Wednesday, February 29, 2012

2012 New FO Challenge - February

The NewFO Challenge is the brainstorm of Barbara over at Cat Patches.  The challenge is all about starting projects, no finishing required.   For many starting projects seems to be really easy.  It's not easy for me.  It takes me forever to decide on a project, pick the fabrics, and come up with a final design.  That last is probably what slows me down the most.  Not that I don't ever make a quilt using a pattern, I just really like coming up with my own. 


I hadn't planned to start anything new this month.  My bucket list included six quilts, so I had planned to start a new one every other month.  But I've been wanting to participate in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge going on over at So Scrappy since last year, but I couldn't come up with a project that would allow me to make one or two blocks a month that would then go into a quilt at the end of the year. Then out of the blue this idea came to me.  After a couple of hours playing with EQ, a final design for a rainbow scrap quilt was up on the computer screen.  




My Guy and Drama Teen gave me their seal of approval on the final design.  So Monday night, I got going on the first block.  




The block pattern is by Janet McCarroll, published in "Block Magic Too!" by Nancy Johnson-Srebro.  There are some pretty small pieces in this block (finished size is 6"x6"), but it went together pretty quickly.  My plan is to make 3 scrappy blocks a month out of whatever color So Scrappy picks for the month.  That will give me 36 blocks, enough to make the design.  I'll need to go back and make up the red blocks since I completely missed January, but that shouldn't be too hard.  


I've been in a bit of a quilting slump, but starting a new project has been just the thing to get me back into the sewing room.    Check out the linkys over at Cat Patches to see what other new stuff went up on design walls this month.  

13 comments:

  1. Yay for a new project! And that would be a good one to clear out some of the piles of coffee fabric I have collected...

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  2. I love this, Kate! So glad you linked up.

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  3. What a great pattern! So happy and fun. I'm one of those sad quilters who never has trouble *starting* new projects.

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  4. What a cute pattern and the first block looks great! I have the same problem; and then I doubt myself the whole time.

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  5. That's a fabulous pattern Kate. Love it and looking forward to seeing each block you make.
    I have no problem what so ever starting new projects!

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  6. Oh Kate -- this is just DARLING!! I will really look forward to seeing this as a finished product!! :)

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  7. I love it! A dear friend of mine would be making it in a minute if she saw it, she LOVES coffee!!! How big will it be?

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  8. Great idea and I just know you'll be able to knock out a mug often with the 15 minute challenges. YEAH for you!
    Can't wait to see this one in fabric, loved your mug colors. Jane

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  9. great idea! just the block itself would be great for a mug rug, too ( hhmm, ideas! :) )
    thanks for sharing
    Beth in Dallas

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  10. Really cute plan--and you broke it down into doable chunks per month. I have no problem starting new projects--I do it all the time!

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  11. What a cute plan!! Looking forward to seeing this grow over the coming months!!!

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  12. That's a great design and it's going to look wonderful with a variety of fabrics! Can't wait to watch its evolution to a finished quilt ...

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