I am so excited to have Kelleigh guest blogging today! She doesn't have a blog, but is @Kelleighz on Instagram. :) She was so kind to volunteer to test my pattern for me and I couldn't be more grateful!
Hi! I’m Kelleigh. I’m just visiting today to tell you all about my adventures with Diane’s new quilt pattern Grandma’s Lawn Chair.
A few months ago, a student of mine told me that he was going to be an uncle. He was very excited about his new niece and asked me to make a quilt for her. Yikes, a quilt? I love to sew but I am definitely not a quilter. I told him that I would but that it would be a simple quilt because, while I can make baby clothes all day, quilts are hard for me. Two days later, I was presented with a small stack of flannel that he had bought with his own money. Needless to say, I was stuck at that point.
Searching for a pattern that didn’t scare the pants off of me was not something I was looking forward to doing. I wracked my brain trying to think of something to make with this very small stack of fabric for the very excited uncle to be. Enter Diane and her great new pattern.
This quilt looks very labor intensive and complex but, in reality, it was so very easy. The pattern opens with beautiful pictures of the quilt in several color layouts. Over the next 15 pages, Diane walks you through everything you need to know about making this quilt including: a discussion about fabric choices, colors, sizes of the quilt, tools that you will need, cutting instructions and alternate layouts. When I tell you that anyone can make this quilt with confidence, I really do mean anyone. If I can, you certainly can.
Here are some pictures of my quilt (the posting of which make me only slightly more nervous than tackling the quilt in the first place).
I made the baby size quilt which was perfect for the 5 fat quarters that I was given paired with a yard of solid pink. While this quilt is not as vibrant as many of the ones that you will see on this blog hop, I am happy with the softness and warmth that it will provide. As you may have noticed, I did not actually quilt it with many straight lines; I just used a few to keep the two layers from shifting too much. (*HINT* don’t make one of your first quilt with flannel and Minkie; two of the stretchiest fabrics ever!!).
Thank you, Diane, for letting me test this pattern and for letting me share my experience with it. If you are interested in trying your hand at this yourself, Diane has it for sale on her Craftsy page and Etsy shop.
Please check in on all of the other beautiful quilts on this blog hop. I know that their quilts will show you what a real quilter can do with this pattern.
Thank yo so much Kelleigh!! Your quilt looks beautiful! And oh so soft! I want to rub it on my cheeks. :) I don't think I would have ever thought to make this all out of flannel, but wouldn't that be so soft, and perfect for a baby?!! Thanks again! :)
Even though this post is technically on my blog, Kelleigh still gets to offer up a free PDF copy of the pattern to one of you lucky readers!
Make sure to check out all the other stops on the blog hop! To see their amazing quilts, as well as enter to win a copy of the pattern.
Here's the line up:
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...
Thank you so much for stopping by and joining in!
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