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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge - Month Two February

Welcome to the February Linky Party for the Make It A Handmade Christmas Challenge.  Participate in any one or all of these challenges and you will automatically be entered to win prizes.  The more monthly challenges that you enter, the more chances you get to win prizes!

2014 Christmas Handmade Pledge

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.

Today I want to share insights from one of the entries in the January Linky Party, as they captured the spirit of this challenge. SewCalGal wants to encourage every one to visit "Sunshine in the Attic" to check out their inspirational entry that they shared in January. Oodles of ideas and a great tutorial for making a perfect Christmas gift or to keep to use in your home during the holidays!

Of course, I also hope you'll take time to view all of the entries in the January challenge as there were some wonderful holiday projects that were shared. And many shared excellent tutorials, tips along with  inspirational projects.  I am certainly looking forward to seeing more projects, tips and tutorials shared throughout this challenge this year.  And, hopefully come the holiday season we will all be ready to give handmade gifts and have beautiful decorations for our home to use during the holidays.

I also want to showcase designs from one of our sponsors today.  These designs are also prizes that will be awarded, along with many others, in December.  

 Barb Gaddy (Bejeweled Quilts by Barb) is a very talented designer who has many lovely designs for quilts, table toppers, wallhangings and more.  Two of her designs for beautiful table runners (also work well to make wallhangings) are fun and fast to make and perfect for holiday gifts, or for decorating your home.  And her patterns are extremely reasonably priced.

  Before you add your entry (a link to this Linky), please be sure you read the rules below.


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:

For a complete list of sponsors and to see all of the prizes they have donated, you can check the main page for this event which is labeled "A Handmade Christmas Challenge" on the tabs under my blog header.  I will be updating this page throughout the year, to provide current links and more info, as appropriate.  More sponsors will be announced soon, but February lst is my deadline for accepting sponsors for this event.

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.  

SewCalGal encourages those interested to talk to their favorite local quilt shops and online shops to carry this spectacular design (and others by Frivolous Necessity, you can also purchase this design at their Big Cartel Online Store or at Craftsy.

Rules to enter this challenge:
1) Projects need to be made in 2014 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).

This linky party will be open thru the 25th of  February, to give participants plenty of time to enter the challenge this month. If you are not familiar with how to use a linky click here for a tutorial.
Please be sure to read the rules before you add a link to enter the challenge this month.

Don't forget our Challenge #3 Linky Party will be posted on March 15th.   You don't have to participate in every monthly challenge, but the more monthly challenges you enter in 2014 the more changes you have to win prizes and the more handmade Christmas items you will have made this year!

There is also an optional email list for this event, that participants may want to sign up for.  As, SewCalGal realizes not everyone follows blog posts every day, I will try to send out reminder emails when monthly challenges are released to those that sign up for these email alerts.   There may also be additional Holiday theme clipart and related info shared in these emails that are not shared in my blog.

For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, I need to work on the code. But you are welcome to take any images from this post and link to the main page for this event.

Let's not forget the spirit of this challenge is to make handmade gifts for Christmas or decorations for the holiday season, throughout the year vs waiting till the holiday rush.  We also hope to help increase awareness of designs, free patterns, tutorials and other products that help to make such products. And, your help in inspiring others to make handmade for Christmas is appreciated.  PR Angels are also appreciated.

If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ.

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