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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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Podunk Pickin's #42 ~Crumb quilt ~

My goodness time is just flying by for me.  I can't believe I've not blogged all week.  Well I'm working on getting back in the Studio today and dusting off the rotary cutter and sewing machine.  I look forward to sharing the progress on my next free pattern later in the week.  Until then lets pick someone to feature from last weeks Podunk Pickin's participants. 
Terry from QuiltNCards shared this amazing design wall.  Improv quilting is a great way to use up those scraps.  Love it Terry thanks for sharing your inspiring design wall!
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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