Monday, September 23, 2013

Grandma's Lawn Chair Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Grandma's Lawn Chair Blog Hop @ from blank pages...

My talented friend Diane over at From Blank Pages has designed her first quilt pattern called Grandma's Lawn Chair.  Check out her Craftsy page because she also has some awesome paper piecing patterns as well!
 The pattern was very detailed and has lots of illustrations!
Diane has thought of everything for this pattern and the instructions have three different sizes. I chose to do the toddler size.  My sister-in-law is pregnant and having a little girl in January, so I thought this was a great pattern to use for her baby quilt!  The pattern went together super fast! I got the top together (including cutting) in one day! Well, sporadically on one day between naps and after Jared went to bed!
Here is the quilt top I made and I love how it turned out!

I haven't had time to quilt it yet, but that's on my list for this week!
If you're interested in purchasing Diane's Grandma's Lawn Chair, you can purchase it on Craftsy or Etsy!
Included in the pattern:
  • Table of Contents
  • A few tips regarding the fabric you choose.
  • Cutting instructions for three different quilt sizes: Baby, Toddler, and Lap size.
  • Tips and instructions for using directional prints as well as directional prints for the background fabric.
  • Cutting instructions include how to cut from yardage, as well as how to cut from fat quarters (or fat eights for the baby size).
  • Piecing instructions.
  • Fabric variations and color schemes, as well as a key for cutting if using scraps.
  • LOTS of diagrams
  • Coloring pages for all three sizes so you can play around with your layout before cutting any fabric.
Great pattern Diane, and thanks for letting me be a part of the blog hop!!
Make sure you check out all of the other stops on the blog hop as well!

Mon 9th - Diane @ from blank pages...
Tues 10th - Julie @ Jolie Maxtin
Wed 11th - Ginny @ Fishcreek Studio
Thurs 12th - Kelleigh - guest blogging at from blank pages...
Fri 13th - Sara @ Sew Sweetness

Mon 16th , Diane @ from blank pages...
Tues 17th - Hilary @ Young Texan Mama
Wed 18th - Mike @ The Amateur Quilter
Thurs 19th - Rachael @ imagine gnats
Fri 20th - Courtney @ Mon Petite Lyons

Mon 23rd - Jamie @ Sunflower Seeds
Tues 24th - Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts
Wed 25th - Krista @ Spotted Stones
Thurs 26th - Cristy @ Sew Much Like Mom
Fri 27th - Diane @ from blank pages...

Diane is nice enough to let me give away a PDF copy to one lucky reader! I will choose a winner next Monday Sept. 30th!  Leave a comment below and you will be entered to win!


Friday, September 13, 2013

Pathway Through The Stars and a Craftsy Class

A few months ago my guild, the STLMQG, issued a new challenge called The Ohio Star Challenge. The rules were to Make a Modern Quilt by using the Traditional Block "Ohio Star" and you can read more of the details here. Our meeting is tomorrow but I wanted to post about my quilt(s) today because tomorrow is going to be super busy/long and Sunday I probably won't have the energy to blog about it either.
This is what I came up with and my Dad named it Pathway Through The Stars! I loved how the first one turned out so much that I made a second one!
One of the reasons why Saturday is going to be so busy is that our best friend Matt is getting married to his beautiful bride Shannon. Their wedding colors are peacock colors so I pulled these solids to make a quilt for them! This was the second challenge quilt I made and I'm glad I did, because the Ohio Star stands out better using the solids than the prints. BUT I love them both equally and if it wasn't our best friends wedding I might keep this one! :) Love ya'll and can't wait to celebrate God's joining of two awesome people tomorrow!

Here is the back of the quilt and close up of the straight line quilting.

The second Pathway Through The Stars uses all prints! I have been hoarding some of these fabrics for YEARS and let me tell ya, it felt good (and a little scary) to cut into them!

I used a new Free Motion Quilting technique to quilt this and it was so fun with gorgeous results.
The awesome Angela Walters has a new class over on Craftsy called Dot to Dot Quilting. In the class she teaches how to FMQ these simple line designs with stunning outcomes! The class was really informative and fun. I found these designs to be simple and kinda relaxing! I also mixed in some other FMQ designs like pebbles and swirls.  I HIGHLY recommend this class and thanks Angela for another fun one! (Plus, it's on sale right now! So, hop on over and check it out!)
Below are photos of the quilting:

This will be a new pattern soon....let me get through this weekend first! I hope ya'll like it and thanks for the awesome challenge STLMQG!