Chatelaine Challenge Teaser and A Video

An undisclosed time ago, three baby girls were born geographically close to each other. But, they didn't meet until they were grown ups, spread throughout the world. When they did, they became fast friends and sisters in spirit.

As siblings are wont to do, the middle sister – Crafty Pretender – is constantly torn between the finishing demands of the oldest sister (yours truly) and the irresponsible (LOL) starting demands of the youngest sister – Stashaholic's Anonymous. It doesn't help that middle sister is a scaredy cat (I'd use another term but I am trying to be delicate here) when it comes to starting a Chatelaine. ;) She wants to stitch them, she really does, but there are so many gorgeous ones. Which one should she choose?

Fast forward two years (I kid you not!), and damn if she didn't decide to test the waters, tiptoe in, and start Chinese Garden. I was so psyched when she told me, that I immediately started making SAL plans! I have her kit with me and will be sending it home with my parents to save on international shipping. I was also planning on waiting to get back to Serengeti till she has the kit in her eager little hands.

Where was little sister during this whole process you ask? I'll paraphrase: "You make the plans and I'll judge if it's good on not!" What a brat!! LOL!

Living up to my nickname, Darth Planner (don't ask, lol), I decided that we should have a bigger SAL. The more the merrier and all that jazz after all, don't you agree? Then I thought, wouldn't it be nice to add a little spice to the SAL and throw in a drawing at the end of the year of a GC for any Chatelaine chart the winner desires?

My sisters, being the generous souls they are, offered to chip in for the GC and the Stitching Bandits' Chatelaine Challenge was born!

The rules are pretty simple: stitch any Chatelaine and join in the fun. This is NOT for you to purchase new stash. ;) If you're one who's been wanting to stitch a Chatelaine for awhile but is worried about the scale of the projects, Martina has lots of gorgeous free smalls to test the waters.
To enter into the drawing for the GC though, you must finish a Chatelaine by the end of the year and it must be a large work.
All participants will be entered into a drawing at the end of the year for a GC.

ETA: I wasn't clear in the original post but you don't have to pick only one project.

I still have some details to work out and the official rules to write. The million dollar question is:
Are you interested in taking part in the Stitching Bandits' Chatelaine Challenge?
  
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If you are, please comment below and fill us in on what you're thinking of stitching for the SBCC.

I know not all my readers will be interested in this Challenge, so here's something for everyone. This one cracked me up so hard!



Oh, one more thing. On the subject of "Alien Cats with Temple Hats Going 'MAAAAAAAAAAAU' in Four-Part Harmony" aka hubby's latest name for Spring Knotgarden, I think I'm going to fail abysmally with my finish date. It didn't help that I didn't stitch two nights this week and then cut my finger tonight!!!

Comments

Ann said…
I would be interested in joining! This will give me a kick in da b** to stitch again on some Chatelaines and eventually finish one.
However ... not sure which one :-). Maybe the Old Wold Vinery or my long neglected Misty Morning Vineyard.
Does it need to be something you still need to start or a WIP?
Have a nice weekend!
Ann
Lonneke said…
Sounds like fun! And I have one gathering dust atm in need of some love. Don't know about finishing it this year though, but any progress is good.
Ineke said…
I'd like to join the fun with the Moss Garden. Or, if it has to be a neglected project, Autumn Knotgarden.
I'd love o join, but allas, I'm already booked out with stitching plans for this years...also, it would go *slightly* over my budget. I'll make sure to follow y'all's progress, and cheer each and every one of you on ^_^
diamondc said…
I hope your finger heals super fast, love the idea of a challenge, I have an old Alma Lynn pattern I think I will do.
Thank-you for the invite.
Love your progress on Knoegarden.

Catherine
Katie said…
I'm not interested but I'll wish you guys lots and lots of luck! Hope your finger heals quickly.
Nancy Peterson said…
Would I love to join this, I'd even be willing to say "screw the SFS budget" However I'm already part of a Theresa Wemtzler project and doing both would get neither done. Have fun, I'll be cheering from the sidelines.
Well now look what you have gone and done - I had plans to stitch a few Chats this year, but not a BAP Chat.....what should I do - or rather which should I do :)
Adrienne said…
I have Evening in the Park all kitted up and I've been meaning to start it since last August (it was supposed to be my birthday start -- that didn't happen). I'd love to join in on this challenge! Not sure I can finish the whole thing in a year, but I would love a little kick in the rear to get me going. :)
Jessie Marie said…
Well... I was planning on doing Autumn Fairy this year. But I don't think that qualifies as a large. So I'm thinking there's going to be a Frosty Knotgarden in my near future. I don't know that I'd be able to do the whole thing this year but I'm sure to give it a go! So exciting.
Xeihua (Sara) said…
I won't be joining in the Challenge (unfortunatelly) as I have already too mane WIPs on my hands and no budget for new stash this year :(...
But UI definitely want to see everyone's progress on it :)
Definitely Cats rule.... Hope your finger heals quickly so that you can catch up on stitching :)
Hugs,
valerie said…
I think I'll jump on board or at least try to. I've had Taj Mahal kitted up for years and it's just languishing away in the drawer. I doubt I'd finish it this year though.
Soozie said…
Count me in! I have a seriously neglected Medieval Town Mandala that is about 40-45% completed. I shall stay tuned for details.
Eyani Ryou said…
Yes! Totally in! I have too many sat there gathering dust!!!!
Lisa M said…
I have a few Chatelaine WIP's that haven't seen light for years!
Alhambra Garden
Convents Herbal Garden
Taj Mahal
Kevin said…
Definitely plan to join in, and happy to see I'm not alone in having several Chatelaine WIP's to choose from:

Persian Iris Garden
Victorian Garden
King's Vegetable Garden

Think I'm leaning toward the Victorian Garden.
Basia said…
I'm thining about joining. I have 3 smaller designs; one started and kitted up, second one kitted up, and one more I wanted to start still missing some NPIs I think. And I reallylike the name Stitching Bandits LOL When would be postings be?
Brenda said…
I'm totally interested! I started the Moonstone mandala (mini mandala 6) last year and want some more moviation to finish it! :)
anastich said…
I'm in yay!! I have a few that definitely need so e serious love. I'll have to decide which one though.
anastich said…
I'm in yay!! I have a few that definitely need so e serious love. I'll have to decide which one though.
anastich said…
I'm in yay!! I have a few that definitely need so e serious love. I'll have to decide which one though.
Kate said…
hope your finger heals soon! I would love to join, my Chats need some attention!
Melissa said…
I'm in! I have a couple of Chatelaines I have been wanting to start. Chinese Garden, Old World Vineyard, or Pomarium. I hope your finger feels better soon!
Nic said…
I'm in - I have two Chatelaine WIPs now although I only started one this week :-) I'm working on Sleeping Beauty's Castle and the Seaside Mystery. I've currently got four WIPs in my rotation and I can guarantee to work on it at least one week in four. If all that fits I'm up for joining in :-)
Susan said…
You really have to ask?!?!?! Of course I'm in!! I have 10 Chats in various stages of WIPness. Serengeti is in my rotation currently, but I have two, JOB and Secret Victorian Garden, that are close enough to finished that a concentrated few months would finish either of them. "Darth Planner"? Love IT!!! That so describes me.
Anne said…
Count me in Joyce darling!! I'll be working on my Knotgarden of course and maybe throw in a mini from one of my GOS mags if I get Knotgarden done! WOOHOO!!! Love your progress on your Alien Spring..hehee. I hope your finger is okay! HMBW!!!!
Isadarena said…
Hiya Joyce,so hppy to hear from you :) Sounds like fun and I would love to join your challencge :)For the moment, my focus is Venice Mandala....a next photo very soon .....and big hugs for you from Isa.
CraftyPretender said…
Oh, so the ball is rolling now! I have to link this one to my blog too!
bells said…
Count me in on the SBCC Joyce!! I'll be working on Alhambra ;)
Shebafudge said…
I'd join to give myself a kick up the rear with Roses of Paris. :)
Angie said…
I'm in. I'm in the final part of Japanese Garden, with French country kitchen (mystery 16) to stitch next.
Rahenna said…
Yesssss! I need to finish my Spring Knotgarden too :DDD
Stitching Noni said…
I'm sorry that your insane plan had a spanner thrown into the works... but you never know you might develop super human powers and still get it finished!
In the meantime.. what a great idea to do a Chatelaine SAL! I'm in!! I had planned to finish the mini I am doing at the moment and then start Alhambra Gardens so timing is perfect - a SAL will help me actually get going and keep going :o) After all I have to have something to show everyone!!
Rachel said…
I had to pop over and read about this after I got your email. :) I'd love to join up, though I don't see a finish happening this year with the new baby coming in only 9 more weeks!! :) But, it will give me something to strive for over the year, I'd like to finish my Deep Blue Sea Mandala. :)
Meari said…
I'd like to join with Japanese Garden!
Novia said…
A free ticket to new start??? Of course I'll join.

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