A New Holiday Beginning

Snowflake Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This week I am pattern testing a soon-to-be quilt along that I have designed for BERNINA’s We All Sew. I thought it’d be fun to offer some peeks here along the way. I know, it’s only October! But making a holiday quilt isn’t exactly something you save for December, am I right?

Snowflake Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I pulled some reds and aquas from my stash, and even picked up some of Cotton + Steel’s holiday line, Tinsel. I love those retro snow globes.

Snowflake Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I have big plans for the backing, splurging on this Notes to Santa print.

The quilt design reminds me of a snowflake, so I believe that will be it’s name. I hope you will check back often to see more peeks as I create this quilt!

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, October 9th. Good luck everyone!

++ Closing comments to pick a winner! ++

Congratulations to the lucky winner, #43, Jacqui! I will be in touch to connect you with your prize.

Thank you so much to everyone for commenting!

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! 😉