Sunday, December 16, 2012
Barbara has asked us to list some of our plans for next year's NewFo Challenge - a fun way to challenge yourself to go ahead and do that new project without the guilt or obligation to finish. In other words - have fun with your quilting!
First, I have been doing a lot of organizing to be better prepared. Easier to start a project if you can find it. Pre-cuts and a LOT of panels will be used this year - quick projects for the Christmas Thru the Year - which I want to take part in this year. The messiest shelves are my cross-stitch books and thread (boxes, tins, containers) and I really want to do more of this in 2013. I was going to get tubs for the scraps of batt (top of shelf), but I rather use it up rather than store it. A shelf of extra wides and backing ready to use up. The other fabrics by yardage and in the rolling tower (1/2 yrd but less than FQ) that I go to first for my small projects. Oh, I have a lot more fabric but we won't go there!!
Rolling bin of thread ready and waiting to be used. The two large totes are scraps - for use in Doll Quilt Swap group, 12" Mini Swap, Temecula Quilt Co minis, and the Rainbow Challenge . The 'under the bed' storage tote has flimsies ready for quilting - oh, there is one quilted and waiting for binding. Pretty baskets and tubs to hold those new projects as they progress. The waffle tower has odd/ends of notions and ribbons for those minis, top shelf is some cross stitch project I found 'in-progress' and would like to finish up in 2013. A shelf of kits and the bagged items are my SILs projects for the new year.
Blurry photo of our FQ storage and some of those shoe box totes have left over 4-patch, HSTs, and mini blocks that can be incorporated into a project. My SIL and I go on a FQ buy every so often as colors need freshening. I have a shoe box waiting for a Batik buy - I really want to challenge myself to work with those in the new year.
Here's those kits - the one I got in the silent auction, a couple I bought during a sale, the Cherry Blossoms kit I won, and 12 red work squares someone gave me - have to put those into a quilt.
A few books I pulled that I want to play with. Yes, I really want to make a Civil War quilt - a trip to Windham Fabrics in in the future
Does it sound like a lot? Well, some of the planned projects are for long term play with no hurry. Mini's and Doll Quilts and Swaps don't take long to do. And Who knows what is going to pop up on-line thru blog-a-sphere that attracts my attention - I am known to love a challenge. Yes, the 'Word' Hop (I am scheduled for Jan 7th)- that's the quilt waiting for binding, yeah, I went big AND taking part in the Quilting Secrets Hop with a tutorial on 'web' technique (scheduled for Jan 4th).
And I know it isn't even officially 'winter', but I had to hit a sale - great beginnings for spring don't you think? Inventory clearance at Connecting Threads - $2.96 yrd! And they have a thread sale going on too (yes, I got matching thread)!! Panteen announced the color of the year - Emerald Green - but I think yellow and pink are going to be my colors.
Are you challenged yet? Join us - visit Barbara and see what others are linking up for NewFO 2013.