12/31/14

December NewFO Linky Party and Giveaway

2014 NewFO Challenge

Happy New Year's Eve! If this is your first time linking up to the NewFO Challenge, I have good and bad news for you. The bad news is that this is the End of an Era! We've been creating new UFO's for our to-do lists for three full years, but it's time to bring this one to a close...at least until my to-do list gets shorter. It's possible I might bring this back some time in the future, but for now, we're calling it quits. 

Now, dry your tears because today's party is a celebration of that stack of unfinished quilts we've all accumulated. Today everyone who links up with a NewFO started in December will have a chance to win two great prizes. In addition to our usual lapel pin, 



I'm adding this 12-fat quarter bundle of Half Moon Modern Zig Zag from Moda fabrics.


Just look at all these delicious colors!


So I hope you started something new last month because that's what it takes to win these beauties.

As for me, I started two new projects. One of mine is a finish, but don't let that stop you because finishes have never been required for the NewFO Challenge. All you have to do is start something new!

Here's what I've been up to:

This little "Sew Helpful" character for the Let's Book It Challenge. It still needs quilting and binding.


Also, this little Home Sweet Home stitchery from Bird Brain Designs.


And now I'm ready to see your NewFO's for this, our final challenge. Here are my simple and friendly rules:

1.  Please link-up with your newly started projects from December, 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.  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 Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 7, 2015! We will ship anywhere in the known Universe, so everyone is welcome! 

It's your last chance. Don't miss out!  

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20 comments from clever and witty friends:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Thank you for hosting this inspirational bit of fun. I am sad to see it end, but you are right - that to finish pile needs some tackling. I love your little kitty and the stitchery turned out so lovely - do like the bit of color to spark it up.

Michele said...

I'll always remember you and your giving me "permission" to start something new even though I have UFOs waiting.

gpc said...

Your Home Sweet Home friends must have been thrilled - what a lovely stitchery! You have inspired me all year. :)

Linda M @ Pieceful Kingdom said...

Your Home Sweet Home embroidery turned out great. I've had a lot of fun with the NewFO Challenge this year. Thanks for hosting it!

works4me said...

Thank you for inviting us into your life and encouraging us to start new things. I really enjoy the variety of items you tackle.
My kitty quilt "Who, me?" was started and completed in just a few days and brings a smile to my face every time I look at it.

Dana Gaffney said...

I'm afraid the dust is going to settle on my blog without you giving me a reason to blog, LOL. It's been a good ride, thanks so much for thinking of it and putting it all together. You'll always be the Great Enabler to so many people :)

Claire said...

Oh my, I can't believe I don't have a NEWFO to celebrate the end of the era! Oh well, maybe I was subconsciously weaning myself. :-)

A Nudge said...

It's always great to come and see what you've started, Barbara. Thanks for your wonderful sharing on your blog. Happy New Year!

Linda said...

THANK YOU FOR SHARING!
LOVE "HOME SWEET HOME"!
BLESSED NEW YEAR TO YOU+YOURS!

msstitcher1214@gmail.com

gpc said...

I hope I linked up -- I couldn't get it to use a craft photo but fingers crossed I at least threw my hat in the bin. :)

CathyC said...

thank you - I have been meaning all year to enter this linky party :) at least I got one opportunity LOL wishing you a great 2015 :)

Kathy S. said...

I'm all linked up! I too need to work on my WIP list instead of starting a NewFO all the time. I just can't help it. The quilting bug has bitten me bad. Maybe we could link up with our finished WIPS? Happy New Year, Barbara!

Vivian said...

Thanks for one last NewFo link up Barbara! It's been a great run and you've been a great host. Thank goodness we can all still come around to see what you, Smitty and Gracie are up to. Have a wonderful New Year and see you in 2015!!

Kate said...

I'm sorry to see the last NewFO, it was a fun challenge. But like you, I need to clear out my UFO and WIP lists. Have a very happy New Year!

quiltzyx said...

Thanks for the great job you've done with the NewFO Project! I'll get mine linked up tomorrow, as I can't find the pictures I took! Luckily I have some of my NewFOs with me, so will take more in the daytime tomorrow.
I hope your friends liked the Home Sweet Home as much as we do seeing it!

Mary said...

I'have listed a few NewFO's for 2015 along with my December NewFo report. Thanks so much for giving a place to link-up each month. I love my pins. There hopefully will be less in the UFO pile this time next year.

Teresa in Music City said...

Aha! #13 - maybe that will be lucky for me :) I have to say, I'm so sad to see this linky party end! It's been such fun and I really appreciate your willingness to host it for so long. What I won't miss is all the UFO's LOL!!!!! I remember you started this because you didn't have any UFO's - but then you always amaze me with the way you stay on track and keep your projects moving along to completion. Hope you find all kinds of wonderful fun to dig into in 2015!!!

Ann Bassett said...

Thanks for hosting this party for so long. I try to keep my UFOs to a minimum but it's hard when there are so many pretty things to make. Happy New Year!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

That fabric looks fun! I'm sure your friends in Bend love the cute little wall hanging you made them. That was quick. Is Smitty going to be jealous of the 'new' kitty portrait? Not sure if he likes to look in the mirror or not. No little mousies in it.

Celine said...

Thanks for a great and fun challenge. Hope you will be back soon!