Sunday, September 23, 2012

100 Motifs! And now?

A few minutes ago I've posted my 100th motif in the Beyond the Square Challenge 2012! Confetti!! :)

Maybe you've already guessed it (especially since I've been posting new motifs nearly every day over the past few weeks): this is not the end yet! I'm going for the 144!

Why? Because it's still fun! And there are still lots of pretty motifs left that I'd love to make! And: because I know that it's possible - Heidi from Sewing Daisies has already accomplished this Challenge: from May 2010 until November 2011 she made and posted every single one of the 144 motifs in the book, this means she had already mastered the Challenge before everyone else of us has even started! Hats off to Heidi! And thank you Rajeswari for telling me about it!

Thank you all for your support and your lovely comments during the obligatory program - I hope you're in for the free skate, too! :)

edit: thanks for all your enthusiastic comments so far! And a special hello to Carmen from aduoscriptum who has also accomplished the ultimate Challenge (i.e. all the 144 motifs) and written a (german) review about the book!

Oh, and maybe I should come back to your MFAQ, your most frequently asked question, once again: honestly, I still have no idea what to do with all the motifs! But actually it doesn't bother me: either I'll come up with the big-bang-idea one day, or I'll just keep the little beauties in their box forever - I just like looking at them and taking pictures from time to time :)



  1. That's fabulous, congrats!!! So what are you gonna do with the motivs?

  2. Congratulations Barbara, I new you would do it! I still have a way to go and now that my hands are poorly, I'm hoping that they will heal in time so that I can finish the challenge, not sure about the whole 144 though. :)

  3. Wow, Deine Grannysammlung ist echt beeindruckend!!!

    Bin schon gespannt was Du daraus zauberst :-)

    LG Astrid

  4. They are all gorgeous but what are you going to do with them all? Can't wait to see.

  5. They're all so pretty Barbara. Great work. :)

  6. Tadaaaaaaah, einen dicken Mega-Tusch für Dich!!! Herzlichen Glückwunsch, liebe Barbara, Hut ab :-). Ich bin begeistert von all den schönen Motiven, auch die Fotos sind ganz zauberhaft. Was ich auch so schön finde: Die Motive passen farblich alle so prima zusammen, da könnte wirklich ein einziges Projekt draus entstehen. Bei meinen bin ich mir da nicht so sicher, wenn ich mir die Farben so anschaue *g*, aber mal sehen. Wer weiß, ob ich überhaupt so weit komme, aber ein bißchen Zeit ist ja noch ;-)

  7. Hi Barbara,
    Mach auf jeden Fall alle Motive! Ich habe meine vor Kurzem beendet ( und jedes Einzelne war's wert. Vor allem weil man viel dabei lernt ;) und in meinem Fall waren auch die lehrreich die vllt. Ein wenig langweilig waren, vor allem weil sie die Geduld trainieren.
    Habe leider erst zu spät von eurer Challenge erfahren, wäre auch für mich spannend gewesen. Tolle Farbauswahl!

  8. ooooh aaah.
    Now you really are a crack!

  9. I have been following you for a while and watching (in awe) as you've posted the pictures of the motifs. Wonderful job!! I have had the book for a few years now and they have never looked as good as when you posted them in the bright, light colors!! It is enough to make me want to go back and dare to try them in such lively colors. Thank you for the inspiration!!!

  10. Congratulations is wonderful to see so many together I just took 33 and I need to publish a lot, but gradually make it!!!

    Also I have plans to knit the 144 is a fantastic experience and learn from this beautiful book = O

    Thanks to you I made the same challenge, but I think our culture fails to buy all your lbro was a shame, I hope someday all friends to buy it ...

    Happy Sunday!

  11. Congrats on the 100 motifs. I've enjoy seeing your versions of them all. I've slacked on making them myself. They look so wonderful all together. Cheers, great work!

  12. Wow! Nice job and your motifs are great!

  13. Cannot help staring at the first pic Barbara. Its so pretty and looks amazing. A very good job i must say! I am waiting for some cotton yarn i have ordered so that i can start in again. Hope to complete a lot more in the last 2 months of this year:)

  14. Wow, that's impressive. Unfortunately I think some of the motifs are beyond my skill level but I'll keep trying as I really like some of them. Congratulations on a great job :-)

  15. Congratulations! I love watching your progress.

  16. What a lovely picture! I totally understand your dedication to this challenge. A few months ago I started something I call "The Granny Square Project". Since I had really limited experience with the granny and motifs. As a result I have made lots of both. This week I've been working from 'Beyond the Square' to try on new shapes. The patterns are lots of fun to make (interesting stitch combos) and I love that each time I finish one I feel like I've finished a project!!
    I still have no idea what I'll be doing with my little beauties, but no matter what they always make me smile.
    So hooray to you!! Well done! And keep up the good work!!


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