Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Lark Scrap Challenge!

Lark Scrap Challenge! Who's up for a little, lighthearted challenge?

Heather at Lark Cottons has sponsored this new Scrap Challenge sure to get your creativity flowing.  We have a happy mix of dotted prints in a full rainbow spectrum!  Spots and Dots is a fat sixteenth bundle with fabrics from Moda, Michael Miller, Westminster, and Birch Organic.

That's right, she didn't hold out on the good stuff. I've always wanted to try those Birch Organic dots!  They have that perfect beehive pattern...

This is our biggest Scrap Challenge bundle yet, with a grand total of 16 fabrics, 1 yard in all.  I'm thinking you might be inspired to try a project series, maybe even a giftable series?  So much dottie potential!

Now, what would you make with it?  Seriously, start thinking because it's yours for the taking.  Four participants will receive a scrap bundle of all fabrics shown in 9" x 11" pieces entirely free.  But, of course there's a catch.... you have to sew with it.  Like soon!  This bundle is not going to languish on those shelves.  Nosirree.



Here's how it works...  On Friday of this week I'll announce the 4 participants, our scrap challengers.  As soon as we have your address info, Lark Cottons will mail out those fabrics, likely getting them in the mail on Saturday.  Then, you must make something... anything!!!! using all 16 scrap fabrics, plus fabrics of your own choosing if desired.  So, you can add extra fabric (could be solids or prints), but you don't have to.  You do have to use all 16 scraps, but you can use a little or a lot of each.  Participants can use their own buttons, trims, etc. to embellish if needed.

There's a deadline!  Really, it's a good thing, cause that means you'll enjoy this now.  You must finish sewing your project and post pictures by Sunday, November 30th.  (For that reason and due to unpredictable shipping speeds, we're going to have to limit the challenge to U.S. residents.)  Participants can either share the results on their blog, or if they don't blog, sharing pictures on flickr or anywhere else online will do.  We want to see what you make because...

You and your project will be featured here!  On December 1st, I'll be posting about our challengers, with pictures of your project and hopefully some tidbits about your process.  Looking forward to it!  You people never fail to inspire me!  Now, all we have to do is figure out which of you 4 are destined to go Dottie?

So, go ahead, convince me.  I'm so ready to hear your ideas!

69 comments:

  1. I think I would do a rainbow baby quilt.

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  2. I would have to hoard these for a project for myself! I am thinking a fun apron and oven mitt set. Definitely would brighten up my kitchen. Thanks for hosting this.

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  3. I have my third boy due in January and my twins are just starting to get into colors and shapes. I think quite book pages would be a challange and would lend itself to all the colors. But if I would push my self floor pillows mixed in with solids for the play room would be my ideal project.

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  4. My first thought would be to make a giant stripey rainbow dresden.

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  5. I would almost definitely make a baby quilt! Those dots are so fun!

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  6. I have a baby girl due in mid December! What an exciting way to distract myself during this last month! I would love to make floor pillows for her room, or a play quilt. Of course I could also use them making big brother gifts for my older 2 boys. Or a big rainbow quilt (with added solids) for the whole family to picnic on!

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  7. The cathedral play mat has been on my sewing pinterest board forever! I could make decent sized circles out of a flat 16th right? Here's the link:http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/11/cathedral-window-baby-playmat.html#more

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  8. I'd love to do a mini-dresden/wedge design paired with solid fabric. I'm not a big rainbow fan so I think I'd try to find some fun color pairings. Does FPO address count as U.S.? I hope so, I'd love to do this!

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    1. Yes, I think it would count since the shipping is the same =)

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  9. I think I would finally tackle a scrappy off center lone star quilt.

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  10. Such a lovely bundle. I have very few dots in my stash and would really like to see with this collection. A scrappy baby quilt or simple patchwork picnic quilt would be my first thought. Paired with onsnaburg or linen for texture would be perfect. Making a long cabin tote with recycled leather handles would be another idea.

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  11. Okay, this is just the push I need to make those Christmas stockings for my family. I have 3 littles, (2 boys, 1 girl) and of course, one for the hubbs and I. I have it all planned out, pink for my daughter and plum/purple for me. Blue for my husband. Green and yellow/orange for the boys. Sprinkles of solids with the black dot on everyone's stockings.....sounds perfect!

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  12. I think I would do a baby quilt with some churn dashes using the dots as the background and neutrals (maybe solid black and grey?) as the foreground.

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  13. A hexie baby quilt is in my dreams here! I'm up for the challange!

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  14. We are building our one-year-old daughter a play kitchen for Christmas, and I'd love to use these fabrics to make her some child-sized oven mitts, pot holders, towels, and aprons :)

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  15. I've never done much scrap quilting because I haven't built up a lot of scraps yet! I'd love to make a circle of geese mini with all these fun Dottie prints! This would also be my first crack at paper piecing so I can knock out two new things with one project - scrap quilting and paper piecing!

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  16. I'm seeing a little girl's bubble skirt, where all the dots would look like gumballs almost!

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  17. OOOH! I take back my last idea! A leather clutch with polka-dot reverse applique "bubbles" on it. OH MY. Yes. Yes please.

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  18. My grandchild loves polka dots and this fabric would made an awesome quilt! A challenge with a deadline would ensure completion!

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  19. I just got an adorable pattern for a scrappy tote. These would look amazing! I almost always make quilts, but something like this would be so fun to accessorize with.

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  20. I'm firmly on the rainbow bandwagon now. I'd make a large mini/baby quilt in either a rainbow diamond blossom or a spiky sunburst - I'd have to see the scale of the dots to pick which one!

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  21. All my kiddos are big enough that I don't have to take a diaper bag to church any more, so I'd definitely make a church bag just for me! :)

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  22. I've been picturing a wonky log cabin quilt using the color wheel/a rainbow of different colored blocks. This bundle would fill in the gaps in my stash and let that quilt happen in short order.

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  23. I would make a rainbow bunting/pennant banner for our sewing and homeschool room. I don't have anything up on the walls in there except a U.S. map, which is sad considering that that space is one of my favorite places in our home. I want the decor in that room to reflect that! I've been meaning to decorate that room for a long time now and a deadline for this challenge is just the motivation I need. And a dotted rainbow bunting would make that little space so happy and pleasant!

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  24. A wall quilt of some kind... maybe with pocket to hold small toys, or for above a changing table...
    Fun contest and fun fabric!

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  25. I'd make a rainbow of little fish ornaments My 4 year old is in love with fish and all things ocean right now. He'd be so excited to find a school of fish swimming around the tree this year.

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  26. I would make a triangle baby quilt. I would definitely want to play around with the layout of he triangles and maybe try to create a double rainbow effect. I would add some kona white triangles to help balance out the busyness of the dots. This would hopefully help create a more whimsical and fun quilt by adding a "random" touch.

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  27. I would love to do a pinwheel or a nested churn dash quilt with these awesome dots!

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  28. I would match with some solids (brights) and make up some broken dresden plates to put together a fun child sized quilt

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  29. We just moved into a brand new office building at work. While some of the walls have big splashes of great color (think pumpkin orange), my little cubicle is sad and devoid of color. I've already been day dreaming about creating some embroidery hoop art to bring in some liveliness. But seeing those colorful dots (I LOVE dots!) had me thinking I need to make a scrappy (i.e. piece the flags) bunting to string up on the wall just above my computer monitor. It will be sure to bring a smile to my face each day to see those colorful dots!

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  30. I would like to make "Potluck" by Sherri McConnell at aquiltinglife.com, and would add white.
    Pattern link is here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/207468141/pdf-pattern-for-pot-luck-quilt?ref=shop_home_feat_3

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  31. Oh I instantly saw a dresden color wheel! Those polka dots!!! Oh my!

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  32. Those look like really fun to work with but I've had enough deadlines for awhile. Looking forward to seeing what people do with them.

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  33. Just a quick FYI: Every time I comment on your blog, I get an email in my inbox saying that the comment I made did not get delivered to your inbox. I was using my yahoo email address, but I just changed it to my google email on blogger and I'm curious to see if it will happen again. I also confirmed that I am not a "no reply commenter" so that shouldn't be the problem. So, this is a test to see if the google email works. :) And a question. Do you see comments that don't come through your inbox? Or is that what you use to look at all the comments? Thanks! :)

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    1. Kate, I mainly view comments through my email inbox, so I may miss comments that only show up at the blog and do not deliver to me, for whatever reason. Today I am reading these comments straight on the blog because my Yahoo mail inbox is pretty much broken. Not sure what's going on there!

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    2. Thanks for answering my question! And the google email address worked. :)

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  34. I only make quilts, so how about a pretty 4 block quilt with Dottie Dresdens? I'd make it as a wall hanging and probably use the navy piece for the centers and try to find a binding that coordinates. Fun!

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  35. I would make a quilt that is all houses and trees. You would want to live in this neighborhood because it would be a happy, magical, whimsical place. Do you remember the Dr. Seuss book "Put me in the Zoo"? I love the part when everything is covered with spots!
    Linda Evans

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  36. How exciting! Lark Cottons bundles are always so wonderful!!! I am lately enthralled with a little HST block I came up with several months ago I call "prairie rose". These polka dots would make sweet "roses" along with whatever backgrounds and scrappy "stretchers" I might come up with. I would make as large a quilt as quantity would allow, hopefully a generous baby/lap quilt, along with a wee soft crib toy to make a little baby gift set. Thank you so much for considering my idea! If you would like to see "my" pattern, I blog at Cedar Fork Stitches, under the tag "prairie rose" :) Either way, it will be super fun to see how these adorable dots are used!!

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  37. A mini swoon tote bag. I haven't done a swoon block yet, and these fabrics seem to be begging for it. Love this bundle! Oh, and I now blog at myhousefull.rocks :)

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  38. I need a quilted clock for my sewing studio. I also need to finish a pp quilt using Buggy Barn's Santa Baby pattern and I think they would make some really fun modern Santas! Like this: http://www.intrepidthread.com/shop/Clearance.htm

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  39. Fun! I would like to make a baby blanket pairing these with some solids. Maybe HST or log cabin.

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  40. What a fun pack! I would make a Christmas table runner with a dark background - navy or dark green? - with reindeer or trees made out of the polka dots. What a fun project! can't wait to see what you choose and people make!

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  41. I love challenges, but I especially love the idea of this challenge. I collect scraps from several different quilters and try to incorporate them into most everything I do, and I tend to do some of my most creative work when a challenge is presented. I am envisioning a super cute appliqued Christmas tree skirt. It will be adorable! Much too adorable to hide with presents! I have been wanting to make a tree skirt for years but never really had a clear idea or direction. But I do now! It's amazing how suddenly the best ideas can strike when presented with the right inspiration. Thank you for such a fun, innovative challenge.

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  42. I received a Lil' Twister tool for Christmas last year and I think the Spots and Dots would make a pretty quilt using the Lil' Twister tool. I would make a baby quilt to donate to a local charity.

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  43. I'd make the wheel quilt- I've had the pattern for awhile, and want to make it- this would really get me going!

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  44. I think these beautiful dots would make a great log cabin quilt. It's my all time favorite traditional pattern and I have made a couple of them. Maybe wonky is the way to go with this one. All those dots! I love it!

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  45. I would love to make a mult sized dimensional dot pinwheel quilt with these dots! Adorable!

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  46. I would make a lovely set of supplies for my homeschooling mom friend (preschool daughters) - fabric covered wooden blocks, creation/pencil cups, a fabric covered clipboard (I mean, how cute would that be?!), a notebook with drawing paper, a few zip pouches for school supplies.... with that much fabric, there's a lot I could do!!!

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  47. A New York Beauty rainbow mini quilt. And I can't believe I'm suggesting this, because curves are not always my friend and the deadline will be a real challenge. But sometimes fabric speaks to us, and who are we not to listen?

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  48. My hot pan holders are looking rather sad. I know these bright colors would add some cheer to may baking this winter! Perhaps a coordinating oven mitt too.

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  49. I would make a trash collecting bag for my car. b.j.day68@gmail.com.

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  50. I would mix with other scraps and make a Starbright pillow! Maybe for my pillow swap partner :-)

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  51. Ohh! Disappearing churn dash, Perfection. :-)

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  52. The dots would be fabulous koi using Pam Holland's ink dyed cheese cloth techniques.

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  53. If I were selected I would create a new rainbow mini for my sewing room.

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  54. I'd love to do a dotty version of a spider web quilt, considering the time, I'd say throw size, but I'll just use up as much of the fabric as possible. I've seen several tutorials to do this. I might color match or just mix them up. I have a lovely lemon yellow for the "kites". Thanks to Lark for the sweet bundle.

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  55. My dad builds the best wooden breakfast trays. I would use these fabrics to sew a quilted liner for the bottom of one his trays along with some matching napkins.

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  56. What a pretty bundle. I'd love to use it to make a wonky star quilt. I think that will be fun.

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  57. Hi Rachel! I love the idea of this challenge. For a long time I've had an idea for a modern quilt that features circles and I think this fabric would work perfectly in my design. I'll pair the scraps with matching solids and I'll throw in some curved piecing too. It's going to be awesome I tell you. Thanks for hosting this challenge!

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  58. My daughter is always getting more and more art supplies for her birthdays and Christmas. This rainbow of fabrics would be perfect for making her a carrying case for some supplies when she wants to create outside.

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  59. I would like to make a patchwork Bowtie quilt. Wouldn't 5" blocks be precious in all those polka dot fabrics?

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  60. rainbow orange peel quilt, dottie flying geese or HST quilt, dottie stars quilt, dottie wild and goosey quilt (wild and goosey pattern by Bonnie Hunter) with the geese being dottie and the rest being solids.SOOO Many ideas!! :) I would LOVE to play with this fabric, especially to make the last pattern!! :) Pretty PLEASE :D

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  61. Oh, I love these dots! We recently repainted our main living space in our house a dreamy dark gray with white craftsman trim, and I am in the process of finding ways to bring pops of color back in. I recently found a bright mustard yellow storage ottoman, but besides the color from toys, that's as far as I've gotten. I would love to use these for some pillow covers to replace the tired ones on our couch and bring some happy color and pattern into the space!

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  62. Is there still time to enter? I'm thinking of a tote bag!

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  63. Are they offering bundles not for the challenge? That'd be a fun one to have. It looks like it would be perfect for my IG mini swap partner.

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  64. I think these would make an awesome baby quilt, maybe equilateral trianges! I adore polka dots.

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  65. Touch decision. An addition to a quilt or bags for Christmas gifts or maybe a cosmetic bag. So many choices. fran.daoust@yahoo.com

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  66. I would make the fabrics into snowball blocks because winter is about to come and the snowballs would be bright and happy snowballs to keep me cheerful on cold winter days!

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