Thursday, June 27, 2013

Christmas in July Sewing Challenge. That's Right, I am DOING This

This post has to start with a story. 'Cause it is me and I am feeling a little punchy tonight. Don't worry it ends on a high note.

I went to Sew South this spring and I had a ROCKING good time. I found out my sewing people are even cooler in person than online. Some of the awesome ladies and I are doing a traveling medallion along, we call it the Drunkard's Medallion Along.

Remember my blue bear? It is the center of my medallion.

Two of my fabulous, beautiful, talented medallion companions are Christen (Love By Hand) and Chrissy (Sew Lux Fabric). These ladies and I bonded when we finished out infamous duffels together late one evening (with the help of some wine, trust me it was that kind of duffel).

Anyway, Christen wants to get all of us started on our Christmas sewing. Real talk: last Christmas I finished my projects approximately 5 minutes before they need to be gifted. I sewed through my finger the Saturday before Christmas. Scary, I know! This is a public service announcement. START SEWING GIFTS AND DECOR EARLY (and keep your fingers far away from your needle).

I have vowed to be better this year.

Christen has recruited a group of bloggers (me too!) to come up with tutorials for Christmas projects using three new Christmas lines from Moda provided by Chrissy and Sew Lux. My tutorial is going live on July 10th and you don't want to miss it, it is going to be adorable.

The best part is that there are awesome prizes. I mean seriously awesome (see below).

All you have to do is make something for Christmas. Get ahead on that Christmas project list, and enter it in the link up by July 30th on Christen's blog.  You don't need a blog to enter! You don't even have to make a project from one of our tutorials, just something for Christmas.

Check it out, link it up, don't save it up for the last minute.

Sarah out.

Christmas In July Challenge Schedule

Each week, two bloggers will use the same 8 FQs to share their own unique project tutorial to inspire you to get sewing.  The blog hop kicks off July 8!

July 8 – Christen, Love by Hand

July 10 – Sarah, Stitching & Bacon (that's me!!)

July 15 – Kelly, Kelby Sews

July 17 – Lyanna, Purple Panda Quilts

July 22 – Tessa, The Sewing Chick

July 24 – Kristen, KD Quilts

Then, during the month of July, start and finish your own holiday sewing project to link up July 26-30 for a chance to win one of three amazing prize packs from these amazing sponsors!

Grand Prize

$40 gift certificate to Sew Lux Fabric

Pearle Cotton Sampler from Sew Lux Fabric

3 Sewing Prints from Pen & Paint

Paloma FQ bundle from Dear Stella

1 pattern from LBG Studio

Second Prize

FQ Bundle from Michael Miller

2 sewing prints from Pen & Paint

Pearle Cotton Sampler from Sew Lux Fabric

1 pattern from LBG Studio

Third Prize

Havana FQ Bundle from Monaluna

1 sewing print from Pen & Paint

Pearle Cotton Sampler from Sew Lux Fabric

Winners will be selected by the judges, which will consist of all of the bloggers plus Chrissy from Sew Lux Fabric. Entries will close on Tuesday, July 30 and winners will be announced on Friday, August 1. 

How To Enter: The Details Enter any project you’ve made during July to get ahead of your holiday sewing. It can be anything (not just the projects we post here) and can include any fabric – it doesn’t have to be Christmas fabrics or colors.

Starting July 26, you'll be able to link up your entry at Love By Hand. You'll have until 10:00 PM EST on July 30 to add your entry – one entry per person. Link a new post from your blog, your Flickr account or your Threadbias account – you don’t have to have a blog to enter!

Love By Hand
P.S. - You should also just go check out Christen's Blog. It is the pretty adorbs (yes, that is a word).


  1. Wow, this is a great idea. I have a tree skirt I wanted to make myself last year...maybe I should break it out and sew it!

    I'm not making any promises, but it sounds like a great idea. =)

  2. Can't wait to see what you made. The infamous duffle... Oh the memories. I just recently made one for my sister. They definitely get easier the second or third time around.

  3. I have been thinking about this, too. Last year I ran myself into the ground mid-December trying to finish everything. I'm definitely feeling like it's time to get started! Thanks for providing some good motivation!


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