Link Love: Meet the Judges!

I know, it’s Friday and you’re a-lookin’ for yer love. Well, how’s about checking out some fabu sites from the ladies above? The SEWING MACHINE DOUBLE DOWN CONTEST has closed for entries, and now we must get to work judging each lovingly created potholder. This is an arduous task, as we wish every single person could win, so we asked some fabulous crafty web celebs to help us score.

Each judge will assign entries a score of 1-5 in each of the following categories (with each category getting 25% weight): Originality, Style, Workmanship, and Presentation. The two fabu Prudent Mamas with the top scores will win the amazing Brother Sewing Machines! Who are the crafty creative ladies who will be assisting us in the arduous task of judging your gorgeous entries?

Meet the Judges after the jump, say “hi” in the comments, and be sure to check out their amazing websites…

Meet the Judges!

Valori Wells, Textile Designer

Valori Wells is a textile designer for Free Spirit fabrics, a shop owner – The Stitchin’ Post, in Sisters Or., a photographer, painter, silk screener, author, pattern designer, and most important a Mamma and wife. She lives in Sisters, OR with her husband and three little kids where she designs from her home studio and works at her family quilt shop in town. For more on Valori Wells check out her blog,, her web site, or follow her on Twitter @valoriwells. Also, check out her amazing collection at Fabricworm.

Dana, from Made

MADE is a daily blog-stop for creative eye candy and inspiration. Dana shares her craft with readers worldwide through sewing, art, design concepts, cooking, family life, step-by-step tutorials, and stunning photography. One stop by MADE and you’ll walk away with a laundry list of fresh projects you just have to tackle. Head over!….and plan to stay for a while.

Joslyn, from Simple Lovely

Joslyn’s blog, Simple Lovely, chronicles her love for design, fashion, art, and the raising of two creative and interesting little girls. She also runs the corporate website for a large software company, acts as an editor at Kirtsy, and is a freelance writer contributing to local publications such as the Dallas edition of Edible Magazine, Dallas Child Magazine, and Thrive Magazine. Joslyn lives in Dallas with her daughters Audrey and Amelia (Millie) and her husband Bryan.

Christine, from Little Bean & Small Magazine

Christine Visneau is a clothing designer and shop owner at Little Bean, and also moonlights as the co-founder and editor of Small Magazine.

Kathy, from Merriment Design

Crafter and mom Kathy Beymer loves all things useful and clever, playful and special. The founder of much-loved free crafting blog, Kathy provides free simple, useful and clever DIY craft patterns, projects and inspirations. Kathy’s motto is “Craft and pass it on!” Kathy’s whimsical craft tutorials have been featured in Daily Candy Kids, The Knot Magazine & Knot TV, WeTV, Craft, iDIY, Apartment Therapy, ohdeedoh and kitchn, design*sponge, lifehacker, tiny*prints, Parents Magazine, TimeOut Magazine and more.

Anna from Noodlehead

Anna blogs about sewing and other crafty adventures over at her blog, Noodlehead. She enjoys sewing, decorating, and making her house a home. Stop by if you want to kill some time, she likes to share lots of free tutorials and even a few patterns.

Jacinda & Jaime

And of course us ladies, Jacinda & Jaime, but y’all know way too much about us already.

Thank you all so much for your entries!  We will be pouring over them this weekend and reporting back next week.  Don’t forget to leave a comment, you might win that gorg embroidery pattern!




I am so excited about this contest! Can't wait to see which pot holders win. Looks like you've got some great judges! đŸ™‚


It's fun to see all the creativity in making potholders. Looking forward to seeing them all and of course to see the winning entries.


hope to see a slide show with all the entries. Looks like you have a great panel of judges. Waiting in suspense to see the winning pot pot holders.


Hi Judges! Boy have you got a hard task ahead of you – best of luck!! This a fabulous giveaway (thanks Jaime and Jacinda!) and we appreciate you helping out. Can't wait to find out who wins!


Love looking at creative blogs! You judges are all crazy Talented!! Good luck looking through all those entries!

Kristen McD

Longest. Weekend. Ever.

Also, good work keeping the judges a surprise. Would have caused some major performance anxiety, knowing who they were beforehand. lol


I feel like my head is going to explode with anticipation! Seriously the coolest contest ever. Please do runner-ups!


I don't stand a chance unless you give points for, "that girl seriously needs a better sewing machine." My 9 stitch Singer just isn't cutting it anymore.


Good luck ladies. I already have the Brother 420 PRW and it's my baby, I know whoever wins it will love it as much as I do.


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