Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Grandma's Lawn Chair Blog Hop & Giveaway!!!

Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Grandma's Lawn Chair Blog Hop!!! I would like to say thank you to Diane at ...from blank pages for allowing me to be a part of it, and to test out such an awesome pattern!

I want to start off by telling you how I met Diane :) I was browsing through some quilting/sewing blogs one day and came across hers :) she was giving away a zippy pouch for any commenters on her blog. I entered and I won the pouch! And, I use it everyday for my hexies on the go! Sew, I consider her officially my bloggy friend :) Hopefully someday our paths will cross in real life. After following her blog for the past two years and interacting through emails and blog comments, I can tell she is a delightful person and a good soul! I recently started following her on instagram, which I LOVE! That is where she was asking for pattern testers, sew... I volunteered (even though I was on a tight schedule)... and as you'll see, I ran with it!

On first glance, the pattern looks like it will be tricky, but in reality, it's very simple and it produces a great weave effect! It has 3 sizes, baby, toddler and lap size, but in the end it's very flexible. You can add more rows or columns and make it any size you want! There are cutting diagrams, notes on cutting from different sizes of fabric including fat quarters, fat eighths and yardage. She even goes further with tips for using directional print, plenty of diagrams and great details on construction... even a diagram you can color so you can see your layout first!

I'm so excited that I finally get to share this! I have been keeping it under wraps for the blog hop. Nothing worse than not being able to share a finish!!! At least with this one I can tell you it has already been used and it works great! ... lol. Here's my finished product:

I used some really brightly colored "batik looking" fat quarters that I found in the bargain bin at a local craft store :)

 Didn't have a lawn chair to throw it over  :)

I quilted it with a variegated rainbow colored thread in the pattern of rainbows. I also picked out the backing fabric at my local quilt shop (Joann's... lol). I had seen that "love" fabric many times and just always wanted to use it. I think I paid only $3.50 a yard for it with my coupon :) The pattern had instructions for using fat quarters, but I had enough of each color left over to make a scrappy binding! This was the first time I had ever done that!

Anyway, Diane is offering up a free pattern to one of my readers! Yay! And, I am throwing in these 5 fat quarters to get you started! All you have to do is comment on this post and say anything about lawn chairs :) I'll pick a winner after the blog hop ends.

In the meantime, check out the other blogs on the hop!

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...

Here are links to the pattern in case you want to buy your own copy:


Until next time!


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