24 October 2014

Friday Finish: Sew Cherry Grannies

One more week to enter the fabric giveaway from Westwood Acres. Go to this post to find out how, and enter to win a copy of my new pattern!

And welcome all from the Blogger's Quilt Festival!

Oh how I love this quilt! I've said it before, and I'll say it again, but I love this one best. Right now. In this moment.

I started this Sew Cherry granny squares quilt back during the granny square craze. Yeah, it's been a while. But life happens! As I was quilting it, I kept thinking, "Oh, that's my favorite block." "Nope, that one is." "I forgot about that pink and yellow one!" Suffice it to say, I'm a fan of them all.

I wanted to do the pieced border, and my "just-had-a-baby" addled brain was struggling with the math. But I got it figured out (not as complicated as I thought it would be!), and then I just had to bind it with the red gingham print.

We're good now, my brain and I, but back then, it was rough. Sleep helps a lot, I've found!

Checking it off the 4QFAL list.

Fabric: Sew Cherry by Lori Holt for Riley Blake
Pattern: Granny squares tutorial from Blue Elephant Stitches, and the pieced border is my own genius at work!
Backing: more Sew Cherry
Finished size:

I've entered this quilt into the Large Quilt category. Head on over and see all the loveliness, and nominate your favorites. I've also entered my Horizon Make It Do quilt in the Original Design. You can read that post over here.

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Make It Do Quilt

I know, I just showed you this quilt last week. But I thought an entry into the Blogger's Quilt Festival deserved it's own post. If you want to enter the giveaways associated with the pattern launch - hurry over - they end next week!

This is my Make It Do quilt. It combines 3 of my favorite classic quilt blocks: the churn dash block, the economy block, and the shoofly block. Because I can't choose just one!

I have a big long convoluted story associated with this quilt, it's name, and the fabric I chose. But you're here for the pictures. Long story short? Make it do with the best you've got. Don't wait around for some perfect moment to arrive before you take a chance. You might only catch a small wave, and you might end up having the ride of your life. But don't wait. Just jump in!

This was my first time with variegated thread. See? Jump in!

I'm entering this one in the Original Design category. Go visit the festival, and nominate your favorites! I've got plans this next week to check them all out.

I've got two quilts in the festival this year. Check out my Sew Cherry Grannies at this post. And thanks for visiting.

Don't forget to check out the giveaway!

21 October 2014

Fabric Tuesday: London Patchwork Weekender

Giveaway is still going on to celebrate the launch of my first pattern. Win a copy of the pattern, or a fat eighth bundle from Westwood Acres. Read all about it over here!

And now, I will spare you all my ridiculous attempts to write with a British accent.

You're welcome.

But my MIL has a British accent, and I thought she'd like her own Weekender, made with London fabrics.

Used the leftovers from my husband's quilt from last year. Turns out I have enough for TWO London Weekenders. I'll need to take dozens of vacations just to get some use out of all these bags!

Lined with cars and buses. Piping and handles in black, and the top zipper panel in bright red dots.

Checking this one off the 4QFAL list. Now to hide it until Christmas. She babysits at times, and I don't want her "discovering" it.

And linking up!

Fresh Poppy Design

20 October 2014

Color Monday: Episode Broadway

First: If you're interested in seeing my very first pattern for sale, go here. You can also enter to win a copy of the pattern and a fat eighth bundle from Westwood Acres.

Loved all the rain: spring rain, summer rain, and one gorgeous red umbrella! I'm so glad Kate did this umbrella. Love those colors together, and I don't know that I ever would have put taupe and mushroom with black and flame, but it totally works!

These frangipane blossoms are so pretty! And I bet they smell amazing! Thanks Kirsten, for sharing this palette - I love all the greens and pinks.

And now that we're "Singin' In the Rain" we should really check out those Broadway/Musical posters:

I'll confess, it's not my favorite musical, but I loved this picture, and loved the palette I pulled from it.

This is one of my top five favorites, and those gorgeous pinks and purples with a touch of yellow/orange are just perfect

My top five:
  1. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  2. Gigi
  3. My Fair Lady
  4. White Christmas
  5. Oklahoma
So, which Broadway/movie musical did you choose? Link your picture up to the Palette Builder, choose your colors, save it and share it via the linky party. Party is open all week. I love my two regulars, Kate and Kirsten, but we know there are more out there! Come and play!

Start thinking about some fun palette you'd like to put together. I've got a long list, but I don't always have to decide. Fire? Vacation? Mountains? Sky? Pink? Aqua? You tell me!

17 October 2014

Friday Finish: the Make It Do quilt (plus a pattern and fabric giveaway!)

Introducing the Make It Do Quilt

I quilted it in a wavy pattern with a variegated blue/green thread, using this tutorial. My first time with variegated thread, and I'm pretty happy with it.

This one is fat-eighth friendly, or use your scraps to make a beautiful rainbow-y one like my pattern tester Kate:

I don't know about all pattern testers, but I think Kate is the best. She says she specializes in t-shirt quilts, but that really is a cover-up for specializing in awesome anything. Seriously. Go check out her blog and tell me she isn't amazing (or that she doesn't have the funniest cats). And she runs half marathons. While eating Lemon Oreos. You know the kind of friend, who gets invited to your party along with everyone else, but she actually shows up? She shows up to all my Color Monday parties. Even after those half marathon weekends. See? Told you she was some kind of awesome.

The pattern is available in my Craftsy shop as a PDF download for $5 until the 31st. After that, the price is $9.

But who would like a free one?

Leave a comment here and you can enter to win a copy. Leave a comment on Kate's blog to enter to win a copy over there. Two chances to win! (And if you buy the pattern and end up winning it, I'll refund you the purchase price, so you don't lose out if you buy now!)

A separate giveaway is running over on Instagram. Snap a photo of your stash pull (if you're Making It Do), or take a picture of your choice of F8 bundle over at Westwood Acres (my all time favorite shop!). To be eligible, you have to:

  • follow and tag me @porchswingquilts
  • include the hashtag #makitdoquiltgiveaway 
The lucky, random winner will receive the F8 bundle of their choice from Westwood Acres.

*If you need some help with Instagram, follow this link to set up your account. I really recommend you do, and start following your favorite bloggers. Things are happening all the time on IG! Giveaways, quiltalongs, crazy cats, swaps - blogging is still my platform of choice for big posts, but for one picture? IG! Get an account and get started! You want feedback immediately on which border fabric to choose? Post it on IG. You want to see a quick 15 second tutorial from Angela Walters? IG baby!

Giveaways run through the 31st, same as the sale.

Linking up! And checking it off the 4QFAL list!

Quilt Statistics:
Finished size: 66X80
Top fabrics: Bella White and a Horizon Fat Eighth bundle
Back fabrics: Bella Hyacinth
Binding fabric: Horizon print  
Quilted: in continuous wave

13 October 2014

Color Monday: Episode Rain

Beautiful October!

Kate is in race mode:

And Kirsten humored me with a fall picture, even though her October is springing to life:

And now, the rain.

I didn't even do a Gene Kelly palette, thank you very much (I really wanted to)!

I do love the rain. I was raised on the Oregon coast, and so Christmas memories smell like rain to me. We did everything in the rain there - ride bikes, play at the park, go for hikes. If you didn't do anything in the rain, you didn't do anything! My friends and I would make up dances with our umbrellas. Football games were played in the rain.

I've lived in Seattle three different times. I met my husband there the first time. We moved there for a job the second time. And we went back for school at University of Washington. I still don't have rain boots. That will be corrected immediately if we ever go back!

Seattle is also where I began this whole quilting journey, which might account for my love of bright colors. Never could jump on the grey bandwagon. Until now! And I love that little bit o' Evergreen in there - Washington is the Evergreen State, after all!

I just loved the colors in this one.

Love a good spring rain too.

So find a rainy picture, upload it and build your palette, and share it. Linky party open all week!

And next week? Now that I've got musicals on the brain, why don't we do a Broadway/Movie Musical poster? Might be fun! Seven Brides, Oklahoma, Les Mis . . . the list is endless!

08 October 2014

WIP Wednesday: Too Cute to Spook Flimsy

If you don't like to read about kid stuff, skip to the pictures.

If you're in the same boat, pull up a chair and commiserate.

I'm potty training my last baby. Did I mention she is the most stubborn, resistant child of them all? Yeah, it's not fun.

So I set up my sewing machine at the kitchen table, parked her on her potty chair next to me, handed over my phone with Netflix and we sat. All day.

Fun? Not so much. Successful? Not hardly. But I did get this flimsy done:

Don't be sucked in by her cuteness. This girl is a force to be reckoned with.

Seems I know how to finish a flimsy, but even after successfully toilet training 4 kids, I can't crack this one. Help!

07 October 2014

4QFAL: October-November-December Plans

Here it is. The final push!

I rocked it last quarter. I finished 14 projects. Definitely not complaining.

But first, my list of projects I intend to complete:

Alpine Wonderland On A Whim (are you as tired as I am of seeing this one? Yeah, I thought so.)

Apple of My Eye Hexies

Arkansas Traveler

Blooming Lovely Open Season

Capri Blossoms

Easy as Cake

Flower Sugar Economy Quilt

Glamping Hexies

Glamping Trips

Happy Go Lucky Briar Rose

Happy Go Lucky On A Whim

Happy Go Lucky Nines and Snowballs

Honey Honey Flowering Snowball

Horizon Make It Do

Horizon Spell It With Moda quilt

I Love Lucy Churn Dash

Lucy's Triangles

Mama Said Sew D4

Miss Kate Something New

Pam Kitty Morning Dresdens

Posy Jewel Box

Posy Kiss Me

Quite Contrary Kaleidoscope

Ready Set Snow Matchbox

Ruby Grannies

Scrumptious Swoon

Sew Cherry Grannies

Simple Life Dottie #1 and #2

Spiderweb Quilt

Sunkissed Grannies

Sweet Divinity Pinwheels

Texas Quilt

Too Cute to Spook

Yellow Blossoms - just like this one

Small projects to finish:

Sleeping bags for kids' stuffed animals

Vintage Sundress Mini

American Girl Dresses

Vintage Happy Weekender

Swedish Bloom Time throw pillow

Vintage Happy Everything In Its Place bag

Honey Honey Pillow Hummingbird Pillow Shams:

Vintage Happy Sew Together Bag

Temple Bag for Me

London Weekender for my Mother-in-law

Macaron Cross Stitch Project

Yep, a lot of quilts to quilt. A lot of small projects to work on. I've got some childcare lined up, let me tell you! Going to bust out as many as I can. While working on more! And I've got several Crafty Ladies' Night/Saturdays (at least 6!), so I might just get a lot done!