Monday, August 31, 2015

Up to my elbows

Popping in on Mondays to share my weekend progress is my favorite post of the week.  It became a habit when I found Judy's blog a few years ago.  Every Monday she hosts a Linky Party called Design Wall Monday.  So what did I stitch up this weekend, not a thing.  Most of my time was spent in the kitchen.  But I did come up with another idea for my Lilies of Love quilt.  Yes I finally came up with a name!  You can see more design options here and find a so called tutorial for the quilt block here.  

While up to my elbows in fruits and veggies this weekend my mind was wandering around my Studio.  Tossing around more border options.  That's when I started thinking...this is a scrappy quilt, why can't the borders be scrappy.  The last time I used this inner scalloped border was on my Promenading tulips quilt. (below) Look at the super scrappyness!(is that a word?)  Cutting a piano key border doesn't appeal to me right now but I could do a different print on each side like in the picture above. HMMM...maybe.  We'll see what happens when I actually have time to be in the Studio.  

For now it's time to clean up the weekend canning mess and organize the pantry.  The canning season is almost over.  YIPPEE!  Just a few tomato's and squash left on the vines.   We still need to harvest the sweet potatoes but that won't be for a few more weeks.  It's been a good year for preserving, I actually ran out of jars and will need more before canning the potatoes.  This weekend was whole tomato's, acorn squash, apple pie filling, and apple butter.....YUM!  So here's my tip of the day for all my canning buddies.  A trick my momma taught me years ago.  Add a couple handfuls of red hots to your apple butter, when they melt it gives a little extra kick(not hot), everyone will want to know your secret for the most delicious apple butter ever.

~  Lea Anne ~
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Podunk Pickin's #3

It's time for another sweet batch of Podunk Pickin's.  If you missed last weeks post you can easily find all the previous weeks Pickin's by clicking the Podunk Pickin's picture in the sidebar.  They will be listed from newest to oldest.  A big ole virtual hug to all who entered a link last week.  Thanks for making Podunk Pickin's first week a success!
To start off this weeks Pickin's here's my latest block design from earlier in the week.  Due to my busy schedule right now, there's no time for writing a tutorial, so I've shared a quick visual aide to help you make your own block.  You can also find my ideas for the quilt layout and borders here. 

Now it's your turn!

Podunk Pickin's theme is pretty simple...Sewing and Quilting tips and tutorials.  It can be an old post on your blog that you want to revive or a new one. No tip or tutorial is to small, the little things can make a big difference to a new quilter.  I'm going to ask that you only add one link per week.  

And whats a party without prizes!  So to start off my new Podunk Pickin's linky party I'll be giving away a surprise quilty package containing fabric and a few other sewing related goodies.  A Hint on it's contents, I love bright fabric and applique.  The winner will be announced  on September 13th, 2015.  So there's plenty of time for you to write and link up new tips and tutorials every week until then.  You can earn two entries per week by doing the following.
  • Earn one entry by adding a new link to one of your tip or tutorials on your blog.    
  • If  you link back to Podunk Pickin's linky Party and add the Podunk Pickin's image  on your linked post you get another entry 
Please add a new or different tutorial or tip each week during this giveaway period.  Repeated entries will not be counted in the giveaway.

One more exciting thing...I've a sponsor for next months linky parties!  Yeah!  What does that mean for you?  Well it means there will be another giveaway in October for those who link up.    If you have a shop and would like to sponsor a month of Podunk Pickin's send me an email.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Making quilt decisions

Top of the morning quilty buds!  Thank you to everyone for the well wishes to momma.  It'll make her day when I show her all the prayers being sent her way.  The plan was to show her the comments yesterday before they put in her chemo port but wouldn't you know it I've caught a horrible cold.  We decided it's best for me to stay away from her until my cold is gone or until they absolutely need my assistance.  So I've purchases some lovely surgical masks just in case.

The progress on the lily quilt.   She's still nameless even with all the great suggestions on my last post.  If you missed my post about this block you can see it here and find measurements for making your own Lily block.   I will not be doing a tutorial or pattern for this quilt due to momma's illness.

Right now ideas of how to finish are being tossed around.
Leave it as is and bind it.

The decision was made to leave out the applique but I could still add a little.

Or maybe I could do a fancy border.

Add some yo-yo's

Or go hog wild by adding the leaves, border and yo-yo's.

Decisions, decisions, decisions!  

I'm linking up with some great Linky Parties today.  Hop on over to see more quilt inspirations and link up your projects also!  You don't need a blog to link up, most linky parties allow other social media pictures!

Can I get a WHOOP WHOOP@Confessionsofafabricaddict




~ Lea Anne ~
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Spun Sugar Quilts

It made me happier than a Unicorn eating cake on a rainbow to win this bundle of Ella Blue Basics from Spun Sugar Quilts Blog during the Winter Wonderland Sew Along.  This fat eighth bundle fits right in with my stash.

I'm sure many of you have heard of Vickie@Spun Sugar Quilts from her tutorials at Moda Bakeshop.  But did you know she also has several free patterns on her blog that you can find by clicking here.  When trying to pick out a favorite free pattern I had a hard time because she has so many great patterns with unique techniques.  Like this Chair Scarf with a Yo-Yo border.  How cute is that!

Now that you've found some awesome free patterns you need just the right fabric.  Well Vickie can help you out with that too.  She has a Etsy Store with a large selection of Low Volume prints and bundles, 30's reproduction, and Lecien fabrics, a huge selection of 60% off prints.  I found this sweet bundle(not on sale)  to add to my wish list that I keep on hand for Mr. Podunk.

Hope you find some goodies!

~ Lea Anne ~

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