12/21/11

2012 NewFO Challenge and Monthly Giveaway


NewFO2012


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'm starting 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. 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 FlickR 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 one of these cute Cloth Quilt Pins. A new pin will be given away each month.



Sounds like fun, eh? So let's get sewing! Remember, you don't need to finish any projects . . . you only need to start them. And anything left unfinished at the end of the year can be entered in one of the 2013 UFO Challenges! It's a Win-Win!

If you want to help publicize this event, just blog about it.  If you like, you can grab the code for my button and post it on your blog.  Thanks for joining in!

16 comments from clever and witty friends:

Tonya said...

What a fun idea! Starting is always the easy part. This it one challenge that I'm sure that I can complete! Lol...

Kate said...

As much as I like starting new projects, I'm just not going to have time to pull together 12 new projects for the year. So I'm going to target to make 4 new projects this year. If the past is any indication, at least 2 of them will end up being UFOs.

sunny said...

this is the perfect program for me! I'll be blogging later, and add your button to my sidebar. I can't wait to get started. I have a verrrrry long list of projects for which I've bought fabric and patterns for, so I won't even need to buy more fabric. Of course, that's not to say I won't buy new fabric.....

Teresa in Music City said...

Yay Barbara - you started it! As much as i DON'T need to start 12 new projects next year, I probably will anyway :*) .... and I just can't resist joining in!

Needled Mom said...

Ha! I love the idea!!! Most of us are trying to finish up the UFOs and now we have no guilt about starting some more. YEAH!

Snoodles said...

Heehee! I love this idea! I'm so onto this!
Merry Christmas!

Rhonda G said...

I've added a button to my blog and have found a couple other projects to add to my new years project list to work on this year. I need to sit down now and make me a list. LOL Thanks for the great fun.

Rhonda G said...

I've added a button to my blog and have found a couple other projects to add to my new years project list to work on this year. I need to sit down now and make me a list. LOL Thanks for the great fun.

Sarah said...

Great idea - why only celebrate finishing something. Starting is just as much fun! I think I already know what I want to start in January...

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

This sounds like so much fun. I can never say no to a new project and at least now I will have an excuse to start one - lol! I have added the button to my sidebar :)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

This is way too funny. I posted about it on my blog and will post your button as well....just in case I go insane and start something else new I'll know where to confess my sins.....LOL.

http://billiebeesblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/cat-patches-2012-newfo-challenge-and.html

Mrs.Pickles said...

great idea!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Put your button up on my blog - this is going to be sew fun - just love the idea.

Diane Wild said...

Count me in. What if I finish my started projects? Am I disqualified? LOL This is incentive to start more projects. Great idea.

PJ said...

This is a great idea! Even thou I have a couple UFO's 'm going to finish next year, I'll all also be starting new projects. Thanks for hosting it and the giveaway.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Sounds great. I just got into a BOM at my LQS, so, there is something to start each month (does that mean doing more than taking it out of the bag ; )?