Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Challenge

Here's an idea I've been kicking around for a while. It came up again a few weeks ago when I saw a woman mailing her quilt to Keepsake Quilting for their challenge. In a quilting challenge, quilters get some number of fabrics from which they can make a design of their choosing. The rules state they have to use a minimum number of the fabrics supplied, and they can only supplement with a certain number of additional fabrics. You can't quite work this way with cross-stitch, but you could have a common pattern that people stitched allowing them to choose fabric, floss, and finishing method.

How about a cross-stitchers' challenge? We could do it for fun to see all the different ways the pattern got stitched, or we could do it for prizes.

If the latter, we need to find judges and make rules. And the prizes, we'd need to come up with prizes. People could send in a photo of their finish and I could post them anonymously and put it to a vote, letting the visitors make the choice. Of course, people would have to be on their honor to make their entry anonymous.

So, would you be interested in participating in something like this? We could work on a timeline of a couple of months and make it a pretty small (free) pattern so it won't interfere too much with your already busy stitching schedule.

19 comments:

xsquared said...

I would potentially be interested - it would depend on the pattern and the time allowed.

Diane said...

Sounds intriguing. I'd definitely be interested.

Lee said...

As long as the pattern isn't too fussy, I'm in!

Cathy said...

I'd be interested in that.

Emilie said...

I'm interested too!

Kathryn said...

Since I can't seem to stick to the suggested threads and fabric, even with good choices, I definitely in.

Kathryn said...

HA! That's what I get for not bringing my laptop, and trying to reply on my iPhone. How about "I'm definitely in."

Nic said...

I'd definitely be in. And how about including a challenge to "finish" the piece too?

Donna said...

Sounds intriguing.

Anonymous said...

Can loyal readers participate, or only bloggers?

dd

Coral said...

Me too!!

Mrs.X said...

It sounds interesting - and anything to get me away from my project that just won't end!

Jacque said...

I'm interested, but time will be a factor for me. Maybe as a prize, you should collect $5.00 from each participant and winner takes all?!?

Stephanie said...

Hey this sounds like a neat idea - maybe each person entering could commit to sending the eventual winner a prize for a nominal sum (set a limit like $5 or $10 or local equivalent) - then the winner gets a little parcel from each of the participants? I'll be definitely interested in participating (whether as a competition or just for fun). By the way, not sure I comment on your blog very often (ever?) but I do love to read it, so I'm coming out of the woods as it were :)

Barbeeque4 said...

Sounds like a fun idea, count me in!!

Shelley said...

I'd like to participate, too. I've been wanting to experiment more with my stitching.

Hope a long time lurking reader is eligible.

Barbara said...

I'd be interested, too. Especially if it's 'just for fun' - maybe if it went off well, it could be done a 2nd time for prizes.

Michelle said...

Love the idea!

Monsoon said...

Im in!