Deer Sparkling Cider Quilt

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Happy Tuesday! A day late, but I have another quilt finish to share! The quilt has been a long time coming, I bought all the fabric for it a few years ago and it has been waiting to become a quilt.


When I saw that they were reprinting Lush by Erin Michaels, I jumped up and down a little! My Dad loves the outdoors, and the deer prints in this collection are especially perfect for him. I snatched up a sizeable amount, including enough for a backing. I always knew I'd turn them into a quilt for him. Last year, I came upon this awesome shot cotton at a local shop that is a perfect match to the blues in the collection.

This is the third time I've used the Sparkling Cider Quilt Pattern by All Washed Up, and it's still a favorite. It comes together so easily and I love the finished product. You can see my first two quilts here and here. I knew it would be a good choice for this fabric, and I used the large stars to showcase the deer fabric.


It's always fun to step outside my neutral solid comfort zone, and I'm glad I did with this quilt. The background has a nice sheen to it in person and I think something neutral would have been too flat. For the binding, I decided to use up scraps from cutting the blocks. It was a good way to use some of those up.



For the quilting, I sent it to Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting. She had the perfect pattern for it, a Maple Leaves pattern. I love how much it adds to the quilt!


I gave this quilt to my Dad for his Birthday, which is right before Christmas. He loved it, yay! I'm glad that I stashed away so much of it and was able to make a quilt that was perfectly tailored to him. Plus, it was a great excuse to make another Sparkling Cider! I'm sure it won't be the last one I make!

Pink Castle Fabrics currently has this pattern in stock, here.

14 comments :

  1. This is so colorful and happy. Of course your dad loved it!

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  2. I love your quilt. That blue green bkgd color melts me -- what is it?

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    1. It's a Kaffe Fasset Shot Cotton, but I can't remember the color name. It's been too long since I bought it! :)

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  3. Love this along with your other two! I'm so glad you posted a link to buy the pattern. I've wanted it a long time but never could find it, thanks!

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  4. Looks awesome :) Thanks for the link to our shop too! <3 the whole reason I bought this pattern is because of the vintage sheet version you made a long time ago!

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  5. It's so gorgeous!!! :) I'm sure he loves it, perfect match!

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  6. I was just thinking while reading this... "I like that quilt pattern, I need that!" And then when I saw the blurb about it being available at pink castle I remembered "oh yeah, I bought that pattern when I went to pink castle!" Hooray! Thanks for the reminder!

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  7. Jeni, what a great quilt for your Dad--and that is a wonderful pattern! Another fabric question--do you remember what the multicolored dot material is--it's such fun.

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  8. OK, Jeni, you are clearly the queen of makes for this quilt - 3, wow! And here I am just trying to make my first, after stashing away a full line of Mary Englebreit for this thing back in 2007. But here's the thing: I'm finding the pattern instructions fairly unclear and wonder if, after 3 makes, you have any sage advice. Like, is this a case of "don't overthink it"? Many thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you and George!!

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    1. Perhaps! I think the most complicated part is making the flying geese, since it's not the traditional way. The specified ruler (which is amazing by the way, totally worth it!), comes with great instructions in my opinion, with diagrams for each step, which is nice! Sometimes if I'm working with a pattern that's tripping me up, I'll take notes on a separate sheet of paper, that way as I continue to read through it, I don't get lost! Best of luck! :)

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