Monday, January 25, 2016


The One Project A Month (OPAM) Challenge Guidelines 2016

The idea of the “One Project A Month Challenge is pretty simple ... To try to finish at least ONE craft project by the end of each month. This can be something you’ve had partly done for a while (a Work In Slow Progress WISP), a pattern you bought ages ago that you finally get around to making up, or a completely new project. This is meant to be a low-stress challenge  - if you don’t finish a project every month  - that’s fine! We understand sometimes life interferes with our plans. We also realise some projects are meant to be long-term and have a LOT of work involved, like a quilt or a cross-stitch. The main aim of the OPAM Challenge is to give us all a bit of a motivational boost and to give us all a big cheer squad to encourage and inspire us.

However, there is quite a bit of time and work involved in running OPAM, so Darling Kris and I have some guidelines we ask people to take note of AND please only sign up if you intend to follow through. If for some reason during the year you decide you don’t wish to remain part of the OPAM Challenge, just drop Sweet Peg or me an email to let us know. Please read through all  guidelines before you sign up.

1. Participants must have an ACTIVE BLOG. If you change your blog address, drop us an email telling us your old address and what you’ve changed it to.
2. Numbers won’t be limited for the sign up for OPAM 2016, BUT ... it WILL close on February 1 ... You must sign up before that or miss out on joining in the fun.
3. Participants can sign up via email to Kris or Peg, or via a comment on EITHER blog AS LONG AS it includes all asked for information.
4. Participants MUST provide all info asked for. * Name (first and initial of surname in case of double up names); * Email; * Blog address.
5. Participants MUST have the OPAM Challenge badge on their blog sidebar and link it to either Kris’s or Peg’s blog.
6. Participants MUST keep a list of each month’s finishes on their blog sidebar and update it BEFORE the last day of each month. (This is easiest if you add each project as you finish it.) If you can put this directly under the OPAM badge on your sidebar it will be easier for Peg and Kris to find it. You may also choose to have a separate OPAM 2016 page on your blog.  That’s fine too as long as it’s clearly labelled.
7. Only ‘soft’ crafts are included in the OPAM Challenge, ie. Projects made from fabric, thread or wool. Some examples are: embroidery, patchwork, quilting, cross-stitch, knitting, crochet, practical sewing (curtains, clothes etc), long stitch, appliqué.
8. QUILTS: A quilt will only be counted as a finish if it is COMPLETELY finished ... Quilted and bound. Flimsies/tops won’t count as finishes.
9. BOM’s: Blocks that are part of a BOM (Block Of the Month) program will only be counted as a finish when they are joined, quilted and bound. Individual BOM blocks DO NOT count as a finish.
10. If you can email Peg or Kris your list of finishes each month BEFORE the end of the month, this would be appreciated, as it cuts down the amount of time it takes to check finishes for the month. (and save Peg and Kris from getting square eyes!)
11.  Lastly, participants MUST ... Have fun! After all, the reason we craft and create is to relax, have fun and take some time away from the “Have to” tasks to do the “Like to do” ones! :0)

So How does that sound!!!!!
Like heaps of Fun!!!!!
We think so as well!!!!....
So if you would like to become an OPAMer, just send either one of us and email with ALL your details.....


Happy Australia Day Image Free


  1. i won't sign up but I do wish you all the best with this for the many finishes......

  2. I'm in, for the ??th year. I appreciate the encouragement to keep making and being creative, and to have a list of what I've made each month is handy (and sometimes surprising). Thanks very much, Peg and Kris.

  3. hi, I´d love to sign up, but I can´t find an emailadress !

    happy quilting
    Angelika from the most northern part of Germany

  4. Good morning sweet Peg ,please count me in and a big Thankyou to Kris and you for doing it for another year,happy Australia Day my friend xx

  5. Happy Australia Day, Ill send an email :)

  6. I'm in for sure. Will email the details. Thanks for organising this again. It's always very motivating.

  7. Could I please sign up again. My workshops have taken off so I will be making class samples and also I am in the throws of making costumes for the shcool play so i should have more this year. Will email my details and I might need a reminder on how to get the badge to actually change numbers.
    Many thanks for organisinng this again and I love the new badge design.

  8. Just love joining in with Kris and you ,Peg...Will get my details to you now....

    what a great background template...

  9. All joined up... Thanks Peg (and Kris)...
    Have a great Australia day...xox

  10. Im in......
    Wendy B
    Sugarlane Designs
    done! xox
    PS.....Proud to be an Aussie! Happy Aussie Day!

  11. I was really hoping to join but as I do mainly hand piecing and hand quilting I don't think I would complete things fast enough. I shall , however, be looking at everyone else's achievements. Great idea.

  12. I don´t know. I love the idea. But , one project a month...that is too for my. I see yours :))

  13. I'm so happy to be part of OPAM again. Huge thanks to you and Kris for organising it for all of us.

  14. I'm going to sit it out for this year but thank you to you and Kris for the time and effort you've put (and continue to put) into making OPAM happen...

  15. Great idea
    Diana P
    Diana Art

  16. I am so excited to join the OPAM group. I sent my info to Kris this morning! Thanks fo helping organize.

  17. Great new logo Sweet Peg and Kris! Yes poeas count me in again!

    Dzintra I

    A wonderful Sunday to you both!


Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment, I do enjoy reading them all...take care, keep safe, happy quilting .. Peg