Saturday, May 21, 2011

Barefoot in the Park - A Supreme Reveal with a Giveaway!!

Seems all the whining on my last post about too much rain was heard by Mother Nature!  We've had nothing but sun and warmer temps all week! 
This is an exciting post for me!  As most of you know, I am one of Stephanie of Loft Creations "Supreme Pattern Testers"!  I love my "job" because I can do it any time I want and fabric choices are totally up to me!  What makes this so exciting is that it is Stephanie's first, published quilt pattern!  She is a very talented bag designer, and I'm so happy that she's now designing quilts! I am very proud to have tested this wonderful quilt for Stephanie!
Introducing - Barefoot in the Park!  Not only is there this side.....
but another - two quilts in one!  When I told Mr. Squash what project this was, he said could I make a quilt that was really a Picnic Quilt?  I said absolutely, and that's what I did!  Except for the setting triangles which are made from Sunkissed by Sweetwater for Moda, the entire quilt is Central Park by Kate Spain!  I was so pleased that Sunkissed coordinated so well with Central Park!
I've had this project done for some time now and attempted to photograph it in several different places and sunlight.  Until this week, there really wasn't good sunlight on any day!  Above is Mr. Squash standing in the alley behind our fence on a stool holding Barefoot - what a trooper he was for this photo attempt!
Here he is holding up the second side of the quilt!  Thankfully no one was in the alley giving him strange looks at the time!
We've actually used the quilt on one rather chilly outdoor picnic already - a lovely trip to Palouse Falls.  Then a few weeks ago we had visitors from Seattle and were going to serve them lunch on the patio.  It just wasn't warm enough, so I put Barefoot on the dining room table and we had an indoor picnic!  I found these adorable luncheon plates and napkins at the grocery store - the design mimics my quilting like they were made for one another!  I quilted it on Vinnie using a panto from Timeless Quilting Designs called Hearts in Bloom.
It was a tough decision about which side of the quilt to serve lunch on!

Stephanie is going to give a lucky winner on this post a PDF copy of Barefoot in the Park!  To enter, tell me where your first picnic of the summer is going to be held!  I'll pick a winner at random on Tuesday, May 24th.  Mr. Squash and I will be out of town Monday and part of Tuesday, so I'll post the winner on Wednesday!

I leave you today with a photo of my new gardening shoes!  They're Mucks and oh, so comfy and cute, if I don't say so myself!

42 comments:

onlymehere said...

We have a favorite place up in the canyon that I want to take my granddaughters up to that has soft mountain grass area. My oldest granddaughter is old enough now to enjoy the area and going for walks and exploring. I look forward to the smell of the pine trees and the cool clear mountain air! How fun it would be to start a memory with my daughters on this quilt as the younger ones play and nap on it. If only it would quit raining around here! Love how you chose to make the quilt too. Oh, wouldn't this quilt be fun too for sitting in the park and watching the fireworks show this summer! Oh, the plans I'm making in my head!!
Cindy

Barb said...

Your shoes made me chuckle at the end.

I so love that quilt, it is adorable!

Donna said...

I have already had the first picnic of the year (sunny Florida!). The event was a 8 year old birthday party in my sister's backyard. We had veggies & dip, lots of fresh fruit, crackers & cheese and lots of little hands reaching for the food in between dips in the pool. The party was a success!

Merete said...

I guess my first picnic this year will be on our sailing boat, maybe on one of the small islands that is just outside Bergen, Norway :o)

Stephanie D. said...

Not sure when or where, but hubby can't manage picnics well, so it'll probably be me, myself, and I.

Wendy said...

I bought some new gardening shoes as well, not as cutzy as yours but work well in the mud. We have a beautiful park near our house called "Queens Park" what a better place to have a picnic with Barefoot in the Park quilt....pick me :)

Susan C said...

Love your quilt and LOVE the shoes!! I already had my first picnic of the year in April. We enjoyed sandwiches alongside a lake in the NC mountains. It was me and two of my friends on our way to Cincinnati for the Quilt Festival. We decided to pack our lunch so we could have more money to spend on fabric!!

QuiltSwissy said...

Love the shoes!!

Our first picnic will be watching the Mississippi river rise on the part of the levee that is not blocked off to lookers!

glen

CJ said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I wasn't sure Stephanie's version could be improved upon but yours did that.
I think our first picnic will be at what we call City Beach. On the shores of a GORGEOUS mountain lake.

Ulla said...

The quilt is very pretty on both sides! We don't usually do picnics, but our first and only picnic together was our second date 32 years ago on an island in Helsinki.

Simone de Klerk said...

You made a lovely version of Stephanie's newest pattern! So sunny (:
We never go for a picnic here. Not popular in the Netherlands i think.
Have a lovely weekend.

Anonymous said...

Our first picnic will be with the whole clan (parents and two sisters and our families) at my oldest sister's house. We always combine my dad's birthday with Memorial Day. He likes to think the whole country is celebrating with him. The quilt looks absolutely beautiful.
Lee Ann

mheldmyer@bellsouth.net

Bec Clarke said...

Oh It looks like a lovely pattern, thank you for the chance to win a copy.
It's getting cooler here now but we have picnics all the time on our grassy paddock near our house on sunny days, the kids love it.

Linda said...

Great pattern!! I can see how it would lend itself to many different fabrics! Your quilting is fabulous!!! That was an excellent pattern to use on it!! Bravo!!

Our first picnic of the season will be where it always is...on our back porch. As soon as it's nice out, or ever stops raining, we will eat dinner outside on our covered porch. The girls live for it!! They just love enjoying the outdoors while we eat. The next picnic will be on the beaches of Lake Michigan as soon as school gets out. Another family favorite!!

Love your garden shoes. I think I'd love a pair. I bet they would keep my feet cleaner than my Crocs do.

Lynn said...

If I bring the fried chicken and apple pie, can we use your quilt? Our first picnic is going to be at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. It will include a 2-hour walk first through the giant trees before we pull up a stump to sit on and enjoy our lunch! The whole time we will be looking "up" at the massive trees....it's good for my double chin!

rebecca said...

My first picnic will be in the yard. All the spring work is almost done. Time to enjoy!! GREAT quilt!

Judy C said...

Our first picnic will be in the yard the grands love to eat outside when it's warm out. Love your new shoes and the quilt of course.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

We've already had our first picnic on Easter Sunday. It was at my in-laws beautiful home and acreage, where the tradition has been going on for 50 years. It was a very balmy Florida day. Thanks for the great giveaway :-)

Quiltingranny said...

Our first picnic will be for my grandsons birthday in two weeks at the stock car races in Elma and he gets to bring a friend! Love this quilt!

Cardygirl said...

This quilt is gorgeous! We are just going into winter here, but this quilt would be perfect for a wintry picnic at Glenbawn Dam, near where we live.

Debi said...

My first picnic of the year will be on the beach in Ocean City, MD the week of Memorial Day..hubby and I will celebrate 10 year anniversary! I really like this pattern.

Carol said...

Probably our first picnic will be 4th of July weekend when we go camping. I love Stephanie's pattern, it would be awesome to win a copy.

ladybug said...

We're blessed to live directly across the street from our neighborhood park - so that's the most likely spot for our picnics to happen this summer! But I'm hoping to have one in Golden Gate Park in SF and one at Regan Beach at Tahoe, too!

Carol said...

I'm sure our first picnic will on the patio by the pool with some of the grandchildren. And those Mucks look fantastic for yard work. Gotta look those up online. Barefoot is a great picnic quilt and we just got new patio furniture.

Annemariesquilt said...

I hope to go on a picnic with my bike down town Kristiansand when we have summer temps later in june. The weather has not been very warm just yet ;-)
Your new garden shoes are super cute !!

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

You did a GREAT job on Stephanie's pattern. I LOVE your choice of fabrics for it!

Barbara said...

Candace, Your Barefoot in the Park is lovely.....love the quilting too. Our first picnic will be this week......my grandchildren are in elementary school and finished their school year on Friday. But their mother teaches in a middle school and they still have a week of school to finish. So my sweet granddaughter Keely and grandson Zack will be spending their days with me. We will be having a picnic everyday!!! Our first will be in the backyard and then they will pick destinations as we have a fun daytime week together.

hadacres said...

Our first picnic already happened, we went to the coast for Mother's Day & had a picnic on the bay while the grandson crabbed. It was a little breezy but sunny & clear. Barefoot would of made a wonderful addition to our day.
Thanks for the opportunity.
hadacres at comcast.net

two hippos said...

I love your use of Central Park. As for picnics, anywhere with friends works for me, whether the park a few blocks from my house or somewhere more grand. I don't know which will be first this year -- when the rain stops, perhaps I'll figure that out!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your version is so cute Candace! and love your outdoor shoes! We just got three inches of rain (not counting all the hail) so I'll be in mud for some time.
hee hee....my verification word is MUCKER.

Gramma Terry said...

My favorite picnic place is in the backyard under our weeping willow tree with my grandkids. We always have hotdogs and chips and apple dippers or strawberries from the garden. Love the quilt patterns and fabric choices! I need to get some of those gardening shoes!!!

Sandy, Quilt guild president said...

Still waiting for warmer and drier weather here. But planning to go to East Lake Park to check out the swans nesting.
Love the Mucks - just like ducks.

mblittle5 said...

I've already had my first picnic this year -- took the grandkids to the park where we ate lunch and fed the ducks. Lots of fun. We used an old Mexcan banket, but I thought I'd love to make a quilt to use. Thanks for th chance to win this pattern.

Carrie P. said...

Wow, Candace, love your version.I love the Sunkissed fabric line. You did a great job quilting it too. And I did not miss a chance to win a pattern. Yay!
First picnic of summer?
Maybe up in DC when we go visit our son and DIL.

Michelle said...

What a pretty quilt! Reminds me of summer!

We have had so much wet and cold here in Central Oregon that our usual picnic spots are still buried under lots of snow so our first picnic will probably be at our local ski hill which is still open!

tpott said...

My son and I love to go to this park that has a bunch of walking trails, duck pond, labyrinth, and a beach. Its a wonderful way to spend time together when the weather allows. On our way home we stop at the oldest continuously run General Store on Long Island, New York for some candy and fudge. First a picnic then a hike then a snack. Thanks for a great giveaway. ;>

Bonnie said...

Our first picnic will be at our youngest son's house this weekend to celebrate our granddaughter's, that son's and my birthdays. Love the quilt

Michele said...

I love it! What a good idea to put those two fabric lines together.....I love to mix lines.

Houseelf said...

Another great design from Stephanie! The fabrics are perfect for the title. I do like double sided quilts as they mean you don't have to find a huge amount of cloth but can piece one together.

We already had our first picnic on the banks of Coniston in the Lake District.

Ramona said...

I love this quilt pattern. My first picnic of the season will be at my house down by the lake.

Cindy said...

What fun - your Barefoot in the Park gives a touch of sunshine to any room...........as do those fun, funky garden shoes/boots.

Candace, I have a smile in my heart whenever I think of you and Mr. Squash and our short-lived time in Sisters.

*karendianne. said...

Mmmm. I missed this one. How sweet. Pretty. Charming actually. ;)