Monday, September 1, 2014

DWM - Making my own plexi template

 Last weeks DW blunder has been fixed.  Well as much as it's going to be fixed.  The center daisy will be the oddball.  The design plan was for all the blocks to look like the center one but due to my lack of paying attention to detail... the plan changed.  I'm not complaining, that's just part of my designing process.  Starting with a idea, then building upon it.  Okay so that's a line of bull, but it sounded good.  It's really me being stubborn and not wanting to take apart another block and not wanting to add more UH-OH units to the collection I already have.  
If you've been following me for awhile you know that I'm a huge fan of white backgrounds.  While putting the blocks on the wall it struck me that there's a lot of white space.  Great for showing off quilting, but it just didn't set right with me this time.  My first thought was to trim away some of the block.  That would mean adding more to the scrap bin, so that option was quickly tossed aside.  Option B was to add more color, thus using up some scraps.  After tossing around a few ideas for a day or two I decided more dresdens.  Small 5" dresdens.  My dresden ruler doesn't go that small.   What I wanted was a dresden blade that had just enough room to press the quarter inch to the middle.  The store bought ruler I have only goes to 1/2".   So I searched the internet for a free template with no luck.  With a little help from EQ7 I printed a template, glued it to a piece of plexiglass, scored it, snapped it, and sanded the rough spots.  TA DA!    Now cutting the small pieces will go so much faster.  Did you see the little dresdens in the picture above?   
Just a quick question for bloggers.  I've been tagged for the Blog Hop Around the World.  I need to tag 3 more bloggers to join in the hop.  My search for bloggers has hit a brick wall.  Would you like to be tagged?  This just means writing a blog post.  The hop is basically a way to meet new to you bloggers or find out more info on your favorite bloggers.  If you like to join in the fun leave me a comment on this post and I'll send you the blog hop information.

Linking up!

~ Lea Anne ~

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Gals

Finally the gals are ready to become blocks.  These cuties printed out on muslin still need the color run and set test.  Which is a simple test of soaking in vinegar.  I'm not a big fan of muslin but the higher quality fabric and my printer don't get along.  And the ready made printable fabric sheets are just too expensive.  The freezer paper method of printing on fabric has always worked for me.  You can read more about this method on a earlier post here.  
 The pattern I'll be using is called Nostalgic Christmas by Lynn Wilder.  She has several example and ideas for this pattern on her blog Sewn in Wild Oaks.  Just do a search on her blog for Nostalgic Christmas, the search box is on the left at the top of her blog.   A few of my favorites.

You can see my first quilt using this pattern here.  Making it in the brighter colors has been the plan since I first saw the pattern.  I made a couple of changes to my block below.  I had to cut my images smaller than the pattern stated.  So making an adjustment to the fist surrounding border was needed.  
 The pattern calls for a large outer border.  I plan to do something a little different.  Maybe no border...we'll just need to wait and see what happens!

~ Lea Anne ~

Today's freebie from modabakeshop
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Monday, August 25, 2014

DWM Disaster

Happy Hot Monday!  The temperature is rising outside along with the humidity and my frustration.  Just take a look at this Design Wall from yesterday.  As you can see there's 3 stems numbered.  Look closely, see my blunders?  
 1. Is Perfect, YEAH
2. My first messed up block that I decided I could live with until....
3. All I can say is sometimes daises wilt with the hot weather.
After so many issues I decided to switch gears and finish printing the 9 cute little ladies on the left.  After printing one the printer ran out of ink.   GRRRRR... 
Sometimes you're better off just to walk away and call it a day.
The only thing that could make this day better is chocolate and shopping.  Sounds like a plan to me!
Linking up my mess over at PatchworkTimes Design Wall Monday.  

~ Lea Anne ~

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Another Cherry on top please!

Nothing tickles me more than to receive pictures of quilts made from one of my patterns.  I just couldn't wait to share this because there's so many things about it that I love.  Made by Jane B. for her cousin who loves red.  Isn't it adorable!
Check out this backing, MORE CHERRIES!  Oh yes I need some of this fabric.
Can you see that HAND quilting!  I'm so envious of hand quilters patience. 
And a special cherry label, I blurred out part of the signature.  You can see more pictures here.  Thanks so much Jane for sharing your quilt with me, you made my day!
The pattern for this quilt can be found here, here, and here, it's a freebie.

~ Lea Anne ~

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Pocketful of Starlight

Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket never let it fade away...
Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket save it for a rainy day...
I know my older followers can finish the lyrics.  It's a great old Perry Como song that my dad would sing when I was a child.  It's also one of the many song's that would pop into my head while piecing this quilt.  So it seamed fitting to name this quilt "Pocketful of Starlight".  
 The block (free pattern here) has several names.  After doing a little online searching I found that Hummingbird or Periwinkle are the most common.  Oriental Star, Star of Orient have also been used.  
 Someone told me that it was also called Job's Tears, but after doing some research Job's Tears is a little bit different.
picture and history from Patterns from history
No matter what it's true name may be, it reminds me of a twinkling star in the nights sky.  
The plan for this quilt was originally much bigger.  However I soon became overwhelmed with so many blocks and reduced the plan.  Now I'm wondering if maybe I should add some applique to the borders or just leave them for quilting.  Hmm...we'll just let it set on the shelf for a few days and see what happens.

~ Lea Anne ~

Today's Freebie from Carter Quilter
click here for pdf pattern

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Skittles Explosion

182 blocks on the wall, 182 blocks 
take one down, stitch it down
181 blocks on the wall
Good Morning Quilty Friends!  Welcome to my messy Studio.  It looks like a truckload of Skittles exploded here in Podunk.  I've been working on two different projects over the weekend, the Hummingbird quilt and the Lori Holt tulip quilt.  For those of you that are new to my blog, Lori Holt designed the single tulip block for her Quilty Fun book.  I took that single tulip block and designed a 4 crossing tulips block and the rest of the quilt.  
 I've been bouncing back and forth between the two quilts.  The Hummingbird is coming together really fast, just chaining along...and singing.
But remember when I started quilting the Tulip quilt months ago.  Well I ran into a issue.  The blocks on this quilt are larger than the space I can quilt on my frame.   I've done this several times without premarking and had no issues.  Long story short the quilt had to be taken off the frame and premarked.  Which meant I lost interest and moved on to less frustrating projects.  Well I'm back in the groove and hope to have it back on the frame by bedtime today.  Wish me luck, I'm really excited to have this one back on the project list, it's such a fun and colorful quilt.
So what are you working on that excites you this morning?  Anything that you'd care to share at Judy's Design Wall Monday?  Hop on over and link it up!
Let's add another linky party  WIP Wednesday@freshlypieced

~ Lea Anne ~

Today's freebie from Magnolia Bay Quilts
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Here Kitty Kitty

As you all know I'll make a quilt from anything.  Upcycling is a great way to expand the stash with out spending a lot of money.  Joann Fabric's and Walmart fabric isn't out of the question either.  But every once in a while a gal just needs some designer fabric to pull it all together.   So last week the decision was made to finally make a big purchase of  Pam Kitty fabric.  I love Pam Kitty!  There's a   new line available in November,  but I wanted bundled prints from the older lines and I want it now.  It took some searching but I found them. 
  Quite by accident I stumbled upon a search engine that will search several shops for specific fabrics.  Quiltropolis will do the leg work for you.  All I did was type Pam Kitty in the search box and BAM!   A long list of the shops and pictures of what they had.   By the way none of these stores came up in the Google search for Pam Kitty Fabric bundles.
 Who would have thought that I could find so many older prints all in one place!
 Grandmas Attic Quilting had 4 bundles that I quickly purchased.  Since these were older lines I called to make sure that they were in stock.  It would have been a real bummer to get a box with the dreaded "OUT OF STOCK" on the receipt.  
 Grandmas Attic Quilting is a brick and mortar business and online store, it tickled me even more to know I was supporting a small business owner.  And since the bundles were cut to order they were upfront with the fact that some of the prints may no longer be available and asked if they could replace them with other Pam Kitty fabrics....Well of course they could!   Not only was I happy with my order and the free shipping(not sure of the limit in order to get free shipping) they also sent a few little treats shown below.  A Blueberry tea sample, 10 charm squares, a free pattern, bookmark, a catalog and several other flyers about store clubs and news.  The online store also has a monthly give away, just click here for details.
Now I'm on a mission to find just the right pattern for some of the new fabric.  Donna @ Donna's Lavender Nest  has a super easy basket block tutorial that she designed for Missy @ Missy's Homemaking Adventures.  Love the handle! This would be super sweet with some appliqued Posies.  
Oh the possibilities are endless...I think the afternoon will be spent playing with my new fabric.  

~ Lea Anne~

Today's freebie from Pam Kitty Morning

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