Winner: Grand-prize winner SteffBomb won over our hearts with her adorable "Ice Cream Sammy," created while she was on a mission to curb her sweet tooth.
After making the toy's pattern, she cut it out of cardboard and bristol board. "The inside of the ice cream is a soft piece of foam that I cut out with an electric knife," she says. "I also stuffed the inside of the cookie with a thin layer of batting to give it a little bit of fluff."
Complete with eyes, teeth, and teardrops, the charming 5.5-inch-long toy is 95 percent hand-stitched and looks good enough to eat.
Visit SteffBomb's website to see more of her sewing projects.
To send love and support to a manager who had breast cancer, Simiquilt created this piece using the hands (and paws) of people close to her co-worker. "Some of them are cancer survivors," she says. "We just traced hands, and I fused and blanket-stitched them to the squares." The project was inspired by an idea from Quilt Pink Magazine.
Bellabinky made this applique baby quilt using cotton, cotton batting, and vintage fabrics. She used pieces of fabric to create the monsters and sewed the edges using a satin stitch on her sewing machine.
The quilt was made for the daughter of a friend, "who scorned the idea that girls' things should be limited to cutesy themes and pink."
Experimenting with alternating lights and darks and a varied color palette, maggiemakes created a pair of bold pillow tops based on a traditional Japanese quilt block pattern. With what she describes as a "slight country feel," this pillow cover makes us feel right at home.
Rosecottagelady describes her adorable pin cushion cakes as "sweet non-fat treats to help out in the sewing room."
She used cotton fabrics to make the large cakes and hand-dyed wool felt for the smaller ones. The larger cakes are adorned with rickrack roses, and the small cakes have millinery flowers.
Her sweet pin cushions are available at her Etsy shop
Made from old T-shirts from the Salvation Army, this pillow cover created by LisaLoopers is the perfect summer accent. She used a blue linen shirt, and another -- a brown shirt with a tropical lawn print -- was used to make flowers with frayed edges. She included an envelope backing, so the cover can be removed and cleaned.