Saturday, July 24, 2010

Summer Porch

Doesn’t this make you want to sit out on a porch with a cold lemonade? This quilt is one of my favorites, it is such a cool pattern. When I first saw this pattern it was in a magazine. There was an ad for some long arm quilting machine and a Summer Porch quilt was draped on a couch, and I thought “oh my gosh, that quilt is so pretty!” some time goes by before I spot it again on somebody’s blog and they had the pattern name, woohoo! I found out it was an Eleanor Burns pattern, and bought the book at Joann’s.
Can I just say how much I enjoyed making this quilt? Eleanor gives the best and most detailed instructions for making it in a variety of sizes. It had a picture or diagram of every single step, with hints and tips to boot. I love that, it made it a no brainer, and the quilt went together easily. I used the remainder of my fat quarter pack called Shangri La by Moda. I bought it from Nicole (Sisters Choice Quilts) sometime ago when she was selling some of her stash. I’ve made 3 quilts from this fabric now, and I am kind of sad to see it all gone, BUT there is so much more out there to use right?
This is one of the two quilts I quilted on the long arm last weekend. I did not use a panto, I did it free motion stippling (looks like big puzzle pieces, a meandering pattern), with a cream thread on top and dark red thread on back.
In order to take a good picture of a big quilt, you need lots of helpers standing on the back of my truck!
The backing is a soft plaid red flannel. Did I mention I love using flannel for a backing? Okay, I mention it all of the time. I can’t help it, it’s so soft and warm. I pre-wash my flannel backing before I put it all together, flannel I have found likes to shrink, so I wash it in hot water and dry it hot too. No, I don’t wash my regular cottons, ever… it takes too long! Haha!
Regarding the trip I took back in June, I stayed only 9 days, because I had to get back to work, the rest of my family got to stay and play! Lucky them :)

11 comments:

Luv 2 Kreate said...

Your quilt is just lovely! ENJOY

KarenV said...

What a gorgeous quilt! I have a couple of fat quarters of Shangri-La and I love the colourway :)

The flannel on the back looks like a great idea - I shall be filing that away for future reference!

Katrina said...

It's really gorgeous!!!! I love it :-).

Missy Ann said...

I have that book!!! But I never paid any attention to that quilt, well that changes now. It's beautiful, congrats!

Jackie said...

It's a gorgeous quilt! Flannel on the back is such a good idea. Thank you for letting us know that it shrink a LOT and should be prewashed.

Denise in PA said...

The quilt is fabulous! I don't think I have that book, but I'm going to look for it at Jo-anns (but I'll check first, I've been known to buy books twice o:) Shangri-la is great fabric. I know what you mean about being sorry to see it go. I feel the same way about certain lines, but then as you said - there's always something else! Aren't we lucky to have such wonderful fabric choices these days?!

FabricandFlowers said...

Thanks for such a detailed post. I think I might try this pattern. I'm ready for something easy to follow. Your quilt is gorgeous.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

That's such a beautiful quilt! I love that fabric line.

staci said...

Sooo beautiful Heather! You make the loveliest quilts...and I'm always amazed at how fast you finish them!!!

Just Jenn said...

The pictures don't do it justice, that was the most lovely quilt ever. Mmmmm... snuggly. (You're lucky I didn't snatch it while you were over here!) lol

MysteryKnitter said...

Beautiful quilt.