Monday, April 10, 2017

Strawberry Lemonade

Come on in quilters, have a seat while I serve you up a big ole glass of refreshing Strawberry Lemonade.  Oh no this isn't the store bought Lemonade, it's homemade...YUMMY!

Freshly squeezed lemons with big ole chunks of macerated strawberries.  Nothing says warmer weather any better than lemonade.   Add a little strawberry liquor and the world is much better place, well in my world anyway.  It's so nice to finally have this quilt finished.  I love everything about it.  The buttery yellow and tickle me pinks feel so springy and girly.  I learned something new while quilting this one.  Normally when quilting I do tons of ruler work which takes forever.  This one has very little ruler work and quilted up super fast.  I think I might have found a new love....NO RULER WORK!

Over the past few months I've been talking to another quilter about our ever growing fabric stash and what will become of it when we're gone.  Well I don't want to leave this world with a ton of stash hoarded away that no one will love as much as I do.  So I've been very carefully watching what I buy.  Most frame quilters would rather have one solid piece of backing fabric.  Sure that's ideal, but why not use up what we have?   Since this is a scrappy quilt, why not  make it 100% scrappy with a scrappy backing.  It didn't take long to find what I needed in  my stash.

The 100% poly batting helps to show off the quilting.  And unlike cotton batting this quilt will keep you warm.  It's a win win in my book.

Once again I used a super tiny quarter inch binding to finish off the quilt.  The binding fabrics were cut from the excess backing needed when quilting on a frame.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the lemonade!  You can find a quick recipe for this quilt here.

~ Lea Anne ~
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Monday, April 3, 2017

Spring Quilting

Happy Monday quilting friends!  Spring is finally here in Podunk.  The flowers are starting to peek through the mulch and the veggie garden is well under way.  With so much going on outside it's inspired me to dig through my needs to be quilted pile of UFO's.  This pink and yellow Irish Chain quilt that I call Strawberry Lemonade looked like the perfect spring project. 

A quick dig through the stash for a backing left me in a pickle.  The stash of backing fabrics are getting low.  All that's left is dark colors.  What the heck...a scrappy quilt needs a scrappy backing.  Four pieces of pink yardage were sewn together to make the backing.   Now she's loaded and ready to go.

As usual I'm putting feathers in the open areas, whats a quilt without feathers, right?  The plan was to do mostly free motion quilting because it's much quicker than ruler work.  However the center of the feather work is made with a ruler.  The feathers aren't as uniform as I'd like but they are staying put and we'll just say it gives the quilt character. HAHA!  

If you'd like to make a scrappy Irish Chain quilt you can find my quicky tutorial here.  Some quilt making knowledge is required.

~ Lea Anne ~

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Peter Rabbit - Friday finish

Quilted, bound, washed and ready to be used.  It feels great to finally finish this after a year or two in the needs to be quilted pile.  The pattern is my take on The Crafty Quilters Peter Rabbit wall hanging. You can find the tutorial for her wall hanging here.

The quilt has no border, instead I carried the sashing design out for the border.  Because the sashing has cornerstones I had to use a super small binding that finishes at a quarter inch.  The normal binding that uses 2.5 strips of fabric would have made the cornerstones look like rectangles.    Cutting the 1.5" strips of fabric on the bias made it a little easier when it came to hand stitching it to the back of the quilt.

 You can see below the cornerstones and the tiny binding.

There's really nothing more I can say about this quilt so I'll just show you a few more close ups and call it day.

~ Lea Anne ~
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sew Fresh Quilts~Have a Jolly little Christmas

Hi quilting friends!  I just wanted to pop in today to share a cute free quilt along.  Lorna over at SewFreshQuilts once again has designed a super cute quilt along.
"Have a Jolly Little Christmas" is free and a new block is posted every 2 weeks.

The quilt along started in January but there's still plenty of time to catch up.  Lorna also shares ideas for several layout options.

Including a few ideas for smaller projects using these blocks.

Hop on over to get the free tutorials and coloring pages download by 
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