Progress and Friends

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What a fun week it has been, and it’s not over yet! Tuesday, I was lucky enough to spend the day with my Vintage Quilt Revival coauthors, and best quilty friends, Katie and Lee. Believe it or not, the three of us haven’t been all together since promoting our book at Quilt Market almost two years ago. We text each other pretty much everyday, but this felt like such a treat. Katie’s husband was in town for business so she tagged along with her new sweet baby girl.

Fresh Lemons QuiltsPhoto taken by my 8 year old :)

This was the first time our kids met! This isn’t the whole crew, as Katie’s older two kids stayed back home in Utah. But 5 out of 7 isn’t bad! After some initial shyness, everyone became fast friends as we hung out in downtown Chicago.

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Yesterday, I spent much of the day trimming those 256 HSTs that you see above. Not the most fun I’ve ever had, but I’m glad it’s done! I was admittedly easily distracted, so it wasn’t really a 12 hour job. And today, I’m packing up to head to Wisconsin for the weekend for some sewing time with fellow quilty friends. I’m feeling very spoiled to have some “me” time. I’m hoping to knock out all the blocks for this quilt top, and who knows what else! I’ll try to remember to take some pictures along the way. :)

Dreaming of Half Square Triangles

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Well, I’ve made a lot of half square triangles. I may see them in my sleep tonight. After a few hours cutting, a few hours stitching, and a few hours ironing, I have several lovely stacks to spend a few more hours trimming.

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Last week I made a test block with one of my favorite Anna Maria Horner prints from Good Folks, and some Robert Kaufman Essex Linen. I believe this is yarn dyed black, but as usual, I failed to label it. I may turn this block into a pillow.

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Besides sewing, I’ve spent a bit of time this week baking in the kitchen with my kids. We made cupcakes and a very delicious blueberry cobbler with cornmeal biscuit.

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This recipe is from one of my go-to favorite cookbooks, Rustic Fruit Desserts. Must remember to take advantage of all the fresh fruit while it is so readily available in the grocery!

Time to trim those half square triangle blocks!

Saturday Sales

Saturday Sales at Fresh Lemons Quilts

Happy Saturday everyone! Today my sponsors have some extra great sales for all of you ~ enjoy!

Connecting Threads ~ Save 30% on all solid-colored Essential Cotton Thread from Connecting Threads! Just $1.95/spool.

Also note-worthy: we are offering free shipping to Canada and the non-contiguous US on orders of $85+ through 7/28. As always, we also have free shipping to the contiguous US on orders of $50 or more.

Southern Fabric ~ 20% off all full priced items using code fresh20

Discover Fabric ~ Take an additional 20% OFF our already reduced sale and clearance fabrics. Use Coupon Code: FRESH20

As always free shipping over $75.00 inside the U.S.

Lark Cottons ~ Inventory Reduction Sale: Save 30% storewide with discount code pinwheel5 entered on the shopping cart page. Good through Tuesday July 22nd.

Fanciful Fabrics ~ 20% off orders of $40 or more with free shipping with code JULYSAVINGS Sale expires midnight Central Time July 31, 2015

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Welcome Quilter’s Bug!

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Those of you with an eagle eye may have noticed I have a new sponsor on the blog ~ Quilter’s Bug and Quilter’s Stash Box! Quilter’s Bug and Quilter’s Stash Box is a wife (Brenda) and husband (James) owned company located in western Maryland.

I love hearing how small business owners got their start. Brenda tells me:

We previously owned a tech company and after selling our share decided we wanted to pursue more creative ventures. Along with creating videos and documentaries (one feature length and a WIP on vintage sewing machines) as well as e-commerce websites for other quilters and designers, we wanted to have a business that blended our two artistic interests – quilting and technology.

If you’ve been a reader of this blog for long, you know I was also previously in the tech industry. So I especially love their story!

Quilter’s Bug offers a modern, online community for quilters. There’s chatting, online quilt journals, classified ads, business directories, groups and community swaps.

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They also offer a very creative and fun subscription ~ the Quilter’s Stash Box!

Quilter’s Stash Box is a subscription service that provides a monthly variety of inspiring, fun, and practical surprises for quilters of all skill levels. Boxes contain a minimum retail value of $48 with shipping included throughout the U.S., and subscribers can enjoy steep savings with quarterly and annual subscription terms, as much as $108 off of for a year of monthly Stash Boxes. In addition to quality patterns, fabric, thread, notions, DVDs, books, magazines, and accessories, subscribers also receive a year-long membership to Quilter’s Bug, the first truly modern social network for quilters. The Stash Box container is a 12″ x 12″ craft box, 2 inches high, that is an ideal size for storage – you can mark the box with the included labels, then stack them neatly in your sewing room to organize work-in-progress and any sewing supplies.

Brenda sent me a Quilter’s Stash Box to check out and share my thoughts with you.

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My box contained a bundle of seasonal Halloween fabric, along with a pattern to make a cute table topper with it. It also had some Best Press (which I’ve been wanting to try for quite some time!), a tin with pins, a Clover seam ripper and a fun decorative tag and pin. I think Quilter’s Stash Boxes are great for people that are looking to build their stash, like surprises, and enjoy the feeling of treating themselves each month!

You can find out more about how it works here with a video demonstration here. You can also follow them on social media on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Quilter’s Bug and Quilter’s Stash Box, and thank you for supporting my sponsors!