Fiona’s Rainbow Quilt

Made for Fiona, the three year old granddaughter of my good friend Linda.

The photo is from the Bainbridge Island, WA outdoor quilt show September 10.

I am on the left, Linda is on the right.


Since each name would be a different length it is hard to make a pattern.

The pieced alphabet is from A is for Apple,  Alphabet Quilt Along

The designer, Nadra Ridgeway, lives near Frankfurt, Germany.

Her blog is in German.  My browser allowed me to easily translate all the German to English.  An option popped up at the top of my screen asking me if I wanted to translate.

All seams 1/4″.

The sashings and borders were all made using the Simple Block.

The sashings and inner border were all 3.5″.  I made them with 3.5″ square Simple blocks.  (3″ finished sized).

The rainbow in the center is one fabric, not pieced.



The outer border was made of  5″  Simple Blocks .  Finished size 4.5″.


All red blocks are the same size, all orange the same size, etc.



I had to trim a little off of the sides of some of the Simple Blocks to make them fit.  It is okay if everything is not exactly the same size.

My friend, Cathy, and I are making six of these quilts and each quilt has different measurements because of the length of the names.

We also adjusted the length of the quilt to more match the age of the child.  The ages of the recipients range from 1 1/2 years to 24 years.

We adjusted the length of the quilt by adding one more plain inner border.

Fiona’s quilt measures 67″ by 79″.


Liberated Piecing Mystery – All Clues in One Post – Plus Photos


Original Pattern by Colin Brandi
Mystery Quilt Pattern by Cindy Carter

Click HERE to see Mystery Quilt Photos

Click HERE to Download Fabric Requirements and Clue #1

Click HERE to Download Cutting Directions

Click HERE to Download Clue #2

Click HERE to Download Clue #3

Click HERE to Download Clue #4

Click HERE to Download Clue #5

Click HERE to Download Clue #6 – The Final Clue 




Please send photos of your finished tops.  It is fun to see everyone else’s quilts.

I always like to include where you live –  This can be your city or state or country.  This is  optional.  I always want to respect your privacy.

If you have any questions please email me at

or leave a comment

Thanks,  Cindy

Colin Brandi – Designer of the Liberated Piecing Mystery


Colin Brandi –  Liberated Expert – Quilter and Textile Artist

1997 honors degree in Art and Design, University of Central England

Contact Info:

For more detail on some of Colin’s quilts, his quilting and art journey, and his inspirations click on the link below.


In my quest to become a more liberated quilter this year I went in search of a Liberated Expert.

Colin has been liberated since 1989/1990 and was a wonderful find.

A friend of mine discovered his quilt, Snakes and Ladders, and I fell in love with her quilt made from his pattern.

I traveled electronically all the way to the UK.  Across the pond as some say.

I made a “test quilt” and decided it would be a great choice for a mystery quilt.

Colin agreed to allow me to make a mystery pattern using his design and it was a go.

I hope that all who make this quilt enjoy Colin’s design as much as I do.

Here is Colin’s Snakes and Ladders quilt made in 1996 and the original pattern for the mystery quilt.

Snakes and Ladders - 1996

Snakes and Ladders – 1996


Gallery of Colin’s Works




Having Fun with a Simple Block

Recently I saw a photo in Pinterest of a quilt that has stuck in my mind.

It was a scrappy one block quilt.  Each block measured 4″ finished.    Here is a drawing of the block.

If anyone can send me the Pinterest link to this quilt I would be deeply appreciative.

I would like to add that link to this post.

4 in block

Today I decided to play with different ideas using this block and variations of this block.

I am calling it The Simple Block.  I decide my Simple Blocks would be 6″ finished blocks.

6 in block


Here are some quilt ideas that came to mind:


Adding a Granddaughter’s Drawing to a Pillow – Another Inspiration for a 2016 Project

All thoughts, ideas, comments are welcome.

Has anyone had any experience transferring a drawing to fabric?

Here is a picture of me drawn by my 5 year old darling granddaughter Allegra.

Text on the drawing.. All sounded out and written by a 5 year old.. no help from a grownup.

Allegra For You Gramu Cibi (Grandma Cindy)

The pitshr (picture) is you standin (standing).



2016 – A Year of New Inspirations for Me

 During 2016 I will be trying out different ideas from other quilters just to feed my own creativity and get new ideas.

I will also be doing my own quilt patterns and mystery quilt patterns during the year.  I usually do a mystery quilt in February and October.

This year I will be doing a mystery in April and October due to other commitments.

My first inspirations for the year come from Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston.

I purchased their book

“Freddy and Gwen Collaborate Again:  Freewheeling Twists on Traditional Quilt Designs”

and fell in love with their ideas.

Especially the idea of LIBERATED QUILTING.

Gwen has written several other books on LIBERATED QUILTING ideas.

Here are my first ventures.

A Liberated Strips Halloween Quilt for Jake. (Fabric gifted to me by Clothworks.)  Based on a quilt done for Freddy’s husband.



A Liberated Frog House Quilt for David.



A Liberated Log Cabin Elephants quilt for Hannah.


2015 Fall Mystery – All Clues Available HERE and VIEW Mystery Quilt Photos

Fall Leaves by Pam Link

To See Photos – Click on Tab at the top of the blog that says

Photos – 2015 Fall Mystery

Please email me photos of your mystery quilt top and I will post it also.

I like to respect everyone’s privacy so I will post your photos with your first name and your location which can be city or state or country.

Thanks to all of you who participated.  This includes those who sewed as well as those who enjoyed viewing the photos.  Cindy


You can download all clues combined into one document.

 Click HERE to Download All Clues in One Document


OR You can download each clue individually:

Click HERE to Download Fabric Requirements and Cutting Directions

Click HERE to Download Pre-Mystery Sewing Task

Click HERE to Download Clue #1

Click HERE to Download Clue #2

Click HERE to Download Clue #3

Click HERE to Download Clue #4

Click HERE to Download Clue #5

Click HERE to Download Clue #6

If you have any questions please email me at