How it got started
I am a HUGE fan of the TV show Project Runway, and after watching my first few episodes I right away wanted to learn to make clothes.
When I woke up from that delusion, I pondered for a moment what it was about Project Runway that so attracted me. Is it the fashion? Sure. Is it the people? Of course. But I think my real answer is: IT'S THE CHALLENGE.
These people are given a task, a few dollars and little time to complete it yet they make the most amazing things. I want to do that!
I wanted a challenge – with guidelines for time and end result.
How it works
You have one week (until noon the next Sunday) to meet the challenge.
- Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline.
- Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes.
- Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements: include patchwork, include appliqué, have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.
How to enter a challenge
You don't have to send your project anywhere or even change out of your jammies - your completed project is entered by posting it online and then LINKING UP TO THE CHALLENGE POST on my blog:
- If you have your own blog, link to your post about your challenge piece.
- You can also link up through instagram, facebook, or flickr. Just make sure you make your photo available for the public to see otherwise some folks won't be able to see your beautiful creations!
- Or even just email your picture and info to me and I'll post it for you.
In addition to the photo, please tell us a bit about your project in your post - give it a name, tell us the dimensions, and perhaps explain the thoughts or process behind your meeting the challenge. Also, because we're all over the world on the internet, please tell us your name and where you live.
Everyone who participates gets their name entered into a random weekly prize drawing AND in the final Season Grand Prize Drawing.
Then we take a week off to do laundry, dishes, etc.
Timeline: Each "season" of Project QUILTING lasts 12 weeks and includes 6 challenges. You can participate in all the challenges, or just give one a try.
Linking up: if you have a hard time linking up - don't panic! Another option is to simply contact me and I will do all the linking up for you! I don't want anyone to think they can't join in the fun because they struggle with things online.
Miss a deadline? Have you finished a quilt inspired by a Project QUILTING Challenge but not within the week of the deadline? We still want to see it! Link up your projects HERE!
In the "off-season" I sometimes post challenges, just for fun.
Question: I am wondering if we are allowed to use free or purchased Applique patterns or does everything have to be original?
Answer: It can be anything - original designs are not necessary. If you use someone's pattern please be sure to properly credit them.
I talked with Nancy Zieman of Sewing with Nancy about Project QUILTING! Click HERE to watch the interview!
My Quilts from Project Quilting
Below are 63 quilts that I have personally made as a result of some of the Project QUILTING Challenges so far. These are just a sampling of some of the pieces the challenge has inspired me to make.
Spring Convergence, was accepted and shown at the Madison Quilt Expo in September of 2011.
Celebrate Annie, took 3rd place at the Sun Prairie Heritage, 2013 Quilt Show.
Local Food Grows Strong Communities was accepted and shown at the Madison Quilt Expo in September of 2013.
The Amazing Technicolor Dream heart was accepted and shown at the Madison Quilt Expo in September of 2014 and took second in the 'Art Quilt' category at 2014 Rock Valley Quilt Show.
See a gallery of more of my Project QUILTING quilts here.