September 10, 2013

Blog Hop Stop #1 - Pull up a Chair

and let me tell you about this pattern! It is called Grandma's Lawn Chair created by the talented Diane over at From Blank Pages.

If you are a value shopper, then this pattern is for you! Diane really out did herself on her inaugural pattern as it includes so much!
*3 sizes (baby, toddler and lap)
*Cutting Diagram (useful so you don't have a lot of unused fabric)
*Advanced notes on fat quarter vs. fat eighth fabrics (you can use your stash!)
*Advanced notes on directional prints (this is valuable!) Typically I just don't use directional prints because I don't want to have to think about which way to cut and sew, but this pattern guides you through and makes it easy to accomplish.
*Coloring Page for each size
*Color Variations

So many details that don't always come with patterns, but she has them all.  There isn't one extra thing that I would ask for in a pattern.  She will be selling these on Craftsy if you would like to pick one up, but......just keep reading, it could be worth your while - I promise!

Have you ever looked at a quilt and wondered how it was put together? That was my first thought when I saw this pattern and it looked complicated.  When it "looks" complicated {to me} then I don't do it. I move along to another one but I assure you it is easy to make.  Plus, I know Diane, personally and am happy for her as creating patterns has been on her goal list for a little while. It is encouraging to see your friends meet their goals - yeah Diane!

Let's get to it!

I decided to tackle the baby quilt as I had an event coming up for a little one and this would make the perfect gift. The first version of the pattern (for this size) had 7 rows and 5 columns (not counting the background). The newest version has 6 rows and 5 columns.  That is one of the great things about this pattern - you can easily add or remove a row or column to suit your project, if necessary.

Printing out the entire pattern is what works best for me so I can mark it all up with fabric choices.

Then on the cutting instructions I also list out which fabrics they apply to. This is really helpful for me to remember which column or row corresponds with which fabric. Especially for this pattern, I would encourage you to do the same.

Once I got everything cut out I was ready to lay it out on my design board. For some reason this step took me a while. I think at this step it would be better to have your phone/tablet in front of you with the colors to use as a guide. What worked for me was to only do one row at a time and cover the remaining rows. After that, it was a breeze to stitch up!













Are you still with me? Remember I said to keep reading.  So...do you love it? You have a chance to win it as Diane is offering a free pattern to one of my readers (thank you so much)! All you have to do is comment on this post and answer the following question: What color scheme would you like to make this in?.
I'll pick a random winner this weekend and the pattern will arrive to your email inbox courtesy of Diane Bohn.

Giveaway is now closed - See this post for winner details!

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Check out the other posts this week from other testers too!
Ginny @ Fishcreek Studio
Kelleigh - guest blogging at from blank pages
Sara @ Sew Sweetness



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35 comments:

  1. OMG I love this quilt pattern! PLEASE PLEASE pick me....lol!
    I would use rainbow colors for sure! I'm on a rainbow kick right now and I think it looks wonderful on every quilt!
    *Jessica
    juceyj03@gmail.com

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  2. I'd use greens, blues & purples. Thanks.

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  3. I would definitely do some rainbow colors. It looks great in those simply color fabrics!!

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  4. I would love to win this pattern. Beautiful. I am thinking it would look BEAUTIFUL in all shades of blue...like a Caribbean sea! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  5. I really like this rainbow choice of colors, that would be great in a kid room....
    Thank you both for the chance ^_^

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  6. Love it!! Awesome colors and fabric choices!!

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  7. Bright and/or neon solids with a grey background. Love it!

    Anestinthemaking at gmail dot com

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  8. I would like to make this in fall colors! Beautiful!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  9. I have a great aqua/orange FQ bundle that is screaming to be made into this pattern! I'm in LOVE!

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  10. I would love to make it in the cool rainbow colors it is in, Bonnie & Camille is good too! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  11. gorgeous :) I can't wait to show off the one I made.

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  12. Honestly I would love to see it in every possible color combo! I really enjoy looking at the one you made. How about red, white and blue for those special patriotic holidays OR Christmas colors - it would look like ribbons!
    contentncm at yahoo dot com

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  13. Love your colors! This looks like a super fun pattern! My first thought on color is tans and browns like a basket but I may have to change my mind and remember some of the green and white lawn chairs I said in at my Grandmas :D

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  14. I think it has to be rainbows!

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  15. I love the woven effect of this pattern - I'd love to make it in rainbow colours!

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  16. I would live to see blues and browns. This is such a unique pattern.

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  17. Very cute pattern! I've been overdue for a pink/grey quilt so that is probably what I would do :)

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  18. Black and very bright colors. Babscorbitt@ gmail dot com

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  19. Please, please let me win the pattern. I just got 4 pieces of ombre which would be awesome in this pattern.

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  20. Really great review on a darling pattern! Wouldn't it be cute in Christmas colors?!

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  21. Too many choices. Maybe I'd make it in red and grey.

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  22. My color choice is tropical batiks against a white background. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  23. I would make them in pink and grays for my little girls room!!

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  24. Greys and Pinks! Thanks for this opportunity!

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  25. Green and purples and maybe a little grey. Thanks for the chance.

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  26. I love this pattern! There are so many ways to change it up with different colors and it looks beautiful! I'm thinking bright rainbows of colors would be my first choice though.

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  27. I need to make a quilt for my daughter's room "re-do"; this would be an awesome project for it. I'd make in the same color as her curtains: bright pink, lime green, navy blue and aqua with a white background.

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  28. I would try yellow, gray, black, thanks.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  29. I love this pattern! I said the same thing when I first saw a quilt made with it....how did they do that! I think I would like to make it my favorite colors...blues, greens and purples. It would also be perfect made with my Good Fortune stash. Thank you for sharing! anglanouette at gmail dot com

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  30. I love your version of the quilt pattern. I would choose white, turquoise, gray and black. Or maybe a rainbow!

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  31. I'd love to make this with many shades of teal and orange! Fun!

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  32. ROYGBIV! Or low volume for the background with brights for the cross bit. Love it!

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  33. I like the rainbow effect. I may have the colors in my fabric collection except for the blues. Excuse to buy more fabric!

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  34. i would use purples greens and blues and throw in a row of pink or hot pink to make it pop or use an autumn theme and go with brown yellow and orange maybe a row that is grean to pop

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