|Taken in my home town of Kingsville, Ontario, Fall 2016, 50.5" square|
I knew I wanted to release this quilt as a pattern, but I also wanted to challenge myself in my blogging life by running a quilt along, so using this as the pattern, but in a smaller size, seemed appropriate. I approached Paintbrush Studio about my idea, making the swirling leaves on a large shadow leaf a spring themed quilt. Thus, they became the main sponsors, and thus, I created Freefall, using the collection by that same name! Man I do love synchronicity, more so when it is orchestrated by powers beyond moi. 😍😁
|Taken in North Port, Florida, Spring 2017, 37.5" square|
When setting out the timeline for this QAL, I wanted it to be a bit slower (and do-able) of a pace. I had to bump this further ahead in the calendar year when I had to make Coins of the Atocha for Benartex's Modern By the Yard magazine, or e-zine. Then, I decided why not allow a little extra time, as in 4 weeks from the flimsy finish, which was May 15, to get the quilts quilted? And lo and behold, that meant that this parade would be June 15...my dad's birthday. As I mentioned way back in the beginning of this quilt along journey, Dad always used to write on our wall calendar, shortly after my mum would put up the new one in January, "Birthday of a Famous Canadian" on his day. We kids all loved it. He'd wink; Mum would roll her eyes with a half-grin. So the final parade of quilts of this Maple Leaf pattern, symbolic of Canada, is happening on a most auspicious date for me. 😍
I think everyone knows how dead chuffed (to quote my English mum) I am about the participation in this, my first QAL. I have gotten goosebumps at seeing such a variety of lush fabrics used for my design, in Fall themes, Spring themes, bright and happy themes. I myself created another smaller yet version of my pattern, a cushion cover, aka pillow cover. See below. I plan to release the pattern in short order, and it will contain instructions for both quilts and the cushion cover.
Note: if you are visiting here for the first time, or have not heard of the Freefall Quilt Along that ran from March to June, click on the Freefall tab at the top of my blog where you will find all the posts with instructions. Of course, each step is in my Craftsy Store, as a free PDF download. They will be there forever. 😁 That is an affiliate link; as an affiliate I feel it is my duty to tell you of their Supplies Event on now and through the weekend...you can score some sweet kits and yardage and yarns, and tools, and threads...
This measures 18.5". You can set the falling leaves in a few different ways, because of the 'shadow' HSTs behind them. It was a bit difficult settling on the final layout!
Let's see!! I cannot wait to see how these have all come together, quilted or flimsy. I will leave the linkup open until Sunday so you've got a couple of extra days to get 'er done and I will draw for prizes on Sunday evening.
Just what are those lovely prizes again?
1. A fat quarter stack of Freefall fabrics from Paintbrush Studio
2. A $25 gift certificate to Sew Sisters Quilt Shop
3. A $25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop
4. 6 fat quarters or 3 half-yard cuts of fabric from Needle & Foot Fine Fabrics
5. A copy of Crafted Appliqué by Lara Buccella of Buzzin' Bumble
6. Two patterns to two winners from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs (Magnolia Mystery is beginning! Eeep! That link will take you there.)
7. Two patterns from Yvonne at Quilting Jet Girl.
8. A pattern from Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.
9. A pattern from Joanne at Canuck Quilter.
10. A pattern from Beth at Cooking Up Quilts.
11. A pattern from Tish at Tish's Adventures in Wonderland.
12 A pattern from Cindy at Stitchin' At Home.
13. A pattern from moi.
Heartfelt thanks to each one of these sponsors who so generously offered prizes for my first quilt along. Heartfelt thanks to each of those who participated, fitting this in amongst various other obligations and projects and life in general. Heartfelt thanks to Tish and to Julie for offering to test the pattern. It would not have been as straightforward without their valued input. Also heartfelt thanks to Jen for testing the instructions of the large leaf shadow point blocks.
Wow! All right, let's get this show on the road!