The Year of the Challenge


First, Happy Valentine’s Day!
Husbter and I gave each other a pass on buying cards or gifts from now on.
It’s just ridiculous how the minor Holidays are overhyped anymore.

I know it’s the Year of the Pig, but not around here. At the beginning of the year I took on a lot of Challenges.

  1. There’s the UFO Challenge, where I listed 12 quilty items I want to finish in 2019.
  2. I have a Knitting Challenge, which is UFOs or new items from my long queue.
  3. I have patterns chosen for the 12 Hats Challenge.
  4. Also for the 12 Cowls Challenge.
  5. The Sewing Challenge is choosing items from my queue to start.
  6. The Small Quilts FB group  I belong to has a BOM and monthly Mini Challenges.
  7. And my Guild has a BOM that I am Challenging myself to keep up with.

It’s fair to say I am probably Challenge heavy, or will likely be Challenged out real soon. What to do? Why, add 1 more Challenge to the soup!

Our Guild does a yearly Challenge and I can’t say no. We took 4 Fat Quarters in a bag to the meeting and chose a bag to take home. I wish I had seen who picked up their empty bag at the last meeting because I took in #8 and I took home #7. I don’t remember who got the bag before me! I am hoping my bag went to someone who will notice the darker fabric has Christmas ornaments on it.

The Challenge is to make anything we decide with their fabrics. If it’s a quilt we do not have to quilt it. We can add a background and an accent color. Here are the ones I brought home along with any zipper I have on hand that matches or contrasts. If only I could remember who loves Tula Pink in the Guild. I am auditioning zipper colors because I plan to make bags or cases with the fabrics. Now to have fun with this Challenge and make something they will love.

So, did anyone count how many times I wrote Challenge? 16

15 thoughts on “The Year of the Challenge

  1. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Chris! That one black heart looks pretty darn cool. I am looking forward to seeing what those become. That’s quite a few challenges but you’ve got to do something to keep you out of the shops and buying more fabric or yarn. I have NO doubt whatsoever that you’ll easily complete all of these challenge plus a few more! Bags and cases are a great idea! ~smile~ Roseanne

    • chrisknits says:

      Thanks! I will be doing the math to see what pieces I can get out of the 4 FQ+ the other fabrics we can use. I figure if I use a lot of background for the linings I can get quite a few pieces done! > >

  2. Maggie says:

    I love those fat quarter bags, both the one you gave away and the one you took home. I would have taken that challenge too. Such fun to see what everyone makes 😉

    • chrisknits says:

      This is my attempt to BE a better woman. I am so not organized usually, hoping these tactics keep me on track. Just like today, I finally sat down and finished my Valentine’s Day table topper. Is it quilted? No, but maybe I will get around to it later? I started it Jan 31st. Sure, I’ll have it done in time for Valentine’s Day. 2020! LOL!! > >

    • chrisknits says:

      I did make hats and bought the kids and beaus candy, but no big celebration for us. We are going out to dinner, but only because Hubster has guitar and I have a gift card to Outback. LOL > >

    • chrisknits says:

      We took a bag that has someone else’s fabric in it. We make them something and then reveal their item/s at the May meeting. So someone is making me something with my fabrics. And I am making someone items with their fabric! >

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