29 March 2015

Make-A-List Color Monday: Episode Movie Poster

Oh, the funk I've been in. I didn't start climbing out of it until my awesome friend Kate told me it's okay if I've lost my sew-jo. Phew. I was worried! Life is crazier when you're doing everything on your own. Throw in kids who wait to get sick when I'm doing it all on my own, and it's no wonder I've lost the sew-jo! In three weeks, we've had two bladder infections, one migraine headache (not mine - it's scarier when it's your kid!), and severe abdominal pain (that we all know means appendicitis). I really shouldn't watch "House, M.D."

The serger hasn't cooperated as of yet. No dresses finished.

Kitty quilt is . . . a process. My brain has been so muddled lately that I don't want to work on this project and mess it up. It has a deadline, and I'll get it done. My head is clearer this week, which is a good thing. Might be because I got to see my sweetheart this weekend and get a bit of a break.

This week:
  • Finally finish Kitty Flimsy (I know, I'm as sick of seeing this one as you are)
  • Bind Catching Rays Maxi quilt
  • Prep fabric for semi-annual cutting
For those who don't know me, that last one is a great thing for me. I'm a Mormon, and every April and October, we have our General Conference. When I was a child, it meant going to church twice on Saturday, and twice more on Sunday. For two hours, each time! I didn't appreciate it as a child, but it's my favorite thing now. To hear from the leadership of my church. Words of wisdom, inspiration, encouragement, warning. They are my favorite weekends every year.

I will confess that if I just sit on the couch and listen (yes, we can watch at home now via the internet), I'll fall asleep. Their voices are just so soothing, and I'm so tired! So a few years ago, I made a plan to cut out projects while I listened. I keep pen and paper handy so I can take notes, but keeping busy really helps me pay attention. 

Which means I've got a long list! Bags and swap stuff. I'm excited! I need a finish to get the sew-jo going again.

Okay. Palettes.

I thought it would be fun to do movie posters. Here are a few of my favorites:

I will always be a "Pride and Prejudice" girl (the BBC version - don't even try to convince me that Keira Knightley's version is any good. I gave it a try. It's awful.) But the movie posters for Pride and Prejudice aren't exactly colorful. "Persuasion" has a lovely movie poster though.

There have been some great adaptations of "Pride and Prejudice." This is my favorite one:

And "Memoirs of a Geisha" was my favorite book (still in my top ten). The movie was just as good, and visually stunning.

I did these three a while back, but they're worth a second look:

And just for Kate (kidding!), a Frozen poster.

What about you? Favorite movie's poster?

Have a lovely week!

23 March 2015

Make-A-List Color Monday: Spring!

Last week was a mess. A mess, I tell you.

Didn't get anything done that I wanted. Got to spend the week putting out fires and dealing with crazy stuff. Oh, and take two quilting related classes, so it wasn't all a wash! 

My Serger has gone on strike. We're going to have words soon.

No recap of last week's list because I didn't get anything done. Just a repeat this week:
  • Finish my aunt's kitty flimsy
  • Finish my daughter's dresses
  • Prep projects for the weekend road trip
That last one is there because I'm headed to my parents' house for the weekend so I can see my sweetheart. But sitting around my parents' house without a sewing machine doesn't appeal. So I'm taking HSTs to trim and an embroidery project. I've got some swap items to work on, so when we're just sitting around visiting I can get some things done.

But let's see some color! I chose "spring" since here in the Northern Hemisphere it's finally officially spring. And I love spring. 

I love blossoming trees so much. And this palette is a new favorite.

What's your favorite image of spring?

20 March 2015

Friday Finish: Fresh Air, a new Porch Swing Quilt pattern

Hi! I'm so excited to introduce you to my newest pattern Fresh Air.

I used 24 FQs to make this quilt, which sounds like a lot, but you get some decent scraps out of the deal, and you have enough for a scrappy binding.

She finishes at 66 by 87 inches, making her perfect for a picnic at the beach, or watching fireworks this summer.

My amazing pattern tester Kate is making her blocks with her Dr. Seuss stash:

The pattern works well with solids too. Check out the maxi version (coming next week):

A photo posted by Jennie (@porchswingquilts) on
She's for sale in my Craftsy shop. $5 this week. Enjoy! 

Maxi patterns coming soon, as well as minis of my best sellers Flower, Taffy and Make It Do.

16 March 2015

Make-A-List Color Mondays: Birthday Week!

We survived. We did well, even.

Well, except for my list stuff. I was so busy keeping the kids busy and distracted that I completely derailed on the list. Still, let's see what I've done:
  • Piece kitty quilt for my aunt - didn't happen - I'm scheduling this for after this week when I can really focus
  • Cut and sew two dresses for my eldest daughter - not quite done, as a trip to urgent care interrupted this project
  • Make Flower mini - it's cut, but needs to be sewn, although I did finish the flimsy for my Make It Do Mini:
  • Finish Sweet Divinity flimsy - didn't even touch it
  • Finish Ruby Grannies flimsy - didn't even touch it
See? Total derail. I did cut and sew this Sew Together Bag for a friend:
A photo posted by Jennie (@porchswingquilts) on
I'm just wanting to get stuff finished this week. Here's hoping! I've also got two classes to take: tomorrow night is a long-arm ruler work class, then Friday I spend all day playing with EQ7 under the direction of Nancy Mahoney. But here's what I want to get done this week:
  • Finish Aunt's kitty flimsy
  • Finish daughter's dresses
  • Finish my Flower mini
Just three. All very focused. I hope.

Okay. Colors. I'm going to do a birthday cake, because I want to. But it's also St. Patrick's day this week, so let's be Irish!

I'd really like a strawberry charlotte for my birthday cake. Question is, do I want to do the work? Can I say I'm excited to celebrate my birthday in Seattle, where there are so many fabulous bakeries that my husband can just buy me a birthday cake? :)

Funny, this color palette of Ireland looks like it could come from my new hometown. Green and grey. Gotta love it!

Okay. It's not always overcast. Blue skies and blue sea and brighter greens:

And I love the "scone" color up there.

Your turn. Birthday cake or Ireland? You pick!

13 March 2015

Friday Finish: A little finish

I've survived my first week. We mostly just kept busy.

Park. Zoo. Library. Store. Park again.

I spent a little time sewing. Mostly cutting, but some sewing got done too.

My biggest finish was this little Sew Together Bag for a dear friend at church. She's the sweetest lady, and her birthday was last Friday (I'm only a week late!).

She loves the color purple, and these Downton prints were just too perfect. The zipper pockets are lined in a light grey.

09 March 2015

Make-A-List Color Mondays: All by myself

Okay, first of all, I have to share. I told you all Flower was, for a teeny moment in time, the #2 quilting pattern on Craftsy. Well, I went back on Saturday night and saw this:

Not in a perfect row like that or anything, but they were there. In the top 20! I kept texting pictures to my husband, because I'm a big dork like that. So, as previously announced, I'm extending the $5 sale on Flower for one week, and now all the patterns in my shop are $5 too. 

As of Saturday, I'm a semi-single parent. Which means that I'm a single parent. The husband started his new job today, and we're crossing fingers and toes that all goes well. Or, in the case of my eldest daughter, we're praying "he doesn't get fired on the first day." I kid you not. I'm pretty sure God understands that my husband and I had to laugh during that prayer at the dinner table. On his birthday no less.

Okay, but I'm on a new schedule this week, in an attempt to keep things as routine as possible. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Here's my list for last week:
  • Finish that Flower Maxi Flimsy
  • Bake one gorgeous German Chocolate Cake for the birthday man - done, and boy was it tasty!
  • Go shooting with the family - done, and we had fun!
A photo posted by Jennie (@porchswingquilts) on
  • Go bowling with the family - done!
  • Cut kitty quilt for my aunt - done!
  • Clean and organize my sewing room - yep, and this will segue nicely into my list for this week
Now that I'm officially moving, eventually, I've got to get things packed up. But I'd rather pack flimsies than blocks or cut up fabric. So my goal is to finish up on the projects I've got already prepped. That list is long. 

Don't believe me?

Yeah. Long.

I'm going to tackle as much as I can every week. Here's the plan for this week:
  • Piece kitty quilt for my aunt
  • Cut and sew two dresses for my eldest daughter
  • Make Flower mini
  • Finish Sweet Divinity flimsy
  • Finish Ruby Grannies flimsy
That ought to be plenty for this week. I've got some small projects to cut out, but those are the big ones.

Color palette for the week. What to do? 

It's too early for Easter (don't tell the people at the stores anyway). St. Patrick's Day is next week (let's be Irish next week, shall we?). I thought favorite flower could be fun.

Have I mentioned I love tulips? It cut off the last two color names, but they are Rose and Baby Pink. I need that bicycle too.

But I also love hydrangeas, because they were in my wedding bouquet.

And I really love dogwood blossoms.

How's about it, my friends? What are your favorite flowers? If you're new to this game, just check out the "Color Mondays" tab up there for instructions on how to share your palette. Play along - it's a lot of fun!

06 March 2015


For a time, anyway, my Flower pattern was the #2 selling pattern on Craftsy. I took a picture, just in case it changed. And it did. But it was fun while it lasted.
In honor of the honor of being second (for a while!), I've decided to extend the pattern sale for one more week. And include all my patterns. So all Porch Swing Quilts patterns are on sale for $5.

Have a great weekend. I'm going to try to stop smiling over this. :)

Friday Finish: Lucy's Crab Shack Triangle Quilt

First off, pattern sale on Flower ends tonight. Get your copy at $5 today!

Guess what?

This is a big quilt.

Like, finishes at 72"X108" big. Like, won't fit on my photo fence big.

Also, my oldest finished flimsy. I made this one in Moscow. And since we're moving in the next few months, I didn't want flimsies lying around from the last move. I'm weird that way.

Quilted it with figure-eight type loops in every other triangle. I wanted something simple, not too dense, but still fun.

Backed in that awesome navy floral from the Lucy's Crab Shack line. I may or may not be buying clothes for my kids in this color palette for some family pics this summer.

Scratch that. I'm for sure doing it. It's going to be ridiculously cute!

Have a lovely weekend!

Scratching this one off the 1QFAL list.

03 March 2015

Fabric Tuesday: Glamping Trips

Before I get to the quilt, just wanted to remind you that my Flower pattern is still on sale through Friday. Get your copy in my Craftsy shop.

I've already introduced you to my Glamping obsession. Here's installment #3. The patchwork Weekender bag is here, and the hexagon quilt is here. And it's not completely over.

I actually just used scrap strips from my hexagon cutting-fest when I prepped for my Glamping Hexie quilt. Used the Scrappy Trip tutorial with a lot of white in there and just went to town. Several borders later, I've got a quilt my daughters can fight over on camping trips. Or maybe one of them will get the big hexie quilt that still needs finishing.

Backed this girl in my favorite red daisy print from the line. Seriously, I want to make a dress out of this fabric. For me. True story.

And my two favorite little squares.

Checking her off the 1QFAL list.

02 March 2015

Make-a-List Color Mondays

Happiest of Mondays to you all!

Okay, let me just tell you that last week was a super fantastic week. For one big reason.

My husband, who graduated from law school last May, finally got a job. So stinkin' excited over here, I just can't tell you. Trials are wonderful things, and I'm grateful for the learning experience all those months were, but I'm so grateful for this opportunity.

But the job is a game changer for us. We'll have to move. So I'm switching from quilt finishing to flimsy finishing. Because this girl is getting a longarm out of this deal. Yep. So I'll just hold off on quilting most things until after the move. Which might be a while, depending on housing options. 

Okay, but let's do lists!
  • Quilt and bind Catching Rays Maxi - done! Blogging later with the Maxi Quilt Revolution pattern release 
  • Quilt and bind Glamping Trips quilt - done, and blogging tomorrow
  • Finish Fresh Air Maxi flimsy - done and here's the sneak peak
A photo posted by Jennie (@porchswingquilts) on
  • Finish piecing Flower Maxi flimsy - almost done, but I got distracted by the new job prep!

I've also got my newest pattern, Flower, on sale until Friday for $5. She's kind of my favorite. Check out the pattern store!

Now, for this week, life is super crazy. Gotta get the husband outfitted and ready for the new job. He's heading out on Saturday, so we've got some family time to get it. So here's my list for this week:
  • Finish that Flower Maxi Flimsy
  • Bake one gorgeous German Chocolate Cake for the birthday man
  • Go shooting with the family
  • Go bowling with the family
  • Cut kitty quilt for my aunt
  • Clean and organize my sewing room
I know. It's not that thrilling. But it's what I'm doing this week. I've still got some finishes to post this week, so there will still be pretty pictures. But my family comes first, always, but most especially this week.

And now, for my palette! Since Seattle is going to be home, I thought it would be fun to do a "Home" theme. Now, it does not, obviously, have to be your current home. Home, for me, is where my family is. So I'll be split between Boise and Seattle until we're all together again.

Not all grey skies and rain! I'm excited for this new adventure, and now it's time to get things packed up.

Link up your definition of "Home." And have a wonderful week!

27 February 2015

Friday Finish: Flower, a new Porch Swing Quilts pattern

Introducing Flower, my latest, and favorite, quilt pattern.

12 Fat quarters, some background fabric and one gorgeous quilt. You can mix and match more fabrics in this one if you want.

She finishes at 56" X 74", making her the perfect snuggle quilt.

My awesome friend Kate did a test block for me, and handed down some great edits as usual. Now she did it "Kate Style", so instead of the background fabric surrounding the center of the flower, she used another print. Kate used the Round Up fabric by Samantha Walker, and I'm loving it!

The Maxi and Mini versions are coming soon. For now, you can get your copy of this pattern in my Craftsy store. $5 for one week only.

Hope you love it, and I'd always love to see what you do with any of my patterns. 

23 February 2015

Make-A-List Color Monday

Where did last week go? I swear, it only felt like Tuesday, but it really was Friday. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I wasn't accomplishing much. Well, I was, but nothing I'd blog about. My laundry is not that fascinating.

But here were my goals from last week:
  • Quilt Fresh Air - Done! Blogging the pattern release in March, but here's a sneak peak:
A photo posted by Jennie (@porchswingquilts) on

  • Quilt and blog Posy Kiss Me Quilt - Done! Blogged here
  • Piece Flower Maxi flimsy - mid-week I changed my mind on how I wanted to do this quilt, so I had to pull some different fabrics. I'm pretty excited about this one now!
  • Piece Fresh Air Maxi flimsy - Almost done! Quilting soon.
Now for this week.
  • Quilt and bind Catching Rays Maxi
  • Quilt and bind Glamping Trips quilt
  • Finish Fresh Air Maxi flimsy
  • Finish piecing Flower Maxi flimsy
Color palette time. I really loved the warm weather palettes from last week. We even had a day or two of warmer weather. Almost 60 degrees a couple of days, so we headed to the zoo.

Now, for this week. No theme. Just something beautiful. I've got ideas for themes, but they don't always translate into pretty palettes. So for today, while my imagination is working, we've just got beautiful palettes.

20 February 2015

Friday Finish: Posy Kiss Me

I should really finish quilts while my daughter still likes certain colors. When I made this, pink was still okay. Now it's definitely not. Well, not for the eldest daughter.

Fortunately for me, I have two daughters, and one of them is in the throes of all things pink! Lucky girl is never going to freeze. Ever.

Used the Fig Tree Kiss Me pattern with some Posy fabric. Loved this quilt, but I made it a little bigger (who's surprised?). And if I had to choose, I'd say the bunny print is my favorite:

Checking it off the 1QFAL list.

16 February 2015

Make-A-List Color Monday: Warm-Weather Dreaming Edition

I'll 'splain the color palette in a minute. Promise.

I got sick last week. It was my fault. I got a little cocky. Counting my blessings that, because we homeschool, we don't get sick very often. Which is still true. But I got a lovely cough and fever and it was super fun. Remarkably, I did get some things finished anyway (thank you tax return!). Let's check the list:
  • Quilt Pam Kitty Garden Flower - done! Pattern release soon, but here's a teaser shot:
A photo posted by Jennie (@porchswingquilts) on
  • Quilt and blog Sunkissed Grannies - done, and blogged here
  • Finish Tulip Pillow for my MIL - almost done
  • Cut Flower Maxi, Cat quilt (for my aunt), and Fresh Air Maxi - done! 
I also finished my Fresh Air flimsy (pattern release soon!), so that one is in the queue to be quilted right away. 

As for this week, I'd like to accomplish the following:
  • Quilt Fresh Air
  • Quilt and blog Posy Kiss Me Quilt
  • Piece Flower Maxi flimsy
  • Piece Fresh Air Maxi flimsy
I'll stick with those four. Four is good.

Okay, today's palette "theme." I've been dreaming of jam ever since my last container of strawberry freezer jam disappeared. I don't know how that happened. Might be all the bread I was making this winter. 

But now I'm seriously craving strawberry jam. Methinks I'll need to make some cute strawberry crafts while I wait. Like this quilt, or these paper pieced jam jars.

And I'm totally going to make one blue strawberry. As a reference to one of my favorite musicals. Any guesses? 

What warm-weather thing are you dreaming of? It doesn't have to be jam. It can be garden beds, lakes - it's your dream! Share it!

14 February 2015

Why I quilt

Someone asked me the other day why I quilt. I thought about it, gave some answer about creativity and personal enjoyment. And it was true. But it wasn't the whole reason, or even the best.

This is why I quilt:

Every single one of those smiles is why I quilt.