Welcome to the first challenge for SewMyStash2015! I’ve called it a weekend challenge, even though it starts on a Monday. I didn’t want to leave out any sewers who primarily sew during the week (ie: stay at home moms, part time workers, or work at home moms). Also, it gives everyone fair time to pull their fabric and work out their ideas for the project. Ok, ready!?

It’s a Valentine’s day challenge! Rules:

1. You must incorporate hearts! That could either reflect in the project/pattern you chose, or some Valentine’s Day fabric you have in your stash.

2. You may sew any project you like: mini quilt, bag, purse, clothing, pillow, anything!

3. You need to finish (basically) by the end of the weekend of Jan 25th (Sunday). I say basically, because I don’t want to encourage someone starting a queen size quilt that they can’t finish. The point of the challenge is to get a quick project done, using your stash and therefore making you feel awesome about yourself!

4. You must use approximately 75% from your stash. That pretty much means only backing or binding or that sort of thing can be new. Extra points if you use 100% stash! (Extra points can only be redeemed for pats on the back)

5. Use the hashtag #sewmystash2015challenge1 on your finished project! There will be a giveaway…. of some sort… and I will be using the images in that hashtag as entries.

That’s it! Need some ideas?

Robert Kaufman’s Pixelated Heart pattern is an awesome modern take on the heart shape. The pattern is for a full sized quilt, but its super easy to reduce for mini quilt or pillow size. And its free! Get it HERE.

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Cluck Cluck Sew just posted a tutorial for an ADORABLE heart quilt pattern! Omg it’s the cutest. It makes me think of candy hearts. See it HERE.


EmilyAnnsKloset has a great simple pattern for a Candy Hearts quilt that could easily be reduced for this challenge. Get her pattern HERE. (She is @emilyannskloset on Instagram)

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I’ve always loved Canoe Ridge Creation’s XO quilt… (for some reason her site isnt working for me. Try HERE.)

XO quilt tutorial.

You can get your paper piecing on with this LOVE tutorial on Sew Mama Sew.


Don’t forget to look around on Pinterest if you need more ideas! You can use hearts in anything! Totes, mug rugs, sew together bag, pillow covers.

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I cannot wait to see what everyone creates!

ok, GO!

XOXO Leasa


  1. Marci Girl says:

    Oh thanks so much for making this start on a Monday, you are right as a SAHM I only get the opportunity to sew during the week and not at all on the weekends, this is such a fun and great idea!

    • Leasa says:

      You can use the hashtag on the blog, sure. But its most important to use it on Instagram since the giveaway will be determined through those submissions. There is no SewMyStash activity from me on twitter 🙂

    • Leasa says:

      no problem! just add “#sewmystash2015challenge1” (but without the quote marks) to your posted image of your completed project. See you over on Instagram!

  2. Joy C. says:

    Oh I definitely can come up with something for your first challenge! I haven’t ever made a quilty thing for Valentine’s day. I better get to work…since the end of the week is coming up quickly! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. katie yoakum says:

    way to offer em a kick in the tail to start on one of my minis for an upcoming swap — it’s all about Tula Pink love so this will be awesome.

    • Leasa says:

      Can’t wait to see them! Make sure to enter in the giveaway either on Instagram using the hashtag or here with the new “inLinkz” linky button I added!

    • Leasa says:

      awesome! Did you enter through Instagram using the hashtag? If you dont use IG then link up using the “add your link” button at the bottom of this post. I just added it! great job!

  4. Pamela Lynne says:

    Well, I’m never gong to make this challenge deadline since I just found the Sew My Stash challenge. However, I plan to sew my stash this year for sure. I have been “collecting” for awhile now – it is TIME to use the beautiful fabrics I have.

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