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Panel Palooza

Sew Always is sponsoring a Panel Palooza!!!  What, you might ask, is a palooza?  It’s an extravagant party with a plethora of friends, something we at Sew Always love.  The fun is also a community outreach program since the voting money goes to help local community members (more details below).  So dust off those thinking caps for ideas on fun and unique ways of using panels.  We will kick off the fun with a Panel Palooza Party on Saturday, January 19 from 10 a.m. to noon.  Come and enjoy finger foods, panel inspirations, rules and anything else we can think of to help you get started.

Voting for favorite projects will be done by dropping money (1 cent = 1 vote) into voting jars.  Cash collected will be given to the Elk's Lodge Sweethearts fund.  The Sweethearts fund supports community members with special needs, including help with prosthetic, hearing aids, and camps.  Read more about the fund at https://texaselks.org/sweethearts/. 

Voting ends at 5 pm on Monday, April 22, 2019, and votes will be tallied on Tuesday.  The first place winner will receive a $100  gift card to Sew Always and the second place winner will receive a $50 gift card to Sew Always  along with our thanks for helping.

  Read all the rules below.

  •  The panel(s) used in your entry must have been purchased from Sew Always no earlier than November 1, 2018. 
  • Entries can be any size and any shape and in any type of project:   a quilt, wall hanging, bag, etc.  
  • Bring your entry to the shop as early as Friday, March 1, 2019.  Voting begins on Monday, March 4, so it pays to have your entry in early.  The longer your entry is displayed, the bigger chance it has of getting the most votes!
  • Entries must be accompanied with the following information:
     *your name,
    *contact information (both phone and email, if possible)
       *the source of the design (original if you designed it or list the name and designer of the pattern if you used one).
  • Voting ends at the shop’s closing time on Monday, April 22, 2019.   Votes will be tallied on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.
  • At the end of the contest, your project will be available for pick- up beginning Tuesday, April 23, 2019.
  •  Projects will be featured on Sew Always Facebook page.

How to Vote – Each entry will be given a number.  Drop your penny vote into the correspondingly numbered container.  The winner will be the entry that raises the most money.

Multiple Votes – Yes, you can vote more than once.  Yes, you can vote with more than 1¢.  If you wish to show major support for an entry, vote with folding money!  One dollar = 100 votes.

Where the Voting Money Goes – Voting money raised will be given to Elk's Sweethearts Fund.  The Sweethearts Fund helps pay for items such as hearing aids and prosthetics for our community's members with special needs.  It also funds dinner dances for them each year.

How to Begin – Inspiration can be found anywhere, we have examples and books at the shop.  YouTube has an amazing amount of videos, and remember as long as your project uses a panel purchased at Sew Always since November 1, 2018 it can be anything -  purses, toys, wall hangings, quilts, etc..  We wish you happy projecting and good luck!