Monday, November 24, 2014

Looking Glass: A pattern tested - Hop and giveaway


It was a lot of fun testing Looking Glass for Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs. The hardest part of the whole process - choosing fabric. Finally, I settled on Elementary by Sweetwater and decided to make the lap size. This quilt is to be for my youngest little boy, and I think Elementary is a good fit for a young boy and the lap size big enough to take him out of toddler years (I hope:)



Picking sash color was a challenge. Moda Bella Parchment ended up being the final selection. Anything paler just seemed to wash the other colors out - they just seemed so subdued and faded back, if that makes any sense...



Piecing was a breeze. This I attribute to Cheryl's easy to follow piecing instructions. Love, love her ironing diagram. Didn't have to spend any time at all deciding which way or how to iron. Just followed her instructions and the blocks went together easy peasy. As usual, I spent more time arranging blocks than I did piecing, go figure : )


Usually when I do sashing or borders I just attach a strip and trim off the excess. This time, in an effort to do the Looking Glass pattern justice, I decided to do as Cheryl's clear instructions say and measure off my sashing strips the length as my rows. I did chicken out and not cut them to length, but I did mark them. Then I pinned on at intervals and stitched. Guess what? I don't think I have ever had nicer looking sashing. No waviness.at.all.  And each every strip was right on the length mark. Guess I could have cut them to length : ) 

All in all, I couldn't be happier with the Looking Glass quilt pattern by Meadow Mist Designs. Cheryl did an awesome job writing a clear and easy-to-follow pattern. It went together simply and easily, just like a good quilt pattern should without looking like an easy peasy quilt, know what I mean? Now I just need to get a couple more of her patterns. (I didn't realize when I volunteered to test Looking Glass that a couple of Cheryl's patterns have been on my faves list on Etsy for quite a long while : ) Am looking forward to trying a couple of her other patterns. After the holidays my plans are to finsh this quilt and move on to Broken Frames

If you would like to make a Looking Glass yourself, you can find the pattern on Etsy or Craftsy on sale thru Friday, December 5.

Ok, now on to blog hop and giveaway details.

The giveaway is open to anyone anywhere and is for a digital copy of the Looking Glass pattern (pdf). The giveaway starts now and will run through Saturday, November 29, with the winner announced on Monday, December 1. If you win and have already purchased the pattern, you will receive a refund of the purchase price.

To enter:
1. Leave a comment, any o' comment.
2. Old and new followers will get an additional entry. Please leave a second comment letting me know you are a follower.
Please note: If you are a no-reply blogger, please include your e-mail address in your comment. If you cannot be reached, you cannot win.

For additional chances to win a free copy of the Looking Glass pattern, visit the others stops on the Blog Hop:
Friday Nov. 21st: Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs
Saturday Nov. 22nd: Lin @ Lin's Quilts
Sunday Nov. 23rd: Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts
Monday Nov. 24th: Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
Monday Nov. 24th: Anna @ Fresh Dew Drops (me : )
Tuesday Nov. 25th: Chelsea @ Patch the Giraffe
Wednesday Nov. 26th: Shauna @ Shauna's World
Wednesday Nov. 26th: Debbie
Friday Nov. 28th: Shelley @ The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts

Thanks for stopping. Hope you enjoyed your look around : )

32 comments:

  1. I am amazed that you have time to quilt. :) I love the fabric choices for this quilt. Perfect for a little boy.

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  2. Love this pattern. Now I know what to make with my precuts. Thanks for sharing.

    jacquiebonneau40@gmail.com

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  3. Don't enter me in the Giveaway, since I'm on the hop too. I love seeing how we all made the patterns different. Yours is lovely. I'm sure your son will love it

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  4. Rosemary B here:
    I love this. I love the color choices you made too!

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  5. Thank you for sharing this and for the give away opportunity
    I am following now

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    1. well, trying.... Google says I have to wait....? I will keep trying

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  6. I am definitely going to make this quilt.....love all the different collections being made with this pattern.

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  7. I love the fabrics you chose, the parchment was a great choice. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the pattern.

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  8. this is a great pattern - I love your fabric choice!

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  9. Still trying to sign up to follow!

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    1. I've added a couple ways to follow - email, Bloglovin. If you use Blogger, you can add my url through your dashboard. Sorry for the inconvenience. I'm learning as I go : ) The methods I had for following don't work any more so I have removed them.

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    2. Thanks Anna - I'm now following by email!

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  10. Such a great pattern to use with numerous different colorways. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
    lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

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  11. now following thru bloglovin - Lori

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  12. this is such a wonderful pattern. I love the blues you put with the browns.

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  13. I love the background color that you chose for the colors you used in the quilt.

    tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. I think your choice of background fabric really makes this quilt.

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  15. Your colour choice was splendid. I like your sashing, wondering what black or dark navy would look like. Hope to win pattern to try it with black sashing & vibrant colours. Thank for a chance. Happy Quilting :)

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  16. Your quilt is beautiful! And the fabrics you chose are terrific! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  17. I'm a new follower by email. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  18. A perfect quilt for a little boy, I like the parchment rather than white. I'm stuck on white as a background - I need to get some courage and try another color! Thanks for the give away! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

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  19. I am a new follower on Bloglovin'. Your profile says you live in Southeast Minnesota, I live in La Crosse. We're practically neighbors! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

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  20. Hiya!!! What a wonderful little boy quilt. Your color selections are fantastic. Thanks for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam
    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  21. Hiya!!! I am now a new email follower. Look forward to new posts in the future. Thanks for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam
    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  22. Just happened upon this blog hop, have enjoyed looking at the different fabrics used for this quilt. Thanks for the give away.

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  23. Such awesome colors. I struggled with my background fabric too. I love your choices. (I don't need to be included on the drawing).

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  24. Your colors are great for a boy quilt. I love it.

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  25. I am a new follower with bloglovin.

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  26. Your son will have a fabulous quilt (gift?) . Colour choice amazes me how Looking Glass pattern can look so different from each other. I also make lap or twin size quilts for toddlers as they will use it them longer. Thank you for a chance to win. Happy Quilting :)
    email: smivany@gmail.com



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  27. Your quilt is lovely-I have some Elementary charm packs to use and this looks like the perfect pattern!

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  28. Oh, I'd be using this pattern immediately if I won! I need an easy, super WOW pattern for my skill level and this looks perfect!

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