Friday, June 8, 2018

~ Stars and Stripes Forever ~

 Hi Friends!  Thanks for dropping by Podunk!  This week we've been blessed with  picture perfect weather.  The sunny days with low humidity are amazing for outdoor quilt pictures.  So you're scratching your head thinking, low humidity?  How does that effect picture taking?


Well, high humidity really doesn't effect the quilt or the camera, it effects ME and my willingness to stay out in heat to get the perfect shot.  Wallace Farms has so many awesome little nooks great for staging quilt photos.  I have my favorite spots but have decided to expand this properties full potential.  The owner, Debbie Wallace, gives me the freedom to roam about and take all the pictures I want.


While trying to set up the perfect quilt photo it's easy to forget I'm here to get good detailed photos of the quilt and not the background.  However the lighting was perfect yesterday for quilting details.  There was no need to up close and personal with the quilt.  My simple, quick and easy free motion quilting shined bright in every picture.


There's a little ruler work on the stars to make them pop out to the quilt.  I used the same backing on this quilt as in my last patriotic quilt.  It's from the fabric line Hope Chest by Penny Rose Fabrics.   When I saw this fabric at Ben Franklin Crafts in New Albany Indiana for $2.99 a yard...I bought the entire 12 yard bolt!   That's better prices than Walmart fabric.  Which reminds me, most of the fabrics in this quilt are from Walmart.  There's a few designer prints.  The binding and the star in the bottom left of this picture is Lakehouse Drygoods.  


The truth be told I wish we could all afford to work with nothing but designer fabrics but that's just simply not the case.  When you love what you do, you will find a way to do what you love.  Will these fabrics last as long as designer fabrics?   Only time will tell, so lets just enjoy our creations now and hope for the best!  


What I can tell you is, as I stitched down the raw edge applique stars, they all behaved the same.  Meaning....none of them frayed on the edges, the fusible wasn't more visible, the whites didn't shadow the background fabrics any worse than the designer fabrics.  The wavy blue border is designer fabric that is bias cut and not fusible applique, it too behaved well with the cheaper fabrics as I glued and stitched it into place. You can see how the wavy blue was attached here.


But the one thing I loved was seeing this on the cheaper fabrics.  


Stars and Stripes will be a published pattern sometime next week.  I'm gonna say Friday but it could be sooner.  Keep your eyes open!  There will be a special offer when it's published!

See you soon!

~ Lea Anne ~
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15 comments:

  1. Another beautiful quilt coming from your studio. You are right... the farm is the perfect backdrop for your gorgeous quilts.

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    1. I love this place! Her grand daughter has a decor business she runs out of one of the barns. Would love to be able to use her props!

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  2. Gorgeous. Your pictures are fantastic!

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    1. Thank you! It's amazing what good lighting can do for a phone camera.

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  3. Thank you for your comments! I love reading and responding to them all!

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  4. I love ALL of your quilts and patterns too. Your work is inspiring! I'm with you on heat and humidity; I have very low tolerance and tend to stay indoors in the comfort of air conditioning. The weather has been great south of you this week as well but looks like some rain is going to happen over the new few days possibly.

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  5. Everything you do is absolutely beautiful! I wanna say that i don't subscribe to alot of of blogs but only a few that have beautiful and creative projects, and of course a few with crafts that i love to do too. I recently made one of your podunk pretty flowers that i plan to hang in my bathroom (yep, even the bathroom is getting a quilt!). Thanks so much for the inspiration and wonderful ideas!

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  6. Love it Lea Anne! Perfect on that white fence too! Never much humidity here unless we get our monsoons!

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  7. hi, Lea Anne, just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading your blog, and looking at your lovely bright, fresh quilts!By the way, a long time ago, you did a few posts about a quilt with scottie dogs with tartan bowties, ifI remember right. I thought it was very cute, and wondered if you finished it? I would love to see a photo! Being a "scottie" myself, I love a bit of tartan!! Best wishes, loraine.x

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  8. Adorable quilt! Love how you added the wavy border. Hope to make this as a picnic quilt for my son and his family. Thanks for sharing that not all quilts need to be constructed with LQS only fabrics! I totally agree! Most of my quilts are made to Be used and worn out! ��

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  9. So gorgeous! Hey nothing wrong with trying to quilt less expensive-I do it all the time:) Love that shot with the real flag in the background.

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  10. beautiful quilt, beautiful pictures! And sigh, we used to have a Ben Franklin Craft store nearby, but the high cost of real estate in our area of Calif must have driven it out of business. Wish we had something like that around here now! Love your quilt! Hugs, H

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