Monday, September 18, 2017

Mini 4-Square Finish!

This Mini 4-Square Shadow Quilt finished at 33"x 33".
I used most of what was left of a mini charm pack of Denyse Schmidt Modern Solids.
Those DS MS charm packs/mini charm packs may seem pricey, but there are right around 100 pieces in each one!!! That is a LOT of color play for your buck, in my opinion!
 I made this quilt top last Summer, in Indiana, and it was the impetus behind submitting the idea to McCall's(!!!) for a full sized version!
It is kind of fun to see the tops together! I'm glad I thought to take the photo of them!
 I thought it was appropriate to use another DS fabric for the backing; this, from Katie Jump Rope!
I may have gone a bit light on the quilting. I consider this simple diagonal grid just fine for a baby quilt, but would want it a little denser for a wall hanging, I think. 
I used a few different strips of shot cotton, from a jelly roll, for the binding. I thought it made for a nice subtle finishing touch.
How 'bout that label, eh? 
I am linking up with Beth today @Main Crush Monday
and also, when the linky opens in a week or so, with Leann (I think!) @Q3 Finish Along
Also, jump over to Amy's Creative Side!
The Fall 2017 Bloggers Quilt Festival is happening now!
Always sooo many gorgeous quilts and many great prizes, drawn randomly this year!
Make a post this week and enter yours, too! It is such fun! Do it!
No really, Do it! :)

Monday, September 11, 2017

A First, A Finish and a GIVEAWAY!

A first PDF pattern!
I am pleased to announce the release of my very first PDF quilt pattern,
Tumble Bug!
Baby size! 32"x32"
A Finish!
Number 5 on my Q3 Finish Along list
Also Tumble Bug!
So here's the thing....
Since before Cheryl Brickey's Meadow Mist Designs amazingly generous, and timely Pattern Writing Blog Series, I have had this to do!  I am excited to finally have this accomplishment under my belt! With notebooks full of designs, I was determined to push to get this one done. 
While I would have loved to have had this ready months ago, a cross country move in March and raging wildfires in July are my excuse for a September wrap up and release!
I have reopened my Etsy shop, Cedar Fork Stitches, where this pattern is available for sale! 
look at my beautiful May hillside...*sniff*
Tumble Bug is a precut friendly design suitable for beginners with basic sewing and cutting skills. I have included instructions for 2 quilt sizes: Baby, 32"x 32" and Throw size, 72"x 72".
It is a fun quilt that comes together quickly using a couple time-saving piecing techniques!
The baby quilt uses 2 mini-charm packs.  I used Bread and Butter by American Jane(Moda). 

 The Throw size uses two 5" charm packs. It was such a pleasure using Grand Canal by Kate Spain(Moda) paired with this Robert Kaufman Washed Light Indigo Chambray!

I am indebted to my proof readers and pattern testers who answered my call on Instagram, and who taught me how indispensable proof readers and pattern testers are!  I so appreciate their time and talents!
Shannon (@auntiemontana on IG) made this darling version of Tumble Bug using Caravan.
Her comments and suggestions were, how shall I put it? Indispensable :) 
Bonus? She lives in, you guessed it, Montana!  That makes us practically neighbors! 

Emma (@hillstitches on IG) was also kind enough to actually make the quilt!  She made time for this even though she is right in the midst of starting her own online fabric shop, Hill Stitches!
Check out Tumble Bug, done up in Lizzy House fabrics!
Emma also contributed suggestions that made the final pattern BETTER!

 Sandra (@sewofcourse on IG) brought her A-game to the proof reading table, for which I am ever grateful!  Maybe we will see her version in a future Finish A-Long?! 
Thank you, ladies!

To celebrate my first pattern, and my first magazine feature, the excitement of which was rather "consumed" by the fire happenings, I have a bundle of goodies to giveaway here to one US resident!
If you live outside the US, please jump over to my Instagram for a chance to win a PDF copy of Tumble Bug!

  • Tumble Bug! A PDF copy!
  • 2 mini charm packs of "Just a Speck" by Jen Kingwell(Moda)
  • 10 pack of Wonder Clips, purchased from the wonderful Roy Grocery(I just know I have a picture on here somewhere, if I could just find it!!)
  • McCall's Quick Quilts, August/September issue! (My Four-Square Float is on page 48!)
Just a Speck, by Jen Kingwell
If you are a US resident, simply leave a comment below to enter this giveaway!
If you live outside the US, jump over to my Instagram @cedarforksarah, for a chance to win a PDF copy of Tumble Bug!
If you like, tell me what you have enjoyed most about this Summer, in spite of the  myriad hardships that have abounded lately!
The giveaway will close midnight MST on Sunday, September 17th.
I will draw a name from among the entries out of my son's new custom hat Monday, September 18th!
Thanks sew much, friends!
And the Winner is....
And MANY thanks to each of you for your kind and enthusiastic participation and support!
I very much appreciate it!!!

Linking up:
Beth's Main Crush Monday
Lorna's Let's Bee Social
Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday

Saturday, July 8, 2017

2017 Finish Along Goals: Q3


It is time, once again, to link up my quilting goals for the 2017 Finish-A-Long!
I am getting in just under the wire this go round, as today is the last day to link up!
I feel a little wild this quarter and am putting a bunch out there....we will see how it goes!

1. Four Square Mini
To accompany the recent feature of "Four Square Float", in McCall's Quick Quilts!

2. This One

3.  Friedlander HSTs
I picked up some fun variegated threads from my much loved LQS, in Lewistown, MT, that should work well with this one!

4. Meadow Mist Mystery Quilt

5. Sew Secret, but not for long
I have all the blocks pieced, just need to assemble and quilt!

6.  Sewcial Bee Sampler
We are down to only 2 blocks to go. Would like to finish this up in a timely fashion. If you would like to see all my blocks in one place, they are on IG #SBScedarforksarah

7. Another little secret....
The top is complete on this collaboration husband!!!!!
Can't wait to share, but he won't let me just yet!!! :D

8.  Ben's Quilt
 Who knows, it could happen, right?

9. Seeing Stars
This deserves to be finished...nothing stopping me, I have batting and backing for this!

10.  This little bowl of free HSTs will surely be turned into something!
My guess is a mini of some sort...stay tuned!

So there she be, my Q3 list!

Again, a huge
Thank You!
to our global hostesses for the
2017 Finish-A-Long!

Monday, July 3, 2017

"Four Square Float" in McCall's Quick Quilts!

I am totally thrilled to finally be able to share with you
A fun and colorful 3-D design featured in 
Don't they make it look good?!
This design began as a mini-mini,
tested with mini charms last summer,
which inspired me to take the plunge and submit the idea to McCall's!
I am so glad I did, as the folks I had the pleasure of working with were over and above flexible and helpful!
For my Four Square Float, I used a variety of charms from 3 different Kona packs, Dusty, Bright and Pastel, Kona Thistle for the "shadow", all on a nice, clean Kona White background, bound with Architextures Crosshatch in charcoal.
I love how the neutral, natural backing and binding complement the bold, bright geometrics of the top.
     I have to share this accidental shot I got of the sun shining through from front to back, through the beautiful Valorie Wells Blueprint Basics backing.
oops, it is upside down! still so pretty!
The quilting is my usual straightline quilting, following the seam lines, mostly.
Choosing the colors for each block provided the very best of color play!
So here it is, Four Square Float, finishing at 61"x74"!
"On newsstands now", along with a bonus crib size version online, coming soon! 

Definitely Crushing on being able to share this with you all!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Kiss Me In Santa Fe!

A cozy throw quilt for the newlyweds, my niece Julianne and Christopher!
Number 3 on my Q2 Finish Along list!
The top is made almost entirely with Me+You Indah Batiks. I discovered this beautiful range of fabrics last October at my LQS, Lewistown's Sew Pieceful!
With their gorgeous saturated hues, and modern patterns, I thought they were a no-brainer when it came time to shop for fabrics for this design!

From our conversations about it, I knew Julianne wanted a quilt with Southwestern flavor.
 In addition to her love for the region, she and Christopher were engaged while on a trip to Santa Fe.
Originating from a few reference photos from Julianne, and my own search into Southwestern motifs, "Kiss Me in Santa Fe" is the final result of the best kind of quilter's play!
From notebook sketches, to fabric selections, all the maths, cutting and assembly strategies....this was my kind of fun from start to finish!
(A wee splash of Alison Glass!)
 My favorite parts of the design are the stripes! They came out exactly as I had envisioned, and hoped!
 The quilt is backed with cozy polar fleece...grayish blue.
I felt the restraints of straight line quilting, and really wished FMQ skills were part of my skill set....must remedy that! I think the quilting turned out alright, but this design would have provided a super canvas for someone with free motion skills!

Sending this off to the happy couple this week, with all my love!

linking this finish with
The 2017 Finish Along Q2 linky is open and I am all linked up!
Sooo many gorgeous finishes to see!