Friday, May 27, 2016

Sneak Peek at Hello Spring

 TGIF!  So how many of you have a long holiday weekend planned?  Is your plan like mine?  I planned to stay in my jammies all weekend and have my own little quilting retreat.  Curse the man who even tries to step foot in my happy space.  Well the cursing has already started but I'm hopeful to get back on track ASAP.   So how about a little peak at the next free Back Porch Blooms quilt.  Mark your calendars, it will be ready to print on June 7th.  You might recognize the little heart on the flower pot.  It's a freebie quilt block over at Cluck Cluck Sews that comes in several different sizes.  We'll be using the 4" heart variation for the flower pot.

I'm super excited about this one.  The pattern was an impulse last minute project inspired by so many of you!  You gals had so many great ideas for the block.  I took your ideas and ran straight EQ7.  

In true Podunk style I had to add a little applique.  Due to time restraints I chose fusible raw edge applique.  And since I want the fabrics to shine on this project I decided to pull out my favorite thread for machine applique and quilting.  Invisifil 100wt thread is super fine, hairlike but strong.  It melts into your project adding a soft edge without over powering your applique.  But does it really melt if you iron it...NO!   It's a Polyester thread that comes in several different colors.  It's not really clear or invisible.  They call it Invisifil due to it being so fine.  I found it when looking for silk quilting thread.  This was a cheaper alternative that gives the same quality of gorgeous stitches when doing free motion quilting.  If you like quilting feathers but struggle with heavy backtracking lines this is the thread for you.  Backtracks beautifully with out a heavy build up of thread.  

I purchased several spools of this a few years ago from online shop called Soft Expressions.   Scroll down on this link and you'll find single spools for sale in various colors.

~ Lea Anne ~
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Another Posy Quilt

Just had to pop in this morning and share another Podunk Posy quilt. When quilters make my patterns it just tickles me pink.  Isn't it just adorable!?   You can see and read more about  it over at densyendehimmel blog.

I never get tired of seeing quilts with flowers.  So springy and cheerful.  I like to thank all the ladies in the guild for using my pattern  and sharing your quilty love with me.  If I could hug each and everyone of you I would, you've made my day.

If you'd like to make a Podunk Posy quilt of your own  the free tutorials can be found in the TUTORIALS tab at the top of this blog.

~ Lea Anne ~
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A tip for when you flip

Yesterday evening Mr. Podunk asked if I would do some "manly" sewing.  As much as I dislike doing mending and sewing hard to sew fabrics I did it with a smile.   Afterwards I felt the need to shake the man dust off of the sewing machine with a quick girly girl block.   This little cutie is 100% scraps even the white background.  You might recognize the green fabric from my latest Back Porch Blooms quilt along.  If your new to the blog and would like more information about the quilt along and free patterns you can read about it here and here.

 Most of my free patterns use the flippy corners method or as I like to called it "stitch, flip, clip".  The pictures below show the process.
1. stitch a diagonal line from corner to corner.  
2. Then stitch another line 1/2" or so away from the first line.  I just move my needle position over as far as it will go and line up the left side of the open toe foot up with the first stitched line.  
3.  Cut between the two stitch lines.
4. The part you cut off is your bonus half square triangle.
At this point I would just toss them in the basket beside my sewing machine just for  bonus HST's.   Not all flippy corners are large enough to keep.  The original size of the flippy corner must be at least 2" in order for me to take the extra step of stitching the second line.

After digging through the basket of goodies to find 8 matching HST's the fun part begins....clipping those wings!
  Using a ruler with a diagonal line makes the trimming go much faster.  Just place the line on the seam and trim two sides, turn and trim the other two sides

There's many different layout options for blocks.  Below is just a few.  A couple more good patterns would be  The ocean waves quilt block and  Tree of life quilt block.  The possibilities are endless!

I guess the old saying is true...."saved the best for last".   Hmm...looks like a sweet leaders and enders project to me, and a great little mini quilt to add to the wall.  So as you play along with the Back Porch Blooms Quilt along and Linky Party keep those extra HST's handy, there just might be a free pattern or two for using them up!

~  Lea Anne ~
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Monday, May 23, 2016

More Blooming ideas

Little did I know when designing this block months ago I was sparking an internal obsession.  I just can't stop making and designing more quilts with them.  So this past weekend all of the Pam Kitty fabrics in the stash were pressed and scanned into EQ7.  Then the real party started, picking just the right a gal could go wrong with Pam Kitty...HA!

There's been a wonderful response to the blocks here on the blog and on Instagram.  A great big ole hug and thank you to Pam Kitty for sharing my blocks on her Instagram feed.  If your on Instagram and share your block or quilt made from this block use #backporchbloom or #backporchbloomquilt so I can find you and of course don't for get to tag me @podunkpretties.  Most of all, thank you to all of you that are sharing your inspirational blocks and  planning to play along during this quilt along.  With the responses come little hints as to what you plan to make which has inspired my quilt designing even more.  The next free pattern and linky party(June 7) is still a couple of weeks away but here's an early sneak peak.

These cute little butterflies will be part of the next project.  If you'd like to make a few of your own you can find the free tutorial here.  Now let me say this block was designed for a different quilt  and the tutorial for them sets them on point.  I left the corners off my blocks that finish at 6" in quilt.

As I mentioned before most of the fabrics you'll be seeing in this quilt along series will be Pam Kitty.  However my background and gray fabrics are not.  I use Kona White for almost all my backgrounds and the gray is from an unknown line.  

As promised here's a simple and sweet inspirational project.  I can't make all the ideas but I can share most of them with you along the way.  Some will include basic measurements for making and some will not.  It all depends on weather or not time permits.  This week your in luck...I've all kinds of time! 

  You can find the directions for the 9" x 18" Back Porch Blooms quilt block here.

Alrighty I saved the best for last.  Here's the measurements if you'd like to give this little runner a try.  It finishes at about 58" x 28".  You'll notice that not all the pieces have a measurement  on them.  For instance the final border is 
2.5" x 58.5" and marked on the top but not on the bottom.  It just made the picture look to busy to have all those numbers on there but you gals get the idea right?!

If you have any question feel free to leave a comment or email I'll answer them as soon as possible.  And as always I'm human, if you find an error in my patterns or tutorials please let me know so I can fix it ASAP.

~ Lea Anne ~
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