A Giveaway from Lark Cottons

Today we are kicking off October (and a very Fall feeling weekend here in Chicago!) with a giveaway from longtime sponsor Lark Cottons. This month marks four years that Heather and her shop have supported my blog – so awesome!

This month, Lark Cottons is giving away a $25 gift certificate to one lucky winner. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment. What would you buy from her shop? There are some great sales going on this month!

Save 35% on Fig Tree Quilts, Julie Comstock, Oliver + S, and Sweetwater. Discount applied automatically to the shopping cart page. (I’m always asked where I buy my text prints – Sweetwater makes a lot of them!)

It’s shops like Lark Cottons that allow me to provide so many patterns and tutorials to all of you out there. Thank you so much for supporting my sponsors!

I will pick a winner this Friday morning, October 9th. Good luck everyone!

A Fall Mini and Bee Blocks

Fall Mini Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My Fall Mini Quilt is complete. Thank you so much for your advice on the quilting. I ended up just keeping the quilting in one direction. I love how it looks draped on my sewing room couch, and I’m happy to have had a little project to work on last week as I prepped for my daughter’s birthday this weekend.

Fall Mini Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I cut my squares 3″ x 3″ for this quilt and placed them on point. All the prints except one yellow are from Leah Duncan’s fabric lines. The solid is an Essex linen (very easy to work with!).

Not Your Mama's Bee : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My kids and I also wrapped up their September bee blocks for Not Your Mama’s Bee. Yes, I somehow manage to spend hours at the sewing machine with that crazy character up there. :)

This month we sewed blocks for Jen’s daughter. She requested string blocks from Ashley’s tutorial, using navy, aqua, lime and purple. I think we nailed it! (My son’s block looks smaller but that’s just an optical illusion. They are both 12″.)

I’m very excited for next week. I’m going to be making a quilt and writing a pattern for a quilt along that will be appearing on BERNINA’s blog We All Sew sometime near the end of the month. I’ll give sneak peeks along the way!

Straight Line Quilting into Fall

Fall Patchwork : Fresh Lemons Quilts

After a busy weekend, I spent most of yesterday stitching this little fall mini together. I’m quilting now using my BERNINA walking foot to sew straight lines that are 1/4″ apart. I’m debating going in the opposite direction as well, making a tiny grid. What do you think?

Completely unrelated to quilting…did anyone else stay up Sunday evening and watch the lunar eclipse? Or wake up in the middle of the night, depending on where you live? My daughter is studying space in school, and my son learned about the moon in class last Friday. So of course, we had to stay up. I set up my tripod and took pictures during the 2 hours we were outside.

Lunar Eclipse : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I feel like it is always cloudy when something cool like this happens here. And it was looking like that would be the same story this time, but we lucked out with a 2 hour break in the clouds at just the right time. I am always blown away by our world. So, can I make this into quilt inspiration? I’m not sure, maybe! 😉

Splash of Color ~ Blog Hop

Splash of Color Blog Hop : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Welcome everyone! Today is my stop on the blog hop, celebrating designer and quilter Jackie Kunkel’s new book, Splash of Color. Jackie is known throughout the quilting community as a master foundation paper piecer and excellent teacher – check out her YouTube channel!

Splash of Color is filled with 12 quilted projects that each echo the title, created with bright colors and exciting patterns. There are a variety of stunning designs, ranging from curves to patchwork squares to foundation paper piecing.

Splash of Color Blog Hop : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Jumpin’ Jax by Jackie Kunkel

I am such a sucker for rainbows and rainbow gradients. And stars! I’m naturally drawn to quilts with any or all of these design elements.

For several quilts in the book, Jackie shares how her patterns look in alternate colorways. I find this so helpful when planning to make a quilt my own.

Splash of Color Blog Hop : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Twirling by Jackie Kunkel

Splash of Color is 80 pages and contains all the templates you need to complete the projects. Jackie also provides an explanation of curved piecing.

Splash of Color Blog Hop : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Seeing Spots by Jackie Kunkel

If you would like to try to win an e-copy of Splash of Color, simply leave a comment. I will pick a winner on October 5th!

Splash of Color Blog Hop : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Keep up with the rest of the book tour by visiting the sites below.

Wednesday, September 23:
Jackie Kunkel – Canton Village Quilt Works
Kate Colleran – Seams Like a Dream
Pat Sloan – Pat Sloan Blog

Thursday, September 24:
Sherri McConnell – A Quilting Life
Shelly Pagliai – Prairie Moon Quilts
Margaret Solomon Gunn – Quilts Of Love

Friday, September 25:
Faith Jones – Fresh Lemons Quilts – Me!
Jenny Wilding Cardon – Martingale

Saturday, September 26:
Vicki Welsh – Field Trips In Fiber
Pam Viera- McGinnis – Pam Kitty Morning

Sunday, September 27:
Pat Wys – Silver Thimble Quilt Co.
Sharon McConnell – Color Girl Quilts

Monday, September 28:
Julie Sefton – Me and My Quilts – Exploring the Possibilities
Victoria Findlay Wolfe – Bumblebeans/Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts

Tuesday, September 29:
Caroline Critchfield – Sew Can She
Amy Ellis – Amy’s Creative Side