Saturday, November 22, 2014

Something new...Q4 finish #3!

From my Q4 list: operating from the iPad and haven't figured out how to link pretty to my other posts, sorry!!

Bag making 101, right here at Cedar Fork Stitches!
The raw materials:     Some scraps from my Weeds layer cake, some Kona scraps, osnaburg, and ultra suede in green(?)...

Or black?

I decided to go with the black ultrasuede...a substance entirely new to me, gifted some time ago by my brother-in-law.

Although I can visualize what it is I want in terms of size/dimensions...I needed a little help to know how to arrive at those dimensions, without experimenting with my limited project fabrics!

Has anyone else used an old *saved* chip bag as a "trial size" pattern?? 
The real question is, has anyone else saved an old chip bag, much less, boxed the corners on one :) 

Hehehe! Not to worry, no fabric scissors were harmed in the making of this plastic bag! :)

Here is what I had by the end of the afternoon...
I intended to keep binding on my "awesome" quilt after supper, but I couldn't turn away from the bag.
I was just too close....
I only had to redo the *twisted* strap once!
I included a pocket, and managed to get it on the correct side of the bag :)

I don't think it will look this "tidy" with stuff in it!
Nonetheless, pretty tickled with my first bag-making attempt :)
Kinda "preppy-tote-y", don't ya think? :)

Monday, November 17, 2014

My Corner of the Quilting World

Welcome to my stop on The Around the World Blog Tour!
I am glad you're here! 
This is the stop that almost wasn't, and still isn't going to be much, as I am in the midst of rather serious technical difficulties, involving our PC and all our photos etc, and trying to figure out how to make a post from my iPad! Boo. But at least I have an iPad!

Be that as it may, I was super busy when I received a lovely invite from 
Shauna at lovinquiltin, back in October.
 I knew I just couldn't squeeze it in, but it certainly got me to thinking....
Fast forward a couple weeks, and things had slowed a bit and I received a second invite from
Pam at Jump Cut Arts, who asked, ever so nicely:
What are you working on?
Is this not the perfect project for this time of year? 
My "Awesome Quilt", made back in 2010-ish, with my very first online fabric purchases...2 charm packs of Awesome, by Sandy Gervais 
(this is where a link to that momentous occasion would be nice! Sorry!) 
...and so it began again, this wonderful adventure in sewing!

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
This is a rather fancy question for someone who operates mostly on a whim! 
I like simple, and I go on kicks...
Coasters, chickens, half-square triangles, bracelets, gingham,etc.

Here are a couple of my latest hens, Rosa and Collette, who will soon be winging their way to my sister, and her dearest friend, who both love pink!
I made a tutorial for these, which I would link to...but you may find it on my Tutorials page :)

 Why do I write/create what I do?
Another fancy question! 
The greatest advance that this modern quilting and blogging world has provided me,
is the capacity, through techniques and designs, to FINISH quilts!
I love that!
The project that took me the longest to complete was my Anniversary Quilt...24 years in the making!
(If I get my PC back, I promise to put a link to this momentous occasion, too!)

As a result of that, I tend to finish what I start these days.  In fact the Awesome quilt is presently my longest standing UFO, and it is almost finished :)
My UFO stack :)

What I guess I am trying to say, is that "I make what I do" simply because I can!

How does my writing/creating process work?
"Process" may be a stretch :)
I make lists, as ideas pop into my head
I fill folders and notebooks with them, and hope, someday, I might run across them again!
I tend to dream in "collections"...
I love charm packs!
I've never cared much for damask prints, or chevrons.
"My process" is simply me, playing. 
Sometimes what I am "playing with" materializes, and often, it doesn't.
The determining factor in bringing ideas to fruition, for me is mostly budget, and timing, and opportunities in the quilty bloggy world, fueled by these kinds of things...
Who is having a baby?
 Is this QAL for me?
 Is Bloggers Quilt Festival coming up? 
Ack, Q4 is almost over!

Seriously, I am haphazard, at best...

I know we all love this quilty, bloggy community for so many great and sunshiny reasons!
The biggest asset this community has afforded me, personally, is the aspect of participation!

If you didn't know it already, I live in the sticks, y'all!

And I really am a Chatty Cathy, with no one but you to chat fabric with, most of the time!
If I have ever left a comment on your blog, you know this is true!
Woe to you if I actually ever "follow" your won't be able to pry me off with a spud bar! 
Seriously, the males in my household,
have a fabric threshold that is pretty it helps to have you all "out there" to play with!

So thank you ever so, for stopping by today,
 and bearing with my "remedial, no links, few photos, no format" post! 
Cabin, and outhouse, cushion covers :)

I hope you will visit a new bloggy friend of mine, Daniela, at, next Monday, November 24, as the Blog Tour goes from Montana, to Germany!
She has accomplished sew much in the short time she has been sewing! 
Her quilts are modern and gorgeous, her photos are breathtaking, and best of all, she makes you want to go sew!!
And no, she can't pry me away with a spud bar :)

SarahZ, in the Breaks

Friday, November 7, 2014

Second Q4 Finish!

This, from my Q4 list!

Kate Spain and Gingham
4 big blocks, about 24" each
48" x 48" overall

Fabrics from Terrain and Honey Honey,
and a variety of whites for the background.
I love the binding detail in the lower right corner :)

Super find on the large flannel gingham for the back... from a recent trip to Miles City!

 Quilted on either side of each seam.

This quilt has also occasioned the reopening of my little Etsy shop,
Cedar Fork Stitches
Renamed and restocked!

So I made several of my favorite little things to pretty things up!
A whole new flock of chickens, of course!

In the mix: a bright, wintery cushion, some skillet handle holders, baby crib taggies,
and the quilt, of course :) 

So many finishes, I hardly know what to do with myself!
Won't Amanda Jean be proud?!

Little big doin's around here!
Happy Fall, y'all!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tuesday Tidbits...Mmmmm, Babies!

A picture recap of my recent baby quilt frenzy!
May I present my tiny enablers :)

Sweet Lila 

Wee Norah 
Oh those little fingers, the sweet lips, the fuzz, and those smoochable cheeks!
Mmmm, babies! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Need to Know...Etsy

There are a couple gems out there I have been wanting to share with my fellow fabric lovers.
Just want to spread a little love around today!

 My Fabric Addiction 1 offers their own Art Gallery charm packs!

Very handy, yes?

 Amievoltaire has some hard to find Modern Meadow!
Yep, 2 yards en route as we speak :)

Catching Stitches, super precut prices, and Bonnie and Camille's Miss Kate yardage for $7.99/yd!
Get out!

Stacks O Stash is another favorite source for my beloved charm packs, along with other precuts and yardage

And lastly, Lark Cottons, just because she has the most wonderful bundles... 

I love Etsy shops for fabric!
I haven't listed all my faves here...maybe another day!
Feel free to share some of your favorite shops with me, too, if you like :)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Voyageur Quilt, an original idea!

I love this simple quilt!
My own idea, my own design. And I actually saw it through!
Based on the beloved and iconic Hudsons Bay Blanket

The full story of how this quilt came to be is here :)

This is my entry in the Original Design category for the 

Orange Overload, revisited

I reel a bit to think that I was going to sit this one out!
All of a sudden I realize there are several of my favorite quilts that have never seen the light of 
There is no linky party quite like this linky party!

Our last year in Indiana (2013) I met a good friend. And then moved away.
We love orange together. And she really needed a quilt!
As much as I love orange, my stash of it was just beginning to form
This quilt used most of it, in the most wonderful way!
I also included some much loved "Garden Party", by Jane Dixon
I am confident most of you fellow fabriholics recognize most of the others!
Up to this time, I had never quilted such a big quilt on my machine!
I used the "Patchwork Chevron" tutorial of Jeni's @ In Color Order
I found a cozy critter flannel at Joanns for the back. Terri loves critters :)
A scrappy binding, my favorite kind.

Honestly, I do not remember the exact size of this, but it's big!

 Mmmm, orange overload!

She came to Montana for Thanksgiving, so I got to give it to her in person, with a hug!

This is my entry in the Large Quilt category

My orange stash is recuperating nicely too, by the way :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!