Friday, November 8, 2013

Holiday Challengers!

Goodness, it's time to choose our holiday challengers.   I feel like a kid burying her hand in a bowl of candy. I don't know quite what I'll pull out, but I do know it'll be good!


Thanks for sharing your ideas for our Sew Love Fabrics Hip Holiday bundles.  Of all the challenges I've run so far, this one was definitely the hardest to narrow down to 4 challengers.  Of course I want to see you make trees and stockings and advent calendars and giant letters for Santa.  How could I not?  Gosh there are a lot of fun holiday sewing projects, aren't there?

Do remember that there's a fair bit of luck to which ideas get chosen.  As in, do I feel like table runners today?  My only hard and fast rule is to include both contestants I know (as in, I've seen them around the vastness that is blogland) and contestants whose spaces I had the pleasure of visiting for the first time through this process.  Without further ado, our challengers are...

Sherri of Rebecca Mae Designs who promised, "to make some holiday houses with this fabric!   A little santa's village :) I'm in with the big guy by the way... Just saying!"  Houses will be such fun, don't you think?

from RebeccaMaeDesigns

Mindy, on Flickr as Pinspots, is fairly bursting with intriguing ideas: "I immediately thought of re-usable gift package embellishments, since present wrapping is one of my all-time favorite things... I'm thinking a scrappy strip, like a binding, that goes around a gift like a long ribbon. A 6" wide strip that's shirred with elastic thread so it would fit around different sized gift boxes. 2D bows that lay flat on a package.  3D bows that are attached to pretty elastic that can easily slip over gifts... Embroidered, patchwork gift tags inscribed to my kids so I can use them year after year. I'd use the print with the big ornaments and trees by fussy cutting them and then appliqueing them onto felt to make present toppers- maybe use some beads and sequins, like my grandma did in the 60's. I'd somehow incorporate some pom pom trim because the fabric screams for that. Heck, I could even MAKE pom poms from this fabric, maybe with the selvedges. No waste!"

Yes, Mindy, I need to see this!  I have a feeling my package are going to be prettier and more reusable this year!

All twelve done!  Time to get myself to the post office.
by Pinspots

Michelle of City House Studio, with whose project  idea I have an admitted bias.  "While I like to sew anything and everything, my favorite project is always a quilt. I will plan to add some low volume prints, and some red and green solids to make a throw sized Penny Patch quilt! I have loved following along your instructions for the Penny Patch quilt -- but hadn't chosen fabrics yet...I am planning to make the quilt for my Aunt and Uncle as a Christmas gift. They have been an amazing source of love and support for me since my husband and I moved to Minneapolis 15 years ago... They have helped me out in countless ways, many, many times. And my children absolutely love them!"

from City House Studio

And, Deb or Trio Stitch Studio who exclaimed, "Oh good golly, Rachel! I have had my eye on these for a tree skirt...and I JUST found the pattern I want to use. Serendipity?"  Yes, I think so, Deb!  Let's make it happen.

Potholder Pass
from Trio Stitch Studio

And if you're thinking, "she totally should have picked me", you're probably right!  I'll try to pick you next time.  A great big thanks to Sew Love Fabrics for this fun challenge.  And, if the Hip Holiday bundle had your name written all over it, do visit Sew Love Fabrics to get what's meant to be yours.

Have fun, challengers!  We can't wait to see what you cook up!!!

13 comments:

  1. Sad I did not get picked.... But soooooooo excited to see these people churn out projects. Yay! Good people picking Rachel.

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  2. YEAH TO DEB, I can't wait to see what she creates... She is so awesome!

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    1. Oh Lisa...you make me *blush*...thank you!

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    2. yay! Can't wait to see what you do!

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  3. Of course I'm a little sad about not getting picked, but I think you've chosen your winners wisely! I can't wait to see what they make. I'm partial to the gift tag / bow / ribbon projects. I feel like I could use an idea or two for that! I'm so so tired of getting bows and ribbon every year. What a great idea!

    I will freely admit that I went straight over to Sew Love Fabrics and bought this bundle, though. Free would have been better, but I decided that I have to have them. My apron awaits!

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    1. Your apron was one of my top choices! It sounds like a great idea too! I know we had an apron in one of the other challenges this year, so I was going for variety =)

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    2. I completely understand! I'll post a photo of the apron on my flickr page when I get it done. The craft show is 12/7, so hopefully I can get it done before then. If not, it'll make a splendid helper come Christmas cookie time :) My current (full) apron only has one pocket. Can you imagine?

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  4. Thank you so much for picking me, Rachel - I hope I don't disappoint! The pattern has been ordered so now I must wait...I am so excited to get started. I do think I will have to put on a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie marathon whilst I stitch up the tree skirt - such fun!

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  5. I'm delighted to be participating! Thanks for the vote of confidence!

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  6. Bummed I didn't get picked, but super excited about seeing what these lovely ladies make !

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  7. I am VERY excited about this challenge and to see the results!

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  8. Thanks so much, Rachel! I can't wait to get see these fabrics in person and get started cutting them up!

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  9. This is so fun! I just love the holidays... Can't wait to see what everyone makes. Thanks for including me Rachel, and for hosting - excited for the hip holiday bundle to arrive!

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