Friday, July 14, 2006

Take the Leap Challenge

I've been thinking a lot about a comment that Tazzie made the other day. One line in particular stood out: "I'm longing to make some freeform letters and teacups, but I'm scared to take the leap."

I have a challenge for Tazzie and anyone else out there who has thought the same. I've come up with a project that should be fun, easy, and fairly quick. I will make it with you, I will do my best to come up with the clearest instructions possible, and if you get in any kind of jam I will talk you through it.

We're going to make a baby quilt for the charity of your choice (there are some great ones out there but I don't have time at the moment to go cruising for links). This way you're not trying to make something that will fit in with your decor, or that has to please the taste of anyone you know. If your letters don't look like letters, it won't matters. Babies aren't fussy - they just need warmth.

Anyone in? You don't have to have a blog to play. You can leave a comment or email me.

31 comments:

Clare said...

Hi Tonya,

I'm up for it, though I will need to have a practise run first. When are you thinking of starting?

Any chance of tying this in with my Quilts for Leukaemia idea?

Mary said...

Sounds good to me - I've been wanting to try the letters but haven't had time for a large project with everything else going on right now. A small charity quilt I should be able to do.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to....never done anything like this before - but I'll live "out of the box" for this!

Looking forward to it any many thanks!

Tazzie said...

Wow! Thank you Tonya! This is definitely the inspiration I need, I'm IN! How wonderful of you to hold my hand ... I hope I won't squeeze too hard *lol*.

Also, I love the crusty you made for Finn, it's super cute. You have the best imagination!

*huge hugs and happy dances*
Tazzie
:-)

dot said...

Count me in. It will be fun to see what everyone does. Love the crusty you made for Finn. I bet she had a big smile on the day she received that gift. You are so thoughtful.

Dawn said...

Oh what a good idea Tonya - heck I just have to get back to the 3 I've started!!!! :) And the "new" one we need to do! ARGH! Time is not being kind to me this summer!

Stacey Teague said...

I think I'm up to it...yes, yes, I'll do it!!!

Marianna said...

I would like to participate. I have some spare fabric that a quilt store has donated for a charity quilt.

jpquilter said...

I would love to join you in this challenge - I need something to kick me up a notch - Juliann

Shellie said...

Not sure I'll have much time to work on it right for the next few months but I'll give it a shot. Worse comes to worse, it becomes a UFO until we're settled back in the states. So, count me in.

Finn said...

Count on me too Ton! I can definitely use the practice...*VBS* I'm still struggling..have myself discombobulated over thinking in reverse...LOL
But my tea pot is DONE! And I'll trim it up in a few mintues and take it's picture...*VBS*

ama said...

Count me in, as of Monday I will have no quilty deadlines facing me and this is just the kick I need.

Fiona said...

I'd love to do it - I'm on holiday next week though, so it might take me a while to catch up.

quiltpixie said...

Good challenge Tonya. I've got too many things on my plate right now, but look forward to seeing the work of you all on this project.

Susan said...

Okay, I'm in. =) There's always someone having a baby, or a charity needing small quilts.

tami said...

Count me in too. I've been looking for an excuse to do some of those free form letters.

Katie said...

I'm in. And the quilt you made finn is the greatest - just as she is.

bluerain said...

What a big heart you have, Tonya!!

This challenge is scary...I want to try.....ok,... I will check it out
The 'Finn' gift is fun and bright! (:

Paula

Hanne said...

Sounds fun to me - I am in :-)

Anonymous said...

I will take the challenge too!
Great idea Tonya.....I get to practice the free form letters I have been admiring forever on your quilts and others and make a charity quilt.
A truly win win situation!
Thanks for doing this,
Kathie

EileenKNY said...

Tonya,
I'll give it a shot, but it'll have to be tiny, baby steps for me.
Finn's quilt is adorable.

Patti said...

Oh - I wish I had time to take the challenge. Can I watch while you all play, and take notes, so I can play later once I finished everything I have deadlines for?

jdoriot said...

Hey Tonya!

I've been visiting your blog for awhile now but have never commented. I would love to be part of this challenge so count me in too!! I have a small ministry called "Gus' Gang" and we give blankets, books, gifts of encouragement to families with chronically ill children....this challenge will be great for me to "do something different" with the quilts I make. Thanks a bunch for heading this up!

www.caringbridge.org/visit/gusdoriot

Anonymous said...

I'd like to try too. I've been wanting to try your letters on a fun project but I'm afraid to mess up. This will give me good practice.

Patti

Katjaquilt said...

Okay, I'm in too. I belong to a German Yahoo-group piecing little quilts for prematur babies with a birth weight under 1500 g and as they always need quilts I will do one for them.

Soren said...

oooh, i want to try! i get stressed out by making full size quilts and I don't know any babies so I've never made a little one, but i would love to!

Passionate Quilter said...

okay--I'm in--I've done similar type things, but this is different and fun enough that I want to try it! I love all your letters!

McIrish Annie said...

Tonya,

count me in on the baby quilt challenge!! sounds like fun

Ann said...

I have never done a challenge quilt, but I love your letters and colors. Should be finished with my granddaughter's quilt in time to do this challenge.
Count me in!

extremevalues said...

I'd love to take a whack at the letters. I haven't made a liberated piece in a while.
Carol in TX

Denise Wheeler said...

I'm in also. Just do not tell my hubby! LOL! He is always on me about not finishing anything I start. He is right. But it is still fun to do these things. Even if I do not complete it right away, it will get done.

Thanks for this opportunity!

Denise