Thursday, September 26, 2013

Grandma's Lawn Chair: Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Welcome! Pull up a seat! I'm happy you're here, for the last stop on the Grandma's Lawn Chair BlogHop.

Last month I found this great paper-pieced "C", which was designed by the talented Diane, at From Blank Pages. It was the perfect little touch for my Tinker Tote, especially with purple flowery fabric. From the download to the finshed "C" block, I had only spent about an hour. I posted a pic on Instagram, and told Diane how much I like it, and that I'd love to test a future pattern for her. Not too long after that, she asked me to be a part of her blog hop to announce the release of her first full quilt pattern: Grandma's Lawn Chair. Of course I said yes!

Diane's instructions are so thoughtful, and well written. I love that she even included coloring pages, in addition to suggested layouts, to let me play around with different color combinations and ideas. She also includes measurements and cutting instructions for multiple quilt sizes. I'm not great at quilt-math, so I appreciated this a ton.

It was still Summer, when I started the quilt. I had been sitting on a full fat-quarter bundle of Sunny Side by Kate Spain, since Spring Quilt Market, and when I saw the quilt design, the match was perfect. So, reluctantly, I carefully disassembled my pretty stack of Sunny Side, and got to cutting and stitching.

The quilt top came together really fast, especially with glue basting the seams. Gluing helped me zip right through the pieceing of the whole top. Diane's instructions ask to press the seams open, which is probably the only thing I did differently. I prefer to press to the side, and nest my seams. I appreciate that there's enough flexibility, with the pattern, to allow me to use the techniques I like. 

Then it was onto quilting and binding. I wanted to add some texture to the quilt with free-motion quilting, and decided on a cloud-like design, which I'm so happy with. It complements the weave pattern of Diane's design really well. For the binding, I went scrappy, using strips of the prints that are in the quilt. I really love how it turned out, as well.

I'm honored and grateful to have the chance to try out Diane's pattern. It's a lot of fun, and perfect for quilters of any level.

Diane is so generous, and has given me a copy of her pattern to giveaway! Enter below for your chance!! The winner will be announced on Monday.

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You can purchase the pattern on Craftsy and Etsy.

If you missed any of the stops on the BlogHop, here they are:

Mon 9th - Diane @ from blank pages...
Tues 10th - Julie @ Jolie Maxtin
 Wed 11th - Ginny @ Fishcreek Studio
Thurs 12th - Kelleigh - guest blogging at from blank pages...
Fri 13th - Sara @ Sew Sweetness 

Mon 16th , Diane @ from blank pages... 
Tues 17th - Hilary @ Young Texan Mama
Wed 18th - Mike @ The Amateur Quilter 
Thurs 19th - Rachael @ imagine gnats 
Fri 20th - Courtney @ Mon Petite Lyons 

Mon 23rd - Jamie @ Sunflower Seeds 
Tues 24th - Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts
Wed 25th - Krista @ Spotted Stones 
Thurs 26th - Cristy @ Sew Much Like Mom
Fri 27th - Diane @ from blank pages...

Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Applique is My Favorite: Video Tutorial

Oh, how I love me some applique! It makes me giddy. It's okay if you think I'm a weirdo, I'm completely good with that. There's just something about applique that speaks to my heart.

I adore applique because it can be pretty, funky, crazy, arty, modern, traditional, simple and complicated. Applique can be used in so many ways, as well: on quilts, clothing, bags, purses, and on an on an on. There are also many techniques for creating applique: turned-edge, raw-edge, machine stitched, and hand-stitched. And within those techniques, there are many ways to create the final applique.

In this post, I'm sharing my most favorite of techniques: turned-edge applique. If you Google that term, it's very likely that you'll find an overwhelming amount of information and mulitple methods for the technique. I'm quite partial to one technique, which was developed by my mom, Sharon Schamber. Although, in my 13 years of quilting, I've tried virtually all of them.

When my mom began creating applique for her quilts, she did it all by hand, with needle-turn applique (which she still does, for very special designs). The results were gorgeous, but it was very time consuming. That began her quest for a more efficient technique that she could stitch by machine, but get the look of hand applique. She tried freezer paper methods, and many other foundations until she discovered what she was looking for. Finally, she developed, and perfected, her technique using a leave-in foundation, which is glue-basted to the applique piece. Then all of the applique pieces are glue-basted to the background fabric. Once the quilt is washed, like magic, the applique pieces look hand stitched. It's easy, fast, and the results are fantastic!

Liberty Floral by Alyssa Lichner
Modern Beauty by Alyssa Lichner
My friend Alyssa, at Pile O' Fabric, has been hosting a wonderful Skill Builder Block of the Month series, on her blog. And guess what!? This month's blocks are applique!! Yippee!!! When, Alyssa asked me to teach her my mom's technique, to use for her BOM tutorial, I was thrilled. What a wonderful way to share this technique with so many quilters! When I saw the fabulous designs, I knew I wanted to do more to support Alyssa. So, I made some videos. At first, it was going to be just one little video on how to turn the edges of the pieces. But, it became much more than that. I put together an entire series of applique videos, walking you through the complete process from the first cut to the final stitch. The series supports Alyssa's designs, but the techniques, tips and tricks can be used for so much more. I focus on beginners, but I think many levels of quilters will gain something from watching. Did I mention that the videos are FREE?! Yep, they sure are.

You can watch them here, or hop on over to YouTube. I really hope you enjoy them, and that they inspire you to find a place for a little applique in your life.

Thank you for stopping by!