Monday, March 20, 2017

Freefall Quilt Along - Step 1 - Cutting

Welcome to the first installment of our Freefall wallhanging QAL!  I am so pleased that you are here.  Happy Spring Equinox, First Day of Spring, if you are in the Northern Hemisphere, Happy Autumnal Equinox, First Day of Autumn, to those n the Southern Hemisphere.  Who knew quilting would have me using so much geography and math!

I am even more pleased to announce that I have got yet another prize for finished flimsies or quilts!  Lara of Buzzin' Bumble has offered a copy of her book Crafted Appliqué (that takes you to her book on Amazon; I'm not an affiliate, just a great book and technique to check out) to one lucky winner!  

I got to know Lara through Pets on Quilts at LilyPad Quilting; we love all animals, but dogs especially.  We love good literature, from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling to the poetry of Mary Oliver. She lives at the northeastern end of 'our' lake, Lake Erie, I live at the southwestern.  I was so happy to be a part of her book launch last May.  This brings the total value of prizes to a little over $250!! Wow!

Here's a reminder of our quilt stats:

Quilt size:  38" (note that it has no borders; you can always add some if you prefer!)
Block size:  7.5" finished
Number of Blocks: 25

WOF - width of fabric 
BG - background


Background Fabric
1.  Cut an 8.5" X WOF strip.  Cut this further into two 8" squares.  Look at the bottom lefthand corner of the quilt photo where there are four squares; two leaf blocks and two blank blocks.  These are those two blank squares.  

Note! Set these two squares and the remainder of this strip aside for now; you will use it in Step 3 when we construct the big shadow leaf point in the top right corner of the quilt.

From the remaining fabric cut:
  • (1) 4" strip by WOF; subcut into one 4" square, and (8) 3.5" squares
  • (1) 2 3/4" strip by WOF; subcut into 9 rectangles 2 3/4 x 3 3/4"
  • (2) 2.5" strips by WOF; subcut into (31) 2.5" squares
  • cut (2) 2" strips by WOF; subcut into 14 rectangles 2x3.5" and (4) 2" squares
You may want to label each of these sets, as it will be over the next several weeks that we pull from them.

Shadow Leaf Fabric
  • (1) 4" strip by WOF; subcut into one 4" square, and (10) 3.5" squares
  • (1) 3.5" strip by WOF; subcut into 18 rectangles 2 X 3.5"
  • (1) 2 3/4" strip by WOF; subcut into 11 rectangles 2 3/4 x 3 3/4"
  • (3) 2.5" strips by WOF; subcut into (37) 2.5" squares
  • (4) squares @ 2" 

Individual Leaves (multiply the following pieces by 20, for 20 leaves)
The pieces for each leaf can be cut from a scrap approximately 7x11" OR 10 different fat eighths will yield enough pieces for 20 leaves, two of each colour.  It is important to plan a bit here.  Lay out your 20 leaf fabrics atop the background fabric and atop the shadow leaf fabric.  Six leaves float on the background fabric and eight leaves float on the shadow leafSix will float on half background/half shadow leaf.  Remember the photo from the previous post that shows is what I did:
I still moved a few around after I took the photo!

Cut the following for each leaf:
  • (1) 3.5" square
  • (1) 2 X 3.5" rectangle
  • (3) 2.5" squares 
  • (1) 2" square
  • (1) leaf point - you will use the template made in the paper-piecing tutorial which you will find here 
You may want to organize your sets of leaves into ziploc baggies.

See you in two weeks. 😊

A PDF copy of this post is available here for free in my Crafsty store. (affiliate link)  

Freefall Quilt Along Schedule

March 14 - Fabric Requirements and Tips
March 20 - Step 1 Cutting
March 27 - Link-up #1
April 3 - Step 2 Construction of Leaves that Float on Shadow Leaf
April 10 - Link-up #2
April 17 - Step 3 Construction of Leaves that Float on Background and Shadow Leaf point
April 24 - Link-up #3
May 1 - Step 4 Construction of Half and Half Leaves  
May 8 - Link-up #4
May 15 - Step 5 Quilt top Assembly
June 15 - Final Link-up for Flimsy or Finished Quilt  

Linking up
Cooking Up Quilts
Patchwork Times 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Freefall QAL - Fabric Requirements

In order for you to begin planning for the start of our Freefall quilt along on March 20, here are the quilt stats, photo of the flimsy, fabric tips and requirements.  This quilt could most likely be done entirely from your scraps and stash; you could even go super-scrappy with the background fabric as long as the fabrics all read one value, probably light if your leaf is a medium or a dark.  I would recommend keeping the shadow leaf all one fabric.

Quilt Stats:

Finished quilt: 38" square
Finished block:  7.5" 
Number of blocks: 25 total.  20 of these blocks are small leaves, 3 blocks make the big shadow leaf's point and there are 2 blocks that are plain.
*The quilt has no borders; you are welcome to add some if you like, but there is no yardage for this in the requirements.
Steps:  will be released bi-weekly with a full month allowed to quilt your top.

We will be making a wallhanging in Spring colours.  Of course, you may make yours in Fall colours if you wish and get a jump on Fall.  You could go totally modern and wild!  Maybe totally scrappy.  Patriotic for Canada's birthday!

Fun and poignant anecdote:  When I was planning out the dates for this QAL, I realized I should allow a full month for participants to finish up flimsies and hopefully quilt their quilts.  The final step will be given May 15, so that meant June 15 is the final reveal and parade of quilts.  June 15.  This is an auspicious day for me, because it was my dad's birthday.  He would have been 91.  Each year, he would flip ahead in our family calendar on the wall and write on the square for that date, "Birthday of a famous Canadian."  All us kids would love it, my mum giving a wry grin and eye roll with an, "Eee, I don't know."  Yet it made an impression on me. He was a very proud Canadian.  Birthdays were special days, happy days, a reason to celebrate.  So I feel he's had a hand in this, my first QAL  Thus, our parade of quilts will be held on the birthday of that famous Canadian. 😄

Fabric Tips

Think of this quilt as having three colour 'families': 
  • the background (BG) fabric--mine is the mottled pink/yellow/turquoise
  • the big shadow leaf fabric--mine is the green.
  • the various leaf colours
The photo below shows how I laid out my fabrics.  I had 18 colours altogether; because there are 20 leaves, I cut two leaves out of two of the fabrics.
The fabrics (two are missing in this photo oops) on the far left float on the green big shadow leaf.  The fabrics on the far right float on the background fabric.  Those in the middle will float on half background/half shadow leaf blocks, so that is why I laid them over both green and BG fabrics.

Fabric Requirements

Background Fabric:   3/4 yard
Shadow Leaf Fabric:  3/4 yard
**Remember that you want good contrast between these two fabrics.  Also note that these yardages are minimal and won't leave much left over; if you prefer to allow extra for error or to add to your stash/scraps, then getting a yard of each will be more than plenty.

Individual Leaves:  There are 20.  Each leaf can be made from scraps; you only need an approximately 7 x 11" scrap for each leaf.  If you prefer yardage or precuts, either 1/8 yard or a fat eighth is enough for two leaves, so you would require 10 fat eighths, but if you want all 20 leaves different, then you need 20 fat eighths, since that is the smallest amount one can buy.  You could also use a layer cake, which is a stack of 10" squares.

So gather your fabrics and I will see you here on Monday for Step 1 Cutting! I have started a hashtag on Instagram, so feel free to post your fabric pull there:  #freefallqal  To see the original quilt, in Fall colours, Windfall, click here.

Tish made me two wonderful colouring pages which you can download here.  This may help with visualizing your fabric choices and placements. 

Any questions, just ask in the comments or email me. 

I am super duper happy that I have three more wonderful sponsors.  Three more prizes! 

First is Cindy of Stitchin At Home who contacted me to offer a copy of her just-released pattern, God's Eye, which is available in her  Craftsy store. I met Cindy in the New Bloggers Hop in 2015.  It was such fun to discover another quilt blogger who lives only a couple of hours away from me, also in a little town, also on Lake Erie!  Cindy and I have cooked up a few things together over the past couple of years.  She has quite a few patterns in her store, lots of freebies...

Second, I also am so pleased to announce another fabric gift certificate! This one is from Fat Quarter Shop, probably the first online shop I patronized regularly, and still do!
They have the BEST Flash sales which have had me cave on many occasions...and of course one adds more yardage because well, it would be rude not to right?  They are generously offering a $25 gift certificate to one winner.  They just might have a Riley Blake roly poly on for 70% off today, March 14, only...

Third is another Canuck, my good friend Joanne of Canuck Quilter Designs.  Joanne and I have been friends for a couple of years now too; I've pattern-tested for her a few times (fantastic designs btw) and participated in her Snow Along two years ago.  She is offering a free PDF pattern (check out all her beautiful designs here) from her Craftsy shop.

 This brings the prizes total to 12!  Woo hoo!

Linking up:
Freemotion by the River
Sew Fresh Quilts
Quilt Fabrication

Monday, March 13, 2017

Revving Up the Red for RSC2017

My grandson's favourite colour is red, or it always used to be until this past year when he has changed it a couple of times! Funny how that goes: both my girls were the same, Brianne loved pink up until around age 12 when she changed her mind; Dayna always loved purple, until around the same age when she, too, decided upon other favourite colours.  I, too, changed my favourite, blue, over the years. However, they both, like myself, came back to their first love, so I suspect Brady will too.  I believe the vibrations of a favourite colour do resonate deeply with a person, on a level we don't even comprehend.
The first 50 blocks, 1-25 on the left grouping, 26-50 on the right, in order
I don't consider red among my favourites.  Pink, also burgundy, yes, but I haven't ever felt an affinity for red.  Until lately.  This year I am taking part in the 150 Canadian Women quilt along, a project designed by Kat Tucker of Next Step Quilt Designs.  I have fallen in LOVE with all the shades and tones and hues of this rich colour.  These 6" blocks have been made almost entirely from my scraps.  I did buy a few fat quarters of white. I am so happy that I am keeping up with the 3 blocks per week.
Here are the two latest sets:
#46 Kathleen Parlow, "acclaimed as the world's greatest woman violinist", at age 15 she played with the London Symphony Orchestra; #47 Katherine Ryan, aka Klondike Kate, well-known to Edmontonians from our Klondike Days Festival, I knew of her Gold Rush fame, but not that she was the first female gold inspector, the first woman NWMP (Canada's famous Mounted Police), and a dear friend of the poet Robert Service; #48 Charlotte Small Thompson, wife of the famous David Thompson, she travelled more miles, over 3.5 times the amount, in fact, than Lewis and Clark.
That was taken in sunlight; the reds really sing! Sometimes I do a special fabric, both as a commemoration of what the woman accomplished, or as a pnemonic device to help me remember the person's name or accomplishment.  Here I chose the music fabric (I was pretty sure Kat would pick at least one from amongst Canada's many many fine female musicians) for Katherine, gold in all three fabrics for Klondike Kate, and the black background with small red flower print to remind me of  Charlotte Small Thompson and her husband, David, sitting outside watching the stars in their last days together.  That image gives me such warmth in my heart.
#49 Dr. Sylvia Fedoruk, one of four team members who developed the Cobalt-60 unit and one of the world's first nuclear medicine scanning machines, and she also developed a device that could tell whether a thyroid was cancerous; #50 Rachel Zimmerman Brachman, at age 12, yes 12!, she invented the Blissymbol Printer that allows physically disabled people to communicate (I immediately thought of the book Karen, she currently works for NASA, tailoring their innovations for people with disabilities; #51 Maud Lewis, painter, a folk artist, who I'd never heard of (look her up!) whose whimsical paintings and tiny whimsically painted house where she lived have captured my heart.

Again, I used some à propos fabrics here and there.  For Rachel, I wanted a text print, and when I saw the bicycle print in my 2.5" squares tray, I thought I'd include it because she was hit by a car while riding her bike which forced her to drop out of obtaining her Masters in Astronomy.  For Maud, the painting of hers that I just adore is of three black cats, and so I used two cat prints, a red and an ivory. The whimsy of the daisies and the tiny floral remind me of her fascinating house.

On to red in RSC2017.  This is project #3, turning out to be a bit more complicated than just adding the colour of the month to a few opposing sides of the centre strip, ha!  It meant I had to make another purple corner so I can get at least a square of each colour where the corners meet.
I also have started, again mostly as a leader/ender, making my red strip of migrating geese.  You can see that it is a fair bit bigger in scraps size than both the CA Women and the strippy project.
I love the combo of very old scraps, such as David Textiles and VIP by Cranston, with brand new, such as Paintbrush Studio and Zen Chic.

Red in my yard...
MacGyver transplanted 'my' bougainvillea, and threatened to yank it after it lost all its leaves and looked dead for a few weeks.  I wouldn't let him, thinking, no, knowing it was rejuvenating from the roots up.  He also did see that the stems were green.  Just look at the marvel it is becoming!  The bougainvillea everywhere are stunning in their glory, maybe because it has been unusually dry here in Florida this winter?

Red in some Canada fabric I ordered from Sew Sisters that my friend brought down for me!
Both Moda and Northcott lines are here.  The turquoise, I think, is going to be the 1.5" sashing pieces for my CA Women quilt...though now I've got it, it is telling me it needs to be a star in its own quilt.  We shall see...

For those who are going to , or those who are thinking about, joining my first QAL, Freefall, I'll be back tomorrow with fabric requirements and tips, and wow, more prizes!

PS I finally found the tiny clothespegs for my Quilter's Laundry Day mini-mini quilt on the line! Don't even ask...right under my yup IN the sewing room closet.

Speaking of right under your nose...
Craftsy Classes for $20Yup.  Every.  Single.  Class.  This is a fantastic deal, and it is usually when I buy mine. 😉 (affiliate link in the rainbow words there.)  But hurry; it ends tonight at midnight!

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Quilter's Laundry Day Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on Jen and Jan's Mini QAL!  It's no secret that Tish of Tish's Adventures in Wonderland and I are great friends, and that we get each other into trouble, like all the time... This one is on her. 😃  She showed me the beginnings of her version of Quilter's Laundry Day, and it was just SO adorable...  I could NOT.  Well, it's a mini....maybe?  All right, I'm in.  So, with hours to spare to the sign-up deadline, I committed, and came through!
Haven't had a finished quilt in a tree for a few weeks!  This is Jen's of A Dream and A Stitch, and Jan's of Color Creating and Quilting, second mini quilt along.  I wanted to be a part of their first one but timing was just not good.  I'm so glad I got in on this one!  There are lots of us participating; you will find the list of the two days of bloggers at the end of this post.

When I signed up, Jen told me that the hardest part would be choosing the 4" finished block to be the mini-quilt hanging on the line.  She was right!  I wanted something that could actually be an entire quilt, and after a fair amount of deliberation, decided upon this one, Hour Glass, from this site.
I was pretty tickled with how it turned out, all Kaffe Fassett fabrics, and put it on Instagram.  And then, realized, nooo..... there was a mistake! 😫 Ah well, a little time reverse sewing and it was fixed.  Layered it with more Kaffe leftovers from my Three-Quarter Patch Tote, quilted it, and bound it, ready to be inserted into the quilt.

Wait.  This little quilt isn't sewn as part of the mini?  Nope!  I had a brainwave to make it 3D.  If my idea didn't fly, I"d just make another mini-mini, right?  Here is the flimsy:
Not readily apparent that the mini-mini is not sewn into the mini on all four sides....

It worked!  I made the little quilt without batting, bound it on three sides, and sewed the top side in when I pieced the big sky section.  Now I have the perfect teeny clothespegs to attach here but do you think I can find them?  Went through (twice) all the Christmas stuff because that is where they are. I have a tiny 'presents' quilt I hang on a tiny hanger with said tiny clothespegs...ugh!  I'll find them next week, guaranteed.)  Anyhow, can you spot my little secret under the mini-quilt?  I almost always add a little surprise in my quilts, and beneath the free-hanging mini-mini quilt, I quilted my initials!  You can see I also used a couple colours of green threads for the grass.

Of course I couldn't have met the deadline without my feline supervisor keeping those baby blues on me all during the quilting of it.
This is the best photo I've ever been able to get, I believe, of the sparkle in Holoshimmer metallic thread!
I used Sulky Holoshimmer metallic on the window panes, and quilted the cat and butterfly with it too.  That's a Laurel Burch kitty cat, a scrap sent to me last year in with many others, by one of my sweet readers.  I love the sparkle the Holoshimmer adds!  The door is a scrap of wood-like batik, as are the clothesline posts.  The roof is a scrap of black.

I used scraps from my Freefall quilt for the house, sidewalk, grass, sky, backing and binding.  These are such wonderful fabrics by Paintbrush Studio Fabrics, the sponsor of my own upcoming quilt along. 😉 For details on how you can participate in that, see my previous post.
Even had a strip of leftover fabric from Freefall for the hanging sleeve.

Here is the label:
You can see I did the binding by machine.  Quick!  You can also see the brick pattern I free-motion quilted on the sidewalk section.  I had fun with various quilting designs and threads.
Swirls and loops and clouds and wavy lines in the sky with variegated Essential thread.  I also used Essential thread for the sidewalk, door, and the lines on the house brickwork.  For the grass, I used two greens, one a Sulky rayon, the other an Isacord polyester.  For the roof I used a black Gütermann cotton.  The mini-mini is quilted with an Aurifil variegated.  My Bernina loves 'em all.  As do I!
No, those Paintbrush fabrics are not batiks, but they sure read batik, or hand-dyed, don't they?  They are now available in an LQS near you!
Quilt Stats:
Pattern:  Quilter's Laundry Day
Size:  16.5"; 16.25" after quilting
Fabric:  scraps
Batting: Hobbs 80/20 scrap
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads:  pieced with Gütermann; quilted with Essential: variegated Ocean, Bark, Violet and Parchment; Sulky: Holoshimmer variegated, rayon 1177; Gütermann black cotton 50 wt; Isacord polyester 5324.

I am in love with this little quilt and cannot wait to hang it in my sewing room in Ontario. That hanger usually holds a snowman embroidered wallhanging, so this will be a great one to switch out.  If you would like to make your own Quilter's Laundry Day you can find the tutorial here.
Thanks so much to Jen with help from Jan and from Kate at Smiles From Kate for creating this adorable pattern, and for hosting this fun blog hop/parade of quilts.  To see other versions of the mini, you can visit the blogs below over the next two days!

Oh!! Prizes!!  Yep!  If you visit, and leave a comment on each of Jen's and Jan's blogs, (Jen's today, Jan's tomorrow) you will be entered into a drawing for some sweet prizes!

March 10 Reveal Day

Jen Rosin  A Dream and a Stitch
Kate Heads at Smiles From Kate
Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter
Karen Thurn at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats

Melva Nolan at Melva Loves Scraps
Vicki at Vicki's Crafts & Quilting
Julie Stocker at Pink Doxies
Anja Clyke at Anja Quilts
Diann at Little Penguin Quilts
Jayne at Twiggy & Opal
Susan Arnold at Quilt Fabrication
Leanne Milsom at Lizzie the Quilter

Sandra Walker at mmm! quilts!  (you are here!)

March 11 Reveal Day

Janice Holton at Color Creating & Quilting
Jennifer Strauser at Dizzy Quilter
Amy Gerlich at Amy Scrap Spot
Sharon Denney Parcel at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Susan Gordon at Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Anne Boundy at Said With Love
Barbara Wootie at The Flashing Scissors
Jan Welander at Making Scraps
Mary Marcotte at Fleur de Lis Quilts

Linking up
Crazy Mom Quilts
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
TGIFF at Quilt Moderne
Busy Hands Quilts

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Freefall Spring Quilt Along

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My first QAL is going to begin on the Spring Equinox, Monday, March 20!  Do you remember Windfall, the quilt I made for the Autumn Abundance Blog Hop for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics that Bernie of Needle and Foot hosted?  There was a lot of interest in me hosting a QAL for the quilt, so I am so pleased to go on this next venture with Freefall!  This is a Spring quilt, and in a smaller size, finishing at 38" so very do-able with yardage that won't break the bank. You could even use scraps.  Here is the flimsy:

Paintbrush Studio Fabrics is the main sponsor of this hop; they provided the gorgeous fabrics again--those in the Windfall version are also theirs--for this version.  This line is called Freeform and is available now in a quilt shop near you!  It looks like batik but it is not.  Yet it has that same gorgeous hand-dyed effect.


I am incredibly excited to announce that I have $200 in prizes from some very generous sponsors.  How to win?  For those participants who finish a quilt top or a completely quilted quilt by June 15, there will be a draw and prizes will be given out randomly.

Let's get to introducing and thanking these wonderful people.

Fabric Prizes

First I have Paintbrush Studio Fabrics, who not only provided the fabric for my wallhanging, but also is providing the main prize: a fat quarter bundle of these fabrics to one lucky person.
They also have a great blog, Inspired by Fabric, to which I subscribe via email so I never miss a post! That particular link will show you more of Freeform fabric, in one of All People Quilt's two newest pillowcases designs for their ongoing pillowcase challenge.

Next is the Canadian contingent, Sew Sisters Quilt Shop.  Although I have yet to visit Sew Sisters in person, I have visited their online store many times.  They have a great sale selection, which is where I always look for backings, and found a terrific cows print for the cows quilt.  I also may have bought a PERFECT backing for a quilt that hasn't even had one millimetre of fabric bought for the front yet...
They always have a deal of the month, which, for March, is 31% off five shades of Kona basics. This is where you can find specially released Canada-themed fabric, the Canadian Sampler BOM quilt, 20 blocks designed by 20 talented Canadian designers, all in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday in July.  They are offering a $25 gift certificate to one winner.

Third is a 'new kid on the block' quilt shop, Needle and Foot.  This is none other than Bernie, host of the Autumn Abundance Blog Hop for which I created Windfall!

I got to know Bernie during the New Bloggers Hop in 2015 (see how terrific and long-lasting of friendships can be had by joining? Just a quick plug to sign up for 2017!) Bernie is not new to having an Etsy shop; she makes and sells gorgeous Chemex cozies, takes custom orders for them, sells vintage sheets fabric, and various other gems you can find, and now....FABRIC!  She is generously offering a choice of 6 fat quarters or 3 half-yard cuts of fabrics to one winner.

Then we have patterns!

*Know that I have bought from all of these talented ladies; their patterns are top-notch.

I got to know Cheryl, of Meadow Mist Designs, very well during that same New Bloggers Hop that she co-hosted, (first contact was when she won a charm pack from a giveaway on my then baby blog), is sponsoring two prizes!  She sells her patterns on Etsy and on Craftsy.

Cheryl was the first blogger for whom I pattern-tested.  I was so appreciative that she took me up on my offer, but that is typical of her: she is really positive towards and supportive of new bloggers (and this new quilt along!).  She is a very talented designer, recently having four quilts hang at QuiltCon, one of which won the 9-patch challenge! She is offering a prize to two winners, their choice of two PDF patterns each.

Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl, was another co-host of the New Bloggers Hop the year I participated.  She is once again a co-host, and you can visit this link if you want to find out more about this year's hop.
Yvonne has had many accolades in the designing world as well, most recently, being published in Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  She worked incredibly long hours on the QuiltCon Crew before, during and after the show this year.  She also had quilts hanging at QuiltCon, three of her own and one group quilt.  Yvonne sells her patterns on Etsy, and on Craftsy. She is sponsoring my quilt along with two PDF patterns of the winner's choice to one winner.

And back to the Canadian contingent 🍁 Lorna, of Sew Fresh Quilts is one of, if not the first, Canadian bloggers I got to know who, like me, lives in southern Ontario!  Although we haven't met yet, I have a feeling our paths will cross in the not-too-distant future.
Lorna is the host of the weekly and very popular, Let's Bee Social, with whom I am linking this post!
She is infamous in QBL for her quilt alongs; in fact, I went to her for some advice as to how to approach this first one of mine.  Again, (are you seeing a theme here?) she was so generous in the giving of advice, as well as of a prize.  Generous? Look in the Quilt Bloggers' Dictionary and you will see her name under the definition.  She runs free quilt alongs, the likes of Doggone Cute, (my favourite), The Ugly Christmas Sweater QAL, Modern Bear Paw, and Elephant Parade (still need to do that quilt). Currently she is running Have a Jolly Little Christmas.  Lorna's patterns are available in her Etsy shop.  You will find all her free patterns on Payhip.  She is offering the choice of a free PDF pattern to one lucky winner.


The New Bloggers Hop (another theme, no?!) was when I got to know Beth of Cooking Up Quilts.  And then... I was fortunate enough to get to meet her in person, and know her that much better, when we attended the Fall Retreat in Ohio together.
Beth is another talented designer.  She sells her patterns on her Craftsy shop.  She is also the host of a popular linky, Main Crush Monday, where you can link up anything to do with quilting that you are crushing on, aka totally over the moon about. (sorry for dangling prepositions there, yikes).  Beth is one of the new co-hosts for this year's New Bloggers Hop.  She is sponsoring my QAL by donating a PDF pattern of the winner's choice to one lucky person.

Tish and Sandra
Tish of Tish's Adventures in Wonderland and myself, Sandra, of mmm! quilts, are budding pattern designers, each of us with just one under our belt.  Tish's first hasn't been officially released yet, but it will have been by the end of my Freefall QAL!  I might have a second one released by the end of the hop as well.  I met Tish (and fell madly in love) on the New Bloggers Hop 2015.  We share many loves, from our pibbles and our diva cats, to Angela, and intense FMQ, humour-often quirky, to books, shows like 'Grace and Frankie', to QALs and so on and so forth.  We are each giving one winner a copy of our one 'for sale' pattern.  Tish sells, make that gives away for now, her patterns on Craftsy shop, as I do, except for the one, Blue Skies & Sunny Days, on my Craftsy shop. (affiliate link). Blue Skies & Sunny Days is the one that one lucky person will win!

Phew!  Thanks for hanging in with me.  I do hope you will join me in this first Quilt Along!  Please grab the Freefall QAL button and post it on your blog if you do.  I will be back in about a week with some fabric selection tips and yardage.  Cutting directions go live on March 20!

Linking up:
Sew Fresh Quilts
My Quilt Infatuation