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2014 Contests Announced! By Deepika on 12/23/13 1:04 PM

Here at PatternReview we love everything about Contests. We love how they inspire us. How they make us think outside the box and encourage us to step out of our comfort zone all in the good company of our PatternReview friends.

So before we announced the new contests for next year, we though it might be a good idea to give you a little insight into how the contests are run here.

At the end of each year we compile a list of contest ideas (which come in throughout the year from you) into a survey and ask our members to pick a few contests they are most likely to participate in.  

When the results come in, the contest committee carefully reviews it and selects the final list. We try not to run more than 2 contests at any given time and each year we try to have a mix of popular contests with a few new twists thrown in (Inspired by the Movies is my favorite from the 2014 list!).

Once the contests have been set up, we request our members to volunteer to manage those contests. We also find sponsors who sponsor the prizes for these contests.

When the contest begins, the contest manager starts the lively discussion on the forums and supports the participants throughout the duration of the contest. When the contest ends, voting (in most cases) begins and winners are announced based on member votes.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to post on the contest survey. The randomizer picked PR member MonicaCR as the winner of a full year of Friends of PR membership and a complimentary Online Class. Congratulations MonicaCR!

Are you ready to see the 2014 Contest Lineup? Discuss here.

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slmstyle said... (12/31/13 9:33 PM) Reply
Ooh, some really good contests! I look forward to planning for and entering some of these! The PR contests really give a fun and challenging opportunity to make something special with a deadline. I like Oceanpeg's idea of a PR Contest Calendar with links to the winners and entries.
Cartwrin said... (12/29/13 9:57 PM) Reply
I've enjoyed seeing the results of these contests. I'm trying to get back into my sewing and I think I'll print off this list and try to enter one of the contests. It will keep me motivated!
vernyce said... (12/28/13 2:01 PM) Reply
r we able to get 2 rules about these now?
Joen said... (12/27/13 11:55 AM) Reply
I'm hoping 2014 is the year I finally enter a contest
Oceanpeg said... (12/27/13 9:03 AM) Reply
Noticed some new ones too. Like knowing in advance. Can plan ahead. Wrote the list down to refer to throughout the year and to write on my calendar. See a couple I might enter if time allows it. Would be keen if PR had a calendar with the lineup for the years contests along with photos of the previous years winners for every month for its members... hint, hint, hint...
kkkkaty said... (12/26/13 1:15 PM) Reply
Looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for the inspiration... for the Fabric Stash contest, tho, note that Sept only has 30 days....
renesch said... (12/26/13 12:29 PM) Reply
I have never done this but maybe this year. Tempting!
renesch said... (12/26/13 12:29 PM) Reply
I have never done this but maybe this year. Tempting!
Sarah Liz said... (12/25/13 11:03 PM) Reply
There is certainly something for everybody here - and it is fantastic to have the contests scheduled so early so that plans can be made...
Sindy in PA said... (12/25/13 2:57 PM) Reply
Oooh, my heads already swirling with ideas! Great line-up of contests. Thanks PR!
tinyskids said... (12/25/13 1:34 AM) Reply
So excited about these contests!!. Hopefully I can join a few.
BlancaASanchez said... (12/24/13 8:14 PM) Reply
"Sew" exciting :-)
Judy Kski said... (12/24/13 7:45 PM) Reply
There are several new contests this year. I'm looking forward to 2014 with its' new challenges. Thanks to everyone for coming up with a great schedule.
Sew Good said... (12/24/13 5:45 PM) Reply
LOL! One Pattern Many Looks. Didn't we all do that one already with McCalls' 6844 Cardigan ;)
SJ Kurtz said... (12/24/13 5:25 PM) Reply
It's worth entering the contests, if only to have some intense interest in who sews what, and making something you might not usually make AND on a deadline. The best part are the comments and the discussion groups. Join! Enjoy!
QuikSew said... (12/24/13 4:49 PM) Reply
Good selection. Should be a fun sewing year.
TJSEWS said... (12/24/13 3:09 PM) Reply
I have never entered a sewing contest due to time constraints. I do hope the Surprise Contest in December ends up being the Cocktail outfit one we had this year. I was unable to participate this year but will definitely do so if it is run next year. Fun!
Kemish said... (12/24/13 12:09 PM) Reply
Great ideas for contest this year :-) Looking forward to seeing whatever body sews!
onegirlsopinion said... (12/24/13 11:44 AM) Reply
These look great. I'll try to muster up so courage and try one! :)
msvic60 said... (12/24/13 10:56 AM) Reply
I have never enter a sewing contest I might try one of these
Angela64 said... (12/24/13 10:31 AM) Reply
Truly, a nice, interesting selection of contests. Hats off to the committee!
marec said... (12/24/13 9:28 AM) Reply
I'm already planning-what a fun lineup!
Sue Parrott said... (12/24/13 9:27 AM) Reply
love these!
sarah121haras said... (12/24/13 9:25 AM) Reply
Ooh there are some good ones! I definitely hope to participate in a few this year!
sewnaomi said... (12/24/13 9:10 AM) Reply
Oh my, this is almost as good as getting a gift and having to wait to open it! 7 contests will be on during my work breaks so I will have lots to dream of and plan for. 'Surprise Contest'?!! Exciting! I'm looking forward to a year of pattern review.
Danvillegirl said... (12/24/13 8:13 AM) Reply
Nice selection and variety of contests.
bluefly said... (12/24/13 7:10 AM) Reply
I like this list. There are so categories of interest for me. I like that there are more categories for the less seasoned sewer.
AnnTheVegan said... (12/24/13 7:04 AM) Reply
I see something I like. How do I participate? What are the
AnnTheVegan said... (12/24/13 7:03 AM) Reply
I see something I like. How do I participate? What are the rules
kushami said... (12/24/13 2:53 AM) Reply
Thanks to all the volunteers for doing a great job. Some fun themes here and I look forward to seeing what everyone makes in 2014!
MinaLMcGrady said... (12/24/13 1:22 AM) Reply
How does one join a contest?
MinaLMcGrady said... (12/24/13 1:21 AM) Reply
Excited to join. I, too see a few I would love to partake in.
MinaLMcGrady said... (12/24/13 1:17 AM) Reply
Excited to join. I, too see a few I would love to partake in.
SewLibra said... (12/24/13 0:10 AM) Reply
I see a couple of topics I might like to do. I have never entered a contest on PR. Do we, as members, get a notification of when to sign up? What if we sign up and then something comes up and we can't finish?
Rusti said... (12/24/13 0:06 AM) Reply
CONTESTS for 2014
leoniep said... (12/23/13 4:00 PM) Reply
That's a great selection of contests. I can see myself aiming for quite a few of these.

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