It’s here! It’s the first day of our Dirty Dozen Challenge with a couple new twists. If you’ve numbered your UFOs 1-12, you’re going to grab the one that corresponds to the number I choose on the first of each month and finish it by the end of the month.

If you’re joining the color challenge, you can start on a new project as long as you use the color I choose – you can use a lot of the color or a little but you have to use SOME of the chosen color. Your project can be any size – it might even depend on how much sewing time you have that month.

I hope I’ve thought this through completely but if you have questions, ask in the comments – someone else probably has the same question.

July 2022 Dirty Dozen Number is ten – 10.

July 2022 color challenge is pink.

My favorite color right now – PINK! I can’t wait to do something with this stack of pink fabrics. I will combine with something else – ooh, I can’t wait to start.

To keep this game fun, send me a picture of your project – send to my email – and I’ll post on the blog for everyone to see. It’s very fun!!

Here’s a reader project that looks like it was made for this patriotic weekend!

Made by Diane

Just a hint – on July 3 Connie and I are teaming up with a giveaway. Be sure to check the blog on Sunday, July 3.

Until then find your #10 or pull your pinks – I’ll have lots of time this weekend because we’ll be at home instead of joining the crowd in Clear Lake – the largest Fourth of July celebration in the state of Iowa!

Happy July!

25 thoughts on “DIRTY DOZEN DAY, 7-1-22

  1. Jill Klop

    PINK!! This is the challenge that I’ve been waiting for! Time to go digging for fabric and a pattern!

  2. Jan Hebert

    I love pink too! Bubblegum pink, rosy pink, soft pink, you name it, it’s so pretty! I hope I have enough in my stash. I’ll make it work, thanks Mary! Look forward to the giveaway details. I’m sorry you won’t be at the big bash, we aren’t doing much either. Lots of bugs going around here including covid. ughhh. I guess this is our new normal sad to say. Jan in MA

  3. Diane in Maryland

    Gotta look at my numbers and colors! I like pink too and I do have a lot of fabric in that color. Not as much as Mary though! Going to a friend’s house for a picnic and can see the fireworks from her place. Not a big crowd which will be nice.
    Happy 4th of July everyone!

      1. Rhoda Ebersole

        Forgot to add this. I just saw the Elvis movie and he liked pink too.

  4. Sue H

    #10 or Pink? Yay!!! Looking forward to getting a few projects done in the upcoming year. Thank you, Mary, and Happy 4th of July to all. We live in a great country!

  5. Rhoda Ebersole

    I like your color challenge Mary.
    Hope your leg ankle foot are healing.

  6. ChristieB

    I’m up for the challenge (I think). I’m going to get my #10 out and… I have a pink UFO that I am going to make as part of MY challenge (it’s been a UFO for way too long). Thanks for helping us to “get r’ done”!
    HUGS… and stitches

  7. Linda from Georgia

    Thank you, Mary! I filled my number boxes and pulled the first one. It is filled with small projects that need to be finished. I am also going to attempt doing the color selection. I will see how long that lasts!!!
    You are the best blog!!

  8. Kathy in western NY

    I haven’t used my pinks in a long time in anything so better cut them up for something so we can keep enjoying the picture show you give us Mary. We will be home all weekend too and I don’t mind one bit. I am not a person who feels I miss out on these crowded situations if I don’t go. Plus I need to look in storage room for my grandmas Martha Washington sewing cabinet and that could send me down a rabbit hole. I saw in the comments Betty asked what they are after Carla got one so I will get a picture to send you to post.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – yes, Carla’s son found one for her! And you have one?

      1. Kathy in western NY

        Yes I do. My grandmother who sewed wanted me to have it when she died. She always called it a Martha Washington cabinet so I will send you a picture tomorrow and we can see if it’s the same one Carla’s son found her.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Kathy – oh, how fun! I think Jo Kramer might have one, too.

  9. jaybirdinohio

    Great newsletter, Mary. Chock full of news! I’m all set for the new year of DD, and may dip my toes in the Color DD, too. It’ll all depend on how much I can get done each month. I’m not likely to run out of either projects or colors!

  10. Sue in Oregon

    Horray for Pink! Think Pink! I must go look at my pinks.
    Cute little 4th of July table topper.

  11. Quilting Sister

    I love pink!! 🙂
    Did you read that Malcolm Beck (on Yellowstone) might not actually be dead? He was so awful. I can’t get e-mails thru to you, so I can’t forward the article … here’s the link:
    You can copy & paste that into a Google search, if you’re interested. And they’re showing all 4 seasons of Yellowstone on Paramount this weekend, Sat. thru Mon. … says it begins at 11:00 am (east coast) on Saturday, but the last time they said that, it actually started at 12 noon.

  12. Jo in Wyoming

    Yeah, I love pink…maybe I’ll do a number one month and color the next. Who knows.
    It’s raining here. We need a lot of it. Maybe no fireworks tonight, rain keeps the neighbors quite. Haha
    We have a realtor group that plants flags along the main streets. It’s a beautiful site.
    Happy 4th to all.

  13. Vickie Harris

    Jo Kramer does have a Martha Washington cabinet. She did a blog showing it & I put it on my mental list.
    About a week later I went to the Humane Soc. thrift store & they had 1. A little more than I wanted to pay at a thrift store but I got it. A little Pledge & swapping drawers around to fit & it looks like new! It’s going to be
    my cross stitch storage.

  14. Kris in WI

    I didn’t know I had a “Martha Washington” sewing cabinet until I saw Jo’s post. This one came from my husband’s grandmother’s first husband’s family and photos from the 1930’s show it in their home. It still had her tatting shuttles, crochet hooks, patterns, and threads in it when it came to me. I don’t think it is an antique, but still so fun! I pulled my #10 DD project to work on, but maybe the cabinet needs a new pink topper first. We’ll be home for the 4th so no fireworks except for the fireflies at dusk. We don’t spray our yard for weeds, so we get quite a show. Happy 4th to all.

  15. Carla

    So many fun comments about Martha Washington cabinets lol. When I started my search for them I noticed right away that most people had them priced at over 200. No way I was going to pay that. Yardsale price for a win! Kris, anything over 100 years old is antique. How fortunate to not only get the cabinet but all the contents! Goodluck Kathy on finding yours. Don’t get lost in the rabbit hole! Someone nearby has a super cute wooden sewing “caddy” for $10. I don’t need it, but it’s hard to pass it up. Oh my, I have a problem haha. I’m supposed to be paring down….

  16. Carla

    Also….I just went back to check comments from a couple days ago. I hadn’t seen the additional comments. “Rental”, I love that, Mary! And Carla, I still get a kick out the fact that you’re in my home town! We’re likely only an hour away from each other. I feel in good company here. Blessings!

  17. Cynthia from SW Minnesota

    I will be looking through my numbered projects and get motivated! We drove up to New London, MN to watch a ski show last evening, it was fun to watch! The bonus was it was an absolutely beautiful evening! Great crowd too!

  18. Bonnie McKee

    Happy July 3 to all!
    I had to Google “Martha Washington cabinet” as I was not familiar with them. I can’t wait to see one in person!
    I’m a bit behind with choosing my DD projects but plan to do that this afternoon. I’m very fond of pink but may have to sit this CC out as I have several doctors appointments this month and an upcoming surgery.
    Yesterday I attended an annual family gathering. There are so many July birthdays, on my mother’s side, that my grandmother started the July picnic tradition back in the 50s. It’s wonderful to spend a couple of hours with cousins at least once a year ❤️
    Have a lovely Sunday!
    Bonnie in Oregon

  19. Carrie Doty

    I know that I am late to the party but I am going to join in starting today. I found out about this challenge via a post by Jo Kramer on her wonderful blog “Jo’s Country Junction “. I am so happy that I did.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carrie – you’re never too late to join this party!

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