Wednesday, December 27, 2017

~ Finishing last years En Provence Mystery quilt ~

   Hello sweet quilting friends!   The temperature outside is a very chilly -2 but indoors I'm trying to keep things sunny and warm by working on one of my most colorful UFO's.  This is Bonnie Hunters  Mystery quilt, En Provence.  This was my first attempt at joining in with a Mystery quilt along.  I did okay until it came to the borders.  The units were pieced and the body of the quilt was put together but I just couldn't find the time to put the borders on.  So that's my goal for this week....get this top completed and maybe on the quilt frame.

The mystery is over but the pattern can be purchased here.   Below is Bonnie's finished quilt.  

 I always follow along with the clues for Bonnie's mystery, but had never tried to make one.   This years mystery quilt is called On Ringo Lake, you can find all the clues up to this point here.  If you join Bonnie's Facebook you can get some great color inspiration,piecing help, as well as other quilts her followers are making.  My decision to make it or not will come after the big reveal.  The fabric has been pulled and purchased, but I'll not be using the suggested colors.  Last year I chose to go completely scrappy as suggested by Bonnie, but if I do it this year I'll be making mine with 4 different fabrics. 

I really love the super scrappiness of this one but cutting for it took FOREVER.  Mr. Podunk thinks it's very does he know about quilting?!

This one depleted my PKM and low volume stash so I've spent most of the year replenishing them both.  Not an easy task when it comes to PKM since she and Holly no longer make fabrics.

I hope to see you in a couple of days with a completed top.  Send me some scrappy mojo vibes....I'm gonna need all the help I can get!

Thanks for stopping by my little spot in Podunk!

~ Lea Anne ~

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Quilt till you wilt ~ Giveaway winners #2 ~

The holiday season is in full swing and that means quilters around the world are frantically adding the final touches to last minute Christmas projects.  I'm one of those that waits until the last minute to make Christmas projects.   However mine are not Christmas gifts.  These are to be used before Christmas.  So I'm working on them day and night while the laundry and dust keeps piling up.  

One would think  since I probably have hundreds (possibly thousands) of yards of fabric in my studio I would be able to come up with three quilt backings and bindings without needing to shop.  WRONG!  Luckily we have a great new little quilt shop that is close by and I can usually find what I need at wonderful prices.  And things I didn't need, like the striped fabric I searched for at home and couldn't find, so I bought more.  When I got home and started cleaning the studio I found it!  Oh well you can never have to much fabric.   All the fabric I purchased is name brand, quilt shop quality but purchased at almost half the price of other quilt shops.  How does she do it? Such great prices.  I know her secret but since it's a secret I can't tell!  If you're ever in Trafalgar, Indiana you gotta stop by Coffee Cup Quilting and say hello to Claranna, the coffee pots always on!  This shop caters to the thrifty everyday quilter by offering these lower prices on fabric and longarm quilting  at  reasonable prices.  If your new to quilting,  would like to learn something new or just like sewing with friends she has some really great new quilting programs planned for 2018.  

So with my new fabric purchases I'm able to get these 3 quilts finished this week.  Hopefully I can ship them by Friday, no later than Saturday....and if life gets in the way Monday.  The quilt you see on the frame and the one on the wall are finished and needing binding.  The one laying across the frame is going to be quilted today.  Just simple quilting enough to keep it together, kids don't appreciate fancy stitches.

Now for another 2 winners of my pattern Christmas Memories.  Before I announce the new winners I would like to remind everyone....when your commenting on a blog trying to win something you need to make sure you can be contacted by the blogger.  Adding your email address to your comment is always a good idea.  Have you ever wondered why a blogger never responds to your comments?  It's usually because they can't email you.  He exception to the rule is during giveaways I rarely respond to comments due to the high volume of comments.  Last weeks winners were chosen by a random number generator.  Unfortunately it chose 2 names with no contact information.  I wrote a blog post announcing the names, hoping since they followed me they would see they had won.  They did not.  So this week I decided to pick the first two comments that I could contact.

I have sent both of you an e-mail with the pattern attached.

~ Thanks for stopping by my little spot in Podunk ~

~ Lea Anne ~

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

~ Christmas Memories Winners! ~

It's crunch time, I'm marathon sewing a quilt designed for my 8 yr.old grandson.  

Hoping to get it in the mail by next week so he can use it before Christmas on his bed.  My daughter said not to make it cute or in bright colors.  Geesh that's way out of my comfort zone.  EQ and me whipped up a couple ideas and sent the images to my daughter.  She choose the one below.  I think the name panel will be switched to the top and a red nose added to the deer. 

Most of the fabrics were pulled from my older stash, and a couple I had purchased for another quilt Christmas quilt that has been pushed aside to make this one.  

Thanks so much to everyone that participated in the Christmas Memories giveaway here on my blog and on Instagram.  The 2 lucky winners of the Christmas Memories PDF pattern......  Congratulations to....


Could both of you please send me your email addresses so I can send them out ASAP.  If you do not respond by Monday December 11 I'll choose new winners. 

~ Lea Anne ~

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Monday, December 4, 2017

~I Love Home BOM ~ Borders ~ GIVEAWAY!

Well it's here, the last month of the I Love Home BOM.  You can find this months border and finishing instructions here.  I would like to thank Jacquelynne for allowing me to join in the fun and for all her hard work designing and sharing of the pattern.

Below is my finished quilt that didn't go by the pattern. Jacquelynne asked that the featured bloggers think outside the box and use the blocks however we wished.  I loved this freedom of design because I rarely make a quilt as written in the pattern.   So I enlarged the sashing and changed the borders.  This scalloped border is my go to border, it's quick and cute and adds a little country charm.

 I tried to keep my quilting as simple as possible so it could be used as a wall hanging or a sweet little quilt that my grand daughters can snuggle under when they visit.

The border quilting was one of my favorite parts of the quilting process, big ole hearts that fit the theme of I LOVE Home. 

So this months Giveaway is sponsored by Thermoweb. A $25 Gift card.  I love Thermoweb products and use them often.  The one I use the most is Heat N Bond Lite.  It truly does what it claims and fits right into my budget.  The Thermoweb website also offers many free projects that you can find here.

To enter the Giveaway here on my blog just leave a comment below, please add your email address to your comment so I have a way to contact you.  Any comment will do, but if you need help how about you tell me if your making any gifts for Christmas.

Don't forget to visit all the participating bloggers listed below for more chances to win a $25 Gift Card from Thermoweb.

Find more I Love Home inspirations on the Facebook Group and Pinterest Groups.

~ Lea Anne ~
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