Today is a busy day for many of us. It is worldwide Quilting Day and I hope you are able to find time to quilt. SewCalGal is certainly enjoying spending the entire day quilting. Today also starts the March Linky Party for the Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge
First, I want to share a insights on a couple of opportunities to celebrate Worldwide Quilting Day that you might be interested in:
The Quilt Show is celebrating International Quilting Day by opening up over 160 shows for free viewing on Saturday, March 16th and Sunday March 17th. Plus they have an amazing giveaway. Click here for more info.
Time to talk about the Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge, as today starts the March Linky Party for this monthly challenge.
This event is all about making projects for Christmas gifts, making handmade decorations for your home, sharing insights on designs perfect for the Holidays, as well as inspiring others to make handmade gifts throughout the year vs waiting till the Holiday season and risk of the chance of creating more UFOs. Plus we want to inspire others to make hand made gifts and share insights on designs, free patterns, tutorials and tips to make handmade Christmas projects.
To help get us in the spirit of making Christmas theme projects for gifts, or to decorate our home, I want to showcase a design from one of our sponsors. Indygo Junction has a super cute pattern that is perfect for many holidays, called the Holiday Purseonalities pattern While you can make a super cute Halloween purse, a delightful Thanksgiving purse, this pattern also includes a heartwarming Christmas theme purse that are all whimsically cute and make for perfect gifts. Even great bags for wrapping small gifts too!
One lucky winner in the Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge will win a prize bundle of this cute pattern and a fabric pack of crossroads denim.
SewCalGal wants to recognize and thank our sponsors for this event, as they have generously donated wonderful prizes, many of which are also perfect for making Christmas items! And, I’ll be showcasing these projects throughout the year. Here is our list of our current sponsors for this event:
Before you add your entry (a link to this Linky), please be sure you read the rules below.
Rules to enter this challenge:
1) Projects need to be made in 2014 (they do not need to be made in the 10 day window of a given monthly and they must be something you make for a Christmas gift or to decorate your home for the holidays. Please do not enter projects that you giveaway throughout the year, or previous holidays as that doesn’t bring you good quilting kharma!
2) You can enter one or more completed projects, but your linky needs to be in a current post (or non-bloggers can upload their photos and provide a link to a view able line tool like PhotoBucket, Flickr, etc.). note: Future challenges will require you to use only Flickr. Click here to see a tutorial for using flickr.
3) Participants are asked to include comments in their post that share insights on the design(s) they use, any tips they wish to share, and if they made something with their own design they may wish to share a tutorial.
4) Bloggers are asked to include in their post information that that shows they have taken the “Pledge to make handmade Christmas Gifts in 2014” and are participating in this challenge. It would be appreciated if you would encourage others to also participate, or at least come look at all of the entries each month, as hopefully we’ll inspire other quilters and increase awareness of designs, tips, tutorials to help make beautiful Christmas gifts and decorations. Your blog post also needs to be dated during the period of this linky party (do not link to old posts).