The Challenge

19 05 2009

My friend Bobbie has decided that we need a challenge — a quilting/crafting challenge that is. She’s decided to invite 5 friends for a weekend retreat in September at her wonderful rammed earth house, and I’m honoured to be chosen.

The challenge started off mysteriously — Bobbie asked to bring along an issue of any magazine that our husbands, sons etc. get. Four of us met at the Craft Fair on the weekend and we exchanged magazines. The challenge is to make something from the inspiration you get from page 35 of the magazine you received!

Flora got a computer magazine from me — and page 35 was an ad, but at least it had some bright colours; Michelle won’t get her magazine for a few days as Glenys wasn’t able to come to the Fair; Bobbie got a dog magazine from Flora and her page 35 had all sorts of dogs in coats, as well as lots of bright pink and purple; Glenys will get her magazine in the mail from Bobbie; and I got  a reptiles magazine from Michelle! I love reptiles so I was pretty chuffed — and even more excited when I opened page 35 to see a whole swag of bright green chameleons!!

The other part of the challenge is that we have to use a technique we’ve never tried before somewhere in the piece we make. And we have to have our creation completed by the end of September when we all get together for a ‘show and tell’. I have NO idea what I’ll make, but I know that I’m going to enjoy the process.

Eye of the chameleon
Challenge rules for Year 1 (2009), as set by Bobbie:


  1. Select a magazine that has nothing to do with quilting/patchwork/sewing.
  2. Swap magazines with the person nominated on the list.
  3. Open to page 35 and use that page for your inspiration to begin.

Other conditions:

  • Can be any project, any size
  • Must be finished by retreat date
  • Must not be revealed beforehand to any other participant
  • Must include a technique you have never tried before



3 responses

28 09 2009
Long weekend quilt retreat « At Random

[…] We had our quilting challenge set by B and on Friday evening we shared our creations with a bit of “Show and Tell” and some local wine. What a creative bunch we are! B set the challenge back in May and while I was finished by the end of June, two of the ladies were in a race against the clock. M only finished hers a few days before our ‘retreat’. Full details on the challenge criteria are here: […]

29 09 2009
Karma chameleon « At Random

[…] in May, my friend Bobbie decided some of us needed a challenge! (details here) The magazine I got from Michelle was on reptiles, and page 35 had some cute pictures of […]

8 07 2015
2015 Challenge pieces and show and tell | Rhonda Bracey: At Random

[…] 2009 Challenge ‘page 35 of a magazine': and mine: […]

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