Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Sewing in 2021

Like many of you, I have been spending the pandemic sewing up a storm.  I thought I would have made a sizeable dent in my stash by now but it seems like I still have tons of fabric.  Maybe you do too!  I thought I would list some quilting ideas for the coming year.  I'm really only listing the sites where no purchase is required (I think and hope).  I know most of us are on a budget.

In case you are wondering, I did put a year in review of my finished quilts over at my 3 Poodles and a Nana blog here.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge:  The post is up for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2021 at the blog, So Scrappy.  You can read the first color for 2021 here and some of the rules.  What I like about this challenge is that it is very flexible.  I've been studying what quilters have made in years past (on Instagram mostly).  Some folks use the month to make table runners, or blocks with a quilt in mind, or whatever they want.

2021 UFO Challenge:  Sponsored by All People Quilt, this challenge encourages quilters to finish UFOs and even has charts and ideas to keep us on track.  Read more here.

Stay-at-Home Round Robin:  Normally a quilting round robin involves mailing this or that to a variety of people.  This is a round robin made for the pandemic with no mailing at all.  I know only a few things about this one:  It begins in January 2021, will involve 7 bloggers (including Home Sewn By Us) and I think there will be 7 "rounds."  I will share more on this when I find out more...

Pat Sloan always has some wonderful projects on her website.  I love her site for free patterns and sew-alongs!  Her website is here.

Jacqueline Stevens does a lot of free block of the months and you can register to be put on her list here.  I think "My Hometown" begins in February and she emails you the pattern.  You can read more at her site.

Elm Street Quilts:  This website has a "One Monthly Goal" challenge and even has industry sponsors.  Each month a random participant wins something.  Check it out here.

Free patterns are always a way to get inspired.  You can literally google "Free quilt patterns" and get lost for days dreaming of projeects.  Here are some sites you may want to start with:

From fabric companies like Windham, Moda, Kaufman, Michael Miller, P & B, Hoffman, etc.

Other industry leaders or websites with free patterns include Eleanor BurnsBonnie Hunter, Connecting Threads, McCall's
Quilters Cache, Fat Quarter Shop, etc.  

Have a safe and happy day!

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