Is the suspense just killing you? I was going to go all high tech and use an online random number generator (and assign numbers to each name based on the order they were left) but it didn't present quite the picture taking opportunity of using something prettier and doing it the old fashioned way.
Other than drawing names I was quite productive this morning. I actually FINISHED something - can you even stand it? Okay it needs to be quilted and finished but looky here:
The colors are a tad wonky (they are a little lighter than depicted here) but look at that! It actually came together really quickly. The middle part took no time at all. I probably spent the most time cutting out the applique bits. I adore that kind of hand work and I can see more applique in my future.
The hairiest part was sewing the four corner squares onto the border pieces so they would all line up properly with the main part of the topper. My seam ripper and I really bonded this morning.
Oh I just realized I'm not technically done (beside all the finishing work) - I still need to hand stitch around the applique pieces. I'm telling you fusible web applique is the way to go. You get really precision edges that way (like I've ever tried any other method of applique - but whatever).
I took some liberties with the layout of the applique because I ran out of usable charm squares. I have this dream of living close to my sister and having a big old studio on the property where we can set up sewing machines and craft tables and have tons of storage area for someone's (ahem) stash. If that was the case I could have just raided her Celebrate Spring leftovers.
I guess it's back to embroidery now.
What? Oh you want to know who the winner of the book drawing is?
Congratulations Julie! If you could just shoot me an email with your address I'll ship it off to you. Thank you to everyone for playing along.