If you have never been to a retreat before, the FQ challenge is strictly a volunteer project ... you can say yay or nay ... and it's LOTS of fun to see everyone's creativity in what to do with the same fabric everyone else receives. It's usually chosen in relation to the location or atmosphere of the retreat. This fabric was chosen special for our retreat !!!
I know you are all surprised, and some maybe even disappointed, in what you see ... that's there's none of my feathered friends enclosed ... Altho I fought long and hard, my love for my friends won out, and this is what you wound up with, and this is why.........
A few things about Missouri...
~ It's known as the "show me state". It's also known as the "fern state" and the "cave state"
~ The state bird is the bluebird
~ The state flower is ugly, and should be a dogwood or peony
~ Ice tea was invented at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis (THANK YOU !)
~ The state animal is the mule ... guess y'all knew that !
~ The state tree is the dogwood (good going!)
~ Aunt Jemima pancake flour was invented at St Joseph in 1889, and was the first ready-mix food to be introduced commercially.
~ Situated within a day's drive of 50% of the US population, Branson and the TriLakes area serves up to 65,000 visitors daily. Branson has been a "rubber tire" destination with the vast majority of tourists arriving by vehicles, RVs and tour buses
~ On Sucker Day in Nixa, the little town swells to a throng of 15,000 hungry folks, all craving a taste of the much maligned but delicious bottom dweller fish loathed by almost everyone else ... the sucker fish!
~ Missouri is the birthplace of President Harry S. Truman, in Lamar, and a museum is dedicated to him in Independence. Mark Twain was born in Florida Missouri, and Hannibal holds his boyhood home
~ The Laura Ingalls Wilder museum is located in Mansfield ... just east of Springfield
So ... here are the FQ challenge rules for the project in the Circle of Friends Retreat ~
1. You MUST use 75% of the FQ in your project, and it has to be showing.
2. You cannot add more of the challenge fabric to your project above the FQ you are given (i.e. you cannot use someone else's FQ along with yours)
3. You can add all the extra fabric you want for your project, as long as 75% of your FQ is used :) Now if your project is small, and the ONLY fabric being used is your FQ, that will be accepted.
4. Your project can be any size or shape and use any method you like. It does NOT have to necessarily pertain to quilting ... it can be sewn, crocheted, decoupaged, etc).
We will have voting by ballot at the retreat for fun and prizes. You will only be able to vote once for a project. Categories will be ~
most creative, best use of challenge fabric, best use of color, best workmanship, most "out of the box"
OK ... that's it! Have fun with your fabric, it lends to a lot of choices creatively so we hope you will enjoy the fun of the FQ Challenge at this year's retreat! Any questions, send me a PM on the message board, or an email to COF2012Branson@gmail.com ...
See y'all in Branson this September!!!!!
Come ready to make new friends, rekindle old friendships, play games, laugh, sew, eat, shop, and have a GREAT time! We are SEW looking forward to welcoming you to Branson!!! And Branson is ready for YOU!