One Thing, One Week Challenge :: 7

Good morning!  Today kicks off our challenge week for the month, I’m excited to see what you are all up to!

What will you challenge yourself with this week?

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I don’t want you to be stressed out about this challenge, but I do hope to MOTIVATE you.  Finish something, start something, just don’t be overwhelmed by everything – One Thing!

You decide, what’s reasonable for you to get done in a weeks time, and tell me your goal in the commentsNext Monday, I will have a linky and you can link to your blog/flickr post, and show off your met goal!


My goal for the week, is a quilt top that will hopefully go in my next book…I’m working on a proposal.  (There’s a tiny hint on Facebook)  I won’t be sharing it, but I’ll let you know if I finish it!


For those of you that meet your goal, you will be entered to win a autographed copy of Modern Basics!

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Motivate your friends too!

Have a productive week~



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  1. Laura March 21, 2011 at 6:04 am

    I just finished a quilt last night (yay!) so my goal this week is to work on my Brown Bag challenge quilt (um, to start it). It is due on April 1st.

  2. Frauke March 21, 2011 at 6:08 am

    This comes RIGHT in time ;-)) for my flowery nine patch quilt I need “just” to put the rows together, and I sure hope to get this done this week! So thanks for the gentle reminder – I’m in!

  3. Lisa March 21, 2011 at 6:18 am

    I will actually start a quilt for the first time in 2 years!

  4. LT March 21, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Just yesterday I finished the quilting on my sister’s lap quilt and ironed the binding. So my goal for this week will be to get that binding sewn on to the quilt.

    Thanks as always for helping use get our projects further down the road towards completion.

  5. Valerie Boudier March 21, 2011 at 6:40 am

    I have just started a 60th birthday postcard for an order. Will finish it this week and possibly some Easter themed ones as well

  6. Kathy Stahl March 21, 2011 at 6:49 am

    What a great idea! I have a quilt that needs the binding stitched down and it will become a finish.

  7. Emma March 21, 2011 at 6:52 am

    I hope to finish quilting the current quilt, and maybe even bind it!

  8. Tiffany March 21, 2011 at 6:55 am

    If I can make it to the store soon, my goal is to finish the binding on my first ever bed sized quilt. And then I should probably think of a name for it so I don’t have to keep calling it that!
    In the meantime – I will be working on a top for a quilted table cloth that we are in DESPERATE need of at our house (all our table cloths are the wrong size). I cut everything out yesterday and just need to sew it all together. I think I can do that in one week…

  9. Kristy March 21, 2011 at 7:12 am

    I am working on placemats for my sister’s birthday. I have barely started them, but i hope to have at least two of the eight done this week. All of the would be nice though!

  10. randi March 21, 2011 at 7:16 am

    i am going to start quilting emily’s quilt top. would love to finish 1/2. we will see…..:)

  11. ImperaMagna March 21, 2011 at 7:17 am

    I’ve already completed this week’s challenge to myself… I made 16 double four-patch blocks to send to Beth of Love Laugh Quilt. Beth is asking for these 8.5″ blocks and will turn them into a quilt (or quilts) to send to Japan. Instructions are on her blog.


  12. Nancy March 21, 2011 at 7:20 am

    My goal is to finish piecing the baby quilt. The blocks are all completed and now just need to be pieced. I’m off to sew.

  13. Kate March 21, 2011 at 7:39 am

    My goal is to make the backing for my t-shirt quilt, quilt it and bind it. It’s doable…if I get my butt in gear and actually do it.

  14. Quiet Quilter March 21, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I have just cut the 12″ blocks for simple pinwheel curtains to hang in my sewing room. Hopefully, I can have 2 of the tops of the curtains done in a week. If I finished all 4 that would be wonderful, but I will be satisfied with 2.

  15. Natalie March 21, 2011 at 7:49 am

    I just started operation make more stuff on my blog. Made a list of smaller crafts to do one a week. :) This week is the felt hoop applique on sew, mama, sew

  16. Mickey White March 21, 2011 at 7:50 am

    My one thing challenge is to make a tote bag , okay at least 2 . A small challenge for most of you ; however , I have bag-blockage . For some reason I don’t think I can make bags ! I’ve only sewn for about 40 years ; I was going to take a class at a LQS ; I was going to make some for Christmas gifts ; but haven’t ! I have patterns & fabric ! so , now , my final ‘gonna get to it ‘ is Amy’s challenge !! thanks for the “push” !!

  17. Hazle March 21, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Oh, I am in need of a little motivation, (!!) so I challenge myself to cut binding for, and bind off, ‘Drifting: spring’. Thanks Amy! :- )


  18. De March 21, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I love a challenge!! I am going to try and finish a baby quilt, a table runner and start a new table runner!! Busy week!!

  19. Betty March 21, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I have a baby quilt started, but needs borders. So that is my plan for the week, to put on the borders (once I find what fabrics I want to use).

  20. Amy Newbold March 21, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Amy – your bugger! I was not going to do anything sewing related this week at all since I’ve got a bathroom remodel I have to chug out. But I love your challenge weeks, so I will finish my bee blocks because they were due by the end of the month. I’ll try to finish binding my toyko quilt. . and finish some potholders too.

  21. Amy Newbold March 21, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Amy – you’re bugger! I was not going to do anything sewing related this week at all since I’ve got a bathroom remodel I have to chug out. But I love your challenge weeks, so I will finish my bee blocks because they were due by the end of the month. I’ll try to finish binding my toyko quilt. . and finish some potholders too.

  22. Kay (Soubrette Art) March 21, 2011 at 8:23 am

    My goal? Put together the quilt top squares for a quilt-as-you go project I want to take in the car this weekend. I’ve blogged about it today, and will again next Monday. Thanks for the challenge!

  23. beth March 21, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I am behind on my blocks for the Bloggers Blockapalooza quilt along so I am hoping to get 2 of my 6 remaining blocks started and completed. Good luck to all and thanks for the push, Amy!

  24. Pat Hedrick March 21, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I intend to finish my petroglyph quilt …. I’m very close, just handwork

  25. Terriaw March 21, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I have fabric cut for two new bag ideas that I would LOVE to finish this week! I am excited about these new bags so it would be a big accomplishment with all the school and homework demands I have going on right now.

  26. Sarah Craig March 21, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Hi, Amy! I quilted three quilts yesterday on my frame, and would like to get the binding sewn on all three so they can go to their new homes – a 7 year old boy with leukemia, a woman with lung cancer, and another woman with breast cancer.

  27. Marci Girl March 21, 2011 at 8:47 am

    My goal this week is to finish one block (my first) in the Bottled Rainbows Ticker Tape Quilt-Along. Simple enough, I hope!!!!

    Great giveaway Amy! It certainly will make me want to meet my goal!

  28. Laurie March 21, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Just one thing? I WILL get the green border on my border quilt. If I do 2 things I’ll add the stars too.

  29. I'm Just Sayin'... - Kerri March 21, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Just one thing? I WILL get the binding on my son’s dr. suess quilt. I have never hand sewn a binding on, this is my first attempt. Wish me luck!

  30. Becky March 21, 2011 at 9:09 am

    My goal is to cut out all the pieces for the quilt I’ve been meaning to do for a while now. Thanks for the motivation to get a-moving!

  31. Megan March 21, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I need to finish piecing a quilt for my cousin’s graduation and get it sent to the quilters. This is the week!!!

  32. Janet March 21, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I hope to do one of the following:

    finish sewing the binding on one quilt or

    start sewing the binding on another quilt or

    make the bindings for two other UFOs that have been stored away!

    I have lots of fun projects I would really rather start, but I am trying to finish other things first!

  33. Janel Miller March 21, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I have had a log cabin lap type quilt that I have worked on and off on for a couple of years now. Grrrrrr. It was the first quilt I started when I was first teaching myself to quilt…what was I thinking:)…I have had to unstitch and restitch and remeasure and recut. Sometimes some blocks got remade several times until I got it right. After awhile, I went on to much simpler projects…ex: nine patch…etc. I started piecing together again yesterday and it’s a miracle…I can now sew my blocks in 5×5 squares the first time:) If I could finish making all the little blocks for this quilt I would feel so refreshed!! I know it’s a huge goal, but thanks for your inspiration!!!!

  34. MarciaW March 21, 2011 at 9:30 am

    My goal this week is to make all but the center (no fabric for it) of one double grandmother’s flower garden (including the partial path). I’m following a paper pieces pattern to make each “block”. That’s 27 hexagons to make and assemble into a flower. I’m a slow newbie so this is a big challenge for me.

  35. Kelly March 21, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I have several baby gifts to make, so my goal for this week is to finish 3 flannel baby blankets. I hope to get a few other things done as well, but I’ll be happy with the 3 blankets!

  36. Sue March 21, 2011 at 9:48 am

    My goal this week to to get all the red hearts and the green triangles sew on 12 quiet book pages for the quiet book swap.

  37. felicity March 21, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I need to quilt my DQS10 quilt!

  38. Christie, Describe Happy March 21, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I really enjoy these!! This week I would like to finalize the design for my Criss-Cross quilt and start piecing it. It’s always so much easier for me to focus on what I can accomplish in one week. So much more tangible!! Thanks for hosting these and offering a copy of your awesome book!

  39. Andrea Krauss March 21, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I will piece my color brick quilt top. Just pressed the fat quarters and will start cutting today. I will also finish my March block for the Birdie Stitches quilt along. Ready, set, go!

  40. Irelle Beatie March 21, 2011 at 10:17 am

    First thing I do on Monday morning is make a list of the projects that interest me for the week. I don’t have any new deadlines so this challenge is perfect to keep my motivated. I have three quilts that need to be bound (Project 1, 2 & 3). And I just got back from the Glendale Quilt Show and bought WAY too much fabric so I want to get a quilt top made from one of the collections I purchased! I plan to use a pattern from your book!!! Thanks for the motivation!

  41. Lee Ann L. March 21, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I am so behind on the Layer Cake quilt along. I need to do Blocks 8, 9, and 10. Block 11 should be posted tomorrow; so, I’ll have that one to do too!

    My goal for this week is to at least do blocks 8, 9, and 10. I’d like to do Block 11 too. :-)

  42. Melissa Corry March 21, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I have got to get my Penny Lane quilt all quilted up and the tutorial written up :) It is posted on Monday so I better have it done by then :)

  43. Karen March 21, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I’m learning half square triangles (I am a quilting beginner) and have been working on some placemats, I’d love to quilt and bind at least one of them but am nursing a poorly boy :o( fingers crossed he’ll be better soon.

  44. Rachel B. March 21, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I just finished piecing a quilt top on Saturday and I would love to quilt it this week, instead of adding it to my UFO pile.
    Thanks for the challenge Amy.

  45. Beth T. March 21, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Great way to start a brand new week! I was making good progress on my Grandmother’s Flower Garden until I got waylaid by working on family history. Both good things–there must be room for both in my life, right? So my goal for this week is to make some more flowers for my Garden.

  46. Leah March 21, 2011 at 11:31 am

    This week I will sew my 4 dresden circles for a sew along. And hope to work on quilting 2 quilts

  47. Heather March 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I’ve got blocks that need to be sewn together and a couple more clothing items to make before heading for the lower 48 this weekend.

  48. Grace March 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Amy, I just started on my first ever quilt! I’m using charm squares. I would like to finish the quilt top this week and find fabric for the border. Wish me luck!

  49. Tanya March 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I would love to finish my half square triangle twin quilt.

  50. Jill March 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Yeah, I am in need of some good motivation, I need to get my Lila Quilt done this week, since Lila was born on Saturday!

  51. Vivian March 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    My goal is to complete my “Tree Time” quilt top. I know I won’t get it quilted (I’m thinking about hand quilting it.) but I really want to get the alternating chain blocks pieced and the quilt blocks sewn together.

  52. Vivian March 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    My goal is to complete my “Tree Time” quilt top. I know I won’t get it quilted (I’m thinking about hand quilting it.)but I really want to get the alternating chain blocks pieced and the quilt blocks sewn together.

  53. Jenna Excell March 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I have a little quilt meant for my mum’s bday that’s half quilted. I am gonna try like crazy to get it done by next Monday! But I might have to just enter my mug rug instead, lol! Those things are like instant gratification!

  54. Kate March 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I’d like to finish piecing my 2008 Brown Bag BOM this week, so I can maybe get it sent out for quilting by the end of the month. I’m trying to see if I can finish a quilt a month. This one would be for next month’s montly goal.

  55. Julie Fukuda March 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    My goal for this week is to get the blocks for my batik quilt all sewed together before the pins all fall out. This will be a nice challenge because they are different sizes and do not go in neat rows and have to be hand sewn.

  56. Colleen March 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    My goal is to complete my DQS10 quilt top, baste it, and at least start the hand quilting which I plan to finish on my spring break trip.

  57. Eleanor March 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I would like to finish quilting my postage stamp quilt. I made the top in January but I am having a hard time getting it finished.

  58. Deb March 21, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    My goal is to finish x-stitching a project that’s been in the works for years! Literally. I only picked the piece back up in January when I joined a UFO Bust…and now I’m about done! I’m motivated to cross it off my list!

  59. Cathy A. March 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I need to finish the binding on my Greenfield Hills/Shadowbox quilt. And then get it in the mail. I’m really hoping to finish before Friday.

  60. Lori G. March 21, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I want to FINISH my Block-a-Palooza blocks. I HOPE to START my daughter’s purse.

  61. Emily March 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I love these challenge weeks! My goal is to finish at least three more cloth napkins (to complete the set of four). Also, I need to finish gathering/making extras for my doll quilt swap – needs to be sent out soon!

  62. Tove Leggett March 21, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Well does finishing the bathroom cabinet and counter count!!!!!! no sewing in this house at the moment our bathroom is torn apart and everythign in baring the sewing space.

  63. Sarah March 22, 2011 at 5:54 am

    I want to finish my Chrysalis quilt. Its for my middle daughter. Top is done so we’ll see :0) Sarah

  64. wendy March 22, 2011 at 6:49 am

    I think I’m going to sew a Buttercup bag. I do have other projects in the works but I’m waiting on fusible fleece and the like, so I think the Buttercup bag is the way to go…

  65. Sandy N.- March 22, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Count me in!=) I’d like to at least get the 9 patches put together for my niece’s graduation quilt. Thanks for the push!

  66. Audrey March 22, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I am excited for you in your pursuit of another book! I want to finish a skirt that I have started for myself. I need to hem it and add a hook and eye closure to be finished.:)

  67. Diane March 22, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I have been on vacation on working on hosting a color guard competition and need to sew to get rid of this stress… but, what to do!!! I am going to say complete the snippets baby quilt.

  68. Amy March 22, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Baby gift for my cousin’s baby :)

  69. delia March 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I want to be in the middle of quilting my asterisk quilt top by this Monday. Quilting is such a long task for me!

  70. Sarah @ FairyFace Designs March 23, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    My challenge for the week is to make a little something for my niece (and goddaughter)’s first birthday. I have made lots for her- a crochet blanket, bird mobile, buggy blanket, taggie – for her arrival, baptism etc. So I can’t let her first birthday go by without something handmade. I’m thinking bunting for her room and a softie (or 2!!)

  71. Kelsey Rose March 26, 2011 at 5:10 am

    This week I need to finish my first set of blocks for do. Good stitches and have them all ready to mail off Monday morning.

  72. Nancy Fry March 27, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Last week was our local quilt festival and show. Fantastic! …great quilts to be inspired by, nice vendors with multiple temptations, lovely lectures, and an eye-opening class. My goal for the week is to finish piecing the project I started in my built-in borders class. (Despite my obscene work and home “work” schedule) your book looks very interesting!

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