Sunday, December 15, 2013

2014 NewFO Challenge

2014 NewFO Challenge

Well, Barbara @ Cat Patches has decided to be our 'Enabler in Chief' for a new year.  What is NewFO?  Well, you have permission and encouragement to start a new project - no pressures, no finish - just start something!  And your choice of whether it is something new monthly, semi-monthly, or however you would like to work.  Visit Barbara and see what I mean and then I am sure you can put together a list of NewFOs you would like to start in 2014.


I have decided I am going to skip the year long BOMs and QALs - Oh, I will still keep things updated with buttons on my sidebar as there may be something that interests others.  But I have a collection of books that I JUST HAD TO HAVE and haven't touched.  


You know the ones, usually it was the cover photo quilt that caught your eye.  Well, I want to challenge myself to grab a book and make a quilt in it.


And that other shelf - it's time revisit some of these and others haven't been touched.


Yes, all those cross stitch books.  I slipped away from this and really want to get back into a schedule of handwork.  I have been stitching this month with my sewing machine off to the SPA - and it really has been a pleasure.


I bought this in the middle of the year and have been slowly gathering the materials and think all is in place for this to be a highlight piece in 2014.


And I need to dedicate time to learn this - setting time each week to learn a new step each month.

  
This arrived in the middle of our snow storm - now that's service!


2014 is going put this girl thru her paces.  I am letting her sit for 24 hrs after her long, cold travels and then reading thru that thick manual and testing every part of her before putting her to work.  No, I don't name my machines - they are either a him or her.

I will be taking part in the RSC14 to clear that bin of strings, I do like to particpate in some of those challenges, an occassional Hop, and the short term QALs do appeal to me. The Monthly Doll Quilt Swap group is always fun as well as the small 'friends' swap group (semi-monthy).  And I have three quilt shows I plan to participate in, too.  Sounds like a full year.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon


32 comments:

Karen M said...

It sounds like you have a plan for the year. How exciting to get a new machine. There is nothing like it. Have great fun getting familiar with it and just sew like crazy.

Michele said...

Looks like you have a fun year ahead of you! I have the quilt on the cover of Scrap Basket Sensations on my list of things I want to do. I just need the background fabric. Thanks for the inspiration :-)

Tiffany said...

Busy busy bee! Good luck on all your goals!!!

JoAnne said...

I have every quilt book you had in that first picture. I have made 2 quilts from Scrapbasket Sensations, but I haven't made any from the other three. That is just wrong! I plan to remedy that this year, too.

JoAnne said...

I have every quilt book you had in that first picture. I have made 2 quilts from Scrapbasket Sensations, but I haven't made any from the other three. That is just wrong! I plan to remedy that this year, too.

Pattilou said...

How exciting to have a new machine. I surely do need one, so I just a tiny bit jealous! :)

I too, have been looking forward to 2014 and something new. You are, as always, dedicated to keeping your skills sharp!

Kaelyn Angelfoot said...

What a wonderful collection of projects! I too have several books I haven't touched. I'm following your blog now, looking forward to seeing these projects develop.

Barbara said...

Oh, I like the idea of grabbing a book. That might inspire another challenge! I have a few books on my shelf as well!

Quiltsmiles said...

What a fresh perspective and what delight you will have as you continue on with this journey. I'll be stopping by for tea often to see watch you're up to next. Jane

Sheila said...

Your new machine is beautiful!
I should take a page from your book. If I keep doing QALs and BOMs, I'll never have time to use any of the quilt patterns in my quilt books.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Sounds wonderful Sharon! And have a great time getting to know her...

StitchinByTheLake said...

I have all but one of those quilt books you showed....and I feel the same way. I really must get them out, make what I want and pass them on. Thanks for reminding me of that. blessings, marlene

Karen said...

Sounds like a fun to make list. I look forward to seeing all the interesting blocks you will make.

Donna said...

Love your new sewing machine! Looks like it will be perfect to execute your plans. Happy quilting.

Lee said...

I think your idea, even if intended as a personal goal, to grab one of the 'must have it' books and actually make a project from it, could be a very good annual challenge for someone wanting to host it. It can certainly become inundating though with the number of challenges, QAL, BOM and even mysteries that can be found in the blog world.

Teresa in Music City said...

It does sound like a full year Sharon - a fun one too :*) I like how you are planning your year. I've decided to concentrate on getting some of my long-term UFO's out of the way. I still plan to join in on the NewFO and RSC fun though! Looking forward to much fun this year :*)

quilter000 said...

Hey Sharon I just bought a book in the first set I own the others too.anyway I want to get busy this year myself. maybe actually get some things finished. I would love to learn to quilt on my regular sewing machine. Have fun I plan to love to see what you are up to each week. I will stay tuned patty

QuiltSue said...

Wow, you have a busy year planned Sharon, even with deciding to cut out BOMs, QALs, etc.

Diane Wild said...

Good plan. I have some of those same books and there are so many neat patterns. You will have a busy year.

Quilter Kathy said...

What a wonderful collection of books you have!
And I saw that crabapple hill quilt at a show this year and it was absolutely amazing... you will love making that one... so many creative and fun details.

Jacque said...

Wow! You do have a full year planned! Lots of fun, and I look forward to seeing your work (wait a minute, it's not work, is it? It's playtime!). Hehee!

Lyn said...

I understand where you are coming from..I recognise a few titles in your collection..and yes the front cover said "Buy me" to me as well..I like your plan for next year working from what you already have..

KatieQ said...

That does sound like a full year. I think it's a great idea to use some of the books you already have. I plan on doing the same with 4 books that I pulled off my shelf. I can't wait to hear how you like your new machine.

Valerie the Pumpkin Patch Quilter said...

Oh yay Juki!!!! One more week and I can play with my new Juki!!!! How are you liking it so far??

Belinda said...

Kool new ride there Sharon. I know you are excited to have a new machine to play with!

I have books I need to get into as well. Maybe 2014 I can.

LynCC said...

I just love those Scrap Basket books. It'll be fun to see what you get into next year. :D

Kate said...

Looks like you a very fun set of new projects as well as plans to do new things.

Jackie at Adirondack Urban said...

It looks like you will be plenty busy in the new year! I have that same "Amid Amish Life" pattern! I've had it forever! I'd still like to make it someday, so maybe I'll get that out to work on during the next year, too.

Quilting Babcia said...

Sounds like you're going to be as busy as ever! You are amazing with the amount of projects you get completed in a month, let alone a year! Merry Christmas and a blessed new year to you!

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Michele said...

I like your plans and I hope you are loving your new machine. I didn't get to make my list yet but I hopefully will in the coming days. Merry Christmas!