Sunday, July 24, 2016

Podunk Pickin's #40 ~Brick Cottage Lane~

Welcome quilty friends to another week of Podunk Pickin's.  Podunk Pickin's is a weekly linky party for sharing what you've been working on during the last week.  Each week a link up from the previous week will be randomly picked to feature during Podunk Pickin's.
Starting this week I've decided to be my own random number generator.
And the feature this week will be ....

Myra from Busy Hands Quilts!  Congrats Myra!  Your Brick Cottage Lane would make quick work of my scrap bins.  Hop on over an see how the different colorways of this quilt can make it look totally different.

Now it's your turn to link up anything you've been working on sewing or quilting related.  Old or new blog posts, tutorials, tips and tricks for sewing and crafting, basically anything you like.  You don't need a blog to link up, you can link from other social media.  Feel free to share my linky party and copy my Podunk Pickin's image.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

The making of an Heirloom

Every quilt I make has a special meaning to me.  I've often talked about this here on the blog.  My quilting designs are inspired by the world around me, good and bad.  Every quilt has a story to tell.  So when someone asks me to make quilt just for them... it can be quite the challenge.  This quilting project has been years in the making.  It's shameful that its taken so long but that's my process.  I need to be inspired.  And if it takes years then that's what it takes.   The quilt below you've seen many times over the last couple of years.  It's the third quilt I've made using men's shirts.  If your interested in reading more about them you can use the search tool in the sidebar, search Connie's shirt quilt.  It will bring up a list at the top of the blog of many posts.

A little history on this quilt before continuing.  My friend Connie made the shirt quilt blocks.  I was asked to put them into a quilt.  I wanted it special she would be happy with anything.   The center applique is my own design, representing their marriage. And the baskets, one for each member of her family.

When quilting for someone else you need to know what they want.  Well Connie gave me quilt design and quilting freedom.  You would think that would make my job easy.  NOPE.  What she really was saying is " We're friends you should know what I like".  And I think do.  She's a simple down to earth kinda gal.  The little things in life make her the happiest.  So here's what I took into consideration when designing and quilting this quilt.    
  1. She's not a quilter
  2. She may want to cuddle with this quilt to comfort her missing her husband
  3. This quilt will become a family heirloom
Now I need to translate those 3 facts into a quilting design.
  1. Not everyone likes heavy quilting, especially non quilters
  2. Quilted to death doesn't cuddle and she may use it as comfort when missing her late husband
  3. Pantographs and all over quilting designs don't make nice heirloom quilts.
Several design ideas and about 3 days later a design was finally marked on the quilt top.

You would think straight lines would be easy but when the fabric shifts....things won't line up!  UGGG!  Well all that's over and I'm super excited about the design and that I'm finally nearing the end of this project. Delivering these quilts to Connie will be an exciting and emotional day.

 Here's the other two quilts made with the shirts.  Both were quilted super simple. My thoughts when quilting them is they could be used as everyday couch quilts or gifts to her children.  No need for fancy quilting if it's a utility quilt.    I'll be doing machine binding on the two below and hand binding the quilt above.

So you know I love to hear feedback from my followers so here's my questions for you.  
  1. When making a quilt for others do you consider their likes and dislikes or do you just pick fabrics you like and quilt what suits you.
  2. Do your quilts reflect emotion?  Example...when I'm sad I tend to add more browns and blacks to my quilts.  When I'm overwhelmed by daily chores my quilt designs are simple patterns such as charm quilts with simple quilting.
Happy Stitching!

~ Lea Anne ~
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What next? and a WINNER!

Wow!  What a great response to my question about my next free quilt pattern in my last post about Porch Blooms.  Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote.   I have to admit I was shocked that so many of you loved the one quilt I thought wouldn't get any votes.  The winner is Moon Flower Magic!  This will be the next free pattern in this series.  I've not started making it yet, well to tell you the truth I need to purchase the navy background sometime this week.   But as soon as I find the right blue fabric you'll be the first to know.

Now it's time to announce the winner of last weeks giveaway. Drum roll.....
Kate at Life in Pieces, CONGRATULATIONS!  I'm sending you an email for you snail mail address.  Kate shared her own quilt design made in EQ for using my Back Porch Blooms Block.  It's a super cute quilt design.  Hop on over and take a look at the borders...I may need to steal this idea...LOL!  Here's a little peek at the center portion of the quilt.  Love the patriotic colors.

If you'd like to join in the quilt along there's still time.  I've decided to extend this quilt along out another month.  The original plan was to have the last link up in August, but I've decided to go one more month and have a link up in September.  Just a little teaser for the next two months giveaways below.

So if you'd like to join in you can find all the tutorials for this quilt along here.  Or you can find them in the TUTORIALS tab at the top of this blog.  Or by clicking on the Back Porch Blooms image in the sidebar.

Happy Stitching!

~ Lea Anne ~

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Podunk Pickin's # 39 Winnie the Pooh

Good Morning quilting friends.  Summer is in full swing in Podunk.  You know its finally Summer when the Wild Blackberries are ready to be picked.  Picking them becomes a part of our daily routine for about a week or two.  The weather can make or break the berries.  And this year is a MAKE!  So many huge berries.  That means this winter we'll have plenty of homemade cobbler to warm those cold nights.  We might even make a batch of jam for gift giving throughout the year. 
Well that's enough about Podunk, lets get to what you've been doing over the last week.  As usual I let the random number generator pick from last weeks participants.  This will be the last time I use the random number generator.  I'm not sure it's really random when I can predict what number it will pick.  So after this week I will be picking the old fashion way with paper, pen, and a bowl.  But for this week the predictable program picked #8, Congrats to Koko Toby.
Koko shared this adorable baby quilt of her own design.  Lot's of fussy cutting and quilty math going on here.  I'm looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.

Now it's your turn to link up anything you've been working on sewing or quilting related.  Old or new blog posts, tutorials, tips and tricks for sewing and crafting, basically anything you like.  You don't need a blog to link up, you can link from other social media.  Feel free to share my linky party and copy my Podunk Pickin's image. 
If you'd like to see the past Podunk Pickin's linky parties just click on the image on the right side of my blog.  Have fun and make sure you visit some of the other links, everyone loves visitors and comments!

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