I’ve had good luck recently with online sewing contests; I was one of the winners of the quilt block lotto I posted about recently, and I just learned I won a copy of One Yard Wonders from Sharon at Sharon Sews. I think it’s my first blog contest win – I’ve entered several but never won before. Thanks, Sharon and the quilting forum ladies – maybe next I should buy a lottery ticket. (Nah…)
I’ve been mightily tempted by the other kind of sewing contests coming up – SWAP, and the one-pattern wardrobe and endless combinations contests on PR. I tend to go through these stages with contests: first I’m in love with the idea of participating in them, and spend a lot of time plotting what might work, then I feel overwhelmed by the idea of trying to conform to all the rules, and then I come to a state where I realize I’m thinking about making pieces for the contest that I wouldn’t probably make otherwise, and I come to a screeching halt. SWAP, for example – I’ve only completed it once, and some of those items never got worn. I had to go more simple than normal, and honestly, making a bunch of elastic-waist knits just so I can complete a contest that I’ll rarely wear seems ridiculous. Yet I crave the push and the companionship and, I’ll admit it, the attention that a good contest entry gets.
I’ve got a fairly large wardrobe right now, and i don’t need to make whole capsules of clothes; I need to make individual pieces in varying colors to go with things I already own. And I need to learn how to do fly zips and more fitted pants and woven blouses and buttonholes on my machine. But instead I spend time thinking about SWAP or whatever contest, and wishing it made sense for me.