Friday, May 31, 2013

May NewFO

It's the last day of a very busy May.  We celebrated Mother's Day, took Drama Teen on her 8th grade trip and also celebrated her graduation from 8th grade.  I'm still recovering from all the fun stuff that went on this month.  Lots of sewing happened too, well except for last week.  I needed some recovery time after all the end of school activities, so I took a few days off to catch up on sleep and a few chores. By the time the Memorial Day weekend got here, I was ready to get back to sewing something new.  

Back in March, I pushed a few buttons and ordered some yardage from Connecting Threads' Neutral Love line.  

I wasn't sure what I was going to make with it, but not long after it took up residence in my stash, one of my friends from work announced that she would retire this summer.  These fabrics are just so her that they have to end up in her house.  About the same time, I got a copy of Patchwork Palette by Donna Lynn Thomas and found a beautiful pattern called "Gems".  

After mocking up the blocks in EQ and playing around with the fabric placement, I came out with this layout.  

Neutral Gems
Pattern is "Gems" by Donna Lynn Thomas
found in the book Patchwork Palette

After washing, pressing and cutting out all the strips needed, only 2 blocks have been assembled.  

I'm happy with how it's turning out.  Hopefully I can finish this project up before the end of the summer.  So far I'm 5 for 5 in 2013, five starts in five months.  

Not only did I add a NewFO this month, two NewFOs from 2012 were finished off.  The Sofa Quilt was the June 2012 NewFO.

The Sofa Quilt
Pattern by Judy Laquidara of Patchwork Times
Quilted by Trudy Lindemann

Evening Star was the September 2012 NewFO.

Evening Star
Pattern from Calico Carriage
Designed by Debbie Maddy
Quilted by Trudy Lindemann

That leaves 5 NewFOs from 2012, plus the 5 NewFOs from 2013 to make a total of 10 uncompleted projects from the last 2 years.  I have a lot of stitching to do!  

Hop over to Cat Patches to check out more NewFOs from across the globe.   


Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love the CT fabrics - so soft and subtle, this is going to be lovely.

Ray and Jeanne said...

Love your newest quilt so far! And congrats on TWO finishes! ~Jeanne

Keep Stitchin' said...

What a perfect retirement gift! And congrats on getting the bindings on two of those quilts, hope you're able to get the others on soon!
By the way, I keep forgetting to tell you that the roses on your page are gorgeous!

Barbara said...

Your NewFO is going to be stunning. I love those fabrics. And your finishes are gorgeous. Thanks for linking up today.

Aileen said...

Really great layout. I have always wanted to make something monochromatic with just a touch or red in it! Its on my bucket list

Shay said...

Way to go on the finishes Kate. May has certainly been very busy for you (and quite exciting- graduations, quilt finishes, stash additions!)

I really like the pattern on your new creation too.

Quilting Babcia said...

Your neutral quilt is going to be so lovely! Congratulations on the finishes too!

Tami C said...

I like Connecting Threads too. I think your Sofa Quilt and Evening Star are just lovely!

Pattilou said...

Love the start on your new FO project. BTW how come it's so much easier to start something than to finish? LOL!

Sandy Panagos said...

You DO have a lot of stitching to do, but what great projects!