Jo-Ann Announces 2011 Quilt Your Colors™ Contest Finalists

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More than 850 quilters from across the country entered; Deborah Beatty of San Jose, Calif., wins Grand Prize.

2011 Quilt Your Colors Contest winner Deborah Beatty

Deborah Beatty won the Grand Prize with her "Ethereum Botanica: Bromeliads", an original design based on her own photography.

This contest was an excellent showcase of the creativity, imagination and skill that our customers are capable of.

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Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the leading fabric and craft specialty retailer in America, is proud to reveal the finalists of the 2011 Quilt Your Colors™ contest. More than 850 quilters from across the country submitted their one-of-a-kind pieces, and, over the course of two months, a panel of judges – including professional quilters Denyse Schmidt and Susan Winget – narrowed the field to 22 finalists.

Deborah Beatty of San Jose, Calif., whose Ethereum Botanica: Bromeliads is an original design based on her own photography, was voted Grand Prize winner by the panel of judges. For her work, Beatty earned a $5,000 cash prize in addition to a gift package which included: a Singer® Confidence Quilter™ 7469Q Sewing Machine; Pellon® Nature's Touch Cotton Batting; OttLite® Alexander Combo; AccuQuilt GO!® Baby Fabric Cutter; Susan Winget fabrics; and a Simplicity® Deluxe SideWinder.

Kristin Vierra of Lincoln, Neb., was inspired to add a unique twist to the traditional zebra. Her quilt, which featured animals and clouds stitched into a scenic background, earned her second place, a $2,500 cash prize and gift basket.

Carolyn Rider of Portsmouth, Ohio, earned third place with her elaborate design based off a whetstone block she had seen in a magazine. Rider was awarded a $1,000 cash prize and gift basket filled with quilt supplies for her achievement.

The remaining 19 finalists are, in alphabetical order:

Barbara Beatty of San Jose, Calif.
Laurie Ceesay of Menominee, Mich.
Patricia Lamfers of Loveland, Colo.
Jenae Gosselin of Eureka, Calif.
Valeria J. Hill of Wyalusing, Pa.
Deon Lewis of Tallahassee, Fla.
Denise Losczyk of Evanston, Ill.
Karen McPherson of Lynn, Mass.
Alice Mellinger of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Vivienne Moore of Salem, Ore.
Linda Rhodes of Santa Maria, Calif.
Shirley Ritzman of Madison, S.D.
Kelly Rysavy of Tallahassee, Fla.
Maren Scott of North Logan, Utah
Gayle Shelton of Bridgeport, Texas
Ilona Strull of Carson City, Nev.
Lila Sugg of Penn Valley, Calif.
Elizabeth Sylvan of Florence, Mass.
Marcie Van Gelder of Tampa, Fla.

“This contest was an excellent showcase of the creativity, imagination and skill that our customers are capable of,” said Jennifer Egnot, quilt fabric buyer for Jo-Ann. “It was difficult for the judges to arrive at just one winner because of the diversity in style and motif. I think that says a lot about Jo-Ann customers and what they are capable of.”

For more products, projects and inspiration, visit your local Jo-Ann store or log onto Joann.com.

About Jo-Ann Stores, Inc.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the nation’s largest fabric and craft retailer with locations in 49 states, was founded in 1943 as a single retail store. Today, more than 770 Jo-Ann stores across the country provide consumers all the fabrics, craft supplies and inspiration they need, conveniently under one roof. For additional information, visit http://www.joann.com.

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