However, reading further I got the bad news: after three years of hosting this fun monthly get together she will be ending the run of the NewFo link ups! I have enjoyed adding a link to her lineups on more than a few occasions because this is the one place where starting is more important than finishing! While I hate to say good-bye to this tradition, this is also an opportunity to take some of the pressure off this last project. I'm joining in to honor it's start since I know I can't nudge it to a finish for now.
This is "High Strung (Plus 2)" the cover quilt from the book "Tis the Season" by Jeanne Large and Shelly Wicks, a Martingale book.
The other completed NewFo this month was a holiday runner from the book "Skinny Quilts and Tablerunners II" edited by Eleanor Levie:
I was looking for a quickie runner project to decorate the dresser we use as a sideboard in the dining room. I realized that I could substitute the bird appliques with a focus fabric, in this case a lovely poinsettia print in my stash of holiday prints. The stash also provided enough coordinates for the frames around the poinsettia panels, the striped panels next to them, the shirred center strip, and the pleated ends.
For the back, my intention was to just cover it with what I had left of the poinsettia print since it would make an nice reversible mat that way. However, I didn't have enough to cover the whole back with what I had left of the print so needed to add something to fill it out. I liked the idea of doing a paper-pieced candle but all the block patterns I found weren't big enough. I wound up drafting up my own pattern to fit the space.
In the end, I wound up preferring the "back" when I put it out for display!
And as has often happened in the past, these NewFOs also make perfect "Let's Book It" entries too so I will end the year by also linking up with Sharon over at Vrooman's Quilts (and look to do so again in 2015)!
Cat Patches blog. I and my family wish you and yours a very Happy New Year full of fun, friends, family and of course Quilts!!