Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New Pattern ~ Sweet Sixteen ~

Hello sweet quilting friends!  There's lot to share with you today but first I want to say a few words about my new journey.  As you already know I'm launching a new pattern shop on Craftsy.  Selling patterns has long been a dream of mine but taking that first step is always a difficult one.  Many things were standing in my way of taking that first step, so why step?  Just jump in both feet and see what happens.  Thank you so much to those of you who have been my cheerlearders and requested patterns.  Let me also say because I'm selling patterns doesn't mean I will no longer share free patterns.  So keep a look out in the next few weeks for new and exciting stuff here on the blog.   Now without further ado.....My first pattern for sale is Sweet Sixteen.
The Sweet Sixteen design was inspired by the traditional appliqued crossing tulips design.  This new modern version of the crossing tulips has no applique and no tulips.  The heart shaped flowers mimic a tulip and the chain blocks mimic a flower stem. 

It was designed as a seasonal Valentine quilt but it also works well as a fall quilt. The image below is Moda Fig Tree prints and since the quilt measures 75 x 75 it would be perfect for autumn hayrides and chilly nights by an open fire.
 In one of my favorite combinations of yellow and blue it instantly becomes a beautiful Shabby Chic design.  Wouldn't this make an amazing wedding quilt or graduation gift?
 Even though the quilt pattern uses fat quarters and fat eighths it could easily be made into a scrappy quilt, perfect for stash busting or a quilt guild raffle quilt.
The old farm house style of Sweet Sixteen makes for an amazing year around quilt.   The pattern can be purchased at Craftsy by clicking here.   Or by clicking on the Sweet Sixteen picture in the side bar.  If you prefer not to use Craftsy you can email me your paypal email at podunkpretties@gmail.com. I'll be more than happy to send you an invoice for the $10 pattern payment.    Once the invoice is paid your pattern will be emailed to you ASAP.

Thanks for stopping by my little spot in Podunk!

~ Lea Anne ~

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Friday, August 11, 2017

~ Out with the old... ~

...In with the new.  Yes dear quilting friends change is in the air, I can feel it, literally.  We've had some really mild days here in Podunk.  That means Autumn is fast approaching...I hope.  Well before I get to the really exciting news about change, how about a pretty picture just because bright colors make me happy.  The beautiful background block below was a gift from my dear friend Bev at Blossomandbev.  There's three more of these lovelies waiting for me to finish.
So what's the big change?  There's a couple of things.  The first is I'm launching my new Craftsy pattern shop next week!  I'm super excited and have been working hard to get everything done with the help of Bev as a pattern tester.   Along with pattern shop I'll be making some changes here on the blog, you might have noticed the new blog header.  Please bare with me as I make and test other features on the blog.  Another change is my logo, I'll be retiring my old logo below and replacing it with something pretty similar.
Here she is!  Not much of a change, the design was based upon my old logo.  But I now have the freedom to change the color when needed.  If you look up at the first picture in this post you'll see that I can also use it as a watermark.
 See you next week!

~ Lea Anne ~

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Block 1 of the I Love Home BOM

Good Morning Sweet Quilting Friends! .  There's something super cute being stitched up in the Podunk Pretties Studio.  Today is the first day of  The I Love Home Block of the month.    This is my first year being a featured blogger.  I'm having a lot of fun adding my own little Podunk twist to this adorable pattern.  When I saw the 3 little flowers for block one I immediately knew 3 little yo-yo's would be perfect.  They took just a few minutes to make.  Also instead of the raw edge fusible applique I decided to do mine as turned edge applique using freezer paper.  Jacquelynne has given us the freedom to use our blocks in any way we like.  Make sure you come back to see what I've cooked up for these blocks.



So are you ready to make your own little cutie?  You can get Block one, the fabric requirement and cutting instructions at Jacquelynne Steves The Art of Home Blog.  And visit the I Love Home Pinterest Board often for inspiration along the way.  When sharing your blocks on Social Media use the hashtag #ILoveHomeQuilt


Don't forget to stop by and see all the featured bloggers for color and design inspirations  as well as entering for a giveaway on each blog.  That's right, there's several chances to win some great prizes.  So visit each one of the bloggers below.


This months giveaway is one of the beautiful thread collections below.


To enter the giveaway leave a comment below telling me if you've ever used yo'yo's in a quilt.
GIVEAWAY ***CLOSED*** 
Giveaway rules
  • Leave a comment telling me if you've ever used yo-yo's in a quilt.
  • Giveaway is open to all
  • You must enter by 11:59 August 14, 2017
  • Make sure I have a way to contact you.  Leave your email in your comment just to be on the safe side.  I want everyone who comment so have a chance to win!
Thanks for stopping by and GOOD LUCK!

~ Lea Anne ~

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday Finish ~ The Patriot

Happy Friday quilty friends!  I'm doing a little happy dance today because this one is finished.  A simple name for a simple quilt..."The Patriot".  


You know we often get caught up in the new more elaborate quilt designs but really the old simple patterns have a charm all their own.  


There's a reason they're called classics.  Classics last forever, while the new patterns have a long way to go before they can reach this much desired label of classic.  Sadly, many will never make get the classic label.


 You can take a classic pattern of nine patches, add the classic colors of red white and blue, and you have yourself a quilt that will be treasured for generations.


I had to share this picture below.  Mr. Podunk thought he was comic of the year when I said "Ok now the backside".  He such a goof.  So there it is girls, Mr. Podunk's backside.  What you don't see is him doing his little booty dance/wiggle.


Well back to the quilt, the backing is a LakeHouse Fabrics print.  White backings show off the quilting.  I love white background fabrics and backings.  So traditional.


The swag quilting on the border also felt sorta traditional.  I was trying to keep it simple but AWE worthy.  Did I manage it?  And the blue binding frames the quilt nicely.  It's from my vintage stash.


One more picture just because it's my favorite.  This was during the process of taking it off the quilt frame.  The lighting was excellent in the studio for picture taking.  It shows off every feather.


For those of you that have been following me for a long time know that I'm no fabric snob.  I'll use any fabric.  So here's my list of fabrics used.  Blue nine patches, outer red border and backing are LQS fabrics(all purchased on sale). The white background is Joann's Kona white, purchased with a 60% off coupon. The red triangles are Walmart fabric and the Navy blue is Vintage fabric from who knows where, purchased at an estate sale.  If I had to guess I would say it's not very old, maybe the 90's.  But still consider somewhat old.

Thanks for stopping by my little spot in Podunk, have a great weekend!

~ Lea Anne ~
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