And April blows in…
Just when it looked like glimpses of Spring, we’re back in the 30s here in the Midwest. Looks like a warm up in the next few days, though. Hooray!
The Monthly Challenge for April 2013:
April- Modify it!
Take a basic pattern and make a major modification to it. Add a hood to a shirt, turn a tank into a dress, change shorts to pants.
Image credit: sarae, on Flickr
And, the April Christmas Challenge!
April’s Christmas Challenge:
Teacher Gifts ~ Make these now for next winter, and take advantage of the opportunity to make multiples for this Spring’s year end teacher appreciation gifts! (Unless you’ve done them already?)
Image credit: mbaylor, on Flickr
Hope Spring is finding your part of the world!
How are you doing with these monthly challenges? This month we’ve got an easy one and more challenging one for you.
The Monthly Challenge for March 2013:
March – Step Outside Your Box!
Do something you’re not comfortable doing. Jeans with the zipper, hand embroider tea towels, mix 5 prints in one dress. If you think you’ve done it all, start a thread and ask for suggestions or crack open one of those books on your shelf. There is always something new to try!
And, the March Christmas Challenge!
March’s Christmas Challenge:
Reusable Gift Bags ~ Make these as simple or complex as you like, what’s important is that they work for you!
Image credit:Elin B
Also, remember to get your stash game points tallied and entered! The stash game ended at midnight your time on February 28th. It’s over, rover!
The Stash Game is in its final days!
Here’s how last week shook out:
There weren’t as many weekly submissions for week three as there were for week two. I don’t know if people forgot to get their numbers in, or if they are just keeping their totals secret until the end of the month…
This is the first game where we’ve kept yardage separate from point totals, and we’ve simplified the rules tremendously. It’ll be interesting to see how the game totals end up.
If you’re sewing, remember, you have until Midnight in your timezone on the 28th to get those items done! Make sure you grab those Monthly Challenge and Christmas Challenge bonuses this month for an additional 5 points each!
How’s your sewing going this month?
I can’t believe it’s February already. Of course, it’s freeeeezing here in the Midwest, so hopefully things will go well with the groundhog tomorrow and spring will come early. I’ve never really understood that whole thing – if he sees his shadow, we get more winter, right? But if he sees his shadow, doesn’t that mean the sun is out, so shouldn’t that mean we get spring? Of course, if you were the groundhog and you came up from your cozy hole in the ground to see a whole bunch of people waiting for you, would you stick around? Ack! We’re doomed to winter!!
Did you finish January’s challenges? Yes? Good job! No? Well, it’s a new month, let’s just pick up and carry on. :)
First up, the Monthly Challenge for February 2013:
February – Take time for you!
We’ve made it through the hustle of the holiday season, and the kids are back in school. Sometime before you find yourself knee deep in Valentine’s crafting, (or after you’ve given up on vacuuming up all the glitter!) take the time to make something for yourself. A new top or bag, perhaps? Or a new pair of yoga pants to go with your New Year’s Resolution to get healthier? You deserve it!
Image credit: lululemon athletica
Second, our February Christmas Challenge!
February’s Christmas Challenge:
Make a table runner, wall hanging or doll quilt with a Christmas holiday or winter theme.
It just so happens that you can pop over to the forums today and sign up for the winter doll quilt swap that’s happening this month. Sign up to swap a doll quilt or wall hanging so you’ll be committed to getting it done! (Hurry, today’s the last day to sign up!)
Here’s a lovely table runner made by Lily, whose work is found on Flickr at cascade_lily
ps – here’s a link if you can’t make it to Punxsutawney, PA to scare the groundhog in person and want to watch him from the comfort of your home.
Welcome to the New Year. We’ve got lots of plans for the year, starting with not one but TWO new sets of Monthly Challenges!
We’ve had tons of fun with the Monthly Challenges for the last couple years, this year we’re adding a second set of Monthly Challenges to get you ready for Christmas*. The plan is to get you ready for the big day before it sneaks up on you. (How does that happen??) So, we’ll have Monthly Challenges and a Christmas Challenge each month.
First up, the first Monthly Challenge for 2013:
January – Finish What You Started:
Bind that unfinished quilt, put the buttons on the camp shirt you started last summer, or finish what someone else started. If you are starting the month without a single UFO in sight, we are in awe of your sewing prowess and your challenge is to finish all the projects you start this month! End January without any UFOs!
Second, our first Christmas Challenge!
January’s Christmas Challenge:
We’ve got two things for you to do this month! First, January is a great time to pick up holiday fabrics at clearance prices! So, your first mission is to shop! Second, the January project is to make a holiday bunting/banner or other holiday home decoration. And, of course, we have a tutorial to guide you – get it here!
Don’t need another Christmas decoration? This would be fun with winter themed fabrics in blues and whites to carry you through the winter months. You could also attach snowflakes (or trees or stockings…) instead of triangles! Lots of possibilities.
What’s in your UFO pile?
* Don’t celebrate Christmas? No problem! Many of our Christmas challenges will adapt easily to other winter holidays, or you may want to adapt them as more generically seasonal items. Snowflakes have no denomination!