Saturday, August 24, 2013

A New Day Dawns in the Forest

In March, I was lucky enough to stumble onto the Forest quilt along of Joanna (Shape Moth) and Julianna (Sewing Under Rainbow).  Each week these wonderful ladies took turns along with a few friends Amy, Caroline, Teri and Amy to post a free paper piece pattern for twelve weeks.  I so enjoyed not only seeing my blocks come together each week but also the hundreds of blocks that were made from around the globe.   So I must first say a HUGE thanks to each of these ladies dedication and creative talents being shared so freely with all of us.  I am so grateful to what each of you inspired me to create each week.

I decided my forest friends that I created needed to live permanently in a forest so I set to work to design such a place for all my blocks.  While putting it together I was running out of fabric for the sky so I added a sunrise to the design.
Thus I have decided to call my quilt 'A New Day Dawns in the Forest'

This quilt has the honored distinction of being the largest quilt I have ever finished.  It is a whopping 86 x 98 inches and looks amazing on my queen size bed!  It is also the first quilt that I have ever taken in to be long armed by someone and I am so grateful to Cheran from Fiddlesticks Quilt shop for all the help she offered me picking out just the right pantograph for it.  Retro Leaves suits it very well.  I couldn't be more thrilled with how it all came together.  I am sure I will be using Cheran's services again as she has a delightful store and I adore her ability to make me feel comfortable when stepping out in new directions.

 The little bunny, I simply adore.  He was a free pattern that Ruthie Quilts offered for the Spring Fling.  I love him peeking out from his location on the forest floor.  I was afraid he may not be seen on my bed but he peeks out cute from there, too.  Shy little bunny but I can still see him peeking out from his safety zone.

...that's a wrap on my Forest QAL project.  I am linking up to the Forest QAL Linky party over at Shape Moth.  Thanks again to everyone who inspired me to create and FINISH such a lovely quilt for my bedroom! xxoo

Keep Stitchin'


  1. Hi Kathy! You have made most beautiful and unique quilt! I love your design to make a forest around your animals and the idea for sun dawn is fantastic! That cute bunnie is perfect, little surprise!
    Sunny wishes from Greece! x Teje
    PS. My animals ended up in living in a fantasy forest.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous! Your idea of putting blocks in the forest is genius!

  3. absolutnie wspaniała praca... jedna z najpiękniejszych... pomysł z lasem w tle-genialny... mój faworyt do nagrody głównej :)

  4. Wow! Your quilt is beautiful! It was very creative to design your own forest and sunrise for the background. I think this quilt has the best creativity and deserves to win!

  5. This is just awesome! What a great idea. I'm loving all the different ways we have put these blocks together--so many different ideas. You did a beautiful job :)

  6. What a gorgeous quilt! Congratulations!

  7. Wow what a unique idea to quilt them in a forest like that! Beautiful!


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