Monday, September 26, 2016

The long quilt journey(Connie's shirt quilts)

Over the last few weeks my quilt focus has been on this UFO.   Finally it's complete.    What a journey it has been from the word go.  I've been stealing a few minutes here and there to get it quilted.  It took about 4 weeks once on the frame.  The quilting design was kept simple.  You can read more about how I went about making my decision for the quilting here.

 I hope Connie loves it as much as I do. That's Connie below.  She was so proud of her new quilty adventure.

Connie had a vision for this quilt when she saw an origami shirt quilt pattern in our local quilt shop.   The pattern for the shirt blocks can be purchased here.  

We worked together folding and temporally attaching the little shirts to the background fabric.  The plan was for a simple on point quilt alternating the shirt block with a solid blue alternating block.  She quickly ran out of steam while making these blocks.  So I offered to finish the quilt for her.  After getting her finished blocks and a bag full of her husbands shirts to my Studio the quilt stare began.  There was great potential hiding in that bag of shirts... I just couldn't stay with her quilt plan.  So I asked if she minded me working a little quilt magic on her blocks.  Of course she gave me the go ahead.  All the but the background fabric is her late husbands shirts.  I designed the applique wreath and basket blocks for a separate quilt but after months(years) of trial and error it became clear to me to use them with the shirt blocks.

 Many quilters think you can only use one type of applique on a quilt.  Not true.  There's 3 different types of applique on this quilt.  The shirt blocks are hand stitched applique.  The baskets are freezer paper applique, edges turned with an iron, invisible machine applique.  You can see how I use freezer paper to make applique here.  And the letters are fusible raw edge applique.

This quilt barely made a dent in the bag of shirts.  It would be a shame to let them go to waste.  Why not make a few quick cuddly quilts.  The quilt below I love just as much as the Heirloom above.  It's so soft and cuddly and looks sorta patriotic.  Since my time is limited and I wanted a quick finish, the decision was made to tie the last two quilts.  Have you ever tied a quilt?  Oh my goodness it's so quick and easy.  It gave the quilt a vintage feel.  I may need to make one of these for my couch.  A tip for tying quilts is thin soft yarn or embroidery thread to make the actual ties.  I used baby yarn, it was super soft and thinner than normal yarn.  I tried using plain ole red heart yarn and I couldn't pull it through all the layers. 

Here's the last picture before packing up the quilts to be shipped.  Hand delivering them would be ideal but at this time it's just not possible.  She only lives about 30 minutes away, so I bet I'll be able to hear her squeal when she opens the box!...LOL!

Before I go I wanted to tell you about a challenge on Instagram hosted by Sherri Lynn Wood.  It's called the make do quilt challenge, #makedoquiltchallenge  it's all about using what you have to make a quilt, recycling and upcycling.   You can read more about this challenge here.

~ Lea Anne ~
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Thank you for your support

As much as I don't want to disappoint my loyal followers it's becoming far to much for me to continue my Back Porch Blooms quilt along at this time.  My top priority at this time is caring for my mom during her battle with cancer.  Spending 8-12 hours a day with mom leaves little time for my passion...quilting.  I'd like to thank each one of you for your support over the last year.   As soon as things get back to normal I'll be back here on the blog sharing my passion.   For now during my spare time(what little there is of it) I'm going to be working on UFO's.  I'll share what I can here and on my Instagram feed. Since Instagram is quicker and easier most of my post will be made there.  Thanks again for your understanding and support.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Back Porch Blooms Linky Party and Giveaway

 I'm giving 'er all I've got Captain!  Some of you might recognize that quote and if you do your showing your age or you might be a Trekkie.   That's how I feel, giving all I got and it's not enough.   All we can do is our best by giving it all we have to give.  With all I had behind this project I'm still falling short of my self made deadline.  It's the same ole sad story, sickness and care giving.  So we'll continue on as best we can with the linky party and hope for a quilt top finish and pattern by this weekend.  I could give you the pattern now but I'm my own pattern tester.  I write the pattern and then make it from my directions in order to  make sure my measurements are correct.  The quilt top is close to being complete, all the blocks are made.  Now to put it all together.   Below is the borders and binding strips for my Moon Flower Magic quilt.
Cutting out all the scrappy pieces for this quilt took f-o-r-e-v-e-r because I don't like to stack and cut.  It was one fat quarter at a time.  Doesn't sound all that bad until I tell you it was 70 fat quarters!  I know what your thinking, why not stack and cut when your cutting the same size pieces.  Well I've done that in the past and had some bad results.  Examples...the ruler slips and cutting the wrong size.  I'd rather have one mistake than several stacked mistakes.  And yes there were a few miscuts and slips while cutting for this quilt. 
So below is how my design wall looks right now.  I'm hoping for a few minutes every evening this week to complete the top.
It's not to late to join in this linky party and giveaways.  There will be link ups in September and October also.  Please only link up projects made using my Back Porch Blooms pattern.  They are several FREE patterns in the tutorials tab at the top of this blog.  You can also click on the Back Porch Blooms image in the sidebar to be taken to all post about this quilt along.  The patterns provided are merely suggestions on using this block.  I encourage you to inspire us all by designing your own project and linking up.  The only requirement for linking up is it must be a post about your progress making any project using the Back Porch Blooms block, all other post will be deleted.  Finished projects that were linked up in the previous Back Porch Blooms Linky Parties are welcome in this link up also. 
Once you link up your Back Porch Blooms project from your blog or other social media you will automatically be entered to win this Windmere Jolly Bar along with a few other surprises.   

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Design Wall Monday ~ Moon Flower Magic ~

Good Monday Morning!  It's been a long time since my last Design Wall Monday.  Being back in the Studio is so nice.  The last couple of weeks have been a roller coaster ride, and not a fun ride.  So let me fill you in really quick.  Dad went for a yearly heart check up, found out he needed a surgery to open up an artery in his neck.  That went fine and he was home the next day.  Three days later mom has a heart attack and was hospitalized for 4 days.  Three days after that I became sick with a fever of 103.9 for two days.  Well we're all doing better and things are back on track.  All this commotion kept me out of the Studio for two weeks. Let me tell you, I NEED this stitching time!  It felt good to finally start working on the Moon Flower Magic.  The background fabric in this picture looks black but I assure it's Navy Blue.

Below is the quilt I had promised to make.  Well I had to make some changes in order to keep the units in this quilt the same dimensions as in the other quilt patterns in the Back Porch Blooms series.  

The new quilt below shows a thinner stem and leaves that are the same dimensions as in the Back Porch Blooms Block.  I'll also be adding an inside border to mine and a scrappy binding.  Of course the borders can be left off if you don't like adding borders.  

If all goes well I plan to have this pattern ready for printing by next Tuesday.   This will also be the date for the next linky party with a giveaway.  The linky party is for Back Porch Blooms projects only.  They don't need to be finished projects.  Any progress you've made is fine.  There's still plenty of time to join in the fun.  I'll be hosting two more linky parties, one in September and one in October to finish up the quilt along.  If you'd like to join in and need some inspiration I've posted several free patterns on my blog in the tutorials tab at the top of the blog or you can click on the Back Porch Blooms image in the sidebar to taken to all post about this series.  Projects of your own design using the Back Porch Blooms Block are also welcome in the linky party. 

Hope to see you next Tuesday!
~ Lea Anne ~
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