Monday 3 February 2014

What's Happening in February

Just a quick heads up on some sewing related happenings in February...

Sew Fresh QuiltsThere's a new QAL happening at Sew Fresh Quilts in February and March. Lorna is hosting the Oblongagonalong. What's an Oblongagonalong? Head on over to Sew Fresh Quilts to find out.

Making Personal Care Bags is the current sew-along to help others, over at Hopeful Threads. Kristy has changed the format this year, with projects running quarterly
instead of monthly.

Bartacks and Singletrack : want to go all the way with me?Little Things to Sew: Cover to Cover is hosted by Lightning McStitch, from Bartacks and Singletracks. Participants are challenged to sew projects from the Oliver + S Little Things to Sew book. The sew-along finishes 31 August, 2014. Thanks Cindy for showing me this one.

Celtic Thistle Stitches Fiona and Paula are hosting Ho Ho Ho and On We Sew, a monthly link party to encourage Christmas sewing throughout the year. There will be guest hosts, tutorials and giveaways.

Spoonflower is inviting community members to come and sew Pillowcase Dresses for the Philippines, Saturday, February 8, 1- 4pm. All materials provided. The dresses will be sent to an orphanage in one of the areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Shades of Me is is meant to push you further in sewing for yourself. Participants are asked to think outside of the box and come up with a monochromatic colour themed outfit. The sew-along is hosted by Welcome to the Mouse House and Petit a Petit and Family.

The Flip This Pattern with Violet Field Threads sew-along runs from 5th February to 20th February. This month, the sisters at Frances Suzanne have chosen to flip the Josephine Blouse and Dress

Fearless Sewing is all about making a project that you always find an excuse not to sew. Hosted by Victoria, from Ten Thousand Hours of Sewing, the sew-along runs all month long.

By Hand London, is hosting the Georgia Dress Sewalong. Instructions, showing how to make the dress, will be broken down into 9 posts, including one on pattern alteration. The Georgia Dress pattern, needed for the sew-along, is a paper pattern.

Craft Book Sew Along at Live. Love. Create. The Craft Book Sew-Along, is hosted by Kelly, from Live, Love, Create. Each month, Kelly will open a new link party where you can add projects made using a craft book. There will be a craft book prize each month.

1940's Tea Dress SewalongSew Over It, is hosting the 1940s Tea Dress Sewalong. There will be 8 posts walking you through each step of the process, beginning early February and concluding early March. You will need a copy of the paper pattern.

The next season of Project Sewn will begins this month, with the themes announced during the week of January 6th. Run by the girls from Simple Simon and Co, the competition focuses on women's garments. Thanks, Magda, for reminding me about this one. 

Bev, from Flaming Toes and Rae, from Rae Gun Ramblings have made a goal to sew more for themselves and are encouraging others to do the same, by joining in with Sew Our Stash. Thanks, Marci, for mentioning this one.

Victoria, from As It Seams, is hosting her first guest series, Take One Dress. Each month, one guest blogger and those sewing along, will create a dress inspired by a dress shown the previous month. Thanks, Jenya, for reminding me about this one.

The Scientific SeamstressUsing a Sisboom or Scientific Seamstress pattern, create an outfit inspired by a book for the I Love to Read Sewing Challenge. Two random winners will be chosen at the end of the month.

Are you motivated by sew-alongs and challenges, or do you prefer to do your own thing?

... Pam


  1. There's also Project Sewn going on Pam. It starts tomorrow!

  2. Thanks for the plug Pam! I always like the idea of sewalongs but then usually fall by the wayside :)

  3. What fun links! Maybe I can join the one about quilting. I am currently participating in "Sew Our Stash" encouraging participants to sew one wearable for themselves each month. Any goal seems easier when you attempt it with a group of friends! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  4. I was planning on joining the Ho Ho Ho sewalong but didn't get a Christmas present done in January - I had the supplies, but worked on other things instead! That's one I definitely want to get cracking on. I'm going to watch the Little Things to Sew one as I have the book and have only made one pattern from it - I love seeing how other people interpret patterns - they seem to come up with fun versions that I wouldn't have thought of! Fearless Sewing is one I better check out too - I don't know why I'm so nervous about trying new patterns - I like to buy them, but I'm scared to start them, lol. Of course that means I also need to check into the Craft Book Sew Along :D

    Definitely file me under the "gets motivated by sew alongs" category - I opened a new browser page for each of the ones I listed so I can peek at them, LOL!

  5. As always, thank you Pam! You may be interested in Take One Dress series hosted by Victoria from As It Seams, too :)

  6. Thank you so much for helping to promote the Oblongagonalong! Greatly appreciate it, Pam!

  7. Thanks for sharing these, Pam. There were several that I wasn't aware of.:)

  8. I'm planning a little girls sun dress sew along in March. It's a very simple pattern. Hope some of you will join me!

  9. What a great idea to publish a little summary list. I love seeing what other people are doing.
    thanks for including my Little Things to Sew Challenge in the group!


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