Sunday, October 31, 2021

Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup - October 2021

  Welcome to October's Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup!





Happy Halloween!  I wish you good trick or treating weather and plenty of candy if you are participating.  As my kids are getting older, I think that this might be one of my last years to go around with them.  

I have always wanted a Halloween quilt and my favorite finish for this month is a Halloween version of Swamp Rabbit Trail (pattern to be released soon).  This is the alternative layout of the blocks and I thought they looked a little like witches hats :)  I used my Sweet and Spooky (and Sweeter and Spookier) from Art Gallery fat quarters I have been collecting and then even used an included panel and fat quarters to piece a backing.

Have you ever made a Halloween quilt?  










Ready for the party?  

Here is a reminder of the party details:
  • The linky party will open at 12:01am EST on the last day of the month and will be open for 5 days, through the 4th at 11:59 pm EST.
  • For instructions on how to link up blog, Instagram, or pictures from your computer (new - there is now a way to just upload a picture without a web link) to the party, click here.  
  • If linking a blog post, I ask that you please add a link back to the party.
  • Please visit at least 3 other links (and preferably leave comments) to share the love and celebration :)
I hope you join in by checking out the posts or linking your favorite finish of the month!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter



Saturday, October 16, 2021

Reedy River Falls Quilt Pattern

Today is my day as part of the blog hop hosted by byAnnie called #sewPINK to celebrate October as breast cancer awareness month! 

I am so excited to be offering my newest quilt pattern, Reedy River Falls for free for the next four days (through Tuesday midnight EDT, October 19th) and having a giveaway sponsored from byAnnie.

Here is Reedy River Falls, a celebration of pink fabrics and half square triangles!





FABRICS & MATERIALS

The cover quilt is made with:

  • Pink fabrics in light tones and darker tones.  I picked all of these out of my scrap bin and stash and went with pinks that were more purple in tone.
  • Moda Bella Solids in Black (and a few bits of an old Sweetwater black dictionary print)
  • Moda Bella Solids in White

I do not make scrappy quilts very often, but I find one of easiest ways to use scraps for me is to use scraps with similar colors as one grouping of fabrics.

I used my favorite Warm & White batting by the Warm Company and Aurifil thread for the piecing.  For the backing, I went with a solid burgundy fabric from FreeSpirit I had on hand.  





QUILTING PLAN

My initial plan for quilting was to echo the diagonal seam lines of the half square triangles to reinforce the diamond shapes.  Once I finished the straight line quilting, I felt that the quilting was a little too spaced apart, but the thought of adding more straight lines was not appealing (the quilt had to be turned so much during quilting).  

So I figured that I would add some free motion quilting between the straight lines.  This added such texture to the quilt and went quicker than I thought it would.  You can really see the quilting on the solid backing, it makes it look like a whole cloth quilt :)





ABOUT THE PATTERN NAME

So how did this quilt get its name?  I started out trying to think of a name with the word "diamonds" in it, but found that every name I came up already was a quilt pattern.

Reedy River Falls is a waterfall and the jewel of downtown Greenville, South Carolina where I live. Because the quilt contains diamond (or jewel) shapes I named it after the falls.  





PATTERN DETAILS

Reedy River Falls is written at a confident beginner level and is scrap friendly (but can also be made with yardage).  The half square triangles combine to form a diamond-like design in the quilt top.

The pattern contains instructions to make three sizes: lap and twin.  The design is the same between the lap and twin sizes, with the twin size using larger sized blocks than the lap.

To celebrate #sewPINK and October being breast cancer awareness month, Reedy River Falls will be free (with coupon code) through Tuesday, October 19th at midnight EDT.

Use coupon code SEWPINK to take $12 off and get the pattern free.

Once you make an Reedy River Falls quilt of your own, you can share it via social media using the hashtag #ReedyRiverFallsQuilt.








MANY THANKS

I would like to thank Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl for her amazing tech editing skills and  for helping me decide on colors, quilting designs, and more.  I would also like to thank the Warm Company for the Warm & White batting (my favorite!).



GIVEAWAY

byAnnie's has been generous to sponsor a giveaway of a $30 gift certificate to byAnnie!  The giveaway is open to everyone around the world, 18 years and older and runs through midnight EDT on Tuesday, October 19th.

To enter:

1. Simply add a comment to this post.  Any comment will work, if you would like a topic, please share something good that has happened this month.

2.  If you are a follower of Meadow Mist Designs (new or old), leave a second comment letting me know how you follow.  

Following options:  Follow the blog via email, Bloglovin, Feedly.  Follow via Instagram.  Follow via Facebook.  Follow via the Meadow Mist Designs newsletter

Please note that if you are a no-reply blogger (you do not have an email address associated with your account), then please include your email address in the comment.  If I can't reach you, you can't win :(






#sewPINK BLOG HOP



The #SewPink Initiative was created by ByAnnie.com LLC to raise awareness for breast cancer throughout the year. Our efforts culminate in an annual blog hop during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month to promote self-care, awareness, early detection, and support for those affected by breast cancer.

To learn more and see the calendar of events visit: https://www.byannie.com/SewPink

To find screenings available near you:

        Breast Screen (Australia)

        CDC.gov (US)

        WebMD (free screenings)

In addition to participating in the #SewPINK Initiative, Fat Quarter Shop organized a fundraiser to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation with the goal of raising $10,000.

 ByAnnie.com has pledged to match every dollar raised using the #SewPINK link to donate to the Fat Quarter Shop fundraiser.

Please consider making a generous donation at https://fundraise.nbcf.org/SewPINK.


Don't miss any of the great stops on the blog hop... 

Oct. 1 (Fri):Fat Quarter Shop - The Jolly Jabber

Oct. 2 (Sat):Sallie Tomato

Oct. 4 (Mon): Hugs ‘N Kisses

Oct. 6 (Wed): Sewfinity

Oct. 11 (Mon):Beyond the Reef

Oct. 13 (Wed): Great Heron Thread Co.

Oct. 15 (Fri): Love You Sew

Oct. 15 (Fri): Emmaline Bags

Oct. 16 (Sat): Meadow Mist Designs

Oct. 18 (Mon): OklaRoots

Oct. 20 (Wed): Suzn Quilts

Oct. 20 (Wed): Teresa Coates

Oct. 22 (Fri): Knot and Thread Design

Oct. 23 (Sat): Shannon’s Studio

Oct. 25 (Mon): The Littlest Thistle

Oct. 27 (Thur): Mister Domestic

Oct. 27 (Wed): Sookie Sews






Remember to grab your free copy of Reedy River Falls now through Tuesday, October 19th at midnight EDT.
Use coupon code SEWPINK to take $12 off and get the pattern free.






Thursday, October 7, 2021

Macaron Mystery ++ Flying Geese Units

 


Let's make some flying geese :)  

Welcome to the third month of instructions for the Macaron Mystery Quilt!  This month we will be making some flying geese units using the no-waste method.

There is plenty of time to join in on the quilt along, we are just getting started! Last month we cut our fabric for the quilt top.  You can find all of the information about the Macaron Mystery, including schedule, past instructions, links to the Facebook group, sneak peek, and more at the Macaron Mystery Page.

The Macaron Mystery Quilt is a free quilt-along that will run from July 2021 through April 2022 with a set of directions revealed the first Thursday of every month. The Macaron Mystery is a lap size design, that can easily be made larger with the addition of borders.  

    Here is a link to a printer friendly, pdf version of this month's instructions...






    Flying Geese Units

    Combine 15 fabric B squares 5 ¼" x 5 ¼" and 60 Bg2 squares 2 ⅞" x 2 ⅞" to make 60 B/Bg2 flying geese units 2 ½" x 4 ½" using the No Waste Flying Geese method. 

    1.  Place 2 of the Bg2 squares 2 ⅞" x 2 ⅞" on opposite corners of a Fabric B square 5 ¼" x 5 ¼" right sides together.  The Bg2 squares will overlap in the middle of the Fabric B square.  Use a removable marking device to make a line diagonally across the Bg2 squares (solid line).



    2.  Sew a scant ¼" seam on both sides of the marked line (dotted lines) and then cut on the marked line (solid line).





    3.  Press the seams towards the Bg2 squares. You will have two of these intermediate units.  For each intermediate unit, place a Bg2 square 2 ⅞" x 2 ⅞" on the corner of the fabric B square right sides together.  Draw a diagonal line on the Bg2 square (solid line) and sew a scant ¼" on both sides of the marked line (dotted lines).



    4.  Cut on the marked line (solid line) and press the seams towards the Bg2 squares.  Each set of 1 fabric B square and 4 Bg2 squares will yield 4 B/Bg2 flying geese.



    5. Repeat steps 1-4 to make a total of 60 B/Bg2 flying geese units.  Cut off tabs (also known as dog ears) and trim blocks to 2 ½" x 4 ½" if necessary, making sure there is ¼" between the point of the goose triangle and the edge of the unit.





    Many thanks to the generous sponsors of the Macaron Mystery Quilt!




    Any questions? Leave them in a comment below or post them to our Facebook group page.  The next set of instructions will be published on the first Thursday of November, the 4th.