Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Q3 Finish Along List!

Here we go!
After a flurry of Q2 finishes that were NOT on any finish along list, I am READY for Q3!

1.  Seeing Stars
Remember this one?  It first appeared on my 2015 Q1 FAL list!
In the last couple days of 2018 Q2, I sat myself down and basted and quilted this baby! 
No, really, I did!
 After which it kindly requested some hand quilting, which is still in progress!
But once that is accomplished to this quilt's satisfaction, there is this binding to finish it off, ready and waiting!  Talk about incentive!

Yep, this will be my first finish of Q3...bet on it if you like!

2.  Flynn's Hunters Star
I have the backing and binding ready and waiting for this one, and if there was an informal self-imposed deadline for this, I have gone past it! So this is #2 in the lineup for Q3!

3.  Year of Fabric Quilt
This has my whole heart!
Inspired by an amazing "Ludlow" quilt by @njcrabtree on Instagram!
I am using all the fabrics randomly acquired over the course of my LQS's first year in business, which was Fall of 2016-2017!  I have included some other fabrics from the year as well, since that was a year we lived in 2 places, moving from southern Indiana, again, back to Montana. So far, 77% of the focal fabrics are from Lewistown's Sew Pieceful.  All the HSTs are made with low volume prints, and the squares are bright white.  It is just waaay too much fun putting these blocks together, and only takes about 15 minutes per, now that all the components are made! Not too worried about finishing this, but it could happen, so onto the list it goes!

4.  Selvedge Color Blocks Quilt
I only lack 2 colors, so this could happen, too!

5.  Sewcial Bee Sampler
This top was finished in 2017, a sew-along with Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell, 
made with my Jeni Baker and a few other Art Gallery fabrics.
It would be a fun finish!

6.  True Blue Mini Charm Pillow
Because I may need a smaller diversion sometime in the next 3 months! For quite awhile now this design has languished in my notebook.  I have cut and marked all the background fabric, so again, this could happen!

7.  Dresden Plate
This is the second of 5 quilts I am making from 20 blocks made by my Great Grandmother.
They are not large, and I made a start on the hand quilting last quarter.

8.  Kaffe Fassett Challenge Quilt
The Challenge?  Make a (minimum) 50"x 60" quilt using at least 50% Kaffe fabrics purchased at my LQS, Lewistown's Sew Pieceful, by August 31, to be displayed at the Chokecherry Festival in September.  If there are enough entries, prizes will be awarded to include a Grand Prize, a new Pfaff sewing machine(!), First Prize, a 2 night retreat for 2 at Judith Mountain Lodge(<3), and People's Choice Prize, a $100 gift certificate to LSP!
Kaffe certainly is new territory for me, so I chose one really amazing stripe, and pulled solids for a Disappearing 4 Patch. I feel confident I will get this one done, considering it has a deadline and all!

I suppose that is all for this go round!

 Do you have some WIPs that you need a little nudge to finish?
The Finish Along provides some fun incentive, as every finish from your list at the beginning of the quarter is an entry to some great prizes at the end of each quarter! 
What can you finish in 3 months?
No penalties for not finishing quilts and projects listed, so you have nothing to lose, and some worthwhile finishes to gain! Join us, won't you?
All the info you need is here:  2018 Finish Along

And also, Main Crush Monday! (Hi Beth!!!)
Happy Sewing, friends!

Also, quick side note: I am now selling my pattern(s) on Craftsy! The link is on my sidebar! 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Crazy Q2!

Greetings friends!
I had a very reasonable Q2 Finish Along list, I really did!
But I did not finish a single item on it!
Because at the end of March, my Dad requested and provided a trip back to Indy, which took place the week of 6 June!
Which in turn sent me into a frenzy of gift making for several family members.
All of which had to be made in the few scattered weeks of April and May in which I was actually home from a remodel job my husband and sons started in April across the state!
Nice view, eh? The house is on the banks of the Missouri River! 
A refreshing change of scenery for all of us!
But that is a whole nother post!

I knew I would be staying at one of my sisters' house for several of the days I was back, so I wanted to make her a couple of roses, her favorite!
I found the exact kind of rose I was looking for after an easy google search...but it was paper pieced! Yikes! Up until this, I had only barely paper pieced, a tiny log cabin block, a couple years ago!
Well, the pattern was a free one on Craftsy, "Rose" by Jitka Designs, Inc, so I jumped in, why not? After all, it was EXACTLY what I wanted!
So I made 2! 
And she loved them!
Feeling confident from this first real foray into paper piecing, I thought I might actually be able to tackle my next proposed project, an ambitious one for such a beginner!
The pattern was gifted to me by the wonderful Christine at Triangles and Squares!
And while the idea of it was very daunting to me, it really was perfect for my Mother, who has long loved dragonflies and happened to be moving to a new home shortly after my trip back!
So how could I not at least try? For my Mom!!!
Going with mostly solids really helped me in choosing my fabrics, and the six prints were chosen based on their "wing-like" qualities!
Luckily I was home alone while I made this, because it required every shred of concentration I could muster! It wasn't that it was a difficult pattern, but the technique of paper piecing itself was just so new to me that it just took all the focus I had to establish the right procedural steps and routine...do you paper piecers know what I am talking about?

In fact I would highly recommend Dragonfly Dance!  As a beginner, armed with just a basic youtube understanding of FPP, and the 2 Roses under my belt, I was able to make THIS:
Talk about confidence building! After finishing this mini quilt,  I feel like a quilting rock star!
Using Aurifil Mint Ice for quilting, I outlined each dragonfly, then used the width of my presser foot to quilt concentric lines from the center out.

 It was as much quilting as I have ever put on anything!
I scored a dragonfly print for the back, and bound it in a light blue crosshatch by Quilting Treasures.
My Mama loved it!
With those 2 gifts done, there was a tote to be made! 
A Level Two Tote, by Krista/Poppyprint, to be exact!
Another of my sisters, who loves elephants, had sent me a vest a year ago, with the plan of turning it into a cushion or something for her.  When I received it, a cushion did not seem "the thing", so I let it hang until the right "thing" came along.  Which it did, as soon as ever I laid eyes on that Level Two Tote!!!  
This was another daunting undertaking, as my bag making skills are virtually nonexistent, although I have made several various zippered pouches!
But again, it was worth the effort because it was the perfect "thing" for this vest, and my sister!
Again, I highly recommend this pattern!  I slowly and carefully followed all the clear and thorough instructions and it turned out beautifully!
And my sister loved it!

The last item I was frantic to make was what I lovingly call my "Ipad/Magazine Cross Body Travel Bag/Purse"!
Armed with new bag making skills, I actually designed exactly what I wanted and needed for my trip!

The main sleeve is flannel lined with a plastic zipper, for my ipad:
The front zippered pocket holds my bare necessities: cash, cards/ID, chapstick, pen/pencil.
The back slip pocket was intended to hold the quilt magazine I bought specifically for travelling with, but, alas, I did not allow quite enough width. It held my planner and travel documents great though, and I just carried the magazine in the elephant tote!
I really love it!

The trip was a wonderful success!  A week of seriously quality time with my Dad, all of my 4 sisters, and my Mama!  I flew to Indiana, but returned to Montana by train, accompanied by one of my very favorite friends, Terri, who stayed out here with us for another week! All in all, an epic June for me! It really deserves a post of it's own, but I don't know if I will get to it, so I will just tag on a few highlights here at the end of this one!

Last evening of our epic adventure!

See you soon with my Q3 Finish Along list!

It is always a good day when I get to link up with Lorna at
Let's Bee Social!

Also, quick side note: I am now selling my quilt pattern(s) on Craftsy! Link is on my sidebar!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Finish Along 2018: Q2 List

In spite of an irregular schedule, with lots of time spent out of town, away from home, I am feeling pretty good about my progress this year!  I finished 3 of 5 projects last quarter, so maybe I can keep that going this quarter too....goodness knows the weather is cooperating, with the cold and snow hanging on like crazy!  So here goes....

1.  Grandma Gertrude's Dresdens 
This is Number 2 of 5 small quilts I am hand quilting, using the 20 blocks made by my maternal Great Grandmother!  

2.  Flynn's Hunter Star
This was on my Q1 list, as just a pattern and fabric pull. I have cut all the fabric and made a few blocks...I really need to get this one done, and it is such fun to use the Indian Summer print as the background with the fresh, earthy solids!

3.  Year of Fabric Quilt
I saw this amazing design on IG and thought it was perfect for my quilt using all the pieces I have acquired since the opening of my local shop, Lewistown's Sew Pieceful!  I have cut many of the fabrics, and made 2 test blocks, but would love to just crank out the HSTs and bring this one together quickly!  I love having such a great way to use all the random fabrics together in one quilt! Watch the progress on IG with the tag #YOFquilt!!!

4.  Sewcial Bee Sampler

All this needs is quilted up and bound! Why not just do it?!

5.  Meadow Mystery Quilt
I would really like to add a creative border of some kind to this one, and would love to have it finished up, eh?!

6.  Seeing Stars
I almost forgot to put this one on the list! And I have backing and batting enough to get this one DONE!

I think that is enough to hope for and work on this quarter!  If I can make some progress on these, there are some other long standing quilt tops I really should dig out and git done already!!
Good luck, all!!!!

To find details on joining in on this motivating Finish Along, go to any one of these amazing hosts!
Many Thanks for all the time and fun you all put into this ongoing linky challenge/event!!!
(I will add all appropriate links when I get home next...I am on the ipad for now!)

Saturday, March 24, 2018

"Us Plus" Finish!

My third quilt finish, and Number 4 on my 2018 Finish Along List!

I am calling this quilt "Us Plus"...the design is inspired by newlyweds, and the idea of two lives adding up to one union, and all the colorful promises of that life together.
Ironically, I have finished this quilt just as Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander are finishing up the blog hop for their new book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts, which just looks fabulous!
To be clear, I did not make this quilt from the book, nor am I part of the blog hop, but it is ironic to me because I won these 2 shot cotton jelly rolls from Cheryl/Meadow Mist Designs in 2016,
from which, of the myriad of quilt patterns I might have made, I ultimately designed and made this Us Plus quilt, finishing it in perfect timeliness, as their blog hop, on Plus Quilts wraps up!!!  I just really love that, and think it may be a sign I should really go ahead and get that book!  Wouldn't you?!

I have written a pattern for Us Plus, and when it is ready, I will add it to my Cedar Fork Stitches Etsy shop!
In addition to the shot cottons, I used Essex Yarn Dyed Linen, in Olive for the background and binding, and a Robert Kaufman wideback by Valori Wells, Blueprint Basics, for the backing.
I had fun piecing some color into the binding, where squares came to the edge of the quilt!
I quilted straight lines, using colors to match in the Plus sections, and a pretty "linen" gray Coats and Clark for a perfect match everywhere else.
Us Plus finishes at a very tidy
48" x 61"
I think that will be the last Q1 Finish Along item for me.
But I am starting something fun and new, and it will definitely be on my new Q2 list!
The end of the first quarter is coming up so be sure to watch for the linky to open for your finishes, and get your Q2 lists ready!
Happy Spring everybody!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Little Things and Snow Days

February has happened!
And some of you may know that for 20 days of it, we were completely snowbound!
Suffice it to say, I had plenty of sewing time on my hands!
In my last post, you can see my Carolyn Friedlander HST quilt!
That was fun!
And then Bernie at Needle and Foot supplied another source of sewing motivation through her "Spread the Love/Quilting For Kids" quilt drive, for A Doll Like Me!
Put me down for 2, Bernie!
18" x 18"
I had grand plans for HST quilts, but came across a beautiful jelly roll I had won some time ago, by Verna Mosquera, and so made this log cabin! I put my newly acquired machine binding skills to good use on both these doll quilts!
For the second doll quilt I was able to use a few leftover blocks from my Tumble Bug quilt, (pattern available in my Etsy shop!) along with some sweet pastel solids!
16" x 24"

I dug out some long forgotten flannel for the back of this one!

Along with the doll quilts, I took this snowbound opportunity to make a few other little things.
A pot holder for my sister...I am going to make her a couple or a few, but ran short of insulated batting, so this is it for right now...
Scrap happy playtime, for sure!

I made a little coaster for a gal in the courthouse, who has had a lot on her plate with the terrible road situation....
I am hoping this will bring thoughts of an early Spring!

I am also doing a little mini swap with an IG friend, always fun!
 I used one of my favorite orphan blocks, which made me love it even more!
 After playing with all these "littles", I was ready to bring out a fun project that has been waiting patiently since last year....mmmm!
But it really deserves it's very own post, so stay tuned, it shall have it shortly!

We were finally able to get out and to town, and have been twice just because we could!

Linking up with the Doll Quilt Wrap Up and Parade at Needle and Foot!
 A few of our February visitors!