Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Simple Joys

Happy Saturday happy quilters!  This week has been super busy.  Our garden keeps me busy preserving the harvest but in between bushels of vegetables the fabric is flying and the sewing machine humming.  For most quilters this time of year means stitching up fall quilts.  I'm not a big fan of fall colored quilts so I'm jumping ahead and working on a Christmas quilt.  For our family Christmas is all about family time and the simple things in life.  While working on my current project I'm trying to stay focused on just that..simple.  And it occurred to me that there are some really simple things in quilting that give me great pleasure.  Like the tiny 4 patch that is made when you spin the seams on the back of a block to make them flatten.   The little four patch inspired me to stop and enjoy the moment of tiny little things I love.  
  Pulling fabric is another Joy.  Seeing others quilters fabric selections also makes my little ole heart go pitter-pat.  The love affair with fabric is pretty close to an obsessive disorder.  But I don't have to tell you that, you all understand!
 Well this new quilt has me so over the moon excited that I've decided to make it in two different color ways.  One for me and one as a gift.  The hard part will be deciding which one to give away.  
So I gotta know, is there a quilting joy that makes you pause?   That one simple thing that always makes you smile?  Does it take your breathe away or is it a calming sigh?  I know there's more than a few kindred spirits out there.
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Thanks for stopping by my little spot in Podunk

~ Lea Anne ~
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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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