Cartoon Caption Contest

I do have to say, it was a very hard decision to pick a winner as there were some great captions.  To refresh your memory, I drew a rough cartoon sketch, and had Blog and Facebook friends suggest funny captions.

The winner gets a cartoon ready to frame, once I redraw my final version with their caption.  Here is the cartoon:

cartoon by Carla Barrett

cartoon by Carla Barrett

And the winner is…….

Karen Griska from The Selvage Blog!!!  Her winning caption was very quirky, just like my humor:  “Fired from her job as a one-armed paper-hanger, Mary gives rotary cutting a try.”   Well done, Karen!!

I confess to laughing when I read that one!  I even ran it by my local quilt store owner- who has an even quirkier sense of humor than I do.  He laughed, too!  He did edit Karen’s winning caption by taking off the “wall” before the “paper-hanger” as it does flow better.

Karen, will contact you for your address.  I may even have a little fun when I redraw the cartoon and personalize it for you.  🙂

Catch Up! And Other Things…

I am pleased to announce that the first online Tablet Design Class was a huge success!  Wait until you see the fantastic homework that was turned in by the students- Wow!!  But, that is a future  post, so I will make you wait.  Here are a  few Creative Exercise samples I drew for the class:

A colored wholecloth quilting design:

A quilting design repeat:

Using colored images to help choose quilt design colors:

Practicing quilting fills:

This is just a sneak peek of a few exercises in the class.  All-in-all, I think I shot and edited over 35 videos for this class!  By the way, the next time I teach it will be in the Fall, 2012.  Post a comment to get on my class interest list.


Freeform Beaded Necklace-  The long awaited blog prize is almost ready to ship to the lucky recipient!!  This turned out very cool, I now need to make a second one for my own portfolio.

Want to see?

OK, here is the finished view of this freeform beaded necklace.  I named it, “Waves of Color:”

Any comments on this latest freeform beaded design?

More to come!  Now that class is over, my creative spirit is unleased!

Hugs, Carla



The Winner is….

The winner of my blog contest is Jeanne Turner McBrayer, from the blog, All Things Quilty.  I want to congratulate Jeanne for her win!

What did she win?  This was a big prize- she won a custom freeform beaded jewelry piece created by me.  Here is an example of a Wedding freeform necklace I did last year:

Hmmm…. I wonder what color or colors she will pick?

I want to thank everyone who participated in this Blog Contest.  This is the biggest prize I have ever given out-  I would probably charge a few hundred-plus for a custom freeform beaded piece.

Thanks again!  Carla

Carla’s Free Blog Giveaway!

Having reached the first 1 Million visitors to Feathered Fibers earlier this year, I wanted to offer a free blog  giveaway.  Not only a giveaway, but a custom giveaway!  The winner will have their choice of one of the following, created just for them by me!

Prize Option 1: Peyote Bracelet- you pick the main color!  Here is an example:

or, Prize Option 2: Freeform scarf or bowl- again, you pick the main color!  See examples below:


or, Prize Option 3: Custom cartoon- created for you, matted and ready for a 8×10 frame!

or, Prize Option 4: Freeform Beaded Necklace- you choose the main color!  Below are examples of a freeform necklace and a freeform beaded pendant.


Entering this Free Giveaway is easy as 1-2-3 :

1. Post a comment under this blog post if you are entering (so I may keep track of  your entry) Share what prize you would want if you win?  If you want, you can copy any photos of the prizes if you would like to share them on your blog. Be sure to leave me your blog address, so I may verify that you followed my 1-2-3 rules.

2. Post a link back to my blog at either or using my birdie art (below):

  (to copy, just right click and save as)

3. Last step- Post on your blog that Carla Barrett is having a free blog giveaway  and that Carla is holding another Quilt Whisperer Class on January 9, 2012, a creative class on quilting design for all levels of quilters.

That’s all you need to do to enter!  I get some exposure for my blog and class- and you may win a custom prize!  Contest ends on noon (PST) January 7, 2012, and the winner will be decided by a random number generator and immediately notified.  I will also announce the winner on my blog here, too.

Please note that the winning item selected will be made custom, so obviously, it will take me time to create. I do promise to be as timely as possible.

Good luck to you all!

Happy Holidays from Carla

A Contest…

I thought I would share a really good contest with you all that ends on Thursday, March 4 at 11:59 pm.  The winner gets a $1000 shopping spree at <> $1,000 Shopping Spree Sweepstakes

I am part of Blogging Designer program, so I heard about this in an email from the company.  I entered myself, but I thought I would share the love and let you know this contest was going on, too.

Happy Beading, Carla

Use the Muse Contest II

I wanted to share with you a new contest called “Use the Muse II“.  This sounds like a very interesting contest where you order the contest packet from the bead artist site and create something cool with the beads.  Apparently, the prizes are very desirable.

If this interests you, you must act fast!  The deadline for entering is June 27th, 2009!

Postscript: Ok, I couldn’t resist!  I entered by going to this page on Scarlett Lanson’s contest site and safely entering using a paypal link.  I will share what my kit looks like when it arrives.  Hugs, Carla

And the winner is…..

… Paulette Insall!!  Congrats to Paulette, she is the winner of my fall freeform crochet scarf!

Here is how the contest was decided.  I assigned numbers to all the entries.  Anyone who linked to me got 2 chances.  I then took the number of entries and entered them into the random number generator.  Here is the screen shot of the winning number:

True Random Number Service

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2008-10-15


Thank you for all the entries, this was my largest number of participants yet!  As you know, I love to give away items from time to time, past winners are here, here, and here.    To recap, this contest was to celebrate Fall and also to celebrate another blog milestone.  Paulette will be sent this lovely scarf:

and here’s a closeup (oops, excuse my typo):

Enjoy your Autumn day and remember, if your really have to have one of my freeform scarves, a tutorial is posted here. Hugs, Carla

5 More Days Left- Blog Giveaway!!

Only 5 more days left in my blog giveaway.   To enter, simply comment under my post here.  This is what some lucky person will win:

This giveaway will also celebrate another blog milestone!  Sometime earlier this week or last, I had my 300,000th blog visitor!!    I am glad I took my blog to WordPress last year, I love the ability to create my own header, link to other blogs, etc.  Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read or see what I’m up to creative-wise.


Today, I decided to improve my creative harmony by organizing just a bit.  I started with my closet, which really needed it!  Now I can see all my clothes, and also shoes.  Wow… I have way too many pairs on hand now that I can see them in one location.  Anyone care to confess how many shoes YOU have??  LOL!

Creative pursuits today include some quilting…. some freeform beading…. and perhaps a little metal work.  Tomorrow in class I plan to forge a copper bracelet out of a thick wire, then if all goes well, I will try it in silver.

Roomba Update….  I have a love/hate relationship with my roomba.  I love that I don’t have to vacumn very much now.  What is driving me crazy about the roomba is that it gets stuck in places around the house.  First it wedged itself between my dining room chairs and now it gets stuck under an upholstered chair.

For some reason, this week the noise is making me cranky.  When I hear it go on, my temper rises, so I go over and make him stop.  My husband thinks I’m being funny.

Enjoy your Friday!!  Carla

Fall into Fall Blog Giveaway!

Carla Note: The giveaway is now over.  Thanks to all the participants.  Congrats to the winner- who was Paulette Insall.

It is Autumn!!  Time to think about crisp fall weather, falling leaves, and apple cider!  To celebrate this season, I am joining a group of other blogs to offer a “Fall into Fall Giveaway!”  I love to spread creative generosity, hence the reason I have joined this joint giveaway project.  To celebrate my new Freeform Crochet Scarf Tutorial, I’ve decided to giveaway  this lovely freeform crochet scarf:

How to Enter:

To enter, simply leave me a comment under this post beginning on October 1st .  That’s it.  I’ve decided to make it easy for you all and not have you post a link or do anything else.  I’m feeling generous today. However… if you want a second chance, read on!

Extra chance! If you link to my blog, then you get a double chance at winning the scarf.  Just mention this in your comment and I’ll know to check and add you twice.

My giveaway will end on October 15th, at 9:00 am PST.  I will pick a winner at that time and announce it on the blog.   (Be sure to leave your email in the space provided so I can contact you if you win.  Your info will remain confidential and no spam will occur.) Good luck to you all!

But Wait!

You can also visit this link, which will take you to a site that lists other blog participating in this Fall Giveaway.  Who knows? You might get lucky!

Enjoy your day!!  Carla