Do you ever find yourself wishing you had a little more time to sew for yourself? I know I often get caught up in creating for others, whether clients or family and friends, and I enjoy those projects but find myself wanting to carve out a little time for me, too. If this sounds familiar to you, then I invite you to join me for the 4x7 Sewing Challenge!
First, the back story.... Last winter I decided to find time to tackle a few of my own projects that had been pushed aside for far too long, so I created and hosted a month long challenge to gain some moral support ; ) Participants pledged to set aside thirty minutes a day for thirty days to sew for themselves - and they did! Each of us chose our own goal, like a quilt top, clothing, or some FMQ practice, and checked in periodically to share our progress. My goal was to make a small project each week, and during that month, I completed a mini quilt, reversible apron, sewing machine cover and a purple Pantone Challenge inspired throw pillow that's been brightening my bedroom ever since!
Here are some photos from my month of selfish sewing in 2014:
The challenge was so fun and productive that I'm hosting it again! After being away from my studio all fall, and then rushing to get holiday gifts sewn, I'm ready to tackle a project that's just for me. If you'd love to carve out time for yourself, too, then I hope you'll join me this winter when we again sew 30 minutes a day, with weekly link ups and some fun participation prizes!
Last year's event was in March, but this time around we're sewing the 28 days of February, hence the "4x7 Sewing Challenge!" I moved it up a month because I found that by the start of spring, I was being beckoned outside to plant bulbs and help kids ride bikes any time the temperatures were the least bit warm. So hopefully doing the challenge in a month with still chilly winter temps (at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere ; ) will keep many of us even more focused on our goal to sew just for ourselves!
You can find all the details right here,
including linky party dates and info on prizes (I hope to finalize those this week)
and I'll post again next week to remind you... February's almost here!
I'm looking forward to having a fantastic "selfish sewing" month with you!