Sunday, January 8, 2017

Finish Along 2017! Q1

Nice button Leann!
I am sew thankful to the hosts and sponsors of the 2017 Finish Along! I was thrilled to win a prize from Mariners Compass Quilts for FAL 2016 Q3, with only one finished entry!
I had a dismal showing for Q4...ZERO finishes from my list!
I am ready to rumble this year, and especially this quarter!

1. Nash's Irish Chain
The quilting is in-progress! That bodes well!

2. Ben's Peaks and Paddocks
Top is finished. Backing is purchased and in hand. A finish sounds good in theory!

3. Seeing Stars
Same as #2 above. 

4. Doe/Carkai HST
Top is finished. And I really love this one, which is highly motivating!

5.  No Name Big Block
I have cut most of the fabrics for a fun new design in my outside entry, but if I didn't think there was any chance of finishing this, I wouldn't put it on the list! Fingers crossed!

6. Baby quilt for Wee Shelley
Due the end of March, my niece's second child will have a quilt from Aunt Sarah to welcome him or her! Of course! Thinking I may use this pattern, which I saw on Debbie/A Quilters Table blog. If not this, something else, but a baby quilt for sure...
Egads!!!  I just came across this Medallion would be perfect for a baby quilt as is, maybe? Yes or no??? 

7.  Southwest Wedding Quilt
Another much loved niece is getting married 1 April....sooooo, if it isn't finished this quarter, I'm in trouble! I have a design made, and will use an assortment of Me + You Indah batiks! 
I am very excited about this out of my usual! It has a name, but both it and the design are kinda a surprise. You will have to trust me on this one!
8. The Meadow Mist Mystery Quilt!
I think the design is revealed in February, so there is a pretty good chance of finishing this one too!

9. Rainbow Heart Trio, pattern by Twiggy and Opal
I know these will be perfect to fill in spaces between the larger projects...and they are irresistible!
This may end up being 2 or 3, 9, 10, and +/- 11!

Whew! This is my longest list ever!!! Wish me luck! I am off to oil my machine!

Make'er Hum!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Best of 2016!

It comes as no surprise to me that the beginning of the year 2016 held the most and the best of everything, sewing and blogging-wise. It was such fun to revisit what seems so long ago and far away from where I sit today! Not that where I sit is bad, mind you, just a whole different cadence of sewing, blogging and online visiting!

Thank you Cheryl, for your Best of 2016 linky party, for the opportunity and the motivation to do just that, blog and visit!

So, in chronological order, as it turns out, my own personal favorite finishes of 2016, which also happen to be my favorite posts, AND the posts with the most views and comments! Go figure...we are all on the same page over here at Cedar Fork Stitches, I love it!!!! Each title is linked to the corresponding post...go ahead and click em!
1. Cool Jayne! My first finish of the year and still one of my all time favorite things, ever!!

2. Birthday Cushion Covers for Greg! Second/third finishes of the year. Completely out of my ordinary in design and color! So. Much. Fun! And yes, he loves them!

3. Great Grandmother's Dresdens!  That's right, my fourth finish! Not as high on the "views" list, but one of my fave finishes and I just love the pictures my youngest helped me get with this one! 1 Dresden quilt down, 4 Dresden quilts to go! 

4. Flowering Snowball in "Weeds"!  This was perhaps my happiest finish...the longest anticipated, for sure, begun in 2014 with Mary Duggan/Molly Flanders Snowball-Along! First ever layer cake, first ever perle cotton quilting...first ever Flowering Snowball!! 
5. Love and Kisses...for my Mother's 80th birthday in March! In reviewing my blog for this linky, I spent far and away the most time just lingering over each photo in this post! I sure do love my Mama, and am so happy I came up with such a cute little gift of love for her! I am also tickled that 80, in Roman numerals is LXXX...which is the same in my mind as Love and Kisses!

I hope to get around and see the posts that you all find to be special in one way or another! I really love and appreciate you all, my online quilty bloggy friends! Thanks for stopping in from time to time! Your hellos are always a welcome bright spot on even the sunniest of days! 
Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sew Many Things!

How does one blog when their computer has been hijacked, held hostage, held for ransom...okay, not ransom, but our ever stalwart computer guy is in love and when we will get our  computer back is anyone's guess!!! argh! So, we got a new computer, and here I am!!! Sew many things!

First, this!! Have you seen it? The Get Cozy Mini by Pen + Paper Patterns, available through Craftsy! (I have been hanging in there meanwhile, via Instagram, perhaps we are friends there, too?)
I simply had to do this! I won a wonderful bundle of Front Yard fabric by Sandra Clemons, from Michael Miller Fabrics during Market week (squeee!!!) and this little thing popped up and demanded I just sample that luscious bundle of yummy! The collection has such a great variety of color, design and's, like, perfect!
The mini has proven difficult to photograph because it is long, 36" when it is all finished!
But it has a quilt in it, on the couch!! This is not paper pieced, y'all!
Actually 4 quilts...3 more on the quilt ladder!

In other progress news, the Meadow Mist Designs Mystery quilt is coming along...these are November's units.
I am still working on December, where these units are made into blocks! They are wonderful! Such a fun regrets getting in on this one!

Meanwhile, over on Instagram, I have a new "destash" account!
@cedarfork_FQdestash where I will be destashing Fat Quarters of fun random fabrics! 

If you are on Instagram, I am kicking things off this evening, 12/13 at 6:00!  I want to add to the destash each Tuesday.  So jump on over and check it out!  I very much appreciate it!!
I am thrilled to be able to LINK UP with my friends this week!!!!
With Beth: Main Crush Monday@Cooking Up Quilts
And Lorna: Let's Bee Social@Sew Fresh Quilts
(do y'all remember me?!)
And one more shot of my "new living room", in my sewing room ;)
*sigh* it is good to be back!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Crushing on Carolyn...

Friedlander that is! Doe and Carkai, to be exact!
When Missouri Star Quilt Co recently had Doe charm packs on sale for $5, I made the immediate decision to make my Doodle into a quilt. 
(This "doodle" from a sweet CF mini charm pack that Lorna sent me in June)
I bought 3 charm packs of Doe, and 2 of Carkai. 
And commenced the pairing of the charms and the making of my beloved HSTs!
The immersion into the simple process and kinda-quirky-to-me color and design combos has been very crush-worthy!
I may be a little late to the Carolyn Friedlander party, but I made it...better late than never!
Linking my current Carolyn/HST crush with Beth@Cooking Up Quilts and Main Crush Monday!
And also with Lorna@Sew Fresh Quilts Let's Bee Social :D

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A Few Summer Things...

...before I plunge happily into Fall and Sewing Season, I mean Winter!!
Allow me to randomly scatter my Summer Do's and What-Nots before you...
I made this pillow for Cara, my uber encouraging and enabling shop owner friend! I cannot remember now whose tutorial I followed...will edit when it comes to me!
2 more cushions I made for Cara...the top one as a potential class sample(!!!), the second for her shop just because.
(These pics should firmly establish how my Summer has gone...I don't even have photos of the finished cushions! Sheesh! In my previous post, I briefly mentioned our current computer hostage situation...I just don't want to talk about it, but suffice it to say, I was already in limbo from our big move, and now, I'm really just kinda poking at things, computer wise! So I guess this is my "la la la, everything is fine" post, lol!)
My Summer days were puncuated by my first ever(!) hanging baskets and their deep vibrant colors!
They were the final inspiration for my fabric choices when I joined in on Cheryl Brickey's Meadow Mist Designs Mystery Quilt! I continue to REALLY enjoy the color and pace of this, my first ever monthly mystery quilt! 
Some play time with mini charm packs, Bread and Butter, courtesy my friend Cara!
30s Playtime, indeed! More on this one soon!
A bit of an "aqua infusion" from multiple fun sources...
Tea cup and Blueberry Park, courtesy my enabling BIL Greg :)
Great big aqua popcorn bowl and other goodies...
Seriously cute aqua pail from a lovely, unphotographed Edible Arrangement from an even lovelier neighbor!
Jelly Roll? Sugar Bloom by Verna Mosquera...IG win from Free Spirit Fabrics!!! Yes please AND thank you!! Woo Hoo!
What else? Let's see...
Right! An Amish Pot Holder/Skillet Handle Holder set, for an Amish friend :)
I think that about wraps it up for me! A very busy Summer filled with all the transitions a big move brings. Everybody working and coming and going, highly mobile! I am kinda liking this whole "civilization" thing! So, when we get back to it after this little wilderness excursion, we will see how it goes, eh?!
 Thank you so much for stopping by!
Happy Fall!
Linking up with Lorna again, finally! Let's Bee Social!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Finish Along 2016 Q4!

For months now my "linky" abilities have been greatly curtailed, while our main computer is held hostage by the repair service, ahem.  I am trying to hobble things together as I go along with the ipad and a borrowed laptop! Thank you for bearing with me!

2016 FAL

Without further ado, here is my Q4 FAL list:
1. Nash's Irish Chain
A hold over from Q3, I brought it with me to Montana for our hunting/winterizing/could-be-here-awhile trip, which began first week of October and will continue through....?
The top is pieced, all it needs is a backing and batting...just going with a plain white, it is what the Nash wants :)

2. Ben's Peaks and Paddocks Quilt, also brought forward from Q3
I did not bring this with me, but if we get back before the end of the quarter, this would be a priority. 
It is second from the top in this photo...
Like Nash's, the top is done...we will go with a red and black buffalo plaid backing for this one, I think.

3. Friedlander HST Bliss
Based on this mini, made from a single mini charm pack this Summer, I splurged and bought 5 charm packs of Carolyn Friedlander's Doe (3 packs) and Carkai (2 packs), to make a full sized throw version of this. I really never get tired of HSTs...they are my thing. And yes, they made the trip :)
And I have now officially entered the Carolyn Friedlander Fan Club :)

I think that is all for my list. 

Meanwhile, I did have another Q3 finish that I just couldn't get blogged and linked in time, which is okay. But I did want to share that I got my "Frontier Garb" made for the September National Shoot for the NMLRA...the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, held annually in Friendship, Indiana.
Also a couple new linen shirts for the boys.
Here we all are at "The Block House", headquarters of the Primitive Range at Friendship.
The big checked fabric I used for the top is a wonderfully lightweight woven I picked up at WalMart...Waverly brand. I would like to get some more and make another shirt the same style as the boys' shirts...maybe in a few different colors...they also had it in black/gray/white, and red.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I feel a bit more caught up now! 
I have some fun things going on while back out here in Big Sky Country...will be sharing more soon!