The fun projects we’re going to be doing in 2012 have already been mentioned but I want to remind you and clear up a few questions.
First, and the one I’m so excited about is the Color Palette Challenge. Vicki Welsh at Field Trips in Fiber will be sharing her palettes from photos and participants will make a project using the colors from the palette shown each month. Vicki will be doing lessons in color and whether or not you choose to participate by making a project using the monthly palette, everyone should learn something from Vicki’s lessons. The projects can be anything from a postcard to a tote, to a wall hanging or a fill size quilt. Make a project one month or all 12 months. No one is taking names or keeping track. It’s all for our own fun.
Second, and the one that has made a tremendous difference in my fabric buying and stashbusting efforts is the Sunday Stash Report. Each Sunday a link box is posted and you may share a link to your blog report about your stashbusting (or enhancing) efforts the past week. You can join in for one week, once a month or whenever you like. No one is taking names or keeping track! Sometimes just knowing that I have to report my purchases keeps me from buying just to be buying. This is NOT a “no buy” challenge. If we need fabric or we need a perfect shade of blue, even though we have 50 other blues in the stash . . that’s ok. It would not be fun to bust the stash at the expense of our creativity. Sometimes it really makes me get in the sewing room and sew just so I can have some yardage used to report.
You do NOT have to know how much is in your stash to start with! All you have to do is report your additions and your usage. You can report your usage for what you used that week or you can report it when your project is finished. It doesn’t matter how you report it . . just so you’re reporting it only once. Again, no one is keeping watch and no one is checking up on anyone’s numbers.
The third thing we’re doing is the UFO Challenge again this year. To participate, all you have to do is make a list of 12 UFOs or 12 projects you would like to complete in 2012. Post those on your blog and in a week or so, I’ll ask for everyone to share their list. You can add photos if like or your list can be simply a list. Each month a number will be chosen and that’s the UFO or project you’re supposed to finish that month.
Don’t make an unreasonable list! If you decided yesterday to make a Dear Jane quilt, don’t make “Finishing the Dear Jane Quilt” one of your projects! This is supposed to be fun and rewarding. Add projects to your list that you realistically can complete in a month. Back to that Dear Jane Quilt . . maybe say you want to finish 4 blocks each month. It doesn’t have to be a completed project . . just have 12 monthly goals.
There will be some other projects but these are the three main ones that will happen every month. The Design Wall Monday posts will continue also.