Dream Home 2003 Quilt
Online Community sews a Dreamy Quilt for Winners
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Pleasant Grove, AL—The coveted prize was a one million dollar luxury property in Florida. Of the 28.1 million entries into HGTV's 2003 Dream Home contest, 99.99% did not win. Yet, that did not stop the enthusiasm or generosity of a unique clan of hopefuls, who met and bonded--on HGTV.com's online Dream Home message board. Now that special online community of "Dreamers" continues to pull together in a showing of unparalleled good sportsmanship. Sure, only one person won, but 92% of the web site's "Dreamer" members agreed to create and donate a Signature Quilt for the winners, John and Karen Groszkiewicz.
Several hundred members from the online community undertook this project. They created their own unique handmade quilt squares and sent them to their fellow board member and fiber artist, Joann Dailey. Many others devoted time, effort and funds toward completing this endeavor. Mrs. Dailey, who spent hundreds of hours organizing, promoting, designing and sewing this labor of love and friendship, said, "It has been an amazing experience." Project organizers held a contest among the HGTV.com Dream Home message board members to compose a poem or special greeting to add to the quilt label. The winning entry reflects how the board members feel about the winners of HGTV's 2003 Dream Home contest. The embroidered label on the Dream Home 2003 Quilt reads:
We wish for you what we have found in our community.
Good friends, good times, good laughs and love...
with peace and unity.
John and Karen Groszkiewicz will receive their quilt in a formal presentation at their new home in Mexico Beach, Florida, August 30, 2003. Joann Dailey is the chosen representative for this task. In an unprecedented decision, HGTV.com agreed to keep the Dream Home message board open throughout the year, rather than closing it down at the end of the six-week contest. The unique clan of "Dreamers" now have their sights set on January 1, 2004, when the contest and a new quilt begins for the next HGTV Dream Home Giveaway.
Quilt artist Robin Cowley uses basic geometric shapes to achieve a completely innovative Art Deco quilt.