For Keeps: Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living

For Keeps : Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

A few weeks ago, I received Amy Gibson’s new book in the mail, For Keeps: Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living. You might know Amy from her blog Stitchery Dickory Dock or maybe her Craftsy classes. I’m not entirely sure when we first met, but I’m guessing we go back to Sewing Summit I or II. It’s been fun to get to know her and watch her accomplish so many things, including writing a book!

For Keeps : Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For Keeps is a beautifully photographed quilting book divided into 3 main sections: A Patchwork Primer, Memory Makers and Memory Keepers. The first section, A Patchwork Primer, is a 28 page crash course in quilting. Amy covers everything from supplies to piecing, binding to appliquΓ©, quilting to foundation paper piecing, and finally quilt finishing.

For Keeps : Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

There are a ton of a photos. This is great for visual learners like me.

For Keeps : Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The second section, Memory Makers, is full of projects that focus on spending quality time with your loved ones.

For Keeps : Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

There are nine different patterns, including cuddle quilts, picnic quilts, playmats, and story book holders.

For Keeps : Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The third section, Memory Keepers, are projects associated with preserving memories. The seven projects include a new spin on a family tree quilt, a silhouette project, and a photo quilt.

For Keeps : Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Amy has a great For Keeps website with some fun extras for you. She is encouraging all of us to take some time to think about why we sew and who we sew for. She has a fun “For Keeps Pledge” you can take – read more about it here!

For Keeps : Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Amy also has a free pattern for a quilt block on her site – for you to make for yourself and/or for a community charity quilt.

I hope you are inspired to check out For Keeps, as well as visit Amy’s website and learn more about the “For Keeps Pledge“.

Four Square ~ A Finished Quilt and Pattern

Four Square Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My Four Square quilt is finished, and the rain stopped for a short break on Tuesday to allow me a photo opportunity! I shared some in progress photos of these blocks as I was planning and stitching – here and here. As I mentioned earlier, this quilt was inspired by a shirt I bought this Spring at JCrew. What can I say, all inspiration can’t come from art and architecture. πŸ˜‰

Four Square Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I really enjoyed working with what I would call a more “mature” color palette on this quilt. Most of the focal fabrics are from various Carolyn Friendlander collections, with some Cotton + Steel basics and other fabrics from my stash mixed in. The background is a muted white on white (maybe even like a faint foggy color?) print from Cotton + Steel. I’m having fun lately using non solids for the backgrounds, especially when there is more background than focal print in the pattern.

Four Square Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Four Square quilt is lap sized, measuring 58″ x 68″. It has a modern, minimalistic design. I selected the same fabric for all four squares in each block, but I think it would look equally nice as a completely scrappy quilt. The background could also be scrappy, maybe low volume prints? Or a dark background with light squares?

Four Square Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For the backing and the binding, I used a print from Rashida Coleman-Hale’s Mochi collection called Dottie’s Cousin. The backing is teal and the binding is mint.

Four Square Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I quilted it with diagonal lines. In one direction, they are spaced about every 1/2″. In the other direction, they are just 1/4″ on each side of the outer edges of the four square prints.

Four Square Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For those interested in the pattern, it is available in my shop here on my blog, as well as my Etsy shop (for EU customers). I’m suggesting it’s appropriate for advanced beginners, only because it is really important to stitch with a consistent 1/4″ seam. If you’ve made a few quilts (or anything with a sewing machine where a nice consistent seam is important), you will not have trouble making this quilt.

Four Square is already washed up and nice and crinkly, draped over the couch in my sewing room. I hope you will share photos if you make one of your own!

Star Bunting Tutorial

Star Bunting Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts for BERNINA's We All Sew

The 4th of July is one of the most popular holidays in our family. It may have something to do with the heat finally arriving in Chicago, our annual trip to northern Michigan or the anticipation of watching small town fireworks over the lake. Last year at BERNINA’s We All Sew blog, I shared directions to make my Summer Sparkler Quilt. This year I’m continuing the tradition of decorating for the holiday, with instructions to make your very own 4th of July Star Bunting.

This tutorial is easy to whip up, scrap friendly, and will add an extra pop to your holiday celebrations! Or change the colors and use for birthdays and other special events. Just click on over to BERNINA’s We All Sew blog and make one of your own.

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today I’m pleased to share with you a newly released book by Melissa Corry, Irish Chain Quilts. It never really occurred to me just how many awesome ways there were to make an Irish chain quilt. When Melissa sent me her new book to check out, I was really inspired by the variety of designs inside. Irish Chain Quilts contains 15 quilt patterns – from traditional…

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Photography of quilts courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

to modern…

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons QuiltsPhotography of quilts courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

to improvisational…

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons QuiltsPhotography of quilts courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

to appliquΓ©.

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons QuiltsPhotography of quilts courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

In celebration of Melissa’s new book, several of us made a block from a pattern to be combined into one future charity quilt. My block happened to be from the cover quilt, End of the Rainbow.

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons QuiltsPhotography of quilts courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

These blocks are improvisational and great for scraps. I had a lot of fun just letting go, piecing without over thinking it. My background is low volume (as requested) and my focal fabrics are all shades of green. Melissa’s directions were very easy to follow, so even if you haven’t improvisationally pieced before, don’t be worried. :)

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can pick up your own copy of Irish Chain Quilts in a few places:
·  Personalized and Autographed Copies from Melissa
·  Your Local Quilt Shop
·  Martingale (get a free E-copy with your order)
·  Amazon

If you want to check out more blocks from bloggers, as well as peeks from inside the book, be sure to follow along on the blog hop below.

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry

June 8th – Happy Quilting – Blog Hop Intro
June 9th – Moda Lissa – Lissa Alexander & Fat Quarter Shop – Jocelyn Ueng
June 10th – Piece N Quilt – Natalia Bonner & In Color Order – Jeni Baker
June 11th – Amy’s Creative Side – Amy Ellis & Sew Kind of Wonderful – Jenny Pedigo
June 12th – Quilt Story – Megan Jimenez & Diary of a Quilter – Amy Smart
June 15th – Freshly Pieced – Lee Heinrich & Christa Quilts – Christa Watson
June 16th – Moda Cutting Table – Carrie Nelson & Little Miss Shabby – Corey Yoder
June 17th – Fresh Lemons – Me! :) & V and Co. – Vanessa Christenson
June 18th – A Quilting Life – Sherri McConnell & Stitch This! – Jenny Wilding Cardon
June 19th – Happy Quilting – Wrap Up & Grand Prizes

Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop Prizes

Also don’t forget to stop over at Melissa’s blog for more Irish Chain Quilt inspiration and the chance to win some celebratory prizes!