Saturday, June 4, 2016

#BraveQuilter Winner for May & June Linky OPEN

Congratulations, Kate!
 @ Smiles From Kate 
You're the #BraveQuilter Winner for May!

Kate linked up in the beginning of May with this post, New to me quilting stitch, telling us what her goal was, and wrapped it up here, It's Finished... showing us how she met her self-imposed challenge. She created a beautiful gift for her husband, and jumped into previously unknown territory to do it. I applaud her for her bravery, and for being a #BraveQuilter. Thank you for sharing with us all, Kate, and I will be contacting you by email to make arrangements for sending your prize.

Do You Have What It Takes?

I'll bet you do. The act of bravery does not always mean we will succeed, or finish, or come with any guarantees of happy endings. It just means we'll try. Believe me when I say I experience failure more often than success while being brave, and think both are very important. #BraveQuilter is about taking a calculated risk in a fairly safe format, and not about fabulous projects, though, some turn out that way. It's about pushing yourself to learn new things, and growing. It's not for me or anyone else to determine what you need, but for you to look inside, and find your own direction. I'm just here as the cheerleader, and for moral support.

Are you ready to join in the #BraveQuilter link up?

I encourage you to be a #BraveQuilter, and set one goal to work on something that is challenging to you.

Do you want to...
Figure out zippers? Learn to piece a Y-seam? Enter your work in a show? Applique something--anything? Dye fabrics?Work with repurposed fabrics? Make a block with curved piecing? Paint with acrylics on fabric? Take a class on something totally new to you? Make buttonholes? Host a sewing day? Etc.

Set a goal to try ONE thing.

Pick just one new thing on your list you choose to try this month, and link it up here. Write a blog post or add it to a blog post this week, or simply post it on Instagram. It doesn't have to be a big thing. 

Write a Blog Post

For example, assuming you have never tried or 
mastered curved piecing, and would like to. 

1. Add something like *this below to a blog post. 
2. Add a link somewhere in your post back to Pink Doxies. 
3. Link up that post here.

* "I would like to try curved piecing. I'm participating in the Pink Doxies new link up, #BraveQuilter. As part of the link party for the (which month), my goal is to try making one 12" block with curved piecing." 

Or an Instagram Post

Instagram could be a simple picture of your materials or an example of what you'd like to achieve, and say the same thing as above. Use the hashtag #BraveQuilter, and tag me @PINKDOXIES. 

Then DO it! Try it. If you wind up making something fabulous, cheers to you! If you try it, and maybe it's just so-so, cheers to you, too, because you still worked at it. Maybe someone else will have words of advice to help you out. These do not have to be finished projects. We are taking small steps together to become better quilter, sewists, artists. We are celebrating the learning process.

The link party will stay open for one week. June is now OPEN, and will close 
June 10, 2016 at midnight EST. When you've completed your own challenge, write and publish a blog post or Instagram post. The link up for finished projects will be July 1-3. I will draw one winner to receive a bundle of vibrant, hand dyed and/or painted fabrics from the Pink Doxies Studio. You must link up both at the beginning and end of the month to be eligible for prizes. 

Remember: No one is asking you for a finished project of any kind. Pick something that is a personal challenge, and take it on. 

Be your own inspiration, 
and grow this year!

Life begins outside your comfort zone.

NOTA BENE: The #BraveQuilter linky will be temporarily suspended for July and August during summer holidays, but resume in September. Make your plans.


Kate said...

Congratulations to Kate on both being brave and on a finished project.

Angie in SoCal said...

Congratulations, Kate! A beautiful quilt.

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

Thank you. It was completely unexpected and has made me vey happy. It is a very special quilt for lots of reasons and I'm so happy with how it turned out.
Smiling and doing the happy dance,

Nancy said...

Thanks for creating and hosting #Brave Quilter, Julie. I appreciate it.
--Nancy. (ndmessier @,

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Congratulations Kate! Your quilt was so beautiful. All the more because you were brave. And thanks Julie for hosting this! I love Brave Quilter.