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What Is Project QUILTING?

What Is Project QUILTING?

Current Off Season Challenge:  Birthday Colors


Above are 36 quilts that I have personally made as a result of Project QUILTING Challenges so far.  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.

So what’s this Project QUILTING thing I keep hearing about?

I am a HUGE HUGE HUGE fan of Project Runway. I don’t have cable so I always wait patiently for each season to come out on Netflix and then my family knows not to bother me as I watch episode after episode. After watching my first few episodes, I wanted to learn how to make clothes. I know how to sew – so why can’t I make clothes?

After thinking about it for a bit, I decided I really don’t have time for a new ‘project’ right now so I thought more about the show. What do I really like about it? Is it the fashion? Sure, that’s neat but I’m not really a fashion girl. Is it the people? Of course – I absolutely love Heidi and Tim Gunn. But I think my answer is – it’s the challenge. These people are give a task, a few dollars and little time to complete it and they make the most amazing things! I want to do that! I want a challenge – with guidelines for budget, time, and end result.

So how can I make this work for my needs – Project QUILTING of course!

Here’s the deal. My mother-in-law, Diane, a talented quilter and teacher herself, is going to post a ‘challenge’ every-other Sunday at Noon during each Season. You will have one week to complete the challenge and post your pictures in the Project QUILTING Flickr Group, tell your story of how you decided to solve the challenge the way you did. If you want to make a video to go with it – that of course is a bonus!

Everyone that participates has their name entered in a random weekly prize drawing AND in the final Season Grand Prize Drawing.  If you want a ‘real critique’ of your piece you can add it to the Project QUILTING Critique Flickr group.

Also, I have to make the disclaimer that I will have NO IDEA as to what the challenge is. I am giving my MIL permission to post to my blog so that I can participate since I absolutely LOVE challenges! I can’t wait to hear what you think about this idea and how many plan on participating – I know I’m excited!

Take a look back…

Pre-Season

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Off Season Challenges

Check out the BONUS Fat Quarter Shop Bundle Project QUILTING CHallenge – Tradition Times Three!

On the Line–Project QUILTING Triple Trouble Bonus Challenge

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Featured, Project QUILTING, quilt, quilt gallery, season 5 | 3 comments

On the Line–Project QUILTING Triple Trouble Bonus Challenge

We were to purchase a mystery bundle, use what was given to us in a recognizable amount in the front of the quilt AND incorporate three nine patches, three stars, and one other traditional block – and make a quilt! A bit of a challenge.  I’ll admit.  It took me awhile to figure out what I wanted to do for this one. Then…I saw this ‘Shirts 2.0’ swap thing…  I signed up for it immediately!  As I was making a few shirts for the swap itself I realized that I these would be a great way to use up some of those odd charm packs and...

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April 2014 Project QUILTING Off Season Challenge–Birthday Colors

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Featured, off season, Project QUILTING, quilt challenge | 3 comments

April 2014 Project QUILTING Off Season Challenge–Birthday Colors

It’s not quit April but close enough and I know you are all anxious to get started on yet another Project Quilting Challenge! Now – this is not an official ‘season’ challenge but these are what I call ‘off season’ challenges.  There are a few different things that happen. There aren’t any prizes…yet. One of the most stressful parts of running a fun event on my blog for me is soliciting sponsors and prizes.  Off season means I don’t have to do that. BUT if you want to donate anything to be randomly drawn for by...

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Grand Prize Winner, Season 5 of Project QUILTING

Posted by on Mar 29, 2014 in Featured, Project QUILTING, season 5 | 4 comments

Grand Prize Winner, Season 5 of Project QUILTING

GRAND PRIZE REVIEW Every time someone completed a Project QUILTING Challenge per the guidelines their name was added to the drawing for the Grand Prize.  If you complete every challenge (all 6) you will get a bonus entry (maximum number of times your name will be in the drawing…7).  13 people completed all six challenges in Season 5. Before we get to the Randomly Drawn Grand Prize winner…let’s take a look at all the fabulous prizes! $50 gift certificate redeemable towards quilting by Marcia of Marcia’s Crafty Sewing &...

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Project QUILTING Triangle Challenge Prize Winners

Posted by on Mar 29, 2014 in Project QUILTING, season 5 | 3 comments

Happy Saturday morning everyone!  Do you have any big plans for today?  We’re going to be taking a trip to the library, then some friends are coming over to help me put together gift baskets for the Quilt Academy my guild is putting on next weekend, and finally – we have a babysitter coming so Jared and I can go and watch the Badger’s play!  Should be a fun day.  Before and during all this – I’ll be posting LOTS of Project QUILTING winners!  First – I’ll be announcing the Public Choice winner and the...

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Time to Vote for the Project QUILTING Triangle Challenge

Posted by on Mar 23, 2014 in Featured, Project QUILTING, season 5, voting | 0 comments

Time to Vote for the Project QUILTING Triangle Challenge

Woot!  Woot!  We ended Season 5 with a BANG!  Forty-four quilts were created for the Project QUILTING Triangle Challenge! Head on over to THIS POST to cast your vote for your FOUR favorite quilts! Choose your FOUR Favorite Quilts and click on the heart to vote (upper right corner)!  You can click on the photo’s themselves to read the ‘story’ behind the quilt – my favorite part! Please DO NOT VOTE for entries 43 and 44.  Diane made 43 and and I made 44 – while we are not eligible for prizes and don’t want to take away votes...

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Triangle Collaboration Quilt–Project QUILTING Triangle Challenge Entry

Posted by on Mar 22, 2014 in family, Featured, Project QUILTING, quilt, quilt challenge, quilt gallery, season 5 | 9 comments

Triangle Collaboration Quilt–Project QUILTING Triangle Challenge Entry

The quilt I created for the final Project QUILTING Challenge of Season 5 was a true collaboration of my entire family. I chose the fabric we were starting with.  I’ve been signing up for too many challenges (is that even possible?) lately and I knew I needed to incorporate another challenge into this one.  So – I chose the Hoffman Fabric Challenge and I added my piece to a piece of our gorgeous hand-dyed.  My initial plan was to make 100 4-inch Half Square Triangles (HST) using just these two fabrics.  But, I...

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Triangle Inspiration

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Featured, Project QUILTING, quilt challenge, season 5 | 0 comments

Triangle Inspiration

Last night I had dinner with my family and then I had to head out to a meeting or my quilt guild.   This morning when we sat down to have breakfast, Cedi, showed me what they worked on last night. Inspiration for me to use for the Project QUILTING Triangle Challenge! They were all drawing on paper ideas for my triangle quilt!This was the one Cedi was most proud of.And this is Capri’s favorite…Oh…she liked this one a lot too. Jared even got in on the fun!  I may just have to use his idea for the quilting on this one…wowsa! While...

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Woodland Ridge Retreat Center

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Featured, Project QUILTING, quilt, wip | 1 comment

Woodland Ridge Retreat Center

There’s a new retreat center in town (aka Downsville, WI) and it’s incredible – the Woodland Ridge Retreat Center.  This is the same retreat center that Trish and I are hosting the first Project QUILTING retreat – PQ4Me Luxury Quilt Retreat – in January of 2015.  I jumped at the opportunity to go for a night and see if the center was as amazing as I had heard from many others! My friend Trish (or Trisha as her mother named her and prefers her to be called…you find out lots on quilt retreat!) picked me up after the big girls got...

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Project QUILTING Triangle Challenge Link Up and Voting Post

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Featured, Project QUILTING, season 5 | 2 comments

Project QUILTING Triangle Challenge Link Up and Voting Post

UPDATE 3/23/14! TIME TO VOTE!  Choose your FOUR Favorite Quilts Below and click on the heart to vote (upper right corner)!  You can click on the photo’s themselves to read the ‘story’ behind the quilt – my favorite part! Please DO NOT VOTE for entries 43 and 44.  Diane made 43 and and I made 44 – while we are not eligible for prizes and don’t want to take away votes from others – we still want to show off our work!  You can, however, feel free to click on our projects and leave us a comment on what you think!  We love to...

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Project QUILTING Season 5, Challenge 6–Triangles

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Featured, Project QUILTING, quilt challenge, season 5 | 2 comments

Project QUILTING Season 5, Challenge 6–Triangles

It’s with a heavy heart that I’m posting the final challenge for Season 5 of Project QUILTING.  I can’t believe how fast this season has gone.  I have met lots of new quilters from all over the world and rekindled friendships with past participants.  195 amazing quilts have been made for the first 5 challenges.  Please help me spread the word to everyone you know about this FINAL Season 5 challenge – we need 60 participants to just TIE the Season 4 quilt total of 255 and I KNOW we can do it! Of course – before we get to the...

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