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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year - FLASH Giveaway, Quilty Goals for 2014

To a Quilter, starting a New Year can be like starting fresh with a clean slate.  You can create new quilty goals and dreams and re-prioritize what you may want to work on and learn this year.  The slate is fresh for you to decide.  But, I hope to inspire you to think about a few things that you may want to add to your list of quilty goals for 2014 as I share a few goals with you.

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First, to help 2014 be a super fun year there are 15 FLASH Giveaways on Facebook where you could win some amazing prizes on New Year's Day.  Sponsors for these giveaways include:
 Clever Craft Tools, 
Fabrics N Quilts, 
Island Batik,
Judy Martin Books,
Patsy Thompson Designs,
Quilt In A Day,
Rasberry Rabbits,
Sarah Vedeler Designs,
Quiltboxes and,
The Quilted Kitty,
Quilt Market,
Splinters and Threads,

Each of these participants in the FLASH Giveaway will be giving away a prize valued at $25 or more and their giveaway will be open only on New Year's Day.  Each will set the rules (e.g. if the deadline is the 2nd or ?, if they will ship US Only, US/Canada, or Internationall).  Simply "like the page on Facebook and leave a comment under their post for their "FLASH Giveaway" to enter.

SewCalGal will be giving away a $25 Visa Gift Card, that I hope you'll use to shop at your favorite quilting shop to buy you some fun items to enjoy in 2014!

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While this FLASH Giveaway is only open to those on Facebook, if you are not yet on Facebook I hope you'll consider joining.  It is free and there are over 300,000 quilters on Facebook that share inspirational projects, tips, Q&A, and there are frequently great giveaways too!    But don't worry, if you are not a Facebook user I'll be hosting blog giveaways and contests throughout 2014 that you can enter.   Here are a few sneak peaks.

2014 is going to be the Year of Red and White Challenges that will hopefully have something for everyone.  They'll be challenges for Designers/EQ Users, Quilt Shows for those that have previously created Red and White Quilts, a Make-It Challenge which I hope you'll want to participate in, and we'll have a virtual quilt show for those that make a red/white quilt project in 2014 too!  Details are still being worked out, but they will be finalized by the end of January.
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Learning and improving is always a fun goal for quilters of all levels, so this is certainly an area SewCalGal is going to work on in 2014!

Organizing is an area that SewCalGal has all too often overlooked so you'll see me paying more attention to this in 2014, but guest bloggers who may want to share tips, tutorials, or inspirational posts are encouraged to email me and let me know what you are thinking about. Where I can, I'm hoping to schedule some guest bloggers to help share insights and inspire all of us for organizing anything from our sewing room, craft rooms, kitchens, to simply being more organized people!

This is also going to be a year where SewCalGal will be sharing insights about Christmas projects and handmade gifts throughout the year.  In an effort to encourage everyone to work on those projects throughout the year vs just the pre-holiday rush, I'll be hosting a special challenge.  

The  Handmade Christmas Challenge will consist of monthly challenges throughout the year, where you can share projects you make and complete for 2014 by way of a linky that I'll post on the 15th of each month, starting in January and going thru December.  Participants will work on their own projects with the goal of being ready to give handmade for Christmas, but collectively we'll be sharing tips, tutorials and inspiration for a variety of handmade projects that would work for decorating your home for the holidays, as well as items that make for great Christmas gifts.  Bloggers and non-bloggers will be able to participate to help inspire and encourage handmade gifts, as well as have chances to win prizes.

2014 Christmas Handmade Pledge

SewCalGal is definitely excited about 2014 and hope you are too!  It is going to be a FUN year!

And, I wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year too!

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Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

Happy New Year to you too!!

Quilt Inspiration said...

Thank you, it's wonderful to learn about all these giveaways ! Happy New Year, and best wishes from Marina and Daryl at Quilt Inspiration

suemac said...

Love the red and white challenge for this year. I have been saving red fabric for awhile with no project in mind. This might get me going. Count me in for the Handmade Christmas. Happy New Year.

Polly said...

My goodness, girl!! I now need a nap after just reading about all your plans for us this new year! Thank you for moving us all right along! Happy New Year!!

Missy Shay said...

I am actually working on my first red and white quilt right now! It is a prayer quilt for someone that several people sent me blocks for. I'm looking forward to the Christmas challenge, I can't participate this month, already too much going on, but I have already decided on my stepmom's gift for next year! LOL

Joanna said...

I'm so motivated just from reading your post. Happy New Year.

Joyce Carter said...

Happy New Year! It sounds like you are going to have a very full year.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what a great year ahead. I've been covered up these last few days, but an email is coming to you ;-)

Mia's Cottage said...

It's gonna be fun! My first project planned is actually a red and white quilt. Super excited!

Tina said...

I Look Forward To The Red And White Challenges. I Have Several Embroideries I Want To Do. The Christmas Challenges Sounds Fun Too. Happy New Year.

CindyB said...

Thanks for the giveaways. They are appreciated.

Sharon said...

Happy New Year to all the quilters on this site. Look forward to learning all sorts of new things this year.

Denise Mitchell said...

Sounds like lots of fun!

teachpany said...

Yay! It all sounds great.

Liz V said...

what great way to start the new year!!!

mary d said...

I will make a red and white quilt. I would like it to be like a Dear Jane with many, many different blocks.

Ada Shave said...

try again,
Happy New Year

Gladys said...

Happy New Year to you too! Love the red and white challenge for this year. Count me in for the Handmade Christmas!

Dorothy H said...

i Love red and white. I have been saving up scraps!!

Wacky Woman said...

Happy New Year. I love the idea of writing down "goals". I think I will also jot down a few goals.

Jacqueline Bahí said...

¡Feliz Año 2014! Gracias por seguir organizando estos retos, siempre tan interesantes. Un abrazo.

Jacquelynne Steves said...

It all sounds like so much fun. I am especially excited about your Red & White challenge- I just love red and white quilts even more every time I see one! I've never made one but it's on "my list" :)

Anonymous said...

Hi SewCalGal,
just to let you know I WILL be taking this challenge and hopefully I have talked my friend Di into doing it too. jan mce across the pond

Anonymous said...

Hi again,
I am trying for second time now and just in case first message gets through this one is a bit different...hee hee I am really looking forward to yet another challenge from you for this year 2014. jan mce

Newbie Jen said...

Oh, these all sound like so much fun! I can't wait to hear more about each challenge.