One Thing, One Week Challenge :: 9

Posted on January 9th, by Amy in Challenge Week. 106 comments

How about a little motivation?

We are one week into the new year, and sometimes it’s hard to get back into the swing of normal life. Anyone else find that to be the case?  It’s been 6 months since we last did this (maybe I was a little overwhelmed?), but the new year is a great place to start fresh, and aim high!  Who’s with me!?

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 this week, is to sew Emmalie a zip pouch.  Emmalie turned 8 on Friday, and has a new gadget that needs to be protected.

I’m thinking something along these lines, it needs to be protected and why not pretty too!


For those of you that meet your goal, you will be entered to win a collection of charm packs!
Three Flurry, and one Bella white.

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Motivate your friends too!

Have a productive week~


PS – I was invited to share my thoughts over at Sew, Mama, Sew.  You can read the interview here!

106 thoughts on “One Thing, One Week Challenge :: 9

  1. This week I will design the back of my finished quilt top & prepare the quilt sandwich. Thank you for this challenge!

  2. This week I will finish my niece’s quilt so she will be able to take it back to school. Thank you Amy for the motivation!

  3. Whee! Another challenge – I’ve been missing these. My goal for this week is to at least cut out owls and make a decision on background fabric (use what I have or go looking again!) for the baby quilt I’m planning for my sister-in-law. Thanks for the motivation! I’ve been wrapped up in another UFO challenge and this quilt got set aside and I do need to work on it.

  4. My goal for this week is to sew the final border on my Lark Quilt…I usually get to this point and stay here for a while but not this time! My excuse this week is school holidays!

    This challenge is great, it will help me keep motivated with all the things I have planned this year!

  5. This is just what I needed. Thanks! I have two bee blocks that should be fairly simple to make that I would like to get done this week. I just need my darning foot to come in the mail :)

  6. I am going to finish piecing the top of a baby quilt for a friend. I better hurry, she is due next week and has been crampy and uncomfortable all weekend.

  7. I try and complete something everyday. I have lists, some of them in my head, but it helps me to move forward if I can think of something that I could complete in that day. Small things like pay the bills, make that thank you card, or even purchase the zipper that’s holding me back from finishing the skirt I wanted to make. Small goals keep you from standing still. You have started something that a lot of people will be happy about.

  8. This week I am going to finish a mei tai that has been languishing in my sewing room. I have been working on it here and there but it’s still not done and the baby was born in September! Sheesh! I also must finish my final 4×5 Bee Block. Must. As it is due to be mailed at the end of next week.

  9. I’m in the process of moving cross-country, so this week I’d like to get my sewing area organized… that is, if my furniture arrives. LOL!

  10. My goal was to piece two baby quilts and have one finished, which I did. The binding is nearly completed and the quilt will be on its way to Qatar ASAP

  11. I just love these challenges! I have a busy week ahead of me so I am just hoping to get the backs of 2 quilts done (my youngest son’s All Star quilt & my Chysalis quilt). Thanks for the push, Amy! Smiles~Beth

  12. This week I will finish my Peppermint Popper table topper! I really will! And then my sis can have her Christmas gift — late! LOL Thanks for the motivation!

  13. I need to finish an appliqued picture that I started on Christmas eve & havent touched since! I also need to decide what to do with it once finished – a wall hanging or pillow????

  14. Great idea! I just finished putting up a page with all of the quilts I want to finish this year. This week I want to practice my leaf freemotion stitch on a small quilt.

  15. I have to get my 3×6 Bee Blocks done, I’ve been majorly procrastinating on them and now they’re due this week! It would be great to get them off the to do list finally. And the best part of this challenge will be that I’ll be posting my finish in my new apartment!

  16. My goal is to make a travel jewelery pouch for my friend. Hopefully putting this in writing will give me that extra push to make sure I finish it!

  17. Good challenge! I just finished the top of my storm-at-sea quilt, so assuming the fabric arrives in a timely fashion, I’d like to get the back made. I’m also going to try to make a good start on a duvet cover for my brother…I’m using Cynthia’s garden fence design again, and I hope to get the first ring of sashing cut and applied to 36 charm squares of Fandango! Finally, I hope to finish organizing and cleaning my sewing room this week. That is 3 things, so I guess I’ll be happy if 1 of them gets accomplished (though just writing it down is motivating me to make better use of my prized vacation day and get up and get to it!

  18. Since I broke my ankle in 2 places at Christmas time my goal would be just to get my small machine out and able to use. I live alone so getting the smallest things done when you can’t put any weight on one leg is so hard. I am 67 and overweight so that doesn’t help, lol.

  19. I didn’t finish them in time to be shipped (for Christmas) Now they are coming next week, so I have to make two quilts this week, for my nephew’s. I am making jar quilts, one bug jar and one a treat jar. Wish me luck, I hope I win because I would love to have some flurry in teh stash.

  20. I didn’t finish them in time to be shipped (for Christmas) Now they are coming next week, so I have to make two quilts this week, for my nephew’s. I am making jar quilts, one bug jar and one a treat jar. Wish me luck, I hope I win because I would love to have some flurry in the stash.

  21. I would like to finish quilting my December UFO quilt. It’s been basted for almost 2 weeks – just waiting to be finished. This is the motivation I need. Thanks Amy.

  22. Oh my, just what I need to get my current project done! I’m sewing a journal cover for my datebook. It’s a pattern from the wonderful Sweetwater ladies’ label crew. Half done, half to go.

  23. I am going to get my nursing cover done! My son is almost 8 weeks old and I am still using a blanket! I have all my supplies, I just need to start getting back in my sewing room on a regular basis and take advantage of these last 3 weeks of maternity leave!

  24. I have to make an apron for one of my aunts and get it in the mail this week. I keep putting it off! But now it will be DONE. Muwawahhhhahahaha!

  25. I am going to get my nursing cover done! My son is almost 8 weeks old and I am still using a blanket when I nurse him in the nursery at church. He came a few days early so this was the one thing I didn’t get around to making. I agree its hard to get back in a routine after the new year. So this will get me back in my sewing room regularly and help me take advantage of these last 3 weeks of maternity leave!

  26. Assuming I don’t have my baby this week…. My goal is to finish the straight line quilting on the 3 of 4 panels in my QAYG quilt (I have one panel finished.) If I can get the FMQ done on it too great, but I’m not pushing it! I love setting goals, thanks Amy!

  27. This week I plan on finally doing the mini applique quilt for my Ackfield display stand. It is a BOM I joined and started with the January block, February will be here soon & I want this ready to go.

  28. I am so glad you are bringing this back. And it is way understandable that you were a little busy the second half of last year :) This weeks goal is to quilt my baby’s crib quilted. It has been basted and ready to go for about a month now. So sad. But it is going to be done this week :)

  29. I am so glad you are bringing this back, it is such great motivation. And I think we can all understand you being busy the second half of last year :) This week I am going to quilt my baby’s crib quilt. It has been basted and just waiting to be quilted for like 2 months. So sad :) But now, I plan to knock it out :)

  30. I plan to make my daughter a tote/diaper bag for her birthday. I have already set a goal of 52 in 52 for myself, so this challenge fits in perfectly!!

  31. This is just what I needed this week! I’m going to work on backing and basting my giant Swoon quilt. It’s a christmas present that was just too big to get finished! Hopefully by the end of the week I’ll have a larger (borrowed) machine to quilt it on! :)

  32. I am working on the first month of the quilt show’s block of the month which I want to finish this week. I have a bit of unpicking to do first. :)

  33. This week I will baste and quilt a baby quilt that I pieced the top for this past weekend. I need to get it sent in the mail, so this is the perfect challenge for me!

  34. This week I will finish the last 127 green & white 1/2-square triangles to make my final total of 1352 that I need. The squares are cut, so all I need to do is stack them, sew them, & cut them in half.

  35. I have a quilt top up on my design board that I’ve been commissioned to do for a celebrity couple in LA. I vow to begin to sew it up this week! No more waffleing! Just do it Debbie! Their baby is due in March so “deadline” is the word of the week.

  36. My goal for this week is to start cutting fabric for my Swoon quilt. I’ve been too busy (and a little scared) to cut into it until now…but it’s time! Plus, I joined the Swoon Along at I’m a Ginger Monkey to motivate me. Two motivators…that should do it!

  37. I’m going to finish the quilt for my SIL’s birthday. All I need to do now is the binding. Then I have a baby quilt that I will quilt at home using Stitch in the Ditch. That’s two things, but I’m so close to finishing both of them, I think I can accomplish them.

  38. I challenge myself to get all 98 of my 6 inch Red and White swap blocks sewn. I am almost finished with cutting…and I am attending a day retreat on Saturday. Is that cheating?

  39. My goal for the week is to complete the setup/organizaion of my sewing/craft area. Currently, it is just a corner of the master bedroom, but that’s ok. I have a small sewing table, and a small folding table. Going to pick up a cutting table this weekend. Next is finding a chair. Once I get the tables all cleared off–I get to (re) start quilting.

  40. This week I will finish my very first quilt top: Yellow Brick Road. Rather than the pretty blues and yellows that the pattern pic shows, I chose fabrics in black, cinnamon, tan, and cream…pretty prim colors.

    Wish me luck!


  41. This is a great Idea! I’ve been feeling super overwhelmed by all the unfinished things I feel I “have” to get done all at once. This week I will finish preparing the baby quilt for quilting. This means finish piecing the back, make the quilt sandwich, pin baste, and finalize my quilting design!

  42. I would love to get 10 blocks done toward my string quilt for my niece. Once I started, I couldn’t believe how slow the process went. I have kind of stalled during the holidays so the motivation is quite needed!

  43. I think I am ready to finally join you and take on a new challenge. My goal for this week is to finally quilt my flag quilt that’s been sitting by my machine for way too long. Hopefully I’ll have good things to report next week.

  44. This week I will finish quilting my wave quilt and get the binding machine sewn to the front of the quilt. It takes me weeks to handsew the binding to the back so I know that won’t get done this week :)

  45. This week I will start a project for the quilt show I am a vendor in. Pick pattern, or design pattern, Pick fabric, & get going. Thanks for the incentive.

  46. Yay! I want to get a make-up roll (pattern courtesy of stitched in color) finished for a belated Christmas gift exchange. Thanks for bringing the challenge back!

  47. that’s a darling little purse. your girl will love having something cute like that for whatever’s needing protection! my goal is to have the last blocks done for the starry night bom i started last year this time. for some crazy reason i decided to do four sets. hoping one can be used for a wedding present, but we’ll see. thanks for the challenge and have a great day

  48. My goal this week is to sort, clean, and organize the room that I sew in. Its the one room in our house that all the random things end up in and it’s the one room that never got finished when we moved into our house.

  49. I started this year by finishing a mug rug that has been lying around for at least a year (it only needed binding) and it felt great. This week I would like to finish a cushion that I started about seven years ago. It was supposed to be a birthday gift for my mum. Maybe this year I’ll be able to give it to her.

  50. Ok…so this is the 4th time I’m posting a comment…never is showing up…now I am on Internet Explorer…we’ll see how it goes. My goal for this week is to makes my plaid ‘jewel’ blocks!! Love this challenge…1 thing, 1 week…super great!!

  51. I aim to finish the quilt top for my 18 year old daughter Julia. It is a queen size aqua and red and pink zigzag. It is so fun to see it come together!

  52. What fun! I am hoping to finish cutting up my scraps for a couple scrap quilts planned. I won’t have enough to complete the quilts yet–but want to get a start on the cutting and help clear up scraps.
    Also I want to make the block for my next guild meeting.

  53. I need to get a couple infinity scarves done for birthday presents and I have an unfinished denim quilt top I want to get done BUT I will make my first goal the scarves because they are time sensitive :)

  54. I have a batik quilt I have been working on for tooooo long, I need to finish squaring up the blocks so I can stitch the top together. So that is my goal, to get the blocks squared up this weekend and get the layout of the top set. I am teaching a quilting class this Friday, so it will be a busy weekend!

  55. This is such a great challenge! I joined in a few weeks last year but let other things take priority, and now I’m feeling more overwhelmed than ever about all of my unfinished projects laying around.

    This week my goal is to finish a wall hanging I’ve been working on for several years. It doesn’t need much, just some embellishments and binding.

  56. My goal this week is to uncover my sewing tables, and clean and organize my sewing space. I came home from a retreat at the end of November and just kinda dumped everything anywhere. I’ve sewn a few times since then, but its hard to get motivated with the mess.

  57. Although I read your blog a lot, I have never seen this feature before! How did I miss it? At the beginning of the week, I challenged myself to finish up my little mini quilt top made using some blog posts called “12 days of Christmas”. I am almost done, so plan to blog about it and link up tomorrow!

  58. I took missed this. How did that happen? Actually I know how that happened I got really sick last week, yet I did make my goal which was to finish my kaleidoscope quilt. I will link up on the other page.

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