3.16.2014

you down with ODC?


i'm stumped, y'all.  i admit it.  this is not easily uttered, after all, I LIKE TO WIN, EVEN AGAINST MYSELF.  but when i won these generous bundles of fat quarters from riley blake for project sewn, i was stymied.  they beat me the second they landed on my doorstep.  what does a kalkatroonaan do with 18 x 22 shapes of cotton?  yes, they are pretty, and colorful, and fun, but kalkatroonaans...they do not sew accessories...they are not especially crafty...they shriek at the thought of quilting...they for damn sure don't sew for children.....really, when it comes down to it, a kalkatroonaan sews for herself.  (or for liquor.) 

i brought this problem to the attention of several of my favorite ladies whilst at dinner with a even larger group of favorite ladies last week.  surely one can't make a garment out of anything under half a yard?  four gals laughed heartily at me.  oona, of course one can make an adult sized garment out of fat quarters.  you fool.

oh reeeeeeallly?  i raised a tipsy eyebrow.  so if i give you each a bundle, you'll prove me wrong?

OONA'S DRUNKEN ~fat quarter~ CHALLENGE

(after all, i was on my third margarita)

THE CHALLENGERS:

amity from lolita patterns
devra from puu's door of time
jennifer from workroom social

THE CHALLENGE:

using 9 fat quarters, make an adult sized garment for yourself.  not allowed: accessories, sewing for children.   ALL 9 quarters in each mini bundle must be used*, but the challengers may supplement their fabric with their stash (but mais oui, extra points if you don't).  major party foul if you use the fat quarters as lining or binding and call it a fat quarter garment. UH UH BABY.  the quarters must be the viewable bulk of your garment.  the challengers have until april 30.*

(*exception to this rule given to carolyn, who upon seeing her bundle decreed oh i can make this into something for work, you just wait.  the group agreed that if carolyn can indeed make something office appropriate, she does not have to use all 9 pieces at once.  however, still no fair just using a bit for a yoke or binding and calling it done. and obviously, the judges will need photographic evidence of the garment in the work environment.  OK CAROLYN I'M WAITING.) 

THE PRIZE:

my undying love.  unless i get a big fancy job, then i'll buy something pretty.  as far as i'm concerned, every challenger that succeeds in making an adult piece will win.   there will probably be "best" categories, but that involves the use of more cocktail brainstorming.  which will undoubtedly happen, but not till later this evening.  i am a lady, after all.

(you will note the acronym leaves room for future challenges, which will probably be brainstormed over drinks.  ODC also stands for Ozone Depleting Chemical, which i think is weirdly appropriate.)

* edit: there have been changes afoot in this challenge, bending of rules and morphing of dates... but fear not! the challengers have agreed to a schedule that cannot be denied, and you'll soon find out why. Fat Quarter Fridays are coming this summer!

77 comments:

  1. This is brilliant, and I can't wait to see it in action!!! Is everyone using the same fat quarters?

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    1. some have unicorns... some have... oh, well, i should leave the reveal to the ladies......

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  2. i did not get pink unicorns. WHO STOLE MY PINK UNICORNS?!?!?!

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    1. WHAAAT! who?! what?? umm......

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    2. i feel at a great disadvantage not having pink unicorns. just saying.

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  3. Well if this works out like I hope it will, I don't need a prize. One I'll have a new outfit so there's that and then proving you wrong will be another point! *LOL*

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    1. i KNOW how you like to prove me wrong, truly i have found the perfect prize!

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  4. Oona and her technicolor dream coat FTW.
    #i made my coooooat
    Of many swaaaatches
    Ooooh ooooh Ooooh"

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  5. Oh, WOW, I'm so excited about this! Can't wait to see what everyone makes! Carolyn- I don't know what tricks you have up your sleeve but I'm not going to believe you until I see the garment!

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  6. fun! I'll be following all of these sewists closely!

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  7. You don't sew accessories? You don't quilt?! You're not crafty??!! You don't sew for children???!!! You brainstorm stuff over cocktails????!!!! Man you are a woman after my own heart! Such a shame there is the Pacific Ocean between us.

    My view of the world; accessories, why would I bother? Mulberry have such lovely handbags for stroking and there is always vintage treasure to be found. Quilting, errr, you cut up perfectly good fabric into tiny little pieces and then sew it up again? Ummm...why? Craft, I think I'm allergic to glue. Sew for children, ummm, no, that would be why I am teaching Miss 15 to sew so she can create her own fabulousness :)

    Thank you for your blog, it never fails to brighten my day.

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    1. EGG. ZACT. LY.

      and thank you! should we ever meet, please wear the chapeau....

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  8. I dare you to make a bra and undie set out of the unicorn fat quarter! Oh my heavens, Ruggy would hate that, especially if it had lots of ruffles on it!

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    1. Yes! I support this idea.

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    2. blerg maddie. DAMMIT!!! i did keep 9 for myself with the idea that i might get inspired. and i forgot to put NO SKIVVIES in the rules. but will i have enough for ruffles?

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  9. I'm so glad to just watch this one! Please keep placement in mind with those wings and horns!!

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  10. You talkin' crazy lady. Of course you can use fat quarters in clothing! Uh...check the inside of my me-made jeans pockets whydontcha. I use fat quarters to make bias binding all the time. One measly FQ can make between 5 and 8 yards of bias. You can cut FQs up and use them as strips or panels in a blocked shirt. The possibilities are endless. Muahahahahahaha...cough...cough...

    =)

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    1. yes but they are not allowed bias or linings etc! i'm expecting evening gowns.

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    2. Ooooh...I'll shut up now. =)

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  11. I am going to be obsessively waiting for the results of this challenge. Major blog stalking is going to happen until I see couture garments sporting rainbows and unicorns!

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  12. this is going to be wonderful! thank you for once again brightening my day.

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  13. Oh Oona! This is going to be exciting. I can't wait to see what this fabulous group of ladies have come up with. Hope you enjoy a cocktail or two or three throughout the process!

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  14. Ha! That is all I have to say about this. Can't wait to see what they come up with.

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  15. Super fun idea, can't wait to see it.

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  16. Oh my gosh, I have visions of multi-coloured garments with rainbows and unicorns prancing all over the place! Fabulous!!!! Can't wait to see the finished ones. :-)

    (Sadly, I now want unicorn fabric. Must not accumulate more stash.... Must not....)

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  17. Great challenge! Can't wait to see what these ladies come up with, with those prints it is bound to be wild!

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  18. This is going to be interesting. Ah yes, the word I'm searching for is "hoo-ha!"
    Does it mean all 9 fat quarters must be used in ONE garment??? I could totally use them one by one, I think (I'm just now working on a piece that uses about that amount of fabric), but 9 in 1 is definitely a challenge.

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    1. that is the challenge! now that i think about it, that's pretty hard.

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  19. That's a cool challenge. Bless alcohol and its inspirational abilities :)
    I guess the bundle would worlk nicely on a tiered maxi dress.

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  20. ooooo, just love that! I will wait with bated breath to see what those gals come up with. Raised eyebrows at the ready and all ;-)

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  21. OMG those rainbows.....delicious challenge. Good luck to ya :)

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  22. I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE THIS. Also I know instantly what I would do. Amazeballs.

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  23. So excited for this. All I can could come up with in my head was patchwork clothing a la 1970s so I'm eager to see what everyone else has under their thinking caps.

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  24. What? Nobody plays tennis? You can make a tennis skirt/tennis panties out of 1/2 yard. Go get a racquet and pose for a picture.

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  25. I'm just as stumped as you are Oona, It will be very exciting to see what these ladies make! Gladiator sewists, sewing it out until death, (of a fat quarter..) great idea!!

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  26. Oh, pshaw! Easy peasy. For instance, this is one of my favorite uses of Amy Butler fabric:

    http://seeaprilsew.blogspot.com/2012/07/amy-butler-love-video-skirt-two.html

    Yes, I know that a fat quarter isn't going to be long enough to make those strips but you can figure out something that will be as beautiful as this!!!!!!

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    1. Yep! You can totally wear the bejesus out of a itty bitty pretty thing! Eighteen inches is just about right for a flouncy skirt!

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  27. Riley Blake is definitely either for quilting or making kid's clothes. I've seen skirts made out of FQ's. You cut strips that are vertical and sew them up. I guess it depends on your size. And you I guess you could add to the bottom horizontally. I like Riley Blake for the most part, but I wish you would have gotten a better prize for all the hard and AWESOME work that you put in. (I just started following you for the past couple months, and you are an awesome seamstress, but I don't think I've ever heard you talk about quilting-which is what I started out with that made me want to learn how to sew my own dresses) I would have made a quilt with a minky background if that fabric you got was kinda crazy/childish. OR tried to sell it on IG #greatfabricdestash so you could buy something that you love

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    1. thanks for the love, karrie! kind of like a men's tie skirt, yes?? and yes, you are correct-- i don't like to say never, but erm..quilting...erm...so i'm VERY excited to see what the gals do! the FQs are majorly cute, and i have indeed saved myself a small bundle just in case i'm (insanely jealous) utterly inspired by their creations. oh and i did also receive other adultish goodies, which i'll share soon...

      um and that IG thingy is awesome. WHO KNEW.

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  28. I'm definitely interested to see how this comes out! I have a couple of FQs lying around, because I like to grab one and just sort of freehand embroider sometimes (basically doodling) when I'm feeling lounge-y, but then I don't do anything with the finished embroidered fabrics, cause what can you do? It's basically the post-it of fabric.

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    1. the post it of fabrics!!! I LIKE THAT.

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  29. I have a huge tote bag with comic book characters all over it (from a past ComicCon) that I've been dying to make into something fabulous, so I will be watching your challenge for inspiration!

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    1. oh, i kind of want you to keep it.... does it perchance have nightcrawler?

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  30. I await with bated breath... since I also have tons of fat quarters and besides quilting and accessories, I haven't used them for garments. Can't wait to see what you-all come up with! :D

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  31. Yeah, good going getting rid of that stuff...er, I mean...what a great idea for a challenge!

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  32. i support drunken challenges of all kinds! this one would be more fun only if you challenge the girls to sew those graments while drunk

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  33. Nine FQs is 2-1/4 yards. Who can't make an adult garment with 2-1/4 yards?

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  34. Exciting challenge sew looking forward to seeing this. It is totally possible, mashing small bits together is what I love to do most :) yahoo

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    1. lovely lady, this is very true. i'd love to see what you'd do!

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  35. Can't wait to see what comes out of this...I'm reminded of the tie skirt I sewed together in highschool.

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  36. I love this idea, you evil genius... yes, let OTHERS decide what to do with fat quarters! mwahahahahahahaaaaaaa ^__^

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  37. This was not around the time, I so innocently *ahem* and casually re-filled your glass while hoping no one noticed?

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    1. HA! i knew that must have come from somewhere :-) right after you accidentally-on-purpose got the guy to fill YOUR glass again.

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    2. who thought it was a good idea to leave a pitcher in front of the two of us, anyway?

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  38. I. am. so. jealous!

    My mind is spinning with ideas!

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  39. Lol can you believe I'm doing the same. I chose 4 talented Brazilian crafters of course, they won't be doing garments because they love crafting, quilting etc so...

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    1. that's crazy! we're still sharing a brain :)

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  40. Dis is gonna be epic.

    EPICCCCCCC!!

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  41. I'm sorry I missed dinner, but really REALLY glad that I did not get suckered into this challenge ;o)

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  42. Oh temptation. I'll have to think about this. No commitment for now.

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  43. I love this challenge. In fact, when I shared the idea with my husband (and showed him exactly what a Fat Quarter was by cutting a yard in my stash) he seemed to think that the idea just screamed funk. Eager to see what the results of the official challenge turns out to be. In the meantime, I have to calm the creative machinations of my loving dude. Thank you.

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  44. I AM GIDDY with excitement and apprehension at what will occur with these fatty quarters!!!!! Nail biting......Now I have to go stalk you on every social media platform so I don't miss even a SINGLE post. :D You've been warned.

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  45. Hey there! I was so excited to see the original post, and visited all your competitors in the challenge. What's the sitch with it lately? I haven't seen any updates for a while.

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    1. update coming soon! in fact, lemme just go edit this jammie...

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  46. Awww sookie sookie naw. Newbie quilter, lover of cotton (yes for daily wear), in the house. Can not WAIT to read up on everybody's blog about THIS one.

    Cheers,

    Lyric

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    1. a couple are already up, and there are more on the way!

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i thankya truly for taking the time to comment, i love a good conversation-- and hope you know my thanks are always implied, if not always written!