Eleanor Burns and a Prize

November 26, 2011

* Give away closed*

When I was asked if I would be willing to do some pattern reviews for a few of Eleanor Burns' new patterns, I considered it for a nano-second and said, "YES!" 

Are you kidding me? 

Come on! It's Eleanor Burns! Need I say more? 

I didn't think so. =)

Alas, it was not Eleanor who asked me...Maybe someday I will get to meet this inspirational and very talented lady. 

On to the topic at hand....Up to this point in my quilting {ahem} career, I've yet to buy a pattern and then make the quilt. I intend to, obviously, otherwise I wouldn't buy the pattern in the first place, however, after I get it home I become intimidated as I read the instructions. After trying to decipher them for a while, I end up folding them back up and putting them away to look at it "another time." Those other times have yet to happen.  

Another challenge for me is picking out the fabrics for a project. Up to now, I have almost always used  fat quarter bundles or other precuts for my quilts. I much prefer to let the fabric designers do all the hard work of deciding what goes with what. Doing some reviews for her patterns is going to stretch me in that area and I think it's a good thing,

 So, without further ado, here is my first review. 

 My first pattern is a Dresden plate variation called a Grandmother's Fan. The pattern (#1276) comes with  instructions to make both a table runner and a quilt and it also comes with the acrylic template to make the blades. Normally you would remove the protective paper covers on the ruler before you use it. I left the paper on the ruler for a reason. There will be more on that later. 

 As I have mentioned a time or ten, I love Dresden plates, but up to now, I haven't done a Grandmother's fan, so I was excited...and intimidated, to give this one a shot. Why intimidated? It's on point. I have only done one quilt on point and it was hard, so I chose to do the table runner instead of the quilt. I reasoned there would be fewer triangles to deal with that way and fewer chances to mess it up. 

Cutting the fan blades
I really didn't need to worry, however, the instructions were very clear on how to put it together and I didn't need my seam ripper at all! The instructions also include which way to press the seams, which I really appreciate. Within 4 hours, I had a table runner top that measured 49" x 20 1/2" unfinished. As a matter of fact, it has taken me much longer to write this post than it did to sew the table runner! *grin*

All that's left is the borders.
There is an option to add piping to the quarter circles, which would have added a nice touch. It was Black Friday when I made this and not worth it to me to brave the crowds to buy piping or cording to make my own. 

Finished top
The pattern is labeled as "easy," and I agree that it is easy, however, I don't consider it a beginner pattern only because of working with pieces that are cut on the bias. I do think this pattern would be a great choice for a quilting class in order to teach new quilters how to sew with pieces cut on the bias and showing them how to sew blocks on point. 

If you have any questions about the pattern that I wasn't clear on, please feel free to ask. =)

If you would like to win this pattern, just leave a comment telling me how you found my blog or how long you have been coming here to visit. I am hoping those who are more shy will come out to say, "Hi." =)

This is very important:
Please make sure you are not a "no-reply" blogger (see button in my side bar to learn how to check to see if you are or not) or I won't be able to contact you and I will have to draw a new name.

I will draw a winner on Wednesday the 30th of November.

Talk to you soon!! =)


  1. Hi! I too love Dresden plates and this new fan pattern in really nice. I hopped over to your blog recently and decided to follow and so glad I did. QIAD patterns are my favorite to for many reasons...lots of charts and size choices and tips on how to sew better.

  2. Wow, a pattern tester, how cool is that? Your table runner is perfect, Amy. I think I've been following for a while, can't remember how long...
    hugs, Pokey

  3. Cute pattern. Aren't you lucky being a pattern tester. How did you get asked to do this? I found your blog through a friend of mine who also has a blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. What a beautiful pattern! I love Eleanor Burns patterns. She is so creative in her designs and way of putting these quilts together. I am a long time follower of your blog ;-)

  5. This is really cute. I have been visiting your blog for a couple years. Always fun to see what you are up to.

  6. Wow Amy! That is so cute!!! You underestimate your talents young lady. I have been stalking you for a long time, but you know that now, don't you? BTW, I miss you! It's been a long time since we spent the day together. Hugs!!!

  7. I can not begin to tell you how long I have been following. YOu did a fantastic job on her pattern.

  8. Your fabric choices are so nice for this table runner. I have been following your blog for over a year : )

  9. I love your table runner! The fabrics you chose are beautiful! I've been visiting your blog for about 6 months (a new quilter) and enjoy it very much!

  10. I found your blog through qulterblogs.com and have been enjoying all of the information and ideas you've blogged about. I love this table runner and am contemplating making it as my Christmas gifts - it's so adaptable to just about any color. VermontPines@aol.com

  11. Hi Amy! Congrats on being a tester! I've been following your blog maybe a year or less? Not sure, but I found you when you left a comment on another blog. I saw "Redeemed Sheep" and immediately clicked over. Since I'm one, too, I thought we'd hit it off. :) I enjoy your blog a lot!

  12. The table runner turned out really cute! I like your choice of fabrics.

  13. Hmmm... not sure how or when I found your blog. Probably off someone else's blog and probably early summer or late spring. I have an Eleanor Burns sampler quilt that is 'almost' finished. It's been in the same condition since 2005 when we had a block of the month doing the quilt. I never finished the last block so that I could set it and finish it. One of these days.....

  14. Wow Amy! Congrats on being a tester! That's so cool! I'm happy for you! I've been following your blog from the moment I found it! I love it! :) By the way I awarded you the Liebster Award. Please stop by my blog and check out the details. Have a Happy Day! :)

  15. Yea! Glad to see your review. Eleanor Burns is one of my favorites-the first bed-sized quilt I put together was one of hers!

    I'm not sure really how I found your blog...I think it was somehow b/c you combine your faith and quilting...LOVE!

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