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Welcome to Day 8 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win a Signed Copy of Embroidered Effects, an Ultimate Kit, and Glow-in-the-Dark Floss from Sublime Stitching! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Friday, December 9th to be entered to win!

This prize includes a copy of Embroidered Effects signed by Jenny Hart, an Ultimate Kit, and five different colors of Glow-in-the-Dark Thread.

Comment to Win: What is the longest it’s taken you to finish a craft project?


This giveaway is sponsored by Sublime Stitching

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[Update 12/12/11] – Congratulations to member naimhe for winning the Holiday Giveaway Day 8!


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    Dec 8, 2011, 07.15 PMby bitterbunny

    ewwww….that is a sore subject with me, lol….i’m notorious for starting projects and never finishing. my longest going undone project would probably be about 5 or 6 years :-(

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    Dec 8, 2011, 07.11 PMby fatandy

    If I think about my ufos..one is hanging in the closet for almost 2 yrs.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 07.08 PMby psychorat

    From planning till the finished project it took me 3 years to make my medieval dress. It was the reason I started sewing.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 07.08 PMby jodieth

    My last embroidery/cross-stitch was a name on a onesie and it took me 2 1/2 on a car ride without looking up. (husband was driving) I have a Norman Rockwell I started on 30 years ago and got half way finished and decided I didn’t like Norman Rockwell. I am way more creative than that.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 07.05 PMby rebpalma

    Well… There’s the dress that took me one month and a half that I ended up hating… And then there are those UFOs that I’m patiently working on… a coat, a knitted sweater and a hand- sewed cape!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 07.05 PMby kallers

    I think 3 years is about the max I’ve spent. Once something gets older than that-It aint gonna happen!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 07.01 PMby Podbod18

    Well I started a patchwork cushion when youngest son was 3 so that’s…. 20 years and counting. Oops, I really must get around to finishing it!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.55 PMby tanetane

    my son’s apron. It’s been a couple of years. oh! I have a better one. a reupholster project has been sitting, undone for 7 years.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.54 PMby Amanda Cox

    It’s taken me three months from design to finshed dress for my senoir year collection.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.47 PMby brsnyder

    I eventually finish most clothes I make, but I don’t know if I have EVER completely finished a craft project I’ve started….But I do a lot of embroidery, so would definitely make great use of this giveaway. I love Sublime Stitching!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.47 PMby sabine26

    I cannot say as I have some that are still pending. The funniest, though, is the post partum pads that I was going to sew in the two weeks between leaving work on maternity leave and having my daughter—since she came two weeks early, they have been sitting by my sewing machine for the last 6 months. Hahahaha! Not sure what to do with them now, guess I will donate them. Thanks!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.46 PMby angelical

    I have to many UFOs to count, so i’ll just ignore them as always. The longest it’s ever taken me to make an active project was a formal dress I made 2 years ago. It took me 3-5 hours a day for almost a month. It was totally worth it, as I learned a lot. I did all patterns-making, draping and designing myself, and it’s the biggest project I’ve made so far.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.46 PMby daisylynn

    2 and a half years. I knit a sweater for my friend, but I got bored halfway through because I had already knit that pattern once before, and then when I finally finished it, I had to frog and re-knit the yoke twice, because there was waaaaayyyy too much ease and excess fabric in it. But she likes it and wears it not, so it was worth it.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.45 PMby Luly Bartolomy

    6 years & counting!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.40 PMby Jariya Tato

    The longest project for me was a vejigante mask, which is a mask with huge horns. 2 and half months

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.40 PMby lovevigilante

    Probably 2 years—a scarf I started knitting for my brother but keep not finishing. Of course, if I really look back, I’m sure there are projects that have taken even longer than that! Thanks!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.36 PMby blueeyedgenius13

    i think 3 years is the longest. i see the projects sitting there every spring when i clean and it drives me nuts! i’d rather not start a new project and finish an old one.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.34 PMby samantha templeton

    I am the queen of unfinished projects. I started a baby quilt for my niece who is now 4 years old. It is unfinished. I also began a glass project in 1993 that is still in pieces. The list goes on…

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      Dec 8, 2011, 06.36 PMby samantha templeton

      My name is not Samantha Templeton. I have no idea why it showed up that way. Very strange…

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.32 PMby Noemi Robinson

    In 1987, when I was 16, I started a counted cross stich pattern that featured many cats, because one of them looked my cat, Pogo. (A cat was all I had ever wished for at any opportunity I had to wish, and when I got him when I was 8, I was immediately smitten. He was the best cat and saw me through high school, college, a broken marriage and more…) I gave up on the craft project after a while. It was really too big (and too boring! sooo many wide swatches of the same color…) to hold my concentration. I had forgotten about this until recently when I had my 40th birthday and my mom sent the finished piece to me as a present! 24 years later!! She put both our initials on it. I love that she finished the project. It makes me think of my mom, my cat, being a kid, and being a grown up all at the same time. So 24 years – and I technically still didn’t finish it!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.25 PMby skiingchick

    30 years and still going….The longest one ever is the two generation afghan my mother started in 1971. She worked on it until 1996 and passed it along to me to finish. I am now trying to finish it up in between my sewing projects. It looks like 2012 is may finally get done.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.22 PMby Elizabeth Jones

    hmmmm- that means it actuall got finished- well there are some that I caame back to and finished 5 years later.

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      Dec 8, 2011, 06.24 PMby Elizabeth Jones

      just as Candice Leslie is not Candice Leslie i am not Elizabeth Jones

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.19 PMby capncornbread

    My longest project was my senior prom dress because I spent a lot of time hand sewing peacock feathers to the front of the dress.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.17 PMby gibbylet

    Well I’ve only been sewing for about 6 months, and so I will say about a dozen projects fall under that 6 month umbrella….sheesh. Nevertheless, tonight I have plans to start a coat, and am not going to let my guilt about those things make me pull them out!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.17 PMby Candice Leslie

    I knitted a scarf once. Once. Took me 3 years to finish, the first two because I was lazy about it and the last year because it took forever to find another skein of the yarn I’d been using. This is why I no longer knit.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.16 PMby srkshannon

    I have stuff that I started 3 years ago and they are still sitting around unfinished.

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.12 PMby threadsquare

    That would have to be my 10-year quilt. Hangs head in shame briefly, then realizes “hey, at least it gone done eventually!”

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