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Hi friends!
Today, I am explaining all the Rules about Sewvivor and how it works. Each Monday, I have a new piece of Sewvivor to “reveal,” so that you have time to digest it and decide if you’d like to enter! Be sure to check out the entire Season 3 Timeline and Challenges on this post, and a few more details about what Sewvivor is on this post. Stay tuned next week…. you’ll find out who the judges are!

If you’d like to audition for Sew-vivor, here’s everything you’ll need to know in advance!
Auditions are open July 7-21, 2014.

–Season 3 is a Quilter’s Edition. This does not mean you must have previous quilting experience (beginner or advanced quilters may enter). But it DOES mean that all projects entered MUST be quilted. You do not have to enter a quilt. It can be any quilted project (ex- quilt, mini quilt, pillow, bag, pouch, apparel, etc). 

–To define “quilting” for this competition… it must be an item that is either pieced and/or quilted. The piecing may be done by hand or machine. The quilting may be done by hand or machine. You must incorporate at least one technique, both being the most common.

–You may audition with ONE project. It can be anything QUILTED you’ve ever sewn before, or you can make something special just to enter. It must be made by YOU. It does not have have to be your original idea or tutorial, and it doesn’t matter if it was made with or without a pattern. Machine and handsewing count. Crocheting and knitting do not. Be sure it is your best representation of you, your sewing skills, and your creativity!
–You MUST have a blog to enter. It doesn’t need to be a fancy or popular blog- you can create one for free on www.blogger.com, or it can even be your family blog. Please note that you will see increased traffic to your blog by entering this competition.

–Big Tip: Take good pictures! Besides your sewing skills and creativity, presentation will play a big role in a competition like this. Large, clear pictures are appealing to the eye, and it is easier for the judges and audience to see and appreciate detail.

–This IS open internationally! I love and value my international friends, and encourage to you participate! 🙂

–Entries will be accepted in the form of a link party, (see last year’s auditions for an example). There will be directions on how to enter when the auditions begin.

–The Top 16 will be chosen by the Sew-vivor judges, and will advance to compete in the 4 rounds of Sew-vivor competition. (Judges will email me their Top 20 picks, and I will tally up and average everything to choose the Top 16). 

–If you enter Sew-vivor, I encourage you to proudly post a Sew-vivor button on your sidebar! If you make it into the competition round, you’ll need to have the button on your sidebar for as long as you are in the competition. (Buttons will be available at the auditions).

–To enter, you MUST be a ‘Family Ever After’ follower on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest (as many of these outlets you have an account with).
Yahoo, now we’re friends!

The following weekly challenges will only pertain to the Top 16 who are chosen to compete in the actual competition. I wanted to put them out there so you would know what the competition will entail so you can decide if entering Sew-vivor is right for you or not.

–If you think that you’ve got a chance of making it into the Top 16, you are welcome get a head start working on projects for the following themes for the 4 weeks of challenges at your own risk! I am not responsible if you make a project but do not make it to the Top 16! All projects submitted for the 4 rounds of competition cannot have been made any sooner than July 1, 2014. Do not reveal them on your blog until they are revealed on Sew-vivor.
–Contestants may use patterns and online tutorials for projects. When you post your projects on your blog, you’ll need to cite your sources. If you create your own pattern, we’d love to see a tutorial in pictures! Full tutorials will be featured on YOUR blog (giving you all the traffic).

–Projects will be revealed on Monday mornings 9am EST. Voting will be occur Monday at 9am-Wednesday at midnight EST. Advancing contestants will be notified via email the following Thursday morning. They will not be announced on this blog until the following Monday at 9am. (See Timeline for all Reveal and Results dates).

–This means that contestants…. every project will need to be emailed to me by Sunday at 6pm EST. You may submit 5 pictures + explanations describing your project, no more than 4 sentences per picture. Pictures should be around 500 pixels. You are welcome to send the HTML. (I will go over this in more detail via email with the contestants).

–You will be allowed to post the full tutorial on your blog, the day it is revealed on Sew-vivor. Hopefully, this will help you get lots of fun traffic to your own blog!

The total judge vote + the public vote will each counts as 50% of the entire vote. The judges will email their votes to me, and their votes will remain anonymous (as to which judge picked what project). This counts as 50% of the total vote. The audience (readers) will also vote, using an online poll, which counts as the other 50% of the total vote. Contestants are allowed to rally votes from their family, friends, blog readers, etc. Each device (computer, iphone, tablet, etc) is allowed 1 vote. I cannot help you if your uncle’s computer is not letting him vote, etc.

–Just like on Survivor, there may be a few twists and surprises. For example, Immunity, Tribal Councils, and Challenge Rewards may come into play. These will be fair and at random. By entering, you agree that this is part of the competition, and will play along fairly.

–Elimination Process: 
  Challenge 1- Top 16 
  Challenge 2- Top 10
  Challenge 3- Top 5
Challenge 4- Top 3

–I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE ANY CHANGES ALONG THE WAY AS NECESSARY! I commit to being fair and honest throughout this entire competition.

Please leave ALL questions in the comments below. I will answer them in the comments, and address them again at the Auditions on July 7.
Once upon a time…

I started a blog. This is a tale of my projects, goals, and dreams. Thank you for taking a moment to stop by. I hope you have a beautiful day.

xoxo, Rach H.