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!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Mini May!

Earlier this year, a new quilty friend on Instagram was sweet enough to randomly send me an awesome package, all the way from Germany! It included, among other goodies, a very special Montana Star/Sarah's Choice mini quilt! Who knew there was such a block, wrapped up in those 2 perfect, for me, names!!! You are awesome, Jana @janaguckt!
When it came to making a mini for her, a German/Jana block did not come immediately to mind!
Naturally, what did come to mind was Half Square Triangles, that's right, HSTs! I had hoped to make a mini from a longtime Flickr fave, but it was not to be. However I am quite pleased with the final arrangement!

I also threw in a little Cathedral Windows pincushion, for good measure! I know she likes pink!
That was just the beginning of Mini May!
This darling Charlie Harper cardinal flew along on the outside of the package!
Well, he became the immediate centerpiece of a mini monument to his adorableness!!!
And then, just last week, I was getting ready to send a bird house/barn to an old high school classmate in Virginia. I thought the package incomplete without a little quilted something, right?
Sew, this happened! It started out as a coaster, but grew a bit. (I may find myself making a whole Alison Glass quilt out of this block!!!!) 
I think I really just wanted a photo of the shining clouds this morning!
The back :) You probably can't tell, but this fabric is the pearliest of pinks!
Meanwhile, progress continues on  the Sewcial Bee Sampler, with blocks 14, 15 and 16! I modified block 15, which was supposed to be Broken Dishes, and substituted the top block for it. I also remade block 1, on the bottom. This is a fun sew along hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell, both designers for Art Gallery Fabrics.
My husband and I also made 3 more "Bird Barns", as I have taken to calling them!
the middle one is going to Virginia!

I just LOVE all our new tenants! All Tree Swallows, such handsome little birds!

I got out the scissors and glue again! You can find the inspiration and beginnings of my "Kitchen Basics for Quilters" collection here, here and here!
That about wraps up my meanderings for May, sew far!!!
linking up with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts Main Crush Monday!
See ya there!