Monday, June 15, 2020

A New PDF Quilt Pattern!

Hello friends!
I am popping in today to announce a NEW pattern!
May I introduce "Color Block Plus"!
I designed this quilt for my niece and her fiancĂ© early this year! 

I was happy to write up the pattern after a few requests over on Instagram!
I made this version using Moda Grunge in "Peacoat" and "White Paper".
The backing is a Tamarack flannel by Robert Kaufman, mmmm!

The contrast and simple design made it an immediate favorite in my house!
Another Color Block Plus for us to keep was inevitable!
 For this version, I used a favorite charcoal paired with a favorite print, from "Outerland", by Erin McMorris.
Also, taking inspiration from one of my pattern testers, Shannon, I improvised from the pattern, making some of the pluses different colors, drawn from the print!
I just love it!

The pattern gives detailed instructions with diagrams for a 60" x 75" generous throw quilt!
I have included a coloring page, along with a page of labels to aid in organizing once you begin cutting and piecing!
The possibilities of color and print options are so fun to explore!  Throw in some texture with Essex linens or shot cottons to take it up even more! Here is a collage of some of the pulls I came up with from my own stash!

I enlisted the help of two wonderful IG quilters to test the pattern and their feedback was indispensable, sharpening the text and clarifying the instructions! 
Check out their beautiful versions over on Instagram
Shannon @auntimontana
Jeanne also has an Etsy shop, Traveling Dye Co., where she makes her hand dyed fabrics available, in bundles of FQs as well as whole cloth pieces of various sizes! She is an amazing artist and friend! Her Color Block Plus is made with her beautiful, vibrant fabrics! The colors just wash over you!

You may purchase the pattern from my Etsy shop, CedarForkStitches,
where it is available for immediate download. I try to minimize your printer ink use by using lighter colors within the pattern. I hope that helps!
I appreciate your support!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Q4 2019 Finish-A-Long Finishes Link Up!

We did it! 2019 is in the books, and so is Q4 of the 2019 Finish-A-Long!

Of course, this means it is now time to link up those finishes from the
list you linked up in October. We hope that you have been able to complete
a lot of the UFOs from your list and have had an overall successful year.

The 2019 FAL is hosted by a great community of bloggers. This year our hosts are:

Each finish you link up will be in the draw for great prizes, so let's give a huge thank you to our fantastic sponsors:

Aurifil Logo

Winner's Choice of 1 Large 12 Spool Collection

Sew Sweetness Logo

$80 Gift Certificate

2019 Finish-A-Long Logo

Fat Quarter Shop Logo

$50 Gift Certificate

Sew Me a Song Logo

$25 Gift Certificate

Happy Quilting Logo

3 PDF Patterns

2 PDF Patterns

Blossom Hearts Quilts Logo

2 PDF Patterns

Make Modern Logo

1 Six Month Subscription

Bonjour Quils Logo

2 PDF Patterns

Hillstitches Logo

$30 Fabric Voucher

2019 Finish-A-Long Logo

The 2019 Quarter 4 link for
your finishes is now open below on my blog and on each of the hosting
blogs - you only need to link on one blog for your finish to appear on
all host blogs.

Link-up "Rules":

Add one link for each finish.  If you want to link a round up post of all
your finishes, use that link to enter one of your finishes and then link
the rest of your finishes separately.  Please, only one link per
finish, as your link is an entry into the randomly drawn prize draws. 

Please ensure that the photo (Instagram or Flickr) or blog post you link up
contains a link or reference back to your original list so that we can
verify your entry (make sure it is from the right quarter, too).
On Instagram the best way to do that is to tag your photos with #2019FALQ4yourname (where yourname is unique to you), this makes it easier for us to match your finishes with your list, which
also should have this tag.

Please become part of the FAL community.  Check out the links of others and
leave a comment. We all need encouragement so let's applaud each other.
The 2019 FAL Facebook page is HERE and you can follow us on Instagram @finishalong.

Our hosts will also link up their finishes to share in the community but they are not eligible for any of the prizes.

The Q4 Finishes link will stay open from now thru 11 pm, EST, Thursday, January 9, 2020 - as we are global, you might want to check your time zone to determine your last possible time to link. You can also see how much time is left below the linked up images on the right.  It is best
to link up your finishes early and if you have a last minute one, add that one later so you don't miss out.  The prizes will be awarded as soon as we can verify all the entries and do the drawings.  We will post the winners on each host's blog.
Thanks SEW much for sewing and finishing along with us this year!  Stay tuned for more fun to come in 2020!  

2019 Q4 Finishes Link Up:

Monday, December 30, 2019

A Baby Blue Baby Quilt!

It looks like this darling is my last finish of 2019, last finish of the decade, too!
And really, that is fine with me!
 It was with great excitement that my family and I received the news early this Summer that my cousin and her husband were expecting a baby!  They have tried for years, and had gotten to the point where they had resigned themselves to a life without a child. They were at peace with that.
 I am elated for them! 
Little Henry Lewis was born last week, healthy and right on time!
 It was a joy to make this for Maria and Jason!
 And I can't think of a better quilt to ring out the decade with!
Welcome Baby! Welcome 2020!
My Q4 list.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Pineapple Mountain! Another Q4 Finish!

This was the darling-apple-of-my-eye design for a long while before I was finally able to settle in to making it, beginning in January of this year!
I started out with one layer cake of Voyage, by Kate Spain, plus charcoal yardage. I turned all but 2 of the 10" squares into HSTs.
Then using a variation of the Delectable Mountain block technique, I sliced each HST into 7 strips,  rather than just 4, as you would for Delectable Mountain.
For my diamond design, it was important to orient each side of the 2 matching HSTs in opposite directions, so I would have an equal number of the same print for each direction.
Organization was the most challenging part for me, first separating the pieces according to "size", then randomly distributing the prints through the units, and keeping them straight (straight pins to the rescue!) over the course of time it took me to assemble all the units. 
I managed to finish this up the first week of December!
Simple straight line quilting, following all those seams was easy enough. I chose a relatively "quiet" blue print for the backing and a wonderful floral from the collection for the binding.
I still haven't gotten photos to suit me, but such as they are, here they are!

"Pineapple Mountain"
Second finish on my Q4 list.
Now then! I have one more finish to post, and I am scrambling to finish one more quilt before the year, and decade wind down!
Wish me luck!

Friday, December 13, 2019

First Q4 Finish!

I started this post on 4 November(!!!) and am finding myself having to play a little bloggy catch up!  Please bear with me, as I have several separate posts/finishes to share before the year, and decade(!!!) wind down!

I got right to it in October, finishing up the oldest quilt top on my Q4 list first!
This is the Meadow Mist Mystery quilt for 2016-17.
I call it "Hanging Basket" because it was from them I chose my colors!
I had thought about adding a border of some kind, but realized it was better to finish it as it is, as let it continue to languish in the UFO pile!

I am giving this quilt to a large Amish family, back in Indiana, the folks who gave me the hanging baskets to begin with. Thinking of the heavy use this might receive, I opted for a polar fleece backing. From Joann's, it is the anti-pill fleece in "Aruba".
I hope they love it! It was so fun to sew along with Cheryl's mystery, and I hope to join another, down the road sometime!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Q2 and Q3 Finish-A-Long WINNERS!

 The time has come to officially announce the winners of Q2 and Q3 of the Finish-A-Long
 and award some wonderful prizes from our fantastic sponsors!
 We had 398 finishes for the second quarter of  2019 and we had 400 finishes for the third quarter which is really brilliant, keep it up!

Without further ado, here are the winners, picked by Random Number Generator for Q2 and Q3 of the 2019 Finish-A-Long:

The Q2 winner's choice of One Large 12 Spool Collection from Aurifil goes to Mary who blogs at Quilting is in my Blood.  She finished this beautiful "camping quilt" that they actually use while camping, and isn't this photograph stunning?

The Q3 winner's choice of One Large 12 Spool Collection from Aurifil goes to Amanda on IG @sew.bake.stitch and she finished this lovely Swoon quilt.


The Q2 $80 Gift Certificate from Sew Sweetness goes to Sara who blogs at Sew Little to Say.  She completed this lovely tote bag and it's her own design.

The Q3 $80 Gift Certificate from Sew Sweetness goes to Carina on IG @carinascrafts and she finished this bag that she cut out 10 years ago.  Way to go on getting it done!

The Q2 $50 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop goes to Karrin and she blogs at Karrin's Crazy World.  She finished these two quilts that will be donated to the Mercyful Quilts charity.  Not only is that lovely but so are these quilts.

The Q3 $50 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop goes to Kat who blogs at Craftaholic Kat and she finished this lovely quilt that was for her son's seventh birthday.


The Q2 $25 Gift Certificate from Sew Me A Song goes to Kathy who blogs at Kathy's Quilting Blog.  She completed this Crown of Thorns quilt which also will be donated to charity, Jack's Basket.

The Q3 $25 Gift Certificate from Sew Me A Song goes to Kris who blogs at Krissies Kollections and she finished this scrap quilt made from charms she collected throughout the years.  She estimates this 91" x 91" quilt used 19 yards of fabric!


The Q2 3 PDF Patterns from Happy Quilting goes to Carol who blogs at Quilt Schmilt.  She finished this lovely pink quilt that was for a golf club fundraiser.

The Q3 3 PDF Patterns from Happy Quilting goes to Vasudha who blogs at Storied Quilts and she finished this beautiful art quilt inspired by Indian folk art motifs.


The Q2 2 PDF Patterns from Charm About You goes to Karen on IG @thecreativeheifer.  She finished this fun and colorful baby quilt.  Isn't it adorable?

The Q3 2 PDF Patterns from Charm About You goes to Jan on IG @snell.jan and she finished this blue scrappy queen sized quilt.  Another great photo, don't you think?


The Q2 2 PDF Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts go to Jennifer on IG @crimsonconfection and she finished and framed this lovely little lucky cross-stitch.  Lucky indeed!

The Q3 2 PDF Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts go to Alison via Flickr and she finished this appliqued cot quilt.


The Q2 6 Month Subscription to Make Modern Magazine goes to Jessica on IG @jessshullquilts_and_more.  She finished this fabulous Swoon quilt using Tula Pink fabrics.

The Q3 6 Month Subscription to Make Modern Magazine goes to Peggy who blogs at Quilts & Adventures and she finished these wooly mug rugs.


The Q2 2 PDF Patterns from Bonjour Quilts go to Mariana on IG @denana1973.  She completed this wonderful Flora Supply Case for a friend.  Lucky friend!

The Q3 2 PDF Patterns from Bonjour Quilts go to Teresa on IG @misdosbichillos and she finished this one hour scrappy basket, isn't it a cute gift?


The Q2 $30 Fabric Voucher from Hillstitches goes to Anne who blogs at Said With Love.  She finished this charming quilted table topper, and isn't the photo just lovely too?

The Q3 $30 Fabric Voucher from Hillstitches goes to Karin who blogs at The Quilt Yarn and she finished this funky bird quilt.  Isn't it is cute?


There you have it folks, quarter two and three of the year are officially wrapped up!
Congratulations to all of our winners and a big thanks to everyone that
played along so far this year.

The year is quickly wrapping up, work on those WIPS so you can link them up in the New Year!