26 November 2014

Maxi Quilt Revolution!

I promised a Maxi Quilt Revolution, and I delivered!

Mini quilts are fine and dandy when it's summer and you just want something cute on the wall, or a throw pillow on the couch.

But Maxi quilts, where we take a quilt block and maxi-fy it, are what's needed in the fall and winter. Maxi quilts are also fantastic at showcasing big prints that get chopped up in smaller quilt blocks.

When you're going to start a revolution, you should first occupy the capitol building. I read that somewhere.

(thanks, Kate, for the hashtag inspiration)

I've taken my first four patterns and maxi-fied them into quick, simple, easy-to-piece quilts. Let's get acquainted, shall we? I photographed these on my fence so you could see just how big these blocks and quilts are.

First, the Make It Do Maxi. The center churn dash block is 36" square. Yep. 3 feet. 1 yard. It's fabulous for big prints that don't get the proper showing in smaller blocks. The final quilt size is 72" square.

I really wanted to keep the shoo fly blocks in the corners, so I just made them a part of a border.

This quilt is layer cake friendly, with lovely scraps left over for a throw pillow or a doll quilt. This quilt seriously came together in just a couple of hours. Fast and fun!

Second, my Taffy Maxi. I liked the bright candy colors of my first one, but I thought this one would be awesome in Christmas prints. I used some Solstice FQs, but wouldn't it be fun in scrappy reds, like my Christmas stockings?

She's a FQ friendly quilt (just 15), and goes together so quickly. Four blocks! Four BIG blocks - they finish at 30" square. The final quilt size is 78" square, just like the original, but with 1/4 of the blocks. Kinda nice, huh? And that center block would be extra cute as a pinwheel.

Third, my Something New Maxi. This one would be fun for scraps, but a layer cake will also give you just what you need. I chose to use some Surrounded by Love. We need another Valentine's Day quilt around here!

The blocks finish at 24" square, so they work up fast, and would be great to feature some of your favorite prints. The final quilt is 76" square, perfect for a cuddle quilt!

And finally, my Five Spot Maxi

These blocks are also 30" square, which works beautifully with the larger prints in so many lines. I still had some Wee Wander FQs, so I worked it all out, and even fussy cut some prints. You'll need just 13 FQs for this girl!

She finishes at 75" square. Roasty toasty toes will thank you for a big quilt to cuddle up in. Back it in Minky and you will be everyone's favorite.

So, who wants to win some patterns? Start shopping for your fabrics, with all the sales going on this weekend! 

I've listed the specific fabric requirements in the Craftsy listing if you want to go ahead and get ready to make it. You'll have plenty of time to finish just four blocks (or even one!) for a last minute Christmas gift. 

To enter, just leave a comment here. Let me know your biggest pattern pet peeve. Mine is having a whole lot of fabric left over. For additional entries:

  • Follow me, porchswingquits, on Instagram. Leave me a comment with your IG handle
  • Follow this blog and let me know you do

One winner will receive a PDF copy of all four Maxi patterns, plus a layer cake from one of my favorite etsy shops, Red Chair Quilting. Gotta support my Idaho shops!

And you have two giveaways to enter. Kate, the genius behind all my pressing instructions, has the same deal going on over on her blog. So hurry!

If you don't want to wait, you can purchase a copy of each one in my Craftsy store for $6.50 each. That's not a sale price. That price sticks forever! And if you want all four, you can buy the bundle for $20.

Giveaway will end Sunday night, and I'll announce the winner Monday morning. Good luck, and happy shopping! And pretty please, make sure you're not a "no-reply" blogger. I've had a handful every time, and it makes me sad to think that you'll never get replies to your comments, or chances to win. Check out this post to fix it.

Oh, and our winner from last week was Melanie! Congrats to you! Enjoy your patterns and fabric!

21 November 2014

Friday Finish: Miss Kate Something New Quilt - Another Fabulous Fat Eighth Quilt!

First, the winner of all three patterns from last week was Christine! I've e-mailed you you your bundle of patterns! Congrats!

My fourth pattern, Something New. With quarter square triangles and flying geese. And lions, tigers, and bears. Oh my.

The blocks finish at 16", and the quilt finishes at 68"X86". Again, she's fat eighth friendly, and so fun to make scrappy. Kate went scrappy with hers, and I'm loving the scrappy red, white and blue:

I sketched up a version done in all navy, just to see if those blocks would look like snowflakes, and they did! I think this would make a lovely winter quilt.

And now, let's have a giveaway. This is the last of my quilt patterns for a bit, besides the maxi versions premiering next week. So let's make it fun! The winner will receive PDF copies of all four patterns, plus their choice of F8 bundle from Westwood Acres. Just leave me a comment telling me if you prefer paper or PDF patterns. Inquiring minds want to know.

Giveaway runs through next Tuesday night. I'll announce the winner Wednesday morning. Good luck. If you don't feel like waiting, the pattern is available in my Craftsy shop for $5, this week only.

Oh, and checking this girl off the 4QFAL list!

18 November 2014

Fabric Tuesday: Swedish Bloom-Time Pillow!

It's not always about quilty finishes with me. Seems like it is, but it's not.

I made this block a while back. Thought I might make an entire quilt with these blocks. Thought again.

So here is a little pillow instead, and already claimed by my little peanut. She likes pillows.

Checking it off the 4QFAL list. Pattern designing has completely sidetracked me! Still, quite a few are done at least.

Linking up!

Quilt Story

17 November 2014

2014 Purse Palooza Finalist!

I entered my Vintage Happy Weekender bag in the 2014 Purse Palooza contest, and I found out today that I was one of the 22 finalists!

Go check out all the finalists here, and if you feel so inclined, vote for your favorite! I hope it's me!

14 November 2014

Friday Finish: Introducing Five Spot, another Fabulous F8 Quilt!

Well, after reading all your comments last week, I think it's time for a Maxi Quilt Revolution. Stay tuned. It's coming!

In the meantime, I'd like to show you my third pattern, Five Spot.

Yet another Fabulous F8 Quilt, and more than generously sized at 74"X95". This girl will cover your toes just fine and still reach your chin!

As you know, I've been banned from HSTs and QSTs by Kate, the Goddess of the Nested Seams. She's been editing and testing and red-penning my patterns, and so this one was a breather, I hope. Some cute little on-point four-patch blocks, some Birds in the Air blocks and you're done. Sashing (I love my sashing!), a border, and one big quilt! Kate started on a baby quilt by testing one block. I'm loving the non-white background. This is a great big scrap buster kinda quilt:

It's going to be a cute baby boy quilt!

I used the Spring 2014 Flower Sugar F8 bundle from Westwood Acres, and I'm seriously loving the bright colors.

Five Spot takes just 24 F8s, plus some yardage for the background, sashing, and border. The blocks finish at 18" square, so it all comes together pretty quickly.

Want to win a copy of the pattern? Want to win a copy of all three of my pattens: Make It Do, Taffy and Five Spot? If you don't want to wait to have a copy, she's on sale for $5, this week only in my Craftsy store.

Leave me a comment. Last week we discussed Maxi quilts (and I hope you're ready for the Maxi Quilt Revolution coming up). This week, I'd like to know your thoughts Etsy vs. Craftsy: which do you prefer? I like Craftsy because all my purchased patterns are all in the same place. Very user friendly, in my book, and why I chose to open my shop in Craftsy instead of Etsy. But Etsy is a little prettier, and easier to search. What about you? Which do you prefer?

Giveaway runs through Thursday, November 20th at 11:59 p.m. Winner will be notified by e-mail first and announced on this blog. If you're a no-reply blogger, I can't contact you, which means you can't win a pattern. So leave an e-mail address for me just in case!

11 November 2014

Fabric Tuesday: Blooming Lovely Open Season

Two things, before the pictures.

First, go check out my second quilt pattern, Taffy, and enter to win a copy of both my patterns. And enter at Katie's blog too! Katie is the genius behind my perfectly nested seams on my patterns.

Second, I did a little holiday wish listing yesterday, and you can too! Just blog a list and link up!

Okay. Phew. That's done. On to the finished quilt:

 I finished this top on my retreat in January, and it's a fun one. I'm wanting to gift this one, but I'm not sure where it should go. I think my couch is a great spot.

It was a windy day yesterday, and cold. My little troopers tromped all around the park with me, collecting leaves and letting me know just how cold they were. But we found some great picture taking spots!

I used the Open Season pattern from Schnibbles Times Two, but I used a fat quarter bundle of Blooming Lovely fabric I'd won ages ago, and added a bunch of coordinating FQs along the way. I'm calling it my Indian Summer quilt.

She's backed in pink polka dot flannel, and so cozy. Perfect for a cold November. And I found this funky pink and brown leaf fabric for the binding on the clearance table! Love good finds like that.

Abraham Lincoln approves.

Checking it off the 4QFAL list.

10 November 2014

I'm Dreaming of a Fabric Holiday

Good mornin' stitching world! Unless it's already afternoon or evening where you are at. Then it's just, hey. How's the day going to turn out for the rest of us? :)

First, go check out my latest pattern, and Kate's version, and enter the pattern giveaway. I'll wait. We're cool.

And now, what about a fun linky party?

Post your holiday wish list (pictures are helpful!) and link up! I know it might be useful for anyone who really wants to get you something you love.

For me?

The Merry & Bright fat quarter bundles at the Fat Quarter Shop:

An Acorn Trail FQ bundle from Westwood Acres:

A Cherie FQ Bundle, also from Westwood Acres

And a Roots and Wings FQ bundle from Fabricworm

A new Olfa Cutting Mat (the 24X36 one)

A quilt ladder (think I can get the husband to make me one?)

(photo courtesy of the lovely Cindy at Hyacinth Quilt Designs)
Another building projects for the husband!

And, the one thing I ask for every year, TIME! Just some quiet, uninterrupted sewing time. Free babysitting. Or just a new movie that will make my kids into zombies for an hour or so. It's not complicated!

And if any elves want to come in and recover my chair for me, I wouldn't chase them out. I might even feed them cookies, or peanut brittle, or donuts. Just sayin'. 

Okay, you're turn! Blog a list and share it with us. You have 10 days, so no pressure.

Happy wishing!

07 November 2014

Friday Finish: Introducing Taffy, another Fabulous Fat Eighth Quilt!

Introducing Taffy, my second quilt design, available in my Craftsy shop.

She's fat eighth friendly. Honestly, F8 bundles are quickly becoming my favorite pre-cut. Not as pricey as a fat quarter, but still enough of the line to make a decent sized quilt. And this girl is 75" square. All stitched up in the bright candy colors of Wee Wander.

I backed her in baby pink minky, and of course my baby girl has claimed it. Do you know how many quilts this girly has? Yeah. Too many.

Taffy would be adorable in just red and white, for Christmas:

I might make just four or six blocks for a table runner too:

Kate, while testing, is making Taffy up using Be Jolly, a Christmas line from Moda, and it's adorable:

Kate is the genius behind the fabulously nested seams on all my patterns. Taffy was a challenge, and I'm always ready to just throw in the towel and press everything open, but Kate solved the puzzle and these babies lock together like Legos. It's a beautiful thing! Must be why she's so fabulous at t-shirt quilt designs. Seriously. A master at puzzles, Miss Kate.

And there's a giveaway! But there's a catch. Here's the catch. I'm wondering something.

There's a big "mini" trend. I love them for their cuteness, but honestly, my Gran's voice is in my head saying, "What's that supposed to cover, my elbow?" Quilts, at my house, are meant for snuggling.

So why not big quilt blocks? Like, say 30-inch blocks?

I sketched up a Taffy quilt, just for fun, that's 75" square, just like the original, only it uses 30" blocks instead. So just four blocks. Wouldn't that be fabulous? Just four blocks and you have a big, snuggly quilt!

So that's your question. Maxi or mini? Would you make a quilt with giant blocks, or do you prefer the mini trend? Maybe we could start our own trend.

Winner will receive a free PDF copy of Taffy AND Make It Do. Giveaway ends on Thursday, November 13th at 11:59 p.m. MST. Good luck!

Oh, and if you don't want to wait, pattern is for sale in my Craftsy shop. Just $5 for the first week, then $9 after the 7th.

01 November 2014

Winner winner!

Congratulations to Janet of Simply Pieced! She won a copy of my new pattern, Make It Do. Thanks to all for playing, but more for your sweet words and encouragement.

I'll be releasing three more patterns every Friday in November, and then a big surprise reveal the day before Thanksgiving! Stay tuned!

31 October 2014

Friday Finish: Babe, Hobbes, and a Hobo Bag

Lest you think all I ever sew are bags and quilts, let me assure you. I get requests for things all the time from my kids. Slippers, scarves, hats, nightgowns. This year, Halloween costumes weren't decided until the 11th hour. Not like a few years ago where I worked for a full MONTH on this Iridessa costume:

You can't see it, but there are a lot of little petals on that waist. And the fabric was slippery. This is why I stick with cotton!

But this year, I had a Paul Bunyan. And he had to have a Babe:

And I had a Johnny Appleseed, who needed a burlap sack for his seeds:

And then there's Calvin, who wouldn't be Calvin without a Hobbes:

It's been a busy week of sewing, but I got them all done in time for trick-or-treating.