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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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!
~Cristy

31 comments:

  1. I could see this pattern in a "Me and My Sister" fabric line. I like the bright and fun prints they have.

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  2. I would definitely use some bright colors like High Street!!!!

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  3. i don't know but would have fun looking for them. thanks for the chance

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  4. I think I would try a rainbow of fabrics. Thanks!

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  5. Looks like a fun pattern. I think I would try it in batiks.

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  6. What a cute pattern and it looks great with Sunnyside!

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  7. Cute quilt. It does look like a old fashioned strapped lawn chair.

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  8. This is adorable! I would use the color of the chairs we had when I was younger, either green and white or yellow and white.

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  9. This quilt is really cute--love the fabric you chose.

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  10. I want to make this quilt for my daughter's room with her colors - white background with bright pink, lime green, navy blue and aqua

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  11. What a great quilt! I'd love to do it with Simply Style fabric! :)

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  12. With the holidays coming up I have Halloween fabric and Christmas fabric I would use them to create some cute quilts with this pattern.

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  13. Very nice pattern review and a fun quilt!

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  14. I love this pattern I have my fabrics all picked out. Loved your review of the pattern Cristy.

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  15. I'd love to make this pattern with a rainbow of colors from various fabric lines!

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  16. I would like to make this in shades of red and green with a white background to have as a Christmas quilt!

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  17. I would shop my stash for some bright colors. Thanks for the chance.

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  18. This is an awesome pattern! Looks like fun! Thanks

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  19. Great Pattern!! Love the design and colors! Thank you for this great giveaway!

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

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  20. that looks like a fun and easy pattern. I have some great polka dots that would look good in this, I think.

    When I tried to enter the pattern contest, it wouldn't let me make a comment, so here it is.

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  21. This would be gorgeous in some Happy Go Lucky!

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  22. I have some Sherbet Pips that I have been saving. It would look great in this pattern. Your quilt is beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  23. I have some Road 15 I'd like to try with this pattern. Thanks!

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  24. I've got some batiks and solid black fabric that I think would look pretty amazing using this pattern!!

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  25. My lawn chair quilt will be made with a rainbow of tropical-color batiks. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  26. I love this pattern and the variety of options I have seen during this blog are amazing. I will be adding this one to my "to do" list. kathleen dot lutz at doh dot state dot nj dot us

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  27. Right now I love the Wrens & Friends line so that's what I'd like to use.

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  28. I really like the fabrics you used - very pretty. I think I'd use solids and make it look like a rainbow, but then again I know she added jelly roll friendly instructions, so maybe then I'd pick a jelly roll like scrumptious and use that <3

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  29. I was suffering a lot of my growing age and arthritis and also of knee pain. So, my daughter in law have bought me the best ergonomic kneeling chair which is really giving relief to my knees.

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