Well, I don't know about you, but the month of July nearly got away from me. It's the best time of the year here in the Pacific Northwest, which means it's also the busiest time of the year. There's gardening to be done, cooking to be done, canning to be done, watering to be done, and yes, quilting to be done! So today we're here to see what you started during the month of July. Everyone who links up for today's party will be entered to win the July bee needle nanny.
So here's what's new at the Three Cats Ranch for the month of July. As always, I made a quilt for the July doll quilt swap.
My partner and I decided to stick with the "Stars and Stripes" theme. Here's what I made:
It's my own design and a quilt-as-you-go technique. That's a finish, but you don't have to. The NewFO Challenge is all about what you've started. No finishes required.
Also, this month, I started the first block of the Vintage Tin quilt. This is one of the smaller embroidery motifs and there are many more to go...this size and much larger. Also, I'm trying out a new product for transferring the embroidery designs. You can read all about it right here.
Yep, that's a needle nanny at the top of the hoop. Want one of your own? You know what to do.
Finally, I started the new project originally on the schedule for July, the strawberry table runner. I took this one to the quilting and binding stage, but that's as far as I got.
And as an update, on Monday I finished the True Hope quilt top which was my December, 2012 NewFO project. As my friend Kate says...to finish a lot of quilts, you have to start a lot of quilts. And that's our goal here at the NewFO Challenge. Starts. No finishes required.
So that's it for me this month. Now, I'm ready to see what's new at your end. Here are my easy-to-follow, friendly guidelines.
1. Please link-up with your newly started projects from July, finished or not. If you feel like it, show us the progress you've made on any other previously posted NewFO projects.
2. Please link back to this post from your blog. Also, please link to your blog post, not your blog. To do that, just click on the title of your post to isolate it from the rest of your blog. Then copy the URL and use that to link up. Links to entire blogs will be edited or deleted entirely. Also, this is not a place to advertise your Etsy shop or some other event. To be clear, you may include references to other events in your post, but there should be something related to your NewFO's as well. Cats, dogs, birds, fish, alligators, dinosaurs, rats, hamsters, children, and other pets are always welcome. Links provided for the sole purpose of promoting other events or shopping experiences will be deleted without apology. (Sorry, but some folks can't seem to resist crashing the party.)
3. Don't have a blog? Upload an image to this FlickR group and link to that. If you have questions about how to do that or about how to link up, please email me. If you're having trouble posting your image, email it as an attachment, and I will be happy to post it for you. Also know that it takes a bit for your thumbnail to appear, so don't despair. It will appear eventually. You might need to "refresh".
4. Obviously, I need some way to contact you no matter how you link up. No email address and no other way to contact you equals no entry in the giveaway. Email me separately if you need to.
This giveaway ends one week from today. Winner of the needle nanny will be announced on Wednesday, August 7, 2013! We will ship anywhere in the universe, so international and interplanetary participants are always welcome!