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.

Friday Finish: Deep in the Heart of Texas quilt

Pardon me while I bust out my best Texan accent, y'all. I think I'll be a cowgirl for Halloween this year. I've got a thing for those sparkly rodeo princess shirts.

This quilt along was a blast, and I'm so glad I let Cristina talk me into it. (By the way, did you see that she's the Cover Girl on the latest issue of Love Patchwork and Quilting - and by she I mean her gorgeous quilt? SO COOL!)

Okay, but back to Texas.

Quilting this one was challenging. I've never had those wide, open plains of negative space to fill. What to fill them with? That quilting was going to show up! In the end, I went with stars and hearts.

Do I need to sing it for ya? Nah, I just quilted the lyrics into the top and bottom borders of the quilt!

Quilt stats:

Top fabric: Happy Go Lucky and yellow Bella solid
Binding: navy check from Happy Go Lucky
Backing fabric: more yellow solid
Pattern: Deep In the Heart of Texas Roadtrip Quilt Along, hosted by Cristina at Pretty Little Quilts and Melissa at My Fabric Relish

Marking it off the 4QFAL list. And linking up all around!

29 October 2014

Fat Eighth Sale @ Fat Quarter Shop

Hey, just letting y'all know there is a Fat Eighth bundle sale going on over at the Fat Quarter Shop.

I'm only telling ya because all my new patterns are F8 friendly! So grab a bundle. Next pattern release is November 7, with two more to follow!

Make It Do would look fabulous with Into the Woods:

28 October 2014

Fabric Tuesday: Vintage Happy Weekender

You still have some time to enter my pattern and fabric giveaway. Read all about it on this post.

Okay, but for today, I have a Weekender for you! This one is a gift for a super special friend, and I'm so excited it's done.

I used Vintage Happy everything, except for those navy dots. But they're Riley Blake too, and they work well with it all.

Lined with the cute pink floral print, and ready for a fun quilty retreat.

Had to use some of the cute motifs on it. Love the little irons and hangers and girls.


Linking up, and crossing this girl off my 4QFAL list. Now I need to finish the rest of the Vintage Happy stuff!

If you're interested in making a patchwork Weekender, I put together a post with my tips and tricks that I've learned along the way. You can find it here, and I hope you make one of your own!

Fresh Poppy Design

27 October 2014

Color Mondays: A Poll

That's right. You don't have to link up anything, although you can if you want.

Nope, today, I'm asking for your opinion. Oh, and you can still win a copy of my first pattern and a fat eighth bundle. You have until Friday!

But back to opinions. I need to choose a color palette for my blog revamp. Here are my final three (and yes, macarons inspire me - what of it?):

So vote! 1, 2, or 3. Special points go to those who choose the one I'm leaning towards!

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.

If you're interested in making a patchwork Weekender, I put together a post with my tips and tricks that I've learned along the way. You can find it here, and I hope you make one of your own!

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!