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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Grandma's Lawn Chair Blog Hop Guest Blogger: Kelleigh

Grandma's Lawn Chair Blog Hop @ from blank pages...
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).

The small stack of flannels, washed and ready to go.
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! 
To enter: 
Leave a comment on this post answering the question: 
What is your favorite thing you like to make (or buy) for a baby gift? Giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Deborah!

I'll announce a winner on Saturday evening.
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!
If you make something with this pattern (or any of my patterns), I'd love for you to share it with me and everyone else! 
or on Instagram tag it with #fromblankpagespatterns


  1. I love to make diaper wreaths! They are super simple and u can stuff TONS of stuff on a wreath in very creative ways! I also love making small little blankets (by small I mean like 12"x14" at the biggest) for them to play with! Thanks for the chance to wi !

  2. I always like to make baby quilts. This one looks so lovely in those soft colours :-)

  3. The best gift for a new baby is a new quilt! I love making little quilts. They are fast and so fun and the thought of a sweet bundle of joy wrapped up in a handmade quilt is WONDERFUL!
    I really want to make this quilt and I would love to win the pattern so thank you so much for the chance to win!!!!

  4. Making baby quilts is one of my favorite things to do, so a quilt is always my go-to baby gift.

  5. i love to make baby quilts
    and this is such a lovely pattern

  6. Matching bibs and burp rags!! Baby quilts are always fun to make as well :)

  7. Thanks again for the chance,
    I like to gift blankets or little softies

  8. I just recently gifted my friend with a crib organizer and a few pouches to tuck baby stuff in, lucky for her I put a few diapers in, because the day after she received the package she had the baby (a few weeks early).

  9. I enjoy making burp cloth/bib sets for baby gifts. I just wish I knew more folks having babies to make things for!!

  10. I make baby quilts. I'm currently making one for my niece's newest son who is due this fall. Her sister is pregnant & due in January so I'll be making another soon. Thanks.

  11. After receiving one with my latest baby, I've decided that I'm going to make a stack of 1-layer flannel blankets that are 40" square. They are large enough to swaddle and thin enough to make it easy to do. I had to quickly stitch up more for my son, but I plan on hitting up Joanns during the next flannel sale and then hemming a stack of blankets so I have gifts ready to go.

    For my nieces & nephews (and my own kids), I like to make larger, toddler bed sized quilts. I like them (my nieces and nephews and my kids) better. :-)

  12. A quilt or an assortment of receiving blankets, depending on how much time I have. Love this pattern! It is definitely on the top of my list to try out. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

  13. I like to make baby sleepers. I also make a quilt and matching crib sheets when I have time.

  14. I like to make large square flannel receiving blankets both single and double layer. I had about a dozen that my grandma made for my girls. they are 6 and 9 and they still get used for naps, at preschool, to play with, take on car trips, planes, etc

  15. I love making quilts for babies. Especially with some sort of texture for them to feel.

  16. Such a great pattern!
    I love making baby quilts - I'm making one at the moment for my niece's first baby!

  17. I'm making my first ever quilt right now as a baby gift to my cousin who just had a little girl!

  18. My favorite gift I gave was a quilt so I would probably do it again the next time I have a chance. Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. I like to get diaper bags, or make one, thanks.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

  20. I like to make simple receiving blankets and burp cloths.

  21. I am in love with making this toy I found on Kid Giddy's blog. It's 20 little pyramids sown together to make a ball.

  22. I love this pattern....what a great idea to use flannel! I haven't had the opportunity to make or give baby gifts in a long time. When the time comes I would love to make and give bibs (you can never have too many), burb cloths, or one of these baby quilts in flannal. Thank you for sharing! anglanouette at gmail dot com

  23. I love to make diaper bags and fill them with burp cloths, receiving blankets and soft wash cloths!

  24. No matter what I make for the new babe, everyone gets Boudreax Butt Paste from me. Fabulous diaper cream and it always gets a laugh!

  25. I recently made the divided fabric basket from Noodlehead and filled it with bibs, a hooded towel, washcloths bath toys, shampoo and of course a quilt! I love making baby stuff.


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