2/28/14

February NewFO Challenge Linky Party and Giveaway

2014 NewFO Challenge

It's been a short month. Did you get a chance to start something new during the month of February? Everyone who links up today will have a chance to win. No finishes required...just link up with any new projects you started during the month of February, finished or not. Today we're playing for the second of the new quilt block lapel pins I found for this year's monthly parties. For February, we're playing for the Flower Garden:


I think we're all getting ready for a bit of spring, don't you?

So what's new in your sewing room? I have a couple of new projects going. I started on my "official" February NewFO...this "Duluth Trees" wall hanging. This pattern was inspired by the pattern by Frieda Anderson, but I used the new curved piecing technique I learned when I attended the "Transforming the Traditional" workshop in January. 


When it was all finished, I thought it needed an extra design element to bring the eye up somewhat, and so I added the moon in the upper right corner. This one is ready to be quilted and bound now. Oh yes, and I've named my project "Shine On".

Then, for my "Let's Book It" project, I got started on a pattern from a book called Quilting with Bits and Pieces, published by House of White Birches. It's the "Oh, Christmas Tree" wall hanging and it started with me making 222 half square triangles. Phew! (uses hand to wipe sweat from brow).


Except for the borders, this wall hanging is made completely from half square triangles...18 rows of 12 half square triangles to be precise. I've started sewing them together now, and this is as far as I've taken it.


So that's it from me for the month of February. Now I'm ready to see what's new in your world. You don't have to do anything to link up here except to start one new project during the month of February. No finishes required...ever! Here are my simple and friendly requests before you link up:

1.  Please link-up with your newly started projects from February, 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.  Links to entire blogs will be edited by the administrator.  Links provided for the sole purpose of promoting other events or shopping experiences will be deleted without apology. Please do not link to your Etsy shops or other giveaways and/or promotions you have going on your own blog. To be clear, it is okay to link to other events, but I want to see your NewFO's as a part of your post. 

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.  Please 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.

I'll leave this linky party open until one minute before midnight on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Winner of the Flower Garden lapel pin will be announced on Friday, March 7, 2014!  We will ship anywhere in the known Universe, so everyone is welcome!

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30 comments from clever and witty friends:

quiltzyx said...

I think "Shine On" is one of my favorites that you've made! Interesting that both of your NewFOs were trees this month!!!

Thanks for hosting us every month Barbara!

Kate said...

You made lots of progress on your NewFOs considering February was such a short month. Shine On looks great and your Christmas tree is coming along prettily too. Looking foward to seeing what you have planned for March.

Cherry said...

Shine On looks great! And I can't wait to see the finished Christmas Tree. February just flew by so fast!

Linda M @ Pieceful Kingdom said...

I really do like the Christmas tree. I know you wanted to put lights on it...have your considered completing it including the quilting/binding, and then maybe stitching some small button hole stitches in it, cut them open, then poke the lights through? I don't know if that would work on this, but I have seen some wall hangings done that way. I don't really know what you'd do with all the wiring and such behind the wall hanging, though...

Teresa in Music City said...

Both your starts this month are wonderful! I love the way they use hst's even in the white background on Oh, Christmas Tree :)

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love both of your February starts - yes, both are trees - but I love them!!

Michele said...

Great starts and hopefully they will soon be finishes.

dq said...

I absolutely love your curvy trees and moon quilt!!!

Patrica said...

My first time entering the NewFO Challenge lord knows I have plenty of starts if not a lot of finishes. The moon makes your tree quilt special and I think the Christmas tree is going to be outstanding especially with the lights.

Shannon Meyer said...

Your projects are really coming along. I really like your 'Shine On' project!!

DeAnna S said...

Great starts! I love the trees and moon! You always do fantastic work.

Heidi said...

This month went sooo fast! I did share one NewFO, but I have been focusing on some finishes.My next focus is finishing a NewFO from last year..

I'm lovin both your tree projects.
Thanks for hosting us Barbara!

Alcea Rosea 31 said...

I love your Christmas tree and the Duluth inspired hanging.

Abby said...

I've linked to my NewFO for this month, and have posted an update on January's NewFO to my blog, although it's labeled Tea Towel update. Nothing like using one quilt for more than one purpose.

And your Shine On quilt is lovely, the border fabric is perfect for it.

Mary said...

I wrote my post and it is all linked up now. Glad to have a new BOM to work on.

Pat Ferguson said...

I love both your projects! Shine One is a wonderful design! And...that Christmas tree is one ambitious project. I have thought a few times about making one I saw in a magazine, but this one--ooh laa laa! Love it!

knitnkwilt said...

Whew! I do have a NewFO. Such fun, this linky group.

Marei said...

Love that you chose to go with "Shine On" as the name. I have bitten the bullet and joined the NewFo since I have a million of them a month....well, maybe just a couple hundred thousand. Hoping my linky skills were good enough to actually link!!

Shari Sherman said...

Thanks for the "permission" to start something new--I did just that! I marvel at how much you get done--bravo!

Dana Gaffney said...

I'm fascinated with Shine On, I can't wait to see how this works and looks. I'm linked up.

Lyndsey said...

The trees are looking good and I love the Christmas Tree. I love this starting new projects.

works4me said...

You are one busy lady. Progress on the Christmas tree is great. I'm looking forward to seeing it lit up.

I even did a lot in February - learned to paper piece and did my first project, then did another 4 pp patterns and am designing one, too. Wonder what is was about February?

Cathy said...

You are right...that moon really finishes off the wallhanging. Now I feel like camping in some woods like that under the moon, crickets chirping in the background...but not in all this snow!

Celine said...

Lots of HST but your Christmas tree looks lovely!

Doris Rice said...

Good starts, and progress this month.

Brown Family said...

You did get some things started. I will try to get my post up tomorrow. We are staying in and out of the dreadful cold!

Denise :) said...

You always have such fun new things you're working on -- such an inspiration! I appreciate the challenge you put out for me to start new things of my own! :)

LynCC said...

Wow, that's a lot of HST's - even the background! But the effect is so neat.

Mary Huey said...

Love the Duluth Trees!!!!

Harriett said...

Really loving that Christmas Tree. Can't wait to see it lit up