2020 Monthly Color Challenge - April Blog Hop


Happy April! It's Mona here. March was a long month. I'm hoping that April will be better and here's hoping that this gorgeous block will bring some sunshine your way!

Black Friday Fabric Shopping Deals

Hi everyone! It's Mona here and I'm going to share some Black Friday shopping suggestions.

Swan Dive Quilt - Foundation Paper Piecing Fun & a Giveaway!

I have a wonderful quilt to share with you as we near the end of October.

Hi everyone - it's Mona here and I'm excited to share with you a great pattern from The Fat Quarter Shop - the Swan Dive Quilt Kit Featuring Scarlet & Sage by Moda Fabrics.

Swan Dive Quilt Kit Featuring Scarlet & Sage by Moda Fabrics

(Make sure you check out the Fat Quarter Shop blog for all the details! Also, this post has affiliate links.) 


I have to admit when I first saw the Swan Dive Quilt pattern, I was a little intimidated. I am not a fan of cutting fabric. I am not a fan of small pieces. However, this quilt uses foundation paper piecing, so I decided to go ahead and give it a try. Overall, I'm very pleased with the results!

The pattern offers 2 sizes - baby and lap. I opted to make the small/baby size quilt. I did add some sashing between the blocks which made the quilt a little larger than the baby size.

For the baby quilt, you'll need one of the Jolly Bar Cake Mix Recipe by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co., a Jolly Bar of patterned fabric (I used Harper's Garden by Sherri & Chelsi), a Jolly Bar of solid fabric, border fabric, and binding fabric.


I had never used any of the Cake Mix Recipes previously, but I loved using them. Basically, you sew along the dotted lines as per the instructions and then cut them out.

As I said earlier, I'm not a fan of little pieces - or of cutting fabric. You will need a total of 360 half-square triangles (HST's), 288 that finish at 1 1/2". Never, I repeat, never would I try to do this without using foundation paper piecing! (By the way, I used my Oliso iron when pressing all of the seams open. It did an AMAZING job. You can read my review of the iron and get a coupon to save 20% on my Oliso iron review post.)




By using the Cake Mix and following the quilt pattern, the quilt itself came together very nicely. It was a lot of work but definitely worth the effort.


Fat Quarter Shop has a Swan Dive Quilt Kit Featuring Scarlet & Sage by Moda Fabrics. You can also purchase the items you need individually. You can get the Swan Dive Quilt pattern here.

What do you think? Would you make a Swan Dive quilt?

The Fat Quarter Shop has generously offered to give TWO (2) of my readers one $25 give certificate each! How do you enter?
  1. Leave a comment letting me know that if you think you'll try the Swan Dive quilt.
  2. Head over to Instagram for details on how you can get even more entries!
Giveaway is open through Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

I will combine all entries from here and Instagram and will post the winner both places.

(Instagram is in no way responsible/liable for this giveaway. Open worldwide. Good luck!

Until next time - blessings & peace - and happy crafting!

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