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The 100 Day Project 2017

30 March 2017 08:00

Do you know about The 100 Day Project? 

It's basically a creative challenge - 'turn up' every day for 100 days, even if it's only for 5 minutes, and be creative in your chosen way.  It was started by artists and works particularly well for painting and drawing, so would be a great challenge for all you designers!  You decide what you're going to do, and do it every day for 100 days.  Each day, you post your efforts on Instagram, as a way of keeping us all on track!  The project has its own website this year, here.

I took part the year before last (you can read about it in my blog post The 100 Day Project) and enjoyed the challenge.  I was going to take part again last year, but broke my leg instead!  So, this year, I've been thinking about it well in advance, so I'm ready to go when it starts on April 4th.

Last time, I decided to sew, mainly dress-making with a bit of hand-sewing for the days I was away from home and needed something portable.  However, the big drawback of dress-making is that it's not so easy to spend only 5 minutes and still take an interesting photo.  If, on one day, you only sew one seam, the chances are that the following day you will have to sew another seam - and you don't really want identical photos every day.  The real challenge for me last time was finding new ways to photograph my sewing!  (Although I did get a lot made.)

This time, after much deliberation, I've decided to kill three birds with one stone.  In the 3 years I've been running Print me Pretty, I've amassed quite a pile of fabric which, for one reason or another, can't be sent to the customer.  It can't be sold, because the designs are private.  Some of it has gone to a psychiatric hospital, for use in their craft activities.  But I still have a fair bit.  So I've decided to use some of this fabric to make a quilt (or quilts) for Project Linus.  They make quilts to give to children who are sick in hospital.

I'm also planning an open quilt-making day to make an extra quilt or two.  This will be held in the cafe at St George's Christian Centre in Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, Surrey on Thursday, May 11th   Friday, June 23rd .  I'll be there between 10am and 2pm.  Between 10.30 and 12.00, I'll also be running a 'Know How' session on patchwork using English Paper Piecing.  If any of you live nearby and would like to pop in and stitch a seam, I would love to see you there.  The cafe sells drinks, home-made cake and lovely lunches.

I'm afraid it does mean that I'll be posting photos of seam stitching on Instagram (#100daysofpmpsewing) every day from April 4th to July 12th - but at least the fabrics will be different nearly every day!  And perhaps you'll join me?