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We are pleased to announce our 1st Quilt Challenge! The Title/Theme is: The Absence of Color (What does that mean to you?

Any variety of fabrics and fibers can be used to express your interpretation of The Absence of Color. Machine quilting, hand quilting, long arm, surface design, felting and embroidery techniques can be used and will be accepted in this Quilt Challenge. This is a People’s Choice contest and there will be monetary prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, as well as Honorable Mentions at the Festival, March 24, 25, 26, 2017 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. For a complete list of details, rules, eligibility and application form please click here to download forms.

To ignite your creativity we are giving away a Mystery Bag with over 3 yards of fabric, batting, silks, fibers, ribbons, embellishments and more for one lucky winner.  To enter sweepstakes see details below.


We didn’t forget about yarn lovers!  We have a book review and giveaway below.

Book Review and Sweepstakes Giveaway:


Increase, Decrease, 99 Step-by-Step Methods by Judith Durant

Judith is the best selling author of all of the One Skein Wonder Series which I LOVE and have all 6 of them! This book is just as concise, thorough, with extreme attention to details, and we all know how important it is how to and where to use the right increases or decreases. Appropriate techniques are shown for shaping sleeves and necklines, for lace shaping, increasing from the center, for decreasing the tops of hats and more. The photographs show swatches with easy to follow methods explained using step by step guides. This is a valuable book to have on your shelf, with 99 methods to help every project you make. We have a copy of the book to give away, see below for sweepstakes details.

We would like to congratulate Yarns by Design on celebrating their 10 Year anniversary! They are just one of the shops participating in the Steel Valley Yarn Crawl, July 29th-August 7, 2016. Make sure to stop by and support your local yarn stores in the crawl!

With Warm Regards,


Barb and Ann

The winner of the Sweepstakes Giveaway for the Ottlite Illumination Lamp is Lynn McClurg of Clarks Mill, PA.

To enter the Mystery Bag giveaway please email pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the subject line “Mystery Bag” by August 15, 2016.

To enter the Increase Decrease Book by Judith Durant  giveaway please email pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the subject line “Increase Decrease” by August 15, 2016.

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