ANYTHING GOES CQ (Crazy Quilt)
2014 CHALLENGE CONTEST
Sign Up Dead Line: Saturday, December 7, 2013
Due Date: March 1, 2014
Who: Everyone – Beginner & Experienced CQer
This is a No swapping, No mailing… keep it for yourself Challenge
As promised, I think I’ve come up with another fun way for you to challenge yourself in the art of Crazy Quilting. This Challenge is open to any and all of you who would like to jump in and be a part of our 2014 ANYTHING GOES CQ Project (basically, do your own thing - birds, butterflies, gardens, nature, fairies, etc etc). If you have always wanted to try CQing, now is the time to get your feet wet. Experience & Beginners welcome.
Unlike past years Challenges where we all had a Teacup as our focal, this year we are going to switch it up – the focal will be a couple lace motif which can be used in many ways (your choice). In the kit will be a couple other pretties that must be incorporated into your block.
Color choice and theme of the block will be left up to you…. ANYTHING GOES. Please do not put your block together until your CQ kit is received as there will be a couple fabrics included in the kit that must be used.
The Lace motif for the focal is so pretty and can be used in a variety of ways. Embellish it and use it as is, cut it up into various other motifs (all portions HAVE to be used) or make a frame out of it and frame up a pretty little silkie. The sky is the limit… beaded, embellished with silk ribbon or dressed up with more laces.
Remember, this is NOT a swap – this is a Challenge Contest so you will be keeping the block that you make for yourself. Think SSBG present, Christmas present or just something special you make for yourself.
The challenge is to use the Lace Motif(s) as your focal point (DOES NOT MEAN IT HAS TO BE POSITIONED IN THE CENTER OF YOUR BLOCK) Each person who signs up will receive a kit of CQ embellishments. ALL of the items in the kit MUST be used in your block and we MUST be able to identify all items should you have the winning block. Please no machine embroidery stitches - hand stitching only.
Block size will be 12.5” unfinished. Only a picture of the finished block is to be sent in for judging. (a full size and a close up)
THE CHALLENGE CONTEST:
Every person who signs up will need to send me $15.00 to cover the cost of the kit, envelopes and postage to mail to you. Out of each $15 I hope to have at least $8.00 to be put into a Contest Kitty. (Please PM or email me at Bnickilee at aol dot com if you don’t already have my address). I will accept checks or you can pay me via Paypal – please send it as a family gift and mark it CHALLENGE 2014. (Paypal account is the same as my above email address)
All money put into the CONTEST KITTY will be used as the prize(s). Depending on how many people sign up, I hope to be able to divide up the money into a couple different prizes in a couple different categories. Please note that no refunds will be given should decide you don’t want to participate as all money will be accounted for in the cost of the kit and prize money. Say 20 sign up, that will give me a kitty of $160.00 ($8x20). I would then divide the $ up into different prizes – knowing everyone would love to have a little extra money to buy more CQ goodies or fabric. Also, When you sign up please indicate if you are a Beginner to CQ or an Experienced CQer as prizes will be given to the best in each category.
I will be putting together a couple CQ related prizes to go along with the $ prize. If there is anyone who would like to contribute to the “CQ prize” please let me know.
DETERMINING THE WINNERS:
YOU will determine who the winner(s) are. All entries MUST be done and pictures sent to me in jpg format prior to March1, 2014. I will maintain an Album in my Flicker account (like the Teacup Challenge) with everyone’s pictures in it. As each picture arrives I will number it – no names will be used. Once they are all accounted for, I will then post a link where everybody can go in and vote. Even though everyone on the board will be able to go in and see the pictures NO one but me will know whose block belongs to whom as I will be the one posting the pictures. To be fair, I will have one other person collecting your votes along with myself – you may vote only 1 time for the categories that will be listed.
During the days leading up to the Challenge please ask questions and share ideas. There are quite a few ladies here that will be more than happy to share with you how to make a certain stitch, or show you samples of beautiful CQ and even lead you to lots of pretty CQ vendors where you can find the prettiest of pretties to add to your CQ stash…. Fair warning – CQ is Extremely addictive.
Ready to sign up? Please PM me with your name, address, telephone # and whether you are Experienced or Beginner. (If you have been in a past CQ Challenge, I consider you Experienced).
So all you Crazy ladies – up for a Crazy fun Challenge?
Samples of past Challenges:
indicated Kit received
indicates Pictures sent in
9 Sue Stitches
15 Happy Erme
24 Maureen Greeson
25 Lisa Alff
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Sending you my info Nickilee and will have my cx in the mail in the a.m.
I already have an idea. Which sometimes is almost half the battle.
I'm in! Will PM you...
Ok Nicki, I'm in.
Kahty & Jan - got your PayPal $ - Thank you.
Ladies, when you send your $ in please be sure to write in the Message area your Board name. Jan, if you hadn't written me that little note I would never have figured it out LOL!
I fell off the fence, sure hope this won't be painful, lol.
PM on the way
Not taken part in anything recently...so need to start getting involved again..so will send you my info
sent PP **This message has been edited. Last edited by: SC Lady,
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." ~~~Dalai Lama
I am a beginner CQ. So I have a couple of questions:
Could I combine hand stitches, machine stitches and machine embroidery?
This sounds like something I really need to do to help me improve.
PatV82 - To be fair to everyone in the Challenge, I would rather everyone did hand stitching only. There are many YouTube videos that you can sit in front of a learn a variety of stitches. Also, Mary Corbet has a library of wonderful videos showing how to created a plethora of stitches. As for a machine embroidery patch, I have no problem with you using a small one but if it is done by Machine I would like it mentioned when submitting your block.
Once Sign Ups are closed I will try and post a "Stitch of the Day" to give everyone ideas on stitches that can be used. Also, Kathy Shaw has a fabulous book out which details tons of stitches and stitch combinations. This Challenge is to push you all into learning and creating something new.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Nickilee,
Sent a PM. I have a real problem avoiding new projects. CQs sound like a lot of fun though I don't know where to begin. Will check out the lace and go from there. Can I add in antique fabric? I have lots of bits and pieces that may work and the button jar and the earrings where one of the pair is lost and the beads I collect and do nothing with and...This is only 12 inches?!!
"It is not our Abilities that show what we truly are but our choices."
"Live Well , Laugh Often , Love Much "
I would love to join the challenge, Nickilee but I don't know how to do the PM thing. Can you please let me know how.
How to send a Private Message (PM):
At the top of the string are these buttons:
When you click on the "New" one it lets you do several things...one of these is to send a Private Message.
That screen will have a MY Contacts area...and you need to type in "Nickilee". Then click add and you'll have moved her into the "TO Receive" and click enter. Then type what you need to say in the larger box.
It's pretty easy to understand...and she'll get your note.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Shawkl,
Thanks Kathy! You beat me to it
CrazyforCQ - you can either PM me or send me an email at : bnickilee @ aol dot com (spelled out) Would love to have you join us!
KMouse!!! I'm so happy to see you sign up!!! :
Crazyforcq - If you look up at the top of your HGTV threads you should see the little Blue box blinking... (Click on it as I just sent you a PM
Just checking in as I don't see my name on the list yet......
Me again Nickilee. I accepted through the email and then nothing else worked through there - I'd go to the message and then be directed somewhere else. I don't see any blue box blinking at the top of my message board. So maybe you can try again and I won't answer through my email program
Crazyforcq - Up top, right next to the "REPLY" you should see a little box - it should be blinking as I left a PM for you. If you see no box try logging out and sign back into HGTV again. Can you send me your email address and I'll contact you that way. I'm at email@example.com
Barbara - got you!
ok nicki i'm in u have my info already or do I need to pm u?
Ladies, I know some of you would love to get started on making your foundation block to work on for this Challenge but please note that in the CQ Challenge kit there will be a couple pieces of fabric that must be used. You don't necessarily have to have the fabric as a part of the overall block construction but you will need to use it in your block in some form. Once Sign Ups close and I have an exact number of kits to be made up I will mail them out. Hopefully they will be in your hands within the following week. Please note I have changed the Sign Up Due date to December 7th.
Nicki, I am going to pass on this one. I have too many projects going on right now.
I like the earlier closing date because stuff can take 3 - 4 weeks to get to me, especially with the busy mails at Christmas
Timecard24 - I'll miss you not playing with us -you do such pretty CQing!
Oops - totally zoned out - I DO need your addresses (to mail out kits) so please be sure to send it to me when PMing me.
Nice to see newbies to CQ signing up - should be lots of fun to see all the creativeness that everyone comes up with.
nicki FYI the links you posted for past challenges is not working. when I click on them it say "oops bad link" just so u know.
I am in.
Check is in the mail...lol! Seriously!
Patsy - not sure why that is happening - you can always link onto my Flicker by hitting the link at the bottom of one of my posts. I'll try again later to see if I can fix it later.
All payments received have been updated with a Ladies, when sending payment via Paypal, please be sure to click on "family or friend" so I don't get zinged with fees.
The links to the previous CQ Challenges have been fixed (listed here and in very first post). If you very gently scan over the bottom of each picture it will tell you who made which block.
I need me some CQing!
I am in.
Will send Paypal
Flying back home for Christmas keeps adding up financially (rental cars, etc.), that I will have to sit this one out-- but look eagerly for all the wonderful talent on the board.
I was so unaware of crazy quilting. I thought Quiltaholic was an insane quiter when I read her by-line . So far I have learned that more is better and spiders and webs are in order. I rescue them regularly and just happened to buy some web fabric last week.
KMouse & Irish - got your $. It is so awesome to see so many of my old CQ buddies coming out to play again!
I just spotted this today, and I think that I'll give CQ another try, so sign me up. PM will be coming forthwith.
BTW, the first CQ block (the teacup one) that I did for your challenge, I used to decorate the front of a purple velvet tote bag that was line in pink sateen. I put it into my craft show stock and sold it to a lady who kept petting it (the velvet was exquisite) as she was looking at it. So, I'm sure that I'll find something interesting to do with the new block, too.
Thanks for hosting this.
Okay, three for three today with signups! The redwork snowman, the ugly fabric challenge and now the CQ challenge. Please sign me up. I will forward you a payment with paypal.
Updated to say I sent $ via paypal as gift.
Hi girls, Hope everyone had a beautiful Thanksgiving yesterday.
Fishingwidow & Axel... just received your checks today - thank you!
Hi Girls. . . I am sooooo tempted to join this, especially seeing so many familiar names but I don't dare. I start student teaching next semester, and I am so far behind on everything. I haven't ever finished the one I started for my sister 2 years ago...
I'll watch from the sidelines and hope to be onboard next time.
Sue Stitches - received your check today - Cr8tve1 - received your Paypal $ - thank you ladies!
Ladies only 1 more week to sign up and get your $ in so if you are sitting on the fence about this - hop off and come have some fun!
Wren - I saw you on FB and was going to mention to you that you needed to get over here and sign up but know you have been flat out with school. Wishing you well and hope to see you come play with us again in the future.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Nickilee,
I really want to do this but I haven't done any CQing in about 4 or 5 years. I don't even know if I still can! I sure do have a lot of supplies though. Hmmm thinking here~~~~
Pam - listen my sweet little SS, get off your butt and hop on in - you know you want to do it cause in the end if you don't...you'll wish you had!
come on Pam, Nicki talked me into joining and i'm glad she did. I need the practice. I said no and Nicki said YES LOL
NICKI I ALLMOST MIST THIS ONE I WANT IN IT IS SO GOOD TO SEE SOMENY IN THIS CHANLEN
Gotcha Ely! OOPS - Remember when we were talking the other day and I said I had something to ask you and couldn't remember? Duh..... it was about this Challenge - I knew you'd want to play with us! Yea!!!!!!!
Look at all the OG's of CQ coming out !!
Gonna Be FUN !!!
"It is not our Abilities that show what we truly are but our choices."
"Live Well , Laugh Often , Love Much "
Sign me up!!! I'll send you $ via pay pal.
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Jody!!! OMG! I was seeing so many of the old CQ gang signing up I was going to drop you a note and tell you I was going to sign you up with or without your permission LOL! So happy to have you join in the fun!
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