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!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Friedlander HSTs...A Finish!

Number 3 on my Q1 Finish Along list!
 Quilting and binding this one up was such a happy way to spend several snow days!
 I was so excited to have it finished with some daylight left, I managed to pry my #1 Quilt Holder out of the cozy house and out into the subzero yard for a couple of quick pics!
 Thank you Nash! You're the best!

This wonderfully simple HST quilt began in October of 2016 and you may read about that here!
Suffice it to say, it is charm pack friendly!
For the quilting, I had some wonderful Sulky variegated threads squirreled away just for this quilt!
I have always aspired to making an HST quilt just like this...rows, loosely grouped by color and fancy, quilted on either side of each seam line!
I really couldn't be more pleased with how this turned out!
For the second time ever, I machine bound a quilt!
My thread matched the binding perfectly, which put me over the trepidation threshold!
 I also used a pack of Post-Its as a guide, and it made all the difference in terms of keeping my stitching straight!
Did I mention that I am super pleased with this one?
Doe/Carkai HST Quilt
47" x 67"

There are still plenty of snow days ahead...what is next on that list?!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Ribbons and Bows, for Moda Bake Shop!

"Come in! I've been baking!"*
I am so very excited to share my latest Moda Bake Shop creation with you!
Ribbons and Bows is a quilt design inspired by all those big, fun bows that Mamas put on their baby girls! I had special fun with this since I am a boy mom, and the bows around our house all shot arrows!  
I feel super lucky to have used the incredibly gorgeous Ombre Confetti Metallic bundle by V and Co!
Talk about adding some girly glitz to the project!
Not only are the hues of this collection incredible, the range within each color are clear and simply wonderful to sew with!
 Ribbons and Bows consists of several different blocks that are made of simply pieced units: half square triangle, quarter square triangle and square-in-a-square.
It is a very fun quilt to piece and see come together, so crisp and clean!
The challenge for me while making this was keeping the organization of fabrics and the layout of them consistent.
 Because the fabric combination of 2 colors is unique in each ribbon block, one must take care in cutting and piecing.  That is all that keeps this design from being a truly beginner friendly project.
I quilted a simple diagonal grid which added so much fun texture! 
I think Moda's Grunge Hits the Spot, wideback (!) is a perfect backing choice for this quilt!
A colorful, pieced binding finishes it off!
Finished measurement:  68" x 68"
Fabric:  Ombre Confetti Metallic, by Vanessa Christenson
Bella Bleached White
Grunge Hits the Spot, in Pool

The blocks could also be easily whipped up into some cute accessory pillows!
And I wonder if using plaids might turn this into a suitable "Bow Tie" quilt for a little fellow!
Let me know what you think!  I am excited to hear your thoughts on it!
Also...this is my first quilt finish for the year, and Number 1 on my Finish Along list!

*Does anyone recognize the quote? It is from one of my favorite movies, Waking Ned Devine, an invitation from Miss Kitty.  Your dose of trivia for the day!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Do You Sew Along?

I love a good Sew Along!
There seem to be many really fun options for Quilt Alongs, Sew Alongs and BOMs this year!
Jessica of A Quilty Habit has compiled a list for her newsletter subscribers, if you need any ideas!
She is also hosting the Modern FMQ QAL, which I am joining in on, YAY!
Aside from the obvious benefit of making a quilt, the best parts of a Sew Along, for me, are the friendships formed, the encouragement along the way, and seeing the variety of different "takes" on the same pattern/design!

My first experience with a Sew Along was actually a Block of the Month back in 2012!
The HST Sampler BOM by Jeni Baker of In Color Order!
The block tutorials are still on her blog, and they are available all together in pattern form as well!
Our progress was shared monthly in In Color Order's Flickr group!
I finished the quilt in December 2013!
I credit Jeni and this BOM with my enduring love for, and success with, HSTs!
It is also where I met Gina, "toots2u" on Flickr and @partyofeightourstory on IG!  We have been friends ever since!

My second Sew Along was the Flowering Snowball Quilt Along, hosted by the marvelous Mary at Molly Flanders Makerie, begun in June of 2014!
This was finished in 2016, and is still one of my very favorite makes!
And Mary and I are still friends, too!

By this time, I knew the fun and benefit of having a monthly block, so in January of 2015 I made up my own BOM which I called "Simply Sawtooth".  
Each month I chose 2 favorite fabrics, and made 2 blocks from each, in "verse/reverse" order, for a total of 4 blocks each month.  The only color parameter I set for myself was that I wanted it to be heavy on the orange.  I had all the blocks I needed by September, and finished it by December of the same year!  So Much FUN!!! Still love love LOVE this one! 

I tried another "personal BOM" in 2016:
But, alas, I never made it past February with this one!

But! I did join another Sew Along in 2016!
with Cheryl Brickey at Meadow Mist Designs!
I had to lift this photo from the Quilt Parade-Day 2 on Cheryl's site...apparently I have never blogged about this quilt top! 2016/17 was a bit that way, I'm afraid!  This one is still only a top...I would like to add a border of some many amazing ideas from others who sewed along!

Also in 2016, I had a lot of fun with an Instagram Quilt Along:
The Get Cozy Quilt Along, hosted by Coriander Quilts!
I mean, seriously, how could I not? It didn't hurt that I had recently won a bundle of "Front Yard", by Sandra Clemons that I was itchin' to use!
The Get Cozy pattern by Pen and Paper designs is so clearly written, and is not paper pieced!
It was awesome fun and you can find it on IG using the tag #cozyquiltalong!

2017 brought a very fun Sew Along hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell!
The Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew Along spanned both blogland and Instagram land, with a new block each week for 25 weeks!

Lots of fun and friendships here! 
Bernie at Needle and Foot posted a fun Sampler Roundup, where I lifted this picture from! 
Guess I wasn't too great at blogging about this one either!
You can see more on IG using the tag #SewcialBeeSampler and all my progress with #SBScedarforksarah .

And speaking of Bernie!
We became friends this summer during a Sew Along she hosted, the #NFsummersewalong, where she held our hands while stitching up a really cute summer top!
This is not only Bernie's picture, it IS Bernie!
I used "Gossamer", the same fabric Bernie did, from her super online fabric shop, Needle and Foot!
I sewed this up right before the fires started out here, and I find the only photos of mine are on IG! 
I am beginning to spot a trend here, sheesh!

Finally, my "personal BOM" this year is a super fun and exciting one for me!
"Simply Flying BOM"
Following the successful "pattern" of my "Simply Sawtooth", I am using a simple block, Flying Geese, with Denyse Schmidt fabrics, in "vers/reverse" fashion, again!
And again,  I will just keep making blocks until I think I have as many as I want!

I had really hoped to join in with Mari, The Academic Quilter for her fourth(?) BOM, Squared Away BOM, and since we are still fresh in the year, I may join yet! 
How about you, are you sewing along with anyone this year? I would love to hear about it!
Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts Let's Bee Social 
See you there!