DaGMT 2015


 It's time to commit, hotties! You know you have a basket/closet/room/floor of your house full of UFOs you'd like to maybe be able to finish in your lifetime. Well, assuming you plan to sew in February, now is the time!

"Drop and Give Me Twenty" 2015  is determined to overtake your February! Start collecting those UFOs, WIPs, PHDs, Pending Projects, or whatever you like to call them - in the month of February we're going to whip every last one of them into a completed quilt.

It's our fourth year celebrating the simple act of quilting 20 minutes a day, every day, for a whole month, and the insane amount of progress that can be made when one commits themselves to participating. I have long preached that quilting for 20 minutes a day will get you far, and this is a way for me to get to say "See? I told you so!" Because who doesn't love a little good-natured gloating?

And this year, we are changing things up a little bit. In a self-preservationist move to streamline the rules of signing up and the points system, gone is the dreaded linky. Gone is the need to report your progress on a blog, although if you have a blog, and you blog about the event, OMG I will love you. Gone entirely is the points system for prizes - if you sign up as indicated below, you are in and eligible for a prize. Done. I joked with a friend yesterday that I'm running a "half-fast" DAGMT this year. I see no reason why something good enough for Verizon can't be good enough for EPQD, right?

Also this year, gone is the flickr for sharing of photos. Too much confusion, none of which I as a non-techie could help out with and fix. I've instead started the "Drop and Give Me Twenty 2015" page on Facebook, which is a place where those who wish to can share photos, share their commitment statements, etc. I'd still love to see blog posts and hope I do. But for those who don't blog, this will be a good area to share and cheer each other on.

One thing that has not changed - DaGMT 2015 will once again feature one of a quilter's favorite things - PRIZES from some seriously fabulous sponsors! Many, many thanks to these wonderful sponsors. Please visit their sites and see what else they have to offer!

Fat Quarter Shop - two $25 gift certificates

Follow That Thread - an official Aurifil dealer, $35 gift certificate



  Purple Moose Designs - Two $20 Gift Certificates




Gotcha Covered Quilting - $25 gift certificate
ALSO - offering 20% off in her online store for the month of February to all DAGMT participants! Wowza!


The Patchwork Pearl - Island Batik fabric pack


Sue Pelland Designs - Two $20 gift certificates

Poorhouse Quilt Designs - fabric/pattern/interfacing kit for her newest pattern, "Going Places Hobo"

More prize sponsors will be added as they are procured. If you have a business which might like to sponsor, please don't hesitate to let me know.

And how will you win a prize, beyond that fabulous prize of a huge feeling of accomplishment and an empty UFO basket?

Commit to joining us by posting on your blog or the facebook page your commitment statement, which should read something like "I, (name, owner of too many UFOs and/or more fabric than I can hope to use up in my lifetime) am joining Quilting Hottie Haven's third annual DaGMT event, and pledge to quilt for (at least 20 minutes, while I catch up on my dvr-ed episodes of Outlander, instead of doing the laundry) every day of the month of February, 2015. In doing so I hope to (finish the project I started in sixth grade, make an award winning quilt from scraps, ensure my husband will never find my secret stashes because I'll use them all up this month) and I think Beth Helfter is brilliant for coming up with this concept and inspiring me to join." Obviously the parts in parenthesis will be your own words. You also are welcome to leave off the entire last part, but keeping it in there will only make me love you all the more.

If your statement is on your blog, let me know you posted it by emailing me at evapaigequilts@charter.net. The only bad thing about now not having a linky is I won't get notifications of new members unless you notify me yourselves. I should see the ones on the DAGMT FB page, so no need to notify me of those unless you just feel like sending me a note to tell me how fabulous I am.

Have a blog? I'd love if you could be a PR angel and post the button! You'll find it at the top of this post. Stick it on your blog's home page, and make sure it links back to this page. Let me know via an email that you did so. There will be a special prize drawing for PR angels!

Post photos of your progress to the Drop and Give Me Twenty FB page all month long so we can all admire your coolness. The photo should be of some great progress you've made on a project that you have spent some of your allotted time working on during DaGMT. Should your pledged time that day be spent rolling naked in your stash rather than actual sewing, please refrain from posting a photo no  matter how artsy and striking you believe the photo to be. This is a family show, people.
Let the games begin!



64 comments:

Kim said...

I added my blog post--but I can't get the DAGMT button to post on my page. Do you have the code for it?

Kim said...

I commented on Quilting, Piece by Piece blog.

Kim said...

I commented on your DAGMT blog post.

Kim said...

I commented on Val's Blog.

Kate said...

Okay, I have done my blog posted and put the button on my blog page.

Kelli said...

Just added my link. :)

Kelli said...

Button is in my sidebar. :)

Kim said...

I posted on Kate's blog.

Kim said...

I commented on "Seriously..I think it needs stitches blog.

Jeneta said...

I'm officially committed. I mean, I have made a commitment. Come on February. Because DaGMT starts. Oh, and so does the new school year.

Colleen said...

I've added my linky, and posted your button on my blog. http://colleenquiltstoo.blogspot.com

judabelle said...

OK, I'm in, of course. Posted on my FB, and added my kinky linky. Looking forward to seeing the stuff on Flikr again this year! :-D

Pat V. said...

I'm definitely in again this year. I don't blog and posted on FB, but it's not a public page so I linked to flickr instead. Hope that's OK.

Pat V. said...

Everyone needs to check out Lindsay's "Roses!" (I commented there, it's wonderful!)

Kim said...

I am a returning PR Angel---I think! LOL I did have the old button on my blog-but took it down and replaced it with this years....finally! Thanks for the FB message-I was able to do it your way.

Carrie @Gotcha Covered Quilting said...

Ok, I posted my blog and linked up (but am still waiting to hear from you to get the link to my sidebar because I'm a tech challenged quilter). I have commented on the 7 challengers who have blogs. Facebook doesn't allow business pages to comment on personal pages unless we're friends and all that jazz. I'm super excited to not only participate in this challenge, but also be one of your sponsors. Thank you for allowing the opportunity to work with you again! Yay!

Living with the Lioness said...

Okay, posted my pledge and your badge to my blog AND Facebook pages

I, the QuiltingLioness, possessor of too many UFOs and/or more fabric than I can hope to use up in two lifetimes, am joining Quilting Hottie Haven's third annual DaGMT event, and pledge to quilt for at least 20 minutes every day of the month of February, 2014. In doing so I hope to finish two commissions, one contest submission, reclaim my creative energy, clear out the clutter in my studio, make way for more fabric purchases, and ensure that my heirs DO someday have to sort through dozens of UFOs and then sell them for $50 each at a yard sale.

Additionally I believe Beth Helfter (Quilting Hottie http://www.evapaigequiltdesigns.blogspot.com) is evil AND brilliant for coming up with this concept and inspiring / guilting / shaming / motivating me to join.

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Susan said...

I don't have a blog, but really needed to join this DAGMT universal movement! I posted my pledge proudly on my FB page for all my 320 friends to see. They are probably laughing at me because they know what a struggle this will be for me to grab 20 minutes here and there or anywhere. Don't let anyone tell you that retirement isn't busy, busy, busy! Anyway, looking forward to keeping this pledge!!!

Diane Cloyd said...

I love this. I had decided to spend at least 20 minutes a day and have been spending more so this will be a cake walk. I have had a bad year and look forward to finishing a great number of UFO quilts. Thanks. I don't have a blog so I added you to my facebook, since that is where I found the invitation.

banjo795 said...

Wonderful idea! I'd love to join, but..... On Tuesdays, I am literally out of the house from 7 am to 10:30 pm, so I won't be able to commit to sewing that day :-< And yes, I do need to sleep. If I don't get my 8 hours, you don't want to be around me the next day. My coworkers will thank you. But I'll sew 40 minutes on Sunday, will that count?

Sherry said...

Hi Beth! I have the button (and correct linkage) on my blog. I have my commitment post scheduled & will put that on the linky form once it is up.

This is also a comment on your DAGMT 2014 posting.

I am looking forward to February!

Linda in Calif. said...

I'm back again this year. I've posted on my blog about the DaGMT.

I put your button on my sidebar.

I commented on Kelli's (Seriouly I need Stitches) blog. And on your DaGMT blog post.

I tried to put my link up - I'll try again as I don't see it yet.

Karen Salemi said...

Great idea! One of the members in my quilt guild posted this on her wall in Facebook which is how I discovered it. Trying to get the word out to the whole guild. Looking forward to daily sewing! Thanks for the challenge.

Shauna said...

I have added my blog post. Shauna of Shauna's World

Shauna said...

I have put the button on my page and have it linking back to your page.

Shauna said...

I have commented on the following blogs

Quilting Hottie Haven
Val's Blog
One Krafty Kitty
Arts and Socks
Seriously I Think I need Stitches

Mary R. said...

I wrote my post committing to the challenge and added the button to my blog. Let the sewing begin!

Bridget Murphy said...

Hello Beth - I am back this year and plan on trying to make more progress than I did last year. Baby quilts and table toppers are on the to do list or should that be 'must do'.

nimbletheedle said...

Your DaGMT event is coming at the perfect time for me. I'm excited to get things done and mostly I'm excited to get to know all of the other DaGMTers. Thank you Beth.

Maer Hatz... said...

I posted it to my Facebook page! I'm new to this and sooooo excited!! Thanks for hosting - what a great idea!!

sem464 said...

I have posted my commitment to my blog and linked it :) Posted a button with a link to your site, but not having done the blog thing in sometime, I don't know how to get your pretty button on it :( Thank you for adding this motivator!

Karen B said...

I posted on my Facebook page that I've made the commitment to quilt 20 minutes a day. Can't wait to see home much I can get done!

ReneeLuvsQuilting said...

I have posted my commitment on my blog and linked it. Posted button also. This will help me get some projects completed!

Kaelyn Angelfoot said...

I posted both my commitment and your linked button on my blog. Thank you for leading us into this insanity! We follow you willingly, though we may go to our doom. (Sorry, its early and I'm feeling a little melodramatic).

Carly said...

OK - I'm all linked up and ready to go! Woo hoo!

Mary Wolter said...

Oops - my daughter's google account was on.

NOW I'm linked up and ready to go - woo hoo!!!

Mary Wolter said...

One project done and posted to Flickr. First time I've used that app!

Susan Treloar said...

Beth, I have an x by my name on the list. I'm new to blogging and Social Media in general. Did I mess something up when I signed up? Also I tried to put the DAGMT button on my page but failed. I would love to be able to do that. I'm all about learning the process. And this button concept is brilliant. Advertisement multiplied! Thank you for any help you can toss my way.

sem464 said...

Left a comment on Quilted, Piece by piece :)

Mary Wolter said...

Tablerunner posted on Flickr- having a ball!

Mary Wolter said...

And a photo of my faux piped binding.

sem464 said...

Commented on Val's blog:)

sem464 said...

commented on your blog :)

Mary Wolter said...

Added another photo of today's progress. Another baby quilt for charity.

Kim said...

Commented on Kate Mitchell Quilts blog

BCT said...

Doesn't matter whether you have 11 year old twins, a 2 year old, OR A 102 YEAR OLD FATHER, it sure is hard to get solid quilting time in. I have been seeing George (Siciliano) for several days now and he is not always cooperative. Well, he is but the interruptions almost always produce quality time with the seam ripper so maybe he is a jealous man. This project WILL BE DONE in February, mark my words....

Mary Wolter said...

Been getting in my time lately with hand applique while I am on the road. Posted a photo on Flickr.

Catholic Bibliophagist said...

Hi, I committed on my blog and even posted the official DaGMT button. But I forgot to post about it here until now.

I am focusing on my Story Time Stars quilt and lots of progress being made. But I'm a slow worker so nothing finished to show yet.

--C.B.

Teresa Miller said...

Having fun dropping for my twenty!

(I haven't commented here yet, but...)
I've posted my commitment on my fb status on feb 1st, commented on someone's dagmt blog, AND most impressivly posted a completed heart wallhanging on flickr (which I've never used before).

Very pleased with this February so far!

Shauna said...

I have posted 2 photos to flickr of my completed quilts so far. :)

Shauna said...

I have commented on

Kaelyn's Creative Studio
Renee Luvs Quilting
Quilting Biliophagist
nimbletheedle
fabric and stitches of life
the urban quilter
The works of our hands

Carleen said...

Having a great time with this! It's next to impossible to stop after 20 minutes though which I guess is a good thing. I just posted 2 completed tops to the Flikr group. It took a few minutes to figure out, but wasn't all that difficult.

Mary R. said...

I commented on Quilting Hottie Haven and Shauna's World today.

Teresa Miller said...

Played in my scrap bag today whipping up some fun baskets and pincushion. A couple picts posted to flickr. Tomorrow, no more distractions, I really need to work on a ufo.

Carleen Daly said...

Posted a picture of my disappearing Nine Patch quilt top. Now back to the project that's not co-operating.

Carleen Daly said...

Added a picture of another completed quilt top. It needed two more rows, one at the top and one at the bottom. I love getting all these tops done! Looks like I'll have a pile of tops that need to be quilted when this challenge is over.

Mary Wolter said...

Added another photo - back of my baby quilt. Still meeting my daily 20-minute quota!

Mary Wolter said...

Added another photo - progress on my mystery quilt piecing. Some day I'll finish this king size project!

Mary Wolter said...

Posted a comment on Seriously I Think It Need Stitches (what a great name for a blog!)

Shauna said...

added 4 more photos. So far this month I have quilted 4 quilts and completed 2 tops.

Living with the Lioness said...

Let's see, where do I stand as of today? I figured out the following as a measurement of DaGMT:



20 minutes a day X 28 days = 560 minutes
560 minutes / 60 minutes per hour
9.33 hours for the month of February

And to date I have done ........






19 Hours!


And what have I done? Well ..........

* Repaired an old Dresden Plate comforter and replaced the filling

* Finished the test blocks for EvaPaige Designs

* Practiced some free motion machine quilting on a charity quilt

* Completed my entry for the Notable Women Quilt Initiative

* Finished the center of a commissioned piece which is a collaged and thread painted portrait of the client's dog

* Finished the design and pattern notes for another commissioned piece

* Started embellishing a Princess Shoe square as part of an entry for an upcoming exhibit



So while I do not have as many "Finished" items as I would like I do feel pretty good about what I was able to finish.

Kim said...

I reached my goal--but didn't actually complete much! LOL I finished one rag quilt--which I posted on flckr.

I also got a little further along on the block of the month's I am participating in, worked a little on my scrappy trip around the world, and learned how to use my serger! Oh, I also spent time playing in my fabric--however, I was fully clothed during the process! LOL

Karen Salemi said...

Just received my gift certificate to Follow That Thread! Thanks again for this great challenge. It really got me sewing and I can't wait to order some thread!

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