2013 NewFO Challenge



If you're like me, you haven't been quilting long enough to accumulate a big pile of UFO's.  Either that, or you're endowed with a healthy serving of self-discipline.  (And, honestly, where's the fun in that?) In either case, you're left out of the annual Blog Land UFO challenges.  Well (sniff), not one to be left out, I started up a NewFO Challenge to give you an opportunity to build up your supply of UFO's!  What could make a quilter any happier than that?  Just consider for a moment the state of bliss you'll achieve at all the new fabric you'll have an excuse to buy.  (And I'm all about using excuses to achieve a state of bliss.)

Here's what you need to do:  Each month, start up at least one new quilt project.  The quilt can be of any size from potholders or mug rugs to king-sized bed quilts.  You do NOT need to complete any project during the year.  All you need to do to participate is start something new during any given month.  On the last day of the month, write a blog post about your new project and link up to my linky party.  As the year progresses, please update us on your previous months' NewFO projects.  If you don't have a blog, not to worry!  Just post pictures of your work on my FlickR Group or any other image-sharing website, copy the URL, and use that to link-up.

Here's what I will do:  I'll host a linky party on the last day of each month.  You'll have a full week to link-up and then I'll hold a small giveaway for those who have participated.  Winner will be chosen at random.  No need to leave a comment or jump through any other hoops.  Just link-up at the linky party, provide me with a valid email address, and you will be entered to win a Needle Nanny. 



A new Needle Nanny will be given away each month.  Come on and join in!  

57 comments from savvy and entertaining friends:

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Barbara, i put this button on my blog too. I hope I can remember to participate each month.

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

Okay Barbara ~ I'm IN! I'm really good at 'starting' new projects - not so much at 'finishing' - so this suits me just fine! Will put the button on my blog tonight. Thanks

LynCC said...

I'm so glad you're running this another year. :D

Sue said...

Now this is a challenge I can see myself excelling at! I look forward to joining in.

Kari @ The Purple Quiltapotamus said...

I have a TON of UFO's and am always wanting to start a NewFO so I would love to sign up! I'll put the button on my blog this evening! Thank you! ;)

Debbra Murphy said...

Ooh, I can start a NewFO each month, no problem, so Yes, sign me up!!!!

Kathleen at Rose Prairie said...

Oh goody, your doing another year. I so need this therapy Thanks Barbara

Lee said...

OK Barbara, count me in too, starting is easy ;p finishing is the hard part! Thanks for hosting the challenge.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

This sounds like fun... I'm on restricted NewFO making due to my fantastic UFO making skills but will make a list and join in on months when I'm able. ;-D

Pat Merkle said...

This is great. I spent all year whittling down my UFO's and my husband's been teasing me I was going to have to spend next year accumulating them. So I'm in! Love it! :)

Diane Wild said...

I put the 2013 button on my blog. I'm ready to go.

The Slow Quilter said...

I am looking forward to linking up with you. I have a lot of new projects I want to start and a lot that need to be finished. Sign me up.

Marla's Crafts said...

I added the button to my blog. I have a lot of projects that I want to do next year and a lot that needs finished. Mostly the finished projects is quilting. It should be fun posting them all. Hope everyone has a great year and that they get a lot accomplished. Have fun.

Dar said...

Ok Barb. I resisted in 2012 because I am one that has a gazillion UFOs and want to shorten that list. Guess what, I only finished 1 UFO this year, but started at least 4 or 5 new ones, so I guess this is testament I should join your fun. Will add your button to my blog as soon as I can figure it out. Thanks.

patchouli moon studio said...

It's so easy for me to "start" new projects. I have been quilting since I was a teenager (all by hand back then), so I have tons of UFO's too. I love starting new projects, it's the finishing of them that I have to push myself to get it done.

Lisa said...

Well I am joining this because it looks fun!

Leah said...

Adding it to my blog.... Ready for another Year....

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

You are trying to corrupt me 'AGAIN' in 2013???? Giggle. I will post your button, but will be resisting the urge to make new starts.

Lynne said...

That sounds like a lot of fun! Even though I have a lot of UFOs (sewn and knitted), I also have fabric and plans so count me in!

Shepody Mountain Crafter said...

I'm a new blogger and this will be my first challenge it sounds like a blast. Looking forward to see everyone projects. Your my first button on my blog!

cyndiofthevortex said...

I'm in, Barb! Thanks for the invite. It sounds like a blast!

SewBlinkey.blogspot.com said...

I think it will be nice to do this. Does this mean I'll have 12 UFO's by December 2013? It sounds like fun. Thank you.

Dee Cee said...

Thank you for inviting new to quilting folks! Yep that's me and already I've got 1 semi-UFO and 2 potential :-) Will very gladly make a Bunch more for next year hahaha

I just made a blog, and will have to make sure I know how to put your button on ;-) YES NewUF 2013!

Debbie in Arizona

Sandy said...

Yes, I want to start 12 newFO's next year! I am really looking forward to it. Will add your link to my blog!

Vickie said...

Hi Barbara, I would like to join in on the fun. You had me at "excuse to buy new fabric"! Ooooh , how I love the hunt!!!!

KatieQ said...

In 2012, I would faithfully start a new project each month and then never got around to linking them up. This year, I hope to do better.

Aileen said...

What fun. I love starting new projects. Added your button to my blog
Aileen from FL

Dar said...

Your button is added to my blog and I'm rearing to go. Bring it on 2013.

Elizabeth said...

I'm new to quilt blogging and just added the NewFO Challenge 2013 to my page. Sounds like a great plan!!!
Liz from Kansas

Sandra said...

This sounds like a fun place to join together. I love to start new projects!

Honeybee Quilter said...

I too love to start new things! I am happy to join!

Kathleen said...

This sounds fun, count me in.

FarmNana said...

Permission to start new projects every month? I'd love to join! I put your button on my blog and I'm off to look at all those projects I've been wanting to try! Thanks!

kwiltnkats said...

I've run across your blog and UFO or shall I say NewFO Challenge. So you won't be calling a number each month from a list that we've created for the year? I'm one of the second category of quilters who has been quilting since 1999 and has very few UFOs. My challenges are patterns I've collected that I want to make. I have a list for 2013 so I'll be figuring out how your system could work for me. Everyone needs a goal! Sandi www.kwiltnkats.blogspot.com

Vivian said...

I am officially in! I started something new yesterday, WAHOO!

See you at the end of the month!
(ps: I posted your button on my blog)

TheaM said...

oh my... this is sew much better than trying unsuccessfully to finish everything! thank you!
uh, we don't really have to finish anything, do we?

Oddbjørg said...

This sounds quite fun, so if it's not too late, I'll join.

Blue Ridge Mountains said...

This sounds like something right up my alley. Please add me to your list.

Eunique said...

Hi, Barbara. I've added your button to my blog, and I have a posting listing my projects for the year, which I'll post later this week.

I'm not too familiar with Flickr, but I'll do my best to figure it out! :)

Thanks for doing this.

Blue Ridge Mountains said...

I put your button on my blog and my friend from Australia signed up. Neat.

kathysnest32 said...

I would love to join your group. Does it have to be quilts or could it be other projects?

Kathleen in Beautiful Nelson Bay
http://kathysnest32.wordpress.com/

Wendy said...

I have put your button on my blog,I will have no trouble with starting the sewing ,but might need a push to post on my blog hope this helps. :)

Gwen said...

What a great idea! I'm actually pretty good about finishing projects, but I'm also always game to start some new ones. Life would get rather boring very quickly if there weren't new projects to pursue. Count me in!

Pattilou said...

Sometimes I get overwhelmed at where to go with a "new" project. I did get a couple done last year. I'll add the button to my blog and try again! Got an idea working for January already...

denise said...

This is a breeze!.. I do well at starting projects, Heck I have started a new one in January, an Alphabet Quilt for my 17mt granddaughter, finishing them is my problem. SO.... this is the challenge for me to participate in!!
Denise

Kelly Vetch said...

Uh Oh. An excuse to buy stuff, start new stuff, and no timeline! THIS COULD BE FUN! :)

Simplesmente Silvinha (Simply Silvia) said...

Hi Barbara , I will make too ?!?!?!?!?

Mary said...

I almost forgot to make a NewFO list. Joining in the FUN! Since I'm going to make new ones anyway... Thanks for the Permission! LOL

Chumkie Mukherjee said...

Thank you for such a fun linky party. I'm a brand new follower of your blog and have grabbed your button to place on my blog.
Chumkie.
My Favourite Things.

Marisa said...

I just found your blog through The Slow Quilter's blog. I love this idea, I added your button to my side bar on the blog. I hope to be consistent and create something each month, rather start something every month, this sounds better. I am a new follower here, I give you the link to my blog, in case you want to visit me.
Marisa from
http://passionetcouture.blogspot.ca/

Notion Nanny said...

Awesome linky party. I love it. You never have too many Ufo's. I already blogged about this. So fun!
www.notionnanny.com

Roxanne Murphy said...

Purrrrfect! I'm struggling to find UFO's to take to my weekly Quilting group. I deffinatly need to start some more.
I'm new to blogging, and somewhat newish to quilting, but looking forward to the challenge.
http://tactile-impressions.blogspot.com.au

Dee Cee said...

Keep forgetting to check in at the end of the month *argh* I am happily making new FO's and must post my latest unfinished one! Now to remember End of Month Check IN!

Thanks Love the Paw prints too *Meows*

:-Dee

Susan said...

I just found this and have to say Wahoo! I could care less about finishing, well that is not true but with ADD it is hard too. So I start and start and someday (Year) get back to finish. I figure I have retirement to finish up everything I start now!Gonna keep checkin back to see what is all started

Marianne Jeffrey said...

Sounds like a wonderful idea, how do I add a button to my web page to help advertise it? I don't see an add my button link for it?

Marsha Cooper said...

I just seen this button on a blog and clicked over. I wish I had seen it earlier in the year! I am very good at starting a new project LOL

Josephine Herbert said...

OH Wow! I love to start something new things! I am happy to have to join