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Thursday 31 July 2014

NewFO.......or is it?

It is nice to report that I have finished off my NewFO from May (click here if you haven't seen it yet) and I have also been working on my June NewFO (Exploding Blocks) but being involved with these and other projects this month means I didn't give any kind of thought into what I was going to do for July's NewFO until last Saturday morning (5 days till the end of July! ... Oi!)

And then I thought that it was time to get with my inspiration from the 9-Patch Pizzazz book that I had borrowed from my friend Zita earlier this month.  A few of the girls had made lovely quilts inspired from this book and I have been trying to find a copy for myself but it must be out of print as I haven't been able to find it ANYWHERE.  Zita was kind enough to loan me her copy.

There are some lovely projects in this book but I am not going to attempt any of them, instead, call me ambitious, I want adapt it to try and jazz up this attic window Tiger panel that I did earlier this year. It was a last minute decision to join a class and to do this panel and I didn't have anything else planned for it.

This is where you could ask: Is this a NewFO or simply a UFO? Well I am calling it a NewFO as I am using a new idea to turn this neglected panel into something different.

I found some of this lovely forest fabric a while back.  I think it is supposed to be themed on an American forest scene but lets just pretend it is a Forest on the Indian Subcontinent.
I am also using some  yellow and a  green/brown multi-toned batik.

As I was sewing up the strips for the 9 patch, I liked these two fabrics together, but when I crosscut them......I wasn't so sure.......

I have come this far, I might as well finish making the units but how will these go on the quilt?

Actually, they look alot better in real life than they do in the photo but I am not happy. Back to the drawing board....or at least the fabric stash.

When my mum left Australia, about 10 years ago, she gave me her fabric stash and this multi-toned grassland fabric was included.  There is metres of it and I was going to use it as a backing for this project but I think it will work on the front. I am prepared to give it a go.

 strips cut and sewn....actually the colour is more acurate in this pic.

 Here is what I have ended up with so far and I like this so much better.

As I see it, I have two choices here, I can could continue with the forest and add a darker brown  or continue the tan grassland and add a darker green....mmmmmmm! The last option would work well with the idea I have for the outer border.....mmmmmm!

Decision was made and I have finished off the central part of this project.  I want to add another narrow dark brown border before the outer borders but I don't seem to have any dark brown in my stash so this is as far as I have travelled with this quilt.

I love the 9-patch pizzazz book and I love the inspirational result for this quilt.  Without it that tiger panel would have languished forever and a day amongst my orphan blocks.

I am linking up with the NewFO challenge that Barbara hosts at Cat Patches. 
And because I have used a book this month, I am also linking in to Let's Book It which Sharon hosts over at Vrooman Quilts.

And while I am at it don't forget FNWF tomorrow night.....Head over to Gone Stitchin' to sign up.



  1. The quilt looks great, especially the way you did the attic window panel. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. That is absolutely gorgeous!

  3. I have that book (gathering dust) and I love how you incorporated the blending 9's around that gorgeous panel. I love the affect!

  4. I think that turned out great. I really like that grassland fabric.

  5. Your quilt looks awesome. I love the way it all came together. I enjoyed catching up with you this morning and seeing what all you have been doing. I am trying to read blogs this morning for a change of scenery. Have a wonderful day. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

  6. I keep seeing everyone use the term NewFO. What does this stand for?

  7. Wow, that really made that panel pop, it's beautiful.

  8. THat is really a great way to jazz up a panel!


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