January 7, 2014

Lazy Bum's global retreat

If you've followed the posts in this blog you must by now know the Lazy Bums. It is a group of talented ladies more keen on starting new projects than on finishing the old ones.

We have been at it for almost one and a half years now and we have accomplished a lot during that time I'm happy to say. This years round started in August 2013 and we've finished 61 UFOs so far. That is almost half of what we've planned to finish this year.

The idea of the group is to finish one project a month. To make it more interesting we have monthly challenges and you are rewarded by points if you finish a project. At the end of the year a prize is waiting for a lucky winner.

We have done a lot of different things so far, chosen projects according to colour, age, a special number or way of sewing. In November we made triangles as fast as we could. Once we even had a secret partner choosing the challenge for each of us. It was fun, because you didn't know what your partner was going to come up with.

For January's challenge Gi came up with a fabulous idea - a global retreat! The idea is to pick up a longtime project like Dear Jane or Farmer's Wife and for 24 hours sew blocks together.

Very inspiring I must say. How are we to finish these brutes otherwise? It is so much easier to sew the blocks if you know that you are not alone! I'm going to try my hand at the remaining 93 blocks from my Just Takes 2 quilt. It is a sampler BOM by Sentimental Stitches. The patterns were free for a short time, but you can still get them for a small fee.

We are from all over the world, so the time zones are making the simultaneous sewing a bit difficult, but I think we've found a way to manage. The global retreat begins on the 11th at midnight in your own time zone and you can sew for 24 hours. At the end of the retreat Gi has promised prizes in three different cathegories, but I don't know them yet. Nerd, eager beaver and cheerleader have been suggested.

Should you like to join in on the fun, feel free! You find us on Flickr.