Words from Project QUILTINGs New Challenge Designer

Hi - This is Trish Frankland from QUILTchicken taking over Kim's blog today with a few words of advice and some ideas on getting ready for the start of Project QUILTING this coming Sunday, January 1.

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Photo: Trish sporting her Project QUILTING hoodie with Cedi, Capri, and Pip.   Photo Credit: Karmen Lindner Photography

I've been participating in Project QUILTING for a number of years, and Kim just recently announced that now in Season 8 I'm taking over as the challenge designer. I hope you're planning to participate this year - I've got some STELLAR challenge ideas cooked up, and I'll be sewing along with you, too, because I can't just step away from that part of the fun.

While the challenge timelines of Project QUILTING are only a week long, there ARE ways you can prepare and get ready without blackmailing me for insider knowledge of the challenge topics.

Sort your stash:

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Because the turn-around time on our PQ challenges is so short, you might not have the time to buy specifically for the challenge (certainly not from online stores, with delivery time). I try to work from stash for these challenges - not too much of a hardship, because I've been quilting (and collecting) for 16 years. But you don't have to have a giant fabric vault: I mean simply to find a way to use what you already have. Maybe sort scraps into color families or palettes, get out those fat quarter bundles that have been too pretty to untie, or even just group together a few fabrics into an inspiring stack. I've been making Christmas ornaments lately, and I've gathered all the festive scraps into a plastic baggie. It made clean-up easier, and I just know there will be some project this year that will be IDEAL for these red, green, snowflake and sparkly bits. (That's not a hint - sorry)

New techniques:

Do you have a gadget or whoseywhatsit you're just dying to try out? Project QUILTING is the fantastic way to experiment with new toys. Shiva paintstiks, fabric stamping, thread painting, Inktense pencils, 3D elements ... these are all great ideas to play with on a future PQ challenge. My advice is to work small and stay loose - give yourself a chance to screw up, start over, wreck it and then fix it.

Stockpile ideas:

I have a Pinterest board of inspiration for PQ challenges. I pin quilting techniques and blocks and even color palettes that I think I'd like to use some time. And don't limit your pins to quilts - one of my "Focus Through the Prism" quilts was inspired by (but not copied from) a print I found on Etsy. I try to keep my eyes peeled for any spark of inspiration that I can draw from on a future project.

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Cozies for Gel Air Fresheners made by Trisha Frankland – keeping it small is just fine!

Work small:

Consider creating small projects within this limited schedule. Don't start an ambitious bed quilt - maybe make a bed scarf instead? I make A LOT of table runners and wall hangings to meet these challenges because I work full-time and have frequent evening meetings. Sometimes I only have one evening to make my project, which means I've got to work quickly and efficiently. Plus, these ready-made small projects eventually make great gifts, easy donations for local fundraisers, and quick-change snuggle quilts in all the favorite napping spots of my cats. 16283928187_a9d89e7091_zThere have been several projects my 11-year old feline princess Scudaria claimed even as I was photographing them for entry!

Go easy on yourself:

Just remember: Done is done. You're eligible for Project QUILTING prizes just for finishing, and every piece doesn't have to be kissed by the quilting gods. Sometimes a quilt gets whomped with the ugly stick, but if you learned something THAT IS ENOUGH. Do it, get it done, and MOVE ON.

Good luck, and I can't wait to see what you make!

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PS – The Instagram GIVEAWAY loop is still happening!  Go HERE to see how to win some fabulous prizes!!!!!

22 comments:

  1. "every piece doesn't have to be kissed by the quilting gods. Sometimes a quilt gets whomped with the ugly stick, but if you learned something THAT IS ENOUGH. Do it, get it done, and MOVE ON." I need this printed on my sewing room wall for all occasions.

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    1. Seriously - that should be our next PQ button design: Do it, get it done, move on!

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    2. I was just about to share this post on my studio'so Facebook page, as the search for perfection stops so many people from creating at all. That's such a waste. Now I see others have honed into that too -great post Trish!

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    3. Love this advice! Printing it right now to hang in my sewing room!

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  2. I always try to incorporate a challenge into something I was already planning to make. A table runner for moms birthday, one year I did pillow covers for my Christmas pillows so I could use them year round. Sometimes I double dip other challenges or sew alongs I'm doing. One year I made a tiny quilt for the back of my pincushion rocking chair. I've also done wall hangings and throw quilts. It's the challenge that's fun. I've also tried out lots of techniques 3D raw edge appliqué, or specialty rulers I've
    Not used. Join in its so much fun!

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  3. I am so excited for PQ...can I buy an insider tip on challenge topics? I prefer to buy information rather than blackmailing...but a girl will do what a girl has to do. ;)

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  4. Looking forward to your challenges Trisha!!

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  6. How do I sign up for the challenge?

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    1. Start by reading here for more info: http://www.kimlapacek.com/featured-products.html

      Then, wait until the first challenge is issued on Jan. 1. There's no pre-registration - you just make something that week and post a picture online by the deadline.

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  7. Get it done, move on... My new 2017 motto!! Thanks chicken, from quack!!

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  8. Great post! Love your attitude of "every piece doesn't have to be kissed by the quilting gods"!

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  9. Started to panic after researching previous year challenge pics, but your post has put it in perspective for me - have fun, learn, and try to dodge the "ugly stick", lol!!

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  10. Great post! I can't wait for another season to start. I love the push of the challenges!

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  11. I have not done PQ in a few years, I forget, do I sign up or just wait till challenge is posted and do it?

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    1. No signing up necessary! Just wait until the challenge is posted - complete your quilt and link it up by the deadline!

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  12. you rule. i'm so excited to participate this year!

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