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Saturday, April 02, 2011

Someone Pinch Me!!


I came home last night after running some evening errands to find a message that I had been voted in as the Golden Quilter Awards “Teacher Of The Year” ((!!!!!))

At first I thought it was an April Fools joke….Hahahahhaa, wouldn’t that be a funny fast one to pull on me! I had to go searching!

And then, wonder of wonders, there was this email from Sew Cal Gal herself!

I wanted to let you know that you are a winner in the 2011 Golden Quilter Awards. Quilters from around the world submitted nominations and all the votes have been counted, making it official. Everyone agrees you are the best of the best and we all appreciate what you have done to make our world of quilting so wonderful.
For more info on all the winners: http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/2011/04/winners-of-2011-golden-quilter-awards.html
Best Regards,
Darlene
aka SewCalGal

It’s True! It’s really True!! I ran right over to the link….and this is what I saw!


Drum roll..........
The envelopes are opened and I'm happy to announce the official winners of the 2011 Golden Quilter Awards.
Best DesignerAnne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs
Best Teacher/Instructor Bonnie Hunter, Quiltville
Best AuthorEleanor Burns, of Quilt In A Day
Best Quilt Store (Physical) Mary Jo's in Gastonia NC
Best Quilt Store (online)Fat Quarter Shop
Best Long Arm QuilterJudi Madsen - Green Fairy Quilts
Most Innovative product (physical item)AccuQuilt Go! Fabric Cutter
Most Innovated product (software item)
EQ7, by The Electric Quilt Company
Most influential person in the world of quilting to-date, aka "Lifetime Achievement"Eleanor Burns, Quilt in a Day
10) Best Quilt RetreatTwo Wacky Woman (Southern California)

I can’t tell you how honored and humbled I am to be included in this long list! It also made me smile that Mary Jos made Best Quilt Store (Physical) on the list! Oh Yes oh Yes oh Yes! Any time I’m driving down I-85, my car goes into autopilot and has to stop there!

I am floating on cloud 9 right now ((If you felt the earth move—please forgive me at this early hour—that was ME jumping up and down!!)) There have been tears of definite joy flowing over here at my house.

Thank you Sew Cal Gal for doing this, thank you to all the sponsors who donated prizes, thank you to all my students, friends, and readers who took the time to nominate and vote…and mostly for your encouragement to continue to do something that I love so much, even when the going is not easy….sometimes it is down right hard to be gone from home so much and to find balance in it all-- I’m just ever so grateful to all of you!

And now..I need to go do what I was crowned for! LOL! It’s time to go give a Pineapple Blossom Workshop to the Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild, in Kernersville NC!

Have a Quilty Weekend Everyone! Rolling on the floor laughing

67 comments:

  1. congratulations Bonnie
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  2. Congratulations! One of my "Bucket List" goals is to one day take one of your classes, or better yet, go on your quilting cruise!

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  3. Congratulations! I am so happy you won.

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  4. Hot Diggity! Very well deserved!!

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  5. You were always the tops with me. Now everyone knows it. Hugs

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  6. YIPPEE !!! I've said it so many times before and will say it again...you are by far the most generous and gracious person and teacher I have met. Congratulations Bonnie - so well deserved!!!

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  7. Congratulations Bonnie. Couldn't agree more. Your enthusiasm and inspriation is contagious. Enjoy your win!

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  8. Congratulations Bonnie. You deserve it.

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  9. Congrats, Bonnie!! Very well deserved! Thanks for all that you do! WOOHOO!!!

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  10. Congratulations! My vote is in there - and as a fellow commenter said earlier: now the world knows it, too!

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  11. Congratulations! What a well deserved honor!

    *hugs*
    Debbie K

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  12. Congratulations, Bonnie!!

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  13. Congrats...while I have never taken a personal class from you, I am so greatful for all your teachings online....you are a constant source of knowledge, warmth, and inspiration to follow...my vote was just a small drop in the bucket...Thank you!!

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  14. Awesome award for an awesome lady who is an awesome teacher!

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  15. Pinches are for St. Patricks Day.. this one is just Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you and you so very much deserve it!

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  16. Congrats! I really think you should wear a crown (or at the very least, a tiara) from now on.

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  17. There isn't a more deserving candidate for this honor. The public has spoken, and the best has been chosen. Wow, what an honor. I agree with 'Me and My Stitches', you should wear your crown proudly...wear the tiara for today anyway...hehe!

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  18. Anonymous9:50 AM EDT

    Well deserved!!

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  19. Anonymous10:03 AM EDT

    Big Congrats, Bonnie! You deserve every honor you receive--and more! Enjoy the bliss!

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  20. Congratulations, Bonnie! You don't know how much you've inspired and taught me... and I've just read your blog posts and tutorials. I hope to be able to attend one of your real life classes some day!

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  21. Congrat, Bonnie!
    What's True, is True.
    You're the Best!
    Hugs,
    Gerry

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  22. Congratulations Bonnie! Course I always knew it...btw, I may be on my way up to MJ this week!

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  23. Congratulations!!! You're the best!! Really a crown is called for during this time, one that really sparkles like your personality!!

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  24. Good for you! Congrats and so well deserved. I've been following your site for ages. You promote quilting in a friendly and accessible way. Keep smiling!!

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  25. You deserve the honor! woo-Hoo!!!!

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  26. I just knew you would be awarded one of the three coveted spots you were selected for. We were all voting for you and you do have quite a following. Congratulations to you. Judy C so appreciates you.

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  27. Congratulations, Bonnie!

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  28. Congratulations, Bonnie! This is a well-deserved honor! Thank you for all that you do for others in the quilting world!

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  29. Congratulations Bonnie! I hope someday to meet you in person. Maybe you will come to Northern Calif. to teach sometime. I want to take a class with you! I've heard you are the best teacher/instructor from friends who have had the pleasure of taking a class with you. In the meantime, I enjoy all the patterns, tips and techniques you so generously share with all of us Online. Enjoy your award, it is well deserved. :o)

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  30. From the way you "teach" your FREE mysteries and patterns - to how much you go out of you way to help and assist those who are trying to learn... to all the people who have praised you who have taken one of your classes - to your very informative books - I think you were the obvious choice here!... glad I'm not the only one who thought so!

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  31. Anonymous11:24 AM EDT

    You deserve it -you are the greatest!
    I would love to take one of your classes someday.

    Erma in Texas

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  32. Congratulations on your win. While it's a wonderful feeling to be able to share knowledge with others, it's an added boost to be acknowledged in this way.

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  33. Congrats! I'm so happy for you!
    Thanks for all of your posts and patterns! I love following all of your adventures!

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  34. I was SO excited to see that you won Bonnie! You deserve it! And I think the rest of the winners are perfect as well. LOVE Mary Jo's!!!!!

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  35. Congratulations Bonnie, your web page is one of my favorites also

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  36. Congratulations!!! You are so deserving of this honor! I'm so happy for you!

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  37. Bonnie, congratulations, I just knew it couldn't be anyone but you! YOU ROCK!

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  38. Congratulations!! I was hoping you'd get this honor:-) I appreciate your energy, generosity, humor and enthusiasm. I loved taking your class at Road (actually took it just so I could meet you in person!) and always enjoy your postings here. You definitely are a terrific teacher of quilting and living!!

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  39. Congratulations Bonnnie! Your incredible generosity and talent have been a HUGE HUGE part of my quilting journey (and I haven't even had the honor of meeting you yet!). It is well-deserved recognition for all that you do for us!

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  40. CONGRATULATIONS, BONNIE!! You so deserve it!! I am SO HAPPY for you!! Your website was one of the very first I ever found when I was trying to organize my stash. I have used your "Scrap User's System" for years now and recently did a post singing your praises. (I even made a "Christmas Lights" last year - love that pattern!) Your method of teaching is also VERY appreciated by this Lefty - you make it VERY easy to "just reverse it" - and I think you are FABULOUS!!!! Congrats, again!! ^..^

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  41. Well done~ I'm positively thrilled for you and with you!!

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  42. Now Bonnie, I would never pull an April Fools joke like that on you! I read sewcalgals announcement about five minutes after she posted it for all to see. Enjoy wearing your well deserved crown!
    Betty
    Baton Rouge, LA

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  43. Congratulations Bonnie. You really deserve this award, you're an inspiration to a lot of quilters.

    Jittina, the Netherlands

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  44. Bonnie, I told you that you was popular!!! Paula in KY

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  45. Oh, Bonnie, I am so happy to hear this wonderful and so well-deserved news! You rock! You have the most generous and creative heart I know.

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  46. Congratulations Bonnie! I'm so thrilled that everyone else likes you as much as I do. You are a very fun person to hang out with. You are creative and generous and it rubs off on others.
    HUGS! from South Carolina
    P.S.
    I was shocked and happy that Mary Jo's made it to the list, it is a small world after all.

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  47. Congratulations, Bonnie! You are very deserving of this honor.

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  48. Congrats Bonnie - not a surprise to those who've learned from you in person and online - thank you!!!

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  49. Awesome! You had my vote.

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  50. actually...votes!!not one vote.

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  51. Yeah!! Congratulations!! Well deserved!
    P

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  52. Wow! I read the winners just a couple of minutes ago, and I was SO glad that you won! Your site is my go to place for new quilt ideas, and also for taming those wild, multiplying scraps. If anyone deserves the award, it is surely you, Bonnie!

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  53. Congratulations Bonnie, you really deserve it :o) So happy for you! I really hope to get to meet you and take one of your classes one day!
    Happy sewing!
    Hugs,
    Laila

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  54. Congratulations Bonnie, I have never seen you teaching but I love your blog so I am sure it is well deserved. I would love to have you as a teacher but I live in Canada, but things will change. Blessings Sandra

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  55. What a wonderful tribute!!! Congratulations!!!! Your website is one of my favorites and a couple of friends and I are driving to Winfield KS from Arkansas for your lecture in Sept.

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  56. Anonymous8:17 PM EDT

    Congrat's Bonnie, now everyone knows what we've known all along...Your the greatest!!
    Sherry

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  57. Congrats! I voted for you - not because I've taken a class from you but because from the pictures I see, your classes are SO MUCH FUN!

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  58. Anonymous10:01 PM EDT

    Congratulations Bonnie! Someday I hope to be able to take a class from you, but in the meantime I enjoy your blog and your encouragement!
    Jan O in STL

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  59. Congratulations!!! What an incredible honor. AND all the more reason for me to take one of your classes. I'm serious, as soon as you are within 100 miles of Columbus, OH, I'm there!!

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  60. Congratulations! That is so well deserved. I could not be happier for you!

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  61. Congratulations Bonnie! You deserve this! You are the only teacher that I have driven to another country to take a class with...you're truly the best!

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  62. Just adding my congratulations here, Bonnie! Awesome news - but we all knew this all the time!:-)
    Blessings, Donna

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  63. Congratulations-----well deserved!

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