Last month I found this great paper-pieced "C", which was designed by the talented Diane, at From Blank Pages. It was the perfect little touch for my Tinker Tote, especially with purple flowery fabric. From the download to the finshed "C" block, I had only spent about an hour. I posted a pic on Instagram, and told Diane how much I like it, and that I'd love to test a future pattern for her. Not too long after that, she asked me to be a part of her blog hop to announce the release of her first full quilt pattern: Grandma's Lawn Chair. Of course I said yes!
Diane's instructions are so thoughtful, and well written. I love that she even included coloring pages, in addition to suggested layouts, to let me play around with different color combinations and ideas. She also includes measurements and cutting instructions for multiple quilt sizes. I'm not great at quilt-math, so I appreciated this a ton.
It was still Summer, when I started the quilt. I had been sitting on a full fat-quarter bundle of Sunny Side by Kate Spain, since Spring Quilt Market, and when I saw the quilt design, the match was perfect. So, reluctantly, I carefully disassembled my pretty stack of Sunny Side, and got to cutting and stitching.
The quilt top came together really fast, especially with glue basting the seams. Gluing helped me zip right through the pieceing of the whole top. Diane's instructions ask to press the seams open, which is probably the only thing I did differently. I prefer to press to the side, and nest my seams. I appreciate that there's enough flexibility, with the pattern, to allow me to use the techniques I like.
Then it was onto quilting and binding. I wanted to add some texture to the quilt with free-motion quilting, and decided on a cloud-like design, which I'm so happy with. It complements the weave pattern of Diane's design really well. For the binding, I went scrappy, using strips of the prints that are in the quilt. I really love how it turned out, as well.
I'm honored and grateful to have the chance to try out Diane's pattern. It's a lot of fun, and perfect for quilters of any level.
Diane is so generous, and has given me a copy of her pattern to giveaway! Enter below for your chance!! The winner will be announced on Monday.