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Monday, March 24, 2014

Make It! Challenge - Phase Three In The Year of Red And White Quilt Challenges

SewCalGal welcomes you to the Make It! Challenge, the third event in the Year of Red and White Quilt Challenges.

I want to recognize and thank all of the sponsors for this challenge who have donated wonderful prizes that will be awarded at the end of the Year of Red and White Challenges:

Aurifil, Classic Metal Company, Fat Quarter Shop, Island Batik, Leah Day Designs, MartingaleMcCalls Quilting,  Miska's PlaygroundPrairie Sky Quilting and Quilt N Bee.

You can enter one or more of the events and you are automatically entered to win prizes.  But the more you enter, the more chances you get to win prizes.  Click here to see a complete list of prizes.

The Make It! Challenge is all about making your own red and white quilt!  You can use your own design, a purchased design, or a free pattern of your choice.  And, of course, make your quilt in any size, using fabrics from any fabric manufacturer. You may even have enough red/white fabrics (includes reds of any shades and whites/tans/creams commonly thought of as neutrals).  And you have until September 30th to enter.


During the Make It! Challenge, SewCalGal will be showcasing products, tips and tutorials that can help you with precision piecing your quilt, as well as free-motion quilting your quilt.  But it is up to you if you wish to do your own free-motion quilting or have a longarm quilt topstitch it for you.  This is a very flexible challenge that is all about having fun, learning and, of course, making your own red/white quilt!  SewCalGal also encourages those that enter this challenge also consider sharing any tips or tutorials on precision piecing or free-motion quilting that they feel appropriate to share. 

As professional designers have been invited to participate in the Year of Red and White Quilt Challenges, as well as want to be designers, SewCalGal understands that some may be showing their new design, that may now be available for purchase, or will be available for purchase in the future.  Likewise, some may be making red/white quilts that they wish to sell. And, SewCalGal gives those permission to do so to increase PR during this event.
If you are making your own quilt design and you wish to provide a tutorial on how others could create such, that would also be welcome and appreciated by many!  

Throughout this challenge period, SewCalGal will also be increasing awareness of precision piecing tips and tutorials, free-motion quilting tips and tutorials, as well as products to help with making our red and white quilts that are perfectly pieced (or applique'), as well as beautifully free-motion quilting.  But, of course, you can also have your quilt professionally quilted by your longarmer too!

Challenge Timeline:  March 24th  thru September 30th

Mark your calendar and don't wait too late to make your project to enter.  The deadline will arrive before we know it.

Again, when you enter this challenge you are automatically entered to win prizes donated by sponsors.  The more events in the Year of Red and White Quilt Challenges that you enter, the more chances you get to win prizes!  

Note:  InLinkz has made changes to the free version, which now does not allow me to create a linky thru the end of September, to support this challenge.  Please use this linky while I research to find a solution (linky that for the entire horizon of the Make It! Challenge).

1) You can make a red and white quilt using any shades of red/white so long as it captures the spirit of a red/white quilt (e.g. no red/white/black, no purples or other colors, but red/tans, red/creams and various shades of red are acceptable. Your quilt can be of any size or style and can be made using your own design, a purchased design, or a free design)
2) While not required, SewCalGal hopes when you enter you will also share insights on the designer/pattern name, any tips that you may want to share for precision piecing or free-motion quilting that you feel appropriate to share.
3)  The Make It! Challenge does not require you completely finish your quilt during this challenge, but SewCalGal hopes you are able to do so.  There is plenty of time in this challenge to allow you to make a good size quilt, but we all know "life happens".  Still, I hope you can make a red/white quilt and enter this challenge. 
 4) You need to show evidence (e.g. photos of the process to make it or anything that you feel appropriate to show you made it during this challenge will be accepted).   Bad Kharma to those that enter using something that may have been made previously. 
 5) One entry link per person.  You can share as many photos and projects as you wish, through your single blog post or upload to the group for this challenge on Flickr for non-bloggers.  But you are only allowed to enter one link.

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

Email SewCalGal email address copyif the FAQ does NOT answer your question and I will try to respond in a timely manner.

Check back, as SewCalGal may update this post to provide clarity, based on questions by participants.  I will also try to create a badge code, but while this blog is copyright protected, you do have my permission to copy the artwork for this challenge and any part of this blog post that you may want to share with others.  As always, SewCalGal appreciates PR Angels who help increase awareness.  The more people that participate the more fun we'll have.  And, ultimately, more of us will have red and white quilts (or more red and white quilts, by making more than one).     

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Raewyn said...

Exciting!! I look forward to reading more, and some fun sewing!!

beaquilter said...

I still can't decide WHICH one to make, and now my printer ink is out so if I do any FPP it will have to wait :)

Barb said...

I am looking forward to the tips to precision piecing...thanks so much

beaquilter said...

linked up :) thanks

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Mary said...

I am now Linked up with my Big Reveal! I am so glad I got it done (except for the quilting). I didn't want to Rush that part. My post shows a few tips I used to eliminate seams from the EQ version. Thanks for the challenge.