-screened tea towel embroidery kit. One tea towel, 12 skeins of DMC floss, a 6" wooden embroidery hoop, and one pack of Sublime Stitching Needles. Designed by us, made by you!
WINNER: Susan Lay (ON382152183) #13
Heather (ON390010139) #239

A copy of "Sew Merry and Bright" and a fat quarter bundle of Cherry Christmas by Aneela Hoey.
WINNER: Tracy Kilpatrick (ON382143216) $10 - #21

WINNER: Ingrid Schorr (ON382046637) #1

Lizzy House Recipe Cards!
WINNERS: Nancy Twu (ON382134535) #22
Ariel (ON382299295) #32
Kristen Lewis (ON381987831) #57
The Kleins (ON386775986) #154

 3 yards of Liberty of London silk charmeuse.
WINNER: Emily Chionchio (ON386667647) #131

Charm Pack from Andover Fabrics!
Jennifer Rich (ON401723719) #438
Lindsay's/Serrao's (ON401538865) #437
Jen (ON401590681) #436
Rachel Brogatti (ON401498262) #435
Marissa (ON401446630) #431
Steen (ON398933554) #419
Sarah S. (ON398415055) #407
K Noe (ON396308342) #396
Abigail M (ON395649240)#387
The Sumners (ON395190232) #381
Molly (ON394719900) #378
Melissa Kojima (ON393244824) #371
The Andersons (ON393072927) #370
Rosenstein's (ON392634787) #364
Cheryl Tracy Kubat (ON391563249) #334
Rachel Miller (ON381734412) #332
Beth Schmidt (ON390929448) #320
Erin in Chicago (ON390807970) #311
rowingj (ON386686492) #298
Elizabeth Kite (ON390271268) #269
Heather (ON390158908) #267
Kristen (ON389339987) #265
Lia C (ON390011327) #259
Kristen (ON389534557) #223
Laura (ON389414159) #215
Christine Q (ON389074346) #195
Meredith Honig (ON388691770) #180
The Kleins (ON386775986) #156
Jessica (ON387142159) #150
Monique Hartl (ON386934340) #137
Simone Alpen (ON38683555) #136
Alana (ON385708164) #74
Antonella D'eramo (ON384339385) #45
Greeley (ON383466934) #39
Kris (ON382377809) #36
Katie Carruth (ON382276135) #24
Nicole Levesque (ON382104859) #19
Soley (ON382160497) #10
Caitlin (ON382121078) #4

Mystery Prizes...
Amanda Linnea (ON384131561) #43
Nicole Levesque (ON382104859) $30 - #18

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Superstorm Sandy Raffle Numbers

Check here for updates on the fundraiser as well as your raffle ticket number. We'll update every evening so check back often. For more info about our fundraiser please read this blog post.

Friday, November 23, 11 a.m. $4,413! And it's over! Only $87 dollars short of the revised $4,500 goal but still really proud that we raised so much for so many. Now to have the random number generator spit out the raffle winners!

Monday, November 19, 12 p.m. $4,193!!!! We've made it. But let's see if we can push ourselves a little bit and raise $4,500 by Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 14, 9:40 p.m.  $3,858!!! $142 left before we reach $4,000!

Tuesday, November 13, 1 p.m. $3,778!!!!!!!!!!!! A mere $222 to go before we reach $4,000! And we have until Thanksgiving to double our efforts!

Saturday, November 10, 9:31 p.m. $3,608!!!!!!! $392 left... I can't believe this. You very, very nice people...I love you.

Friday, November 9, 10:18 p.m. $3,318!!!!! $682 to go - holy cow! YOU ARE ALL SO FREAKING AMAZING!!!!!

Thursday, November 8, 9:40 p.m. $2,888! $1,112 to go! Wow! We are making incredible progress! Thank you all!

Wednesday, November 7, 10 p.m. $2,448! $1,552 left! There's easily 2" of snow on the ground right outside our front door. For everyone without power, please spread the word.

Wednesday, November 7, 12 p.m. $2,178! $1,822 left! There's a big storm headed towards the Northeast - people need our help! Tell your friends, our goal is within reach.

Monday, November 5, 10 p.m. $1,813! Only $2,187 to go! Wow - we're almost half way there!

Sunday, November 4, 11:05 p.m. $1,333! Only $2,667 to go! You all are amazing!

Saturday, November 3, 7:15 p.m. $648! Only $3,392 to go! Hugs to everyone!

Friday, November 2, 9:30 p.m. $335! Only $3,665 to go... thank you so much!

Who's in:

1. Virginia & Noah (gather here) $100 - not entering raffle
2. Ingrid Schorr (ON382046637) $20 - #1, #2
3. Caitlin (ON382121078) $50 - #3, #4, #5, #6, #7
4. Soley (ON382160497) $30 - #8, #9, #10
5. Melissa Quest-Mercadante (O-40W557706V615450G) $25 - #11, #12
6. Susan Lay (ON382152183) $50 - #13, #14, #15, #16, #17
7. Nicole Levesque (ON382104859) $30 - #18, #19, #20
8. Tracy Kilpatrick (ON382143216) $10 - #21
9. Nancy Twu (ON382134535) $20 - #22, #23
10. Katie Carruth (ON382276135) $30 - #24, #25, #26
11. abmatic (ON382355132) $50 - #27, #28, #29, #30, #31
12. Ariel (ON382299295) $10 - #32
13. Kris (ON382377809) $50 - #33, #34, #35, #36, #37
14. Greeley (ON383466934) $33 - #38, #39, #40 <PREVIEWEND>
15. Siobhan (ON383576701) $50 - #41, #52, #53, #54, #55
16. Amanda Linnea (ON384131561) $30 - #42, #43, #44
17. Antonella D'eramo (ON384339385) $20 - #45, #46
18. TeamKloss (ON384438723) $50 - #47, #48, #49, #50, #51
19. Kristen Lewis (ON381987831) $25 - #56, #57
20. Emily (ON384860885) $100 - #58, #59, #60, #61, #62, #63, #64, #65, #66, #67
21. Amy aka Knit Collage (ON385674372) $50 - #68, #69, #70, #71, #72
22. Alana (ON385708164) $30 - #73, #74, #75
23. Sarah W (ON385843543) $50 - #76, #77, #78, #79, #80
24. Caitlin (ON385856025) $20 - #81, #82
25. Becca F (ON386210441) $200 - #83, #84, #85, #86, #87, #88, #89, #90, #91, #92, #280, #281, #282, #283, #284, #285, #286, #287, #288, #289
26. Minh (ON386095644) $100 - #93, #94, #95, #96, #97, #98, #99, #100, #101, #102
27. Sonya (ON386262164) $100 - #103, #104, #105, #106, #107, #108, #109, #110, #111, #112
28. Elise W (ON386614719) $30 - #113, #114, #115
29. Melissa Carden (ON386663843) $150 - #116, #117, #118, #119, #120, #121, #122, #123, #124, #125, #126, #127, #128, #129, #130
30. Emily Chionchio (ON386667647) $10 - #131
31. Simone Alpen (ON38683555) $50 - #132, #133, #134, #135, #136
32. Monique Hartl (ON386934340) $20 - #137, #138
33. KBlake (ON386982919) $30 - #139, #140, #141, #142, #143
34. Liza (ON386828764) $50 - #144, #145, #146, #147, #148
35. Jessica (ON387142159) $40 - #149, #150, #151, #152
36. The Kleins (ON386775986) $50 - #153, #154, #155, #156, #157
37. Elizabeth Malefant $50 - #158, #159, #160, #161, #162
38. Electra (ON385764654) $100 - #163, #164, #165, #166, #167, #168, #169, #170, #171, #172
39. Lesley Zavediuk (ON388511652) $20 - #173, #174
40. Kat King (ON388640179) $25 - #175, #176
41. Meredith Honig (ON388691770 ) $100 - #177, #178, #179, #180, #181, #182, #183, #184, #185, #186
42. Teena (ON388927823) $50 - #187, #188, #189, #190, #191
43. Christine Q (ON389074346) $50 - #192, #193, #194, #195, #196
44. Danielle Shields xoxox (ON389094713) $20 - #197, #198
45. Alison Gordon (ON389106326) $150 - #199, #200, #201, #202, #203, #204, #205, #206, #207, #208, #209, #210, #211, #212, #213
46. Laura (ON389414159) $20 - #214, #215
47. Mommers (ON389482597) $50 - #216, #217, #218, #219, #220
48. Kristen (ON389534557) $50 - #221, #222, #223, #224, #225
49. Sara O (ON389906575) $100 - #226, #227, #228, #229, #230, #231, #232, #233, #234, #235
50. Amy M (ON389994304) $30 - #236, #237, #238
51. Heather (ON390010139) $10 - #239
52. Candice & Eloise (ON38993678) $30 - #240, #241, #242
53. Laurie Mathews (ON389996105) $50 - #243, #244, #245, #256, #257
54. Ana (ON389996343) $10 - #258
55. Lia C (ON390011327) $10 - #259
56. Betz White (ON390006770) $20 - #260, #261
57. Kristen (ON389339987) $50 - #262, #263, #264, #265, #266
58. Heather (ON390158908) $10 - #267
59. Elizabeth Kite (ON390271268) $50 - #268, #269, #270, #271, #272
60. Curiositykt (ON390303691) $20 - #273, #274
61. Monica (ON390258914) $50 - #275, #276, #277, #278, #279
62. Donna (ON390855318) $30 - #290, #291, #292
63. license to purl (ON379104956) $20 - #293, #294, #295
64. rowingj (ON386686492) $50 - #296, #297, #298, #299, #300
65. Lisa R (ON390875472) $100- #301, #302, #303, #304, #305, #306, #307, #308, #309, #310
66. Erin in Chicago (ON390807970) $20 - #311, #312
67. Jackie Lane Tsioris (ON390945953) $25 - #313, #314
68. Carolyn Ziering (ON390937348) $50 - #315, #316, #317, #318, #319
69. Beth Schmidt (ON390929448) $10 - #320<
70. Kat Kennedy (ON380262220) $100 - #321, #322, #323, #324, #325, #326, #327, #328, #329, #330
71. Rachel Miller (ON381734412) $25 - #331, #332
72. Cheryl Tracy Kubat (ON391563249) $20 - #333, #334
73. T Crockett (ON391508854) $30 - #335, #336, #337
74. YulieGilooly (ON386967525) $220 - #338, #339, #340, #341, #342, #343, #344, #345, #346, #347, #348, #349, #350, #351, #352, #353, #354, #355, #356, #357, #358
75. Stephanie (ON391985904) $20 - #359, #360
76. Sarah S (ON391978894) $30 - #361, #362, #363
77. Rosenstein's (ON392634787) $10 - #364
78. The Teti's (ON392948896) $50 - #365, #366, #367. #368, #369
79. The Andersons (ON393072927) $15 - #370
80. Melissa Kojima (ON393244824) $15 - #371
81. Sophea Diaz (ON394041175) $50 - #372, #373, #374, #375, #376
82. Kelly Speakman (ON394101183) $10 - #377
83. Molly (ON394719900) $20 - #378, #379
84. The Sumners (ON395190232) $50 - #380, #381, #382, #383, #384
85. The Litke Bennetts (ON395654653) $25 - #385, #386
86. Abigail M (ON395649240) $20 - #387, #388
87. Kate Sharaf (ON396126372) $50 - #389, #390, #391, #392, #393
88. K Noe (ON396308342) $30 - #394, #395, #396
89. K Mahoney (ON397374625) $50 - #397, #398, #399, #400, #401
90. The Neus (ON398383367) $50 - #402, #403, #404, #405, #406
91. Sarah S. (ON398415055) $10 - #407
92. The Branch Family (ON398598819) $100 - #408, #409, #410, #411, #412, #413, #414, #415, #416, #417
93. Steen (ON398933554) $30 - #418, #419, #420
94. Seanna Lea (ON399591165) $100 - #421, #422, #423, #424, #425, #426, #427, #428, #429, #430
95. Marissa (ON401446630) $10 - #431
96. Grassfield Manor (ON401506899) $30 - #432, #433, #434
97. Rachel Brogatti (ON401498262) $10 - #435
98. Jen (ON401590681) $10 - #436
99.  Lindsay's/Serrao's (ON401538865) $20 - #437
100. Jennifer Rich (ON401723719) $10 - #438

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Superstorm Sandy Red Cross Fundraiser


image of NYC by film colleague, Sonya Tateosian via Facebook

image of New Jersey by 2nd AD, Ali Walker Jordan via Facebook <PREVIEWEND>

As some of you know, I ended up "stranded" in Houston waiting to fly home from International Quilt Market. It was my first Quilt Market and I was so excited to go. I couldn't wait to talk to some of our tried and true vendors, open new accounts with fashion-forward companies like Michael Miller, and ogle the amazing booth designs. Such a wonderful source of inspiration and it's like being "in the future". But by Saturday afternoon people were huddled in the lobbies, on the phone with airlines trying to get home right then and there because of Superstorm Sandy. My flight had yet to be cancelled so I continued about my business. Looking at fabric, opening accounts, deciding what the shelves of gather here would look like in 2013.

By Sunday many people had hopped on planes home. But my flight was still on schedule. Until late that afternoon. I managed to re-route my flight to Manchester, New Hampshire to arrive on Monday. Only to have my flight cancelled again. And again. An inconvenience in the grand scheme of things. I clung to my phone and iPad for the next few days. On Monday morning, Noah and Carla went in and contacted everyone in our Monday night classes to reschedule. They updated our outgoing voicemail message. Hung up signs announcing we would close at 1. I updated the website and social media outlets with the news that we would be closing early. Then I got on the phone and waited. I wanted to be home. If Sandy was going to wallop the Northeast, I wanted to be there with my family. But I was safely stranded in Houston. Until Wednesday.

I obsessively followed twitter and Facebook over the next few days. Searching for updates. My friends and former students were evacuated from their homes in New York and New Jersey, many without power or transportation. Former colleagues were displaced. Some will be forced to relocate forever. What can any of us do in the face of such a disaster?

When Joplin, Missouri was hit by a devastating tornado we hosted an online fundraising raffle. We raised over $3500 for the Red Cross. We hope to do the same this time around. Actually, we hope to raise $4000 this time. The process is exactly the same. You make a donation, you are entered to win an awesome prize by awesome people. Like the button-collecting bird tote by Egg-a-go-go or the peep boot stocking by Lizzy House pictured below. We've put out a call to many of our vendors as well as the maker community to see if we can drum up awesome prizes to share with you. And of course we'll be donating product (like all the swag I brought home from Quilt Market!) and some of our best handmade goods. We'll be posting the prizes on Tuesday, November 6th after we've had a chance to collect photos and descriptions from our generous donors. (Don't worry, there will be many prizes and many opportunities to win something fabulous!)

How's this going to work?
For every $10 you donate to the Red Cross, you get a virtual raffle ticket. Donate $10 you get 1 ticket; donate $50 you get 5 chances to win a prize, $100 gets you 10 chances.

We're (Virginia & Noah) donating $100 to get this party started.

So go to the Red Cross Donate Funds page and make a donation. When you confirm your donation you'll receive a tracking code which is really important. It's not only in the confirmation page, it's also in the printable tax receipt which you can save as a pdf, AND it's in the emailed receipt that they'll automatically send you. If you donate via text message simply text: REDCROSS to 90999 to automatically donate $10. You'll receive a text message confirmation. Save that text, take a screen capture of it because you'll want to have that number handy when you win.

Finally, leave a comment on this post. Only one is necessary even if you are super generous and donate hundreds of dollars. You need to include the transaction code and donation amount in your comment.

  • Leave a comment - include your donation amount
  • Include your transaction code
  • Your email address so we can contact you should you win! If you comment via a Disqus account we can contact via that.

How we'll be tracking this raffle:
When you submit a comment we'll assign you a raffle ticket number. We'll create a tracking post on this here blog so everyone knows their raffle number and so we can all track the fundraising amounts. We'll update the page every evening until fundraising concludes on Thursday, November 22nd at midnight. That's over 2 weeks to make our fundraising goal!

Then like any good online raffle we'll have the random number generator select the winners on Friday, November 23rd right after Thanksgiving! Yay - winning! Announcements will be made on the blog and we'll contact you via email, too. IMPORTANT: Keep the confirmation email you receive from the Red Cross - you'll have to send that to us when we contact you. You can send it right away by forwarding it to:

Also, please, please, please help us spread the word about this raffle. Post it on your blog, Facebook and Twitter pages. The more people know, the more funds we will raise to assist with the Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts. We have badges that you can share on your blog! Thank you, Emily Chionchio, for designing these badges - SO perfect!


How to use these buttons:
If you are using a self-hosted Wordpress blog:
        1: Click "Appearance"
        2: Click "Widgets"
        3: Select the "Text" widget and drag it into your blog's sidebar
        4: Click on the arrow that is on the right side of the "Text" widget
        5: Copy and past the HTML code for badge into the "Text" widget
        6: Click on the "Save" button
If you are using Blogger:
        1: Click "Design"
        2: Click "Page Elements"
        3: Click "Add a Gadget"
        4: Click on "HTML/Javascript"
        5: Copy and past the HTML code for badge code
        6: Click on the "Save" button
        7: Place the element where you want it to display on your page by dragging it into position. When finished, click the "Save" button.

And as always, thank you so very much! I am amazed every day at the generosity and kindness of the maker community. The prizes that have been donated by members of the arts & crafts community in these difficult economic times makes me weep. The donations from all of you makes all the difference in a world that often seems so divided and for that I have hope for our future. Thanks you from the very bottom of my heart. xoVirginia

P.S. Prizes can be found OVER HERE!

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Raffle Prize WINNERS!

Winners have been posted with each prize! Check your # here and then email your Red Cross confirmation email to us: makesomething(at)gatherhereonline(dot)com. The post you've been waiting for (drum roll please), the PRIZES!!!! Thanks to all the amazing generous people who have donated their products and handmade goods to this fundraiser. Every single one of you made me just a wee bit weepy each time I received a tweet or email asking if you could donate something. My heart is quite full of love for you all.

Above: Knit Collage's newest yarn Rolling Stone in four colors: (clockwise from left) Buttercup Glow, Boho Dance, Shooting Star & Rambling Rose. Two skeins of each - 62% wool/25% recycled sari silk/8% mohair/5% Angelina Sparkle.
WINNER: 76. Gail Harrison (1555-7927-1-5023432-5559901)

Left: Boston Bead Company Seed Bead Kit for various embellishment projects.
Right: Coral and leather bracelet handcrafted by the staff of the Boston Bead Company. Read about the Boston Bead Company's commitment to our fundraising efforts on their blog.
WINNER: 20. Regina (1555-5887-1-4995546-5527408)

Left: The Orange Owl Gift Basket including soap made right in Vermont at the Orange Owl, soap dish handmade from reclaimed wood, vegan body butter, vegan bath salt, and a one lip balm. The winner will receive his/her choice of each product just visit: The Orange Owl! The Orange Owl provides all-natural, handmade products that will leave you feeling extraordinary made in an eco-friendly, socially-conscious manner.
WINNER: 21. Gabi J (1555-5887-1-4997256-5529350)

Right: Bracelet and Earring Set designed and handcrafted by Lush Beads of Lowell, Massachusetts. Liz Stewart creates each piece in her shop located at the Western Avenue Studios in Lowell.
WINNER: 84. Alison (1555-5887-1-5033436-5572056) <PREVIEWEND>

Left: Hand embroidered wishbone stitch necklace by The Merriweather Council. We have an embroidered piece by The Merriweather Council and our lives are the better for it!
WINNER: 50. Betz (1555-5887-1-5014267-5548838)

Right: Waxed canvas lunch tote by Redstaggerwing Designs. As seen in Apartment Therapy's the kitchn. Winner selects color!
WINNER 16. Cathleen O'Connell (1555-7927-1-4991345-5522838)

Left: Hand-dyed merino wool fingering weight yarn: 440 yds / 400m, 100g. Colorway: Concord &
Handspun 2-ply yarn mix of wools, sparkle & more: 319 ft (106+ yds) / 97+ m, 3.2 ozs. (MIX TAPE VII) by rhinofluff aka migration goods (I've knit with rhinofluff's yarn and it is spectacular!)
WINNER: 55. Sally/Mommers (1555-7927-1-5014707-5549375)

Right: Miles Lewis Peck House, located in Bristol, Connecticut. His 1881 house, on Summer Street in Bristol, was designed by his brother, the Waterbury architect Theodore Peck. This historic home hand printed pillow is by Not Without Merrit. Image printed on pre-washed twill with envelope enclosure back.
WINNER: 75. Katt (1555-7927-1-5023432-5559901)

Left: Julia a blend of superwash and tencel hand-dyed by Dirty Water Dyeworks.
Right: Paula 100% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester hand-dyed by Dirty Water Dyeworks.

A skein of each in the color of the winner's choice!
WINNER: 28. Kristina Shaughnessy (1555-7927-1-4999696-5532074)

Left: Daisy Janie organic canvas & Geo Grand Patchwork Pillow by Jan DiCintio from her award-winning Fall Quilt Market Booth. We are proud to carry Jan's Daisy Janie fabrics in the shop and can't believe she gave this pillow up!
WINNER: 69. MollyGreer (1555-7927-1-5019061-5554431)

Right: Cloud9 Fabrics Owl Pillow (blue or pink) & 8 pc fat quarter bundle (selected by Cloud9). This owl pillow is made from Cloud9 Organic Flannel and is all kinds of awesome.
WINNER: 35. Susan Arnott (1555-7927-1-5006835-5540223)

Left: Made in Lowell Pincushion Ring - Chocolate & Strawberry. Liz created this ring in response to many "folks at craft shows requesting a pincushion ring". Pins included! Use it and wear it with pride.
WINNER: 7. Alexis Deise (1555-5887-1-4972899-5502937)

Right: To Boldly Fold: Follow Your Heart Cards (4 pack) created by Melissa Chao. Melissa is also the co-mastermind behind The Handmade Campaign: bringing awareness and excitement for making to the "world"!
WINNER: 41. Nick Zavediuk (1555-7927-1-5010161-5544001)

Above: Yoga Mat Bag Sewing Pattern by Needle and Spatula. I had the pleasure of meeting Kate just last weekend while she was visiting Cambridge.
WINNER: 43. Holly Rossi (1555-5887-1-5013332-5547689)

Above: Free-Motion Applique Messenger Bag Pattern by Needle and Spatula. Visit Kate's blog for interesting patterns, tutorials and more.
WINNER: 14. Annie Rota (1555-5887-1-4988185-5519306)

Above: Super Amazing Awesome Lion Quilt by Maritza of Soto Softies. Perfect for just about anyone - cotton and felt, backed in a cotton polka dot print. Whoever wins this must let me come over and play, please.
WINNER: 95. Mike (1555-5887-1-5036605-5575825)

Left: Set of "Thank Ewe" cards by Shortcake Scraps. Hand stamped, hand colored and hand sparkled! And Candice writes a nifty blog!
WINNER: 45. Louisehl (1555-7927-1-5014075-5548622)

Right: 2 Skeins of Arden Fingering Weight from Fleur de Fiber - bottom skein Gem of the Ocean, top skein Bluegrass. Hand painted and hand dyed in Chicago. Content: 80% Superwash Wool/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon (We met Angela just a month or so ago & she was just the nicest person!)
WINNER: 51. Marci (1555-7927-1-5014295-5548867)

Above: Four workhorse yarns from our wonderful Cascade representative, Warren. Plus a pattern (B&B sock pattern or Cabled Head band) with the corresponding yarn.
WINNER: 64. Mlinden (1555-5887-1-5017204-5552315)

Left: Bowl of Cherries Lunch Set by Sparkle J Designs. The reversible drawstring lunch bag measures approximately 10 3/4 inches tall, 5 1/4 inches wide, and 4 1/4 inches deep. Sturdy nickel grommets are strung with polyester drawstring to keep all your goodies tucked inside. Includes TWO coordinating napkins, both 16 inches square, top stitched, with tidy mitered corners.
WINNER: 15. Jennifer Roebuck (1555-5887-1-4973355-5503444)

Right: D.I.Y. Felted Wreath Kit by Post Road. This kit comes with precut felted squares from repurposed wool sweaters, threaded needle, velvet ribbon and directions for an easy and satisfying creation. Everything is packaged in a muslin pouch.
WINNER: 38. Amanda Hooge (1555-7927-1-5008026-5541592)

Above: Fall 2011 Yarn Share from Juniper Moon Farm. A blend of premium extra fine Kid Mohair and the softest, finest Merino. You’ll receive a PDF shareholders certificate, daily farm updates on the blog about what’s going on around the farm, discounts in our online shop, an invitation to our Shearing Day Celebration and, of course, your share in the form of yarn. The Share price is for natural (undyed) yarn; you will be give the opportunity to purchase custom dyeing when the shares are back from the mill.
WINNER: 25. Carlin (1555-7927-1-4997865-5530040)

Left: 4 oz. of hand dyed Blue-faced Leicester wool top by Tanuki Dyeworks. This fiber has been dyed with professional acid dyes and conditioned for softness. Items made from this fiber should be hand-washed and laid flat to dry.
WINNER: 53. Jenny (1555-5887-1-5014358-5548936)

Right: Hand pressed and carved black sheep pendant made from buffalo horn by Mike Burke. Chain is approximately 21" long and is embellished with a wire wrapped amethyst.
WINNER: 32. Tegan Morton (1555-7927-1-5003537-5536473)

Above: Something awesome from Shannon of The Spun Monkey.
WINNER: 56. Mimi (1555-7927-1-5014761-5549441)

Above: A craft pack (printed zipper, a button pack, a dishtowel kit, and a screen printed notebook and drawstring pouch) from the wonderful Codi of Iowa City's Home Ec. Workshop, the stitch lounge my sister-in-law loves. And since it's because of Heather that I decided to organize this little raffle, it's appropriate that her stitch lounge and LYS is a part of it. If I lived in Iowa City there would be no reason for gather here because Home Ec. is practically perfect in every way.
WINNER: 36. Susan Lay (1555-7927-1-5007750-5541292)

Above: Oliver + S 2 + 2 Blouse & Skirt (size 4) on left WINNER: 39. Deborah Parker (1555-7927-1-5008793-5548465) & Oliver + S Jump Rope Dress (size 2T) on right WINNER: 19. KBP (1555-7927-1-4995386-5527238). Both dresses made from Cloud9 Happy Nursery Fabrics, finished with vintage buttons and handcrafted with care by gather here.

Above: Ella Rae lace merino from Knitting Fever. Exceptionally soft, machine washable, gorgeous dyed colorway.
WINNER: 86. Steffie B (1555-7927-1-5035166-5574133)

Above: Kate Spain terrain & Deb Strain Nature's Gift charm packs from moda. And yes, that is holiday fabric but shouldn't you get a head start on your holiday projects?
WINNER: 46. Pattynubs (1555-7927-1-5014104-5548657)

Left: Stitch Chains by fancy, Susanna Brown. Winner selects the chain.
WINNER: 11. Ingrid Schorr (1555-7927-1-4984940-5515814)

Right: Elsebeth Lavold's Silky Flamme from Knitting Fever. 50% Peruvian Wool/30% Alpaca/20% Silk
WINNER: 47. Janis (1555-7927-1-5014186-5548749)

Above: A subscription to Knitter's Magazine thanks to Kimberly of The Knitting Universe!
WINNER: 2. Rebecca Spainhower (1555-7927-1-4971604-5501474)

Above: Large Plush Toy by Zooguu! We love Zooguu! We love Jen! Winner gets to pick the toy - we didn't picture all the awesomeness that is Zooguu.
WINNER: 66. Petra - Creative Mom (1555-7927-1-5017458-5552647)

Above: Embroidered House Pin by Stray Notions. Handstitched in Massachusetts by craft superstar, Sharon!
WINNER: 62. Susan (1555-5887-1-5016617-5551664)

AND a special prize for Betty McCoy, my lovely sister-in-law's mother, who lost her home in the Joplin, Missouri tornado. gather here is giving your wonderful daughter, Heather, two skeins of Shibui Sock Yarn. Because you've lost everything and I wish I could have given you a home! WINNER: Betty McCoy/30. Lisa-Ann/Heather (1555-7927-1-5001627-5534322)

After all that I hope you've been inspired to head over to the Red Cross and make a donation. And then post a comment on the original blog post over here.  For every $10 donated you receive a virtual raffle ticket. The raffle ends at midnight on Tuesday, June 14th and we'll randomly select the winners on Wednesday, June 15th. Thank you all for your generosity, even if you don't know a single person in Joplin, Missouri or anywhere that has been affected by the tornadoes and flooding, please know that you have done a world of good for those who need it most.

Virginia (owner/crafter/dreamer)

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Helping Others: Joplin, Missouri Red Cross Fundraiser

When I heard the news about Joplin I felt terrible for the town that I had stopped in many times to grab fuel and snacks on various Midwestern road trips. Just like my friend, Adrian, wrote on Facebook, "I used to stop in Joplin, Missouri for food and gas taking road trips out of Chicago. Really nice people there. It's just one of the last classic Route 66 towns. The kind of place built by the highway that really embraces road travelers and car culture. It's hard to imagine 75% of that town as wiped out last night." Who didn't feel awful when the images started popping up on the news and internet? And small? Mother Nature has a way of making me feel very, very small.

<PREVIEWEND> I didn't think that I might actually know someone affected by this disaster even though I'm originally from the Midwest. Most of my family is in Iowa, Illinois and Kansas. There are outliers up in Minnesota and I'm sure some folks ended up in Nebraska and we've spent many a great vacation in St. Louis. But Joplin? Surely it's just a road trip memory. Not so. My sister-in-law's family lives in Joplin. And in a number of the images I've seen on the news there are the remains of her mother's house. Just a stone wall with a few windows. Not a tree in sight. She's lucky to be alive. The dog and cat are safe, too. As are most of her neighbors. There are many who are not. And they could use our help.

We're having a little raffle to raise money for the Red Cross Relief Efforts in Joplin, Missouri as well as the many other communities that have been affected by severe weather this year (Western Massachusetts we heart you!). Our goal is to raise $2,500 but we did that so let's raise $3,000! And we've already started receiving amazing prizes from talented and caring people like the Boston Bead Company, Rhinofluff, Fleur de Fiber, Daisy Janie, Made in Lowell, The Merriweather Council, The Orange Owl, Red Staggerwing Designs, Soto Softies, Michelle Engel Bencsko of Cloud9 Fabrics, Mike Burke, and Tanuki Dyeworks. We've put out a call to many of our vendors as well as the crafty genius community to see if we can drum up even more awesomeness to share with you. And of course we'll be donating product (fat quarter bundles, yarn, patterns) and our best handmade goods. We'll be posting the prizes on Tuesday, May 31st after we've had a chance to collect photos and descriptions from our generous donors. (Don't worry, there will be many prizes and many opportunities to win something fabulous!)

UPDATE: More crafty genius prizes!  From Knit Collage, Shortcake Scraps, The Spun Monkey, Lush Beads, Post Road, Not Without Merit, Dirty Water Dyeworks, Stray Notions, Needle and Spatula, Sparkle J Designs & Codi of Home Ec. Workshop!

For the full list of prizes visit this post!

Pillow by Daisy Janie using Daisy Janie Geo collection, Follow Your Heart Cards by To Boldly Fold

How's this going to work?

For every $10 you donate to the Red Cross, you get a virtual raffle ticket. Donate $10 you get 1 ticket; donate $50 you get 5 chances to win a prize, $100 gets you 10 chances.

We're (Virginia & Noah) donating $100 to get this party started.

So go to the Red Cross Donate Funds page and make a donation. When you confirm your donation you'll receive a tracking code which is really important. It is located at the end of the confirmation page.

Then leave a comment on this post. Only one is necessary even if you are super generous and donate hundreds of dollars. You need to include the tracking code in your comment.

  • Leave a comment - include your donation amount
  • Include your tracking code
  • Your email address so we can contact you should you win!

How we'll be tracking this raffle:
When you submit a comment we'll assign you a raffle ticket number. We'll create a tracking post on this here blog so everyone knows their raffle number and so we can all track the fundraising amounts. We'll update the page every evening until fundraising concludes on Tuesday, June 14th at midnight.

Then like any good online raffle we'll have the random generator select the winners on Wednesday, June 15th! Yay - winning! Announcements will be made on the blog and we'll contact you via email, too. IMPORTANT: Keep the confirmation email you receive from the Red Cross - you'll have to send that to us when we contact you. You can send it right away and forward it to:

Also, please, please, please help us spread the word about this raffle. Post it on your blog, Facebook and Twitter pages. The more people know, the more funds we will raise to assist with the Red Cross Tornado Relief efforts.

And thank you! Thank you for your generosity! Thank you donors for your awesome prizes! And thank you for spreading the word!

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