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Forest Friends pattern release

Posted on: November 20th, 2015 by Lorna McMahon

Introducing Sew Fresh Quilts new pattern – Forest Friends! I am so excited to have completed both the Twin and Baby size versions of the Forest Friends pattern in time for a Friday finish! First and foremost, I want to thank those of you who have been eagerly awaiting the release of this pattern. All your encouraging comments here on the blog as I have shown the progress of the blocks as they were being made and over on Instagram and Facebook. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!! The response has been overwhelming!

Quilt layout shown is TWIN approximately 59” x 75”

American Eagle block
Quilt layout shown is BABY approximately 31” x 39”
With Golden Eagle alternate block
Canadian Beaver block
Quilt layout shown is BABY approximately 31” x 39”
With Canadian Beaver alternate block

Deer block

Thank you also to Michael Miller Fabrics!!! These Forest Friends quilt projects have been generously sponsored by Michael Miller Fabrics. The quilt tops are made entirely from Michael Miller’s signature collection Cotton Couture solids. And the backing is Aviary in aqua.
Aviary in Aqua by Michael Miller Fabrics
I loved working with the cotton couture and could not get over how soft those cottons are! And the Aviary backing? Gorgeous! Loved how well it blended in with the choices from the front and added a beautiful brightness to contrast with the woodsy feel of the front of the quilt. I am just so happy with these finishes!
Deer Hoof Prints and Bear blocks
Forest Friends is a sampler style design with a woodland theme and features animal quilt blocks made using traditional piecing methods. No templates. No paper piecing. Only simple straight line sewing and diagonal seams. Easy to follow instructions are provided for every step of the way! The Forest Friends pattern includes material requirements lists for both the TWIN and BABY size settings and charts for each quilt block, to make either a single block or a set of four blocks at once.
Fox #1 and Bear Paw Prints blocks
The Forest Friends quilt pattern consists of the following sized quilt blocks. The American Eagle, Canadian Beaver and the Love Birds blocks all finish at 8” x 13”. The Deer, Bear, Squirrel and both Fox blocks each finish at 8” x 8”. The Deer Hoof Prints, Bear Paws Prints and Canoe Paddle blocks all finish at 4” wide. This allows for a variety of settings in which your blocks can be used to make cushions, place mats, table runners, wall hangings or quilts from baby to big. Adding wider sashing and borders will also help you to adjust this pattern up to the size you desire.

Deer Hoof Prints and Fox #2 blocks
Love Birds block

The Forest Friends pattern gives instructions for making all of the individual quilt blocks and provides additional information for the sashing and borders to make the above settings in BABY or TWIN size. But it is up to you to choose whether to use the layouts shown previously or to design your own setting to suit your particular application. Here are some other examples of how these blocks can be used. Don’t be surprised if a quilted version of them are shown here on the blog in the coming month. Christmas is a comin’!

Forest Friends table runner 14” x 50”

Deer Tracks table runner 13” x 35”

Patriotic table runner 14” x 47”

Bear table runner 14” x 53”

Forest Friends with Canoe Paddles table runner 19” x 59”

Love Birds table runner 11” x 51”

Forest Friends Welcome door banner 15” x 37”

“Forest Friends” in TWIN Size finished at approximately 59″ x 75″
and was the 64th use of my 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.

“Forest Friends” in BABY Size finished at approximately 31″ x 39″

and was the 65th use of my 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.

The Forest Friends 46 page pdf quilt pattern can be purchased in my pattern store here.


There has to be a GIVEAWAY!!!

To celebrate the pattern release,
I am offering 3 free FOREST FRIENDS to my friends!
And one for each of THEIR friends!

First chance to win is to enter the contest using the RaffleCopter below.
Second chance to win is to head over to Instagram here and tag a friend.
Third chance to win is to head over to Facebook here and tag a friend.

You can tag as many friends as you like! Each will count as an entry.

Follow the instructions on the widget below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This Giveaway is open internationally.
Winner will be randomly chosen on December 1st and notified by email.
Be sure to leave your email address on the RaffleCopter widget.

If you purchase the pattern
and then happen to win in the contest,
You will be provided with a full refund!!!!

Linking up to Finish it up Friday with
Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts

Keep On Quilting On!

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135 Responses

  1. Ruth says:

    Thanks so much for the generous giveaway-all the forest creatures are fab but I had to smile when I saw the lovebirds! Love the paw prints too!

  2. Robin says:

    Love all your quilts. Thanks for sharing your talents. Robin in Washington Stateassweetaspeaches@hotmail com

  3. Anita says:

    Forest Friends is gorgeous!I would love to make this!

  4. Unknown says:

    So many possibilities for these cute blocks running through my head.

  5. Unknown says:

    Such an adorable quilt! So many combinations, so many choices! Forest Friends is adorable!

  6. Mama Spark says:

    This is so adorable and I would LOVE to win a copy of your pattern!!

  7. Amy says:

    This quilt pattern is adorable and so versatile! I can see it for babies, teens and some of the men in my life. Awesome job, Lorna!

  8. This is so cute! It would be fun to make a wall hanging with some of these blocks!

  9. This is so cute! It would be fun to make a wall hanging with some of these blocks!

  10. Unknown says:

    I have so many people that this quilt would be perfect for! Love that you can make so many different combinations from the pattern.

  11. Patty says:

    Great pattern. Love the bear block the best!

  12. LizD4400 says:

    What a cute quilt pattern!

  13. Julie says:

    Love your forest friends blocks. thanks for sharing.

  14. ledamewood says:

    Love this pattern and all the possibilities for it. As always, your work is amazing.

  15. Love, Love this Forest Friend Quilt. What wonderful versatility you have incorporated in the pattern. Love all the hoof prints included. What an extra special item in this quilt. Thank you also for this giveaway chance. This quilt makes me want to move back into the country to sit and watch all the wildlife – your quilt is the next best thing. Love it!

  16. Unknown says:

    There are so many different ways to play with this. Can't wait to get started.

  17. Hi Lorna! This quilt is amazing! I love each forest animal and would love to make this pattern! Thank you for the give away! x Teje

  18. Lisa says:

    This quilt is super awesome! I hope I win!

  19. Sherry VF says:

    Great pattern with so many versatile layouts! svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  20. B. Reddy says:

    I love that there is both a Canadian version and a US version for our friends and neighbours to the south. Way to go !! Bland

  21. Beautiful quilts Lorna, your patterns are always wonderful!!

  22. Lisa J. says:

    I see some of these animals on pillows at the trailer.

  23. Laura says:

    Great quilt! Cute without being cutesy.

  24. I love the quilts made from the pattern. Would love to win to make the same quilts.

  25. Unknown says:

    Adorable pattern. I would love to make

  26. Annmarie says:

    You are absolutely amazing! Another wonderful pattern. LOVE IT!!!

  27. Great pattern 🙂 I really enjoyed making the deer, you have a way with animals!

  28. ann says:

    This may just become my go to baby quilt for gifting. I looooove this pattern. Well done Lorna this one you hit outta the park.

  29. This would be the perfect gift for my friends who moved from Edmonton, Canada to Houston, US and left us behind in the cold…literally :-)Jennifer

  30. CaroleM says:

    Love! I adore the Canadian beaver!

  31. Oh Lorna, these are beautiful, and so many wonderful possibilities to customize them. My favorite is the wipe your feet one.

  32. Jayne says:

    Oh Lorna! This is really an amazing design! I had no idea how it was going to turn out. You totally surprised me!

  33. eva says:

    These blocks are just fabulous!! So many possibilities. Will make a lovely tribute to the Canadian part of our family 🙂

  34. Rina Mason says:

    This is such a cute quilt. I want to make a wall hanging but picking two or three blocks for it is going to be almost impossible. Maybe I'll just end up making the whole thing. Rina

  35. KMTrott says:

    Yay! It's finally released! Love your patterns 🙂

  36. HP says:

    I absolutely love this pattern! Especially the bear. I am building a small log cabin that this will be perfect for. Thank you for designing such cute patterns!

  37. Audrey says:

    Your critters are so adorable. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us. Thanks also for offering a giveaway of the Forest Friendspattern. It sure is versatile.

  38. Nancy J says:

    Super pattern, my favourite is the fox, just a small backward glance as he walks along.

  39. Tu-Na Quilts says:

    You design great critters. Love the bear!! Karen

  40. Lara B. says:

    There are so many fun ways to use your terrific Forest Friends Lorna! Your patterns are so excellent! Congratulations on another wonderful design! Pinned and purchased! 🙂

  41. mumbird3 says:

    Love the quilt especially the Beaver block!! Absolutely fantastic Beaver!!!

  42. Joy says:

    I was introduced to your quilt patterns with Dog Gone Cute and I was impressed with their ease and variety. I love a quilt with a picture on it. I have been heavily involved with paper piecing for that reason. Your patterns are lovely.

  43. cjmont says:

    love your quilt, makes me wish i had followed along when you were doing the qal.

  44. Lori says:

    so adorable. you have done it again. yahhh way to go!!!thanks for the chance on this great give a wayquilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

  45. jennet says:

    This quilt is amazing. I can't wait to start working on it.

  46. jennet says:

    This quilt is amazing. I can't wait to start working on it.

  47. Ioleen says:

    Another successful design. Love the fact that we can purchase all or some of the pattern. Thanks for more animal friends.

  48. KathleenD says:

    Your animal blocks are sooo cute & creative! I love the deer, fox, & beaver (even though I'm not a Canadian). Thank you for creating & sharing your patterns. This Forest Friends is another winner!Thank you, too, for the giveaway opportunity!

  49. JoyceLM says:

    Love this quilt. I couldn't wait, had to purchase right away, before I even got to the bottom of your post & saw the giveaway. Thanks.

  50. Cara says:

    Such a cute quilt! I've been looking for a outdoor-sy quilt for my Girl Scout co-leader. You designed this at just the right time!

  51. I think this design is incredibly cute! Would love to make one for my outdoorsman brother.:) Linda

  52. Mandykatts says:

    I love these quilt blocks so much! I would also love an Arctic animals one if you want more ideas. 😀 My kids are obsessed with puffins and narwhals right now. (Maybe I read that book on arctic animals to them one too many times…).

  53. Anne D says:

    Gorgeous pattern and so many great ideas. I love that there is a paddle. I race in outrigger canoes and I am sure there are many things I will be able to make with that paddle.

  54. Gill says:

    Great pattern – I love the lovebirds!

  55. VA says:

    Forest Friends is fantastic! I need an Up North quilt!

  56. This is an amazing pattern!! You are so creative. I can't imagine what's next. I don't have enough hours in the day to make all your wonderful patterns.

  57. SarahZ says:

    Seriously Lorna?!?! This pattern in all the ways you have shown it, it gives me butterflies!!!! You have outdone yourself, and that is saying a lot!!! Gah! and that last little beaver face! The cuteness!!!! Oh I hope hope hope I win one of these….. 🙂

  58. sewlost says:

    Wow, what a wonderful quilt and table runners. Please pick me! Pretty please!!

  59. Anita says:

    You have outdone yourself Lorna! This quilt pattern is fantastic! Also, I ran out and bought Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks today specifically for your reindeer block. Even though we've never met I feel like \”someone I know\” is on the cover! 🙂 Congrats again!

  60. Unknown says:

    So glad to see this pattern released 🙂 Hope you have many more planned!

  61. Subee says:

    Your quilts are just the cutest! This one is especially cute…my favorite!

  62. Unknown says:

    Love the reindeer!!

  63. So cute! Congrats on the deer/reindeer block in the 100 Blocks issue.

  64. Unknown says:

    Love the reindeer!

  65. judys says:

    Love the little critters! great job!

  66. Unknown says:

    Lov this quilt! Thanks for the giveaway!

  67. Sewmom18 says:

    Great quilts, thanks for the giveaway.

  68. Laura says:

    I'm really enjoying all your new patterns, Lorna. Love the deer in this one (as have urban deer in my backyard) and the birds are so darling.

  69. Sandyzoo says:

    What a great quilt!!! So many possilities!!Carol San

  70. Carla says:

    Super cute, Lorna. Love your patterns.

  71. SewDoUQuilt says:

    Wow! You have been busy making beautiful items. So many choices! jarvenpa1ne at gmail dot com

  72. Liz F says:

    Love that you included a Canadian beaver!!

  73. Rachell says:

    Oh my!!!!!!!!! Loving this! Want to make animal and camping quilts for my husband, and my sister and her husband. And I sew want to make a patriotic eagle!reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

  74. I absolutely adore this pattern, and can't wait to make the Canadian version…awesome job

  75. I love your animal blocks. The Love Birds are so sweet, and that fox would be popular in my family.

  76. Beth says:

    Here I was, thinking your Doggone Cute pattern was the best thing ever (and for our family, it absolutely is)–and now here you come out with another charmer. And it is perfect for my longtime friend, who has sweet grandchildren, lives in the Pacific Northwest, and has a son in the Coast Guard. Thank you for sharing your talents! I am so excited to finish up my current projects (fingers crossed) and start on some Sew Fresh quilts in the new year.

  77. Cecilia says:

    This is a great quilt, plus it's cute! Thanks for the chance to win.

  78. Debbi says:

    Another fabulous pattern! I adore the foxes!

  79. Anonymous says:

    I love your patterns! They are all just so fun.

  80. Anonymous says:

    Have made the squirrels…..would be fun to make the deer

  81. Linda says:

    Your patterns are the best!!!!

  82. Janie says:

    Love all of the blocks in your quilt. Looks fun. Thanks for the giveaway.

  83. Renee G says:

    Would love to make this up for a nursery quilt.

  84. Mari says:

    Love this quilt Lorna! So looking forward to making it up soon.

  85. MoeWest says:

    This is a great quilt Lorna! It has so many cute blocks in it and I'm so glad you added the Canadian beaver!

  86. GranChris says:

    What a lovely quilt. Great winter project.

  87. Solitude says:

    I absolutely love the forest friends patterns, really cute.

  88. Danice G says:

    Yes, thank you for this giveaway. I love all of your quilt patterns. So contemporary and pretty.

  89. Sewmotion says:

    Amazing as ever – I love your ideas for runners and hangings! So festive! Congratulations on another great pattern! X

  90. councilmom says:

    Thank you for the chance to win this amazing pattern.

  91. Another favorite – love all the different types of quilts and runners this one can make. crystalbluern at tds dot net

  92. Bttrflywmn says:

    This quilt is amazing, you are so talented!

  93. Bttrflywmn says:

    My name for verification, Charlene G

  94. jrt14 says:

    I love your forest friends blocks. They are really cute and I think that it is neat that you have both the American Eagle and Canadian Beaver. Thank you for a chance to win.

  95. robin says:

    I have been waiting and cannot wait to make this quilt!

  96. sam says:

    Love the new quilt…………But then I love all your quilts!

  97. Rhonda D. says:

    Love your forest friend quilt! Thanks for the chance to win!

  98. This is just an incredible pattern–so many options and ideas! Just adorable too!

  99. Bec says:

    I love this pattern! Thanks so much for making a Canadian version!

  100. Cheryl says:

    You have such a talent for transforming fun animals into great quilt patterns! I love that the designs use regular piecing and not templates or paper piecing.

  101. linynp says:

    Amazing!! And the giveaway is fabulous!!! This is now in my bucket list.

  102. Anonymous says:

    That Canadian beaver is to die for? Pick me, pick me! Thanks for the opportunity. Your work is always so beautiful!

  103. Kathleen says:

    This is an awesome pattern!

  104. Brandy says:

    Lorna, you've done it again! This is such a great pattern, and sure to be a favorite for men's quilts and cabin quilts!~Brandy

  105. ann says:

    Am I missing something? I can't see the Canadian version in the shop. This pattern is a must have. It's so versatile. Well done Lorna.

  106. ann says:

    Ok I'm an idiot. I see you have both Canadian and American versions in the same pattern. I need more sleep. Zzzzzzzzzz

  107. Carla says:

    Cangratulations Lorna. It's a great quilt. Did you get my e-mail

  108. Mary O. says:

    This is just the most adorable quilt pattern. Love it!

  109. Unknown says:

    So stinking cute!! I love the beaver!!!

  110. The lovebirds are so sweet and I really love that backing fabric. Birds are my favorite thing! I really like this entire pattern. I can see making so many nice projects from the different blocks.

  111. Taryn V. says:

    Your pattern is so cute! I love all the animals, especially the walking fox and the squirrel!

  112. Tina says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I really love your designs and just found your blog. They are cute and so versatile.

  113. Loved the backing fabric. I would love to make a quilt featuring this fabric. Debbie

  114. Nancy in IN says:

    I especially love the love birds and the Welcome signSuper job.

  115. You're a marvel, Lorna! Congratulations on another awesome pattern! You're tempting me again!

  116. Gerlingo says:

    Super creative way to use solids

  117. LizA says:

    What a great pattern!

  118. lefuntz says:

    I just love your animal quilts and can imagine so many fun ways to use these forest friends. My hubby loves eagles and my in-laws have bear and deer visit their cottage in WI. All those friends would be happy in their new homes.

  119. AndreaMM says:

    Wonderful design of the animals! Sew cute! Thanks for the giveaway!

  120. Beautiful pattern. Would be difficult to know which block to start with. They are all so cute.

  121. Melissa says:

    I just love the adorable animals in your patterns. I was here to drool over the Dog Gone Quilts (again!) and this would be perfect for my hubby! Add it to the list of quilts I NEED!!!

  122. Ana says:

    Beautiful fabric, live out in the country and this fabric just calls for me to make a quilt!

  123. Allison says:

    This looks amazing finished and I love how you shared alternative block options, and so many possibilites for small projects as well! With such a cute pattern, I expect to see these popping up everywhere! Congratulations on your pattern finish and release!

  124. Lindsay R says:

    Such a versatile pattern, I love that you have Canadian and American versions.

  125. Unknown says:

    What a fun pattern! Thanks so much for offering the giveaway!

  126. KaHolly says:

    Lorna, it's gorgeous! It's ine of those pattern with so many possibilities! Well done! XO

  127. sewlost says:

    I love all the animal in this quilt. Love every project you share with us. Great talent. Sandy

  128. Sweetsin says:

    I love the aviary fabric. I am working on a quilt that would be perfect for!

  129. Netta says:

    Sew creative. Reminds me of where I grew up! Thank you for sharing.

  130. Tiffany says:

    This pattern is AMAZING! We live in the mountains, so we see lots of deer (and a few bears even). This quilt would be so fun to make.

  131. Cathryn says:

    This is an amazing pattern! I'm loving the whole pattern. Winning it would be great.

  132. sisylyn2 says:

    Your quilts fascinate mw.I can't believe how beautiful and intricate they are.Nancy

  133. Michele says:

    Love the design and quilt. Have the perfect person to make it for. Thanks for a great giveaway:}

  134. Congrats Lorna on your great patterns. They are so versatile. Thanks for linking at Celebrate-Fêtons 150.