Stage 2 ~ Complete!

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m inching towards the finish line! A few posts back, I mentioned that I considered the paper piecing of the corner block components “Stage 1″ of making this quilt. In my mind, assembling those components into their final blocks was “Stage 2″. This week I wrapped up that task.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I seriously love chain piecing. It’s a bit mindless at times…but boy does it get the job done quickly and efficiently. I make all my blocks at once, dedicating a couple hours each morning to piecing specific sections together.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Now for “Stage 3″ ~ assembling those filler blocks that will pull the whole thing together.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You may notice that I unstitched a bit of the section I made 2 years ago. When I picked this project up again, I had additional fabrics I wanted to use – both in the cream/white prints and the colors. I didn’t want it to be totally obvious that those prints weren’t in that original section. So I decide to spread those blocks out a bit.

My goal was to finish this quilt by Christmas. That’s not going to happen. But I think after the holiday’s it should come together quickly and will be my first official finish of 2015.

Modern Machine Quilting ~ Blog Hop!

Modern Machine Quilting by Catherine Redford

Today I’m kicking off a celebration for one of my talented friends and fellow member of the Naperville Modern Quilters Guild, Catherine Redford. Catherine has just released Modern Machine Quilting: Straight Lines, Spirals, Serpentines, and More!, a DVD/instant download video available through Interweave.

Modern Machine Quilting by Catherine Redford

This is Catherine. Yep, she’s as nice as she looks. :) And bonus, she has a British accent. I love listening to people with accents.

Modern Machine Quilting by Catherine Redford

I’ve been lucky enough to see much of Catherine’s work in person over the last couple of years. It is top notch, exceptional quality. She is a precision quilter and that quality of work shows in this video course.

Modern Machine Quilting by Catherine Redford

If you have ever been wondering how to finish off your modern quilt top with modern quilting, this video will give you tons of ideas and show you the tecniques used to accomplish straight lines, spirals, more organic quilting options.

Modern Machine Quilting by Catherine Redford

This is one of my personal favorites from the video!

Modern Machine Quilting by Catherine Redford

You can hear more about Catherine’s Modern Machine Quilting: Straight Lines, Spirals, Serpentines, and More! video class by following along at the below blogs over the next week.

Monday, December 15th: Me! at Fresh Lemons Quilts
Tuesday, December 16th: Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville
Wednesday, December 17th: Cheryl Sleboda at Muppin
Thursday, December 18th: Maddie Kertay at Bad Ass Quilters Society
Friday, December 19th: Svetlana Sotak at s.o.t.a.k. handmade
Saturday, December 20th: Julia Wood at The Hexie Blog
Sunday, December 21st: Laura Wasilowski at Art Fabrik
Monday, December 22nd: Pokey Bolton at Pokey’s Ponderings
Tuesday, December 23rd: Susan Brubaker Knapp at Blue Moon River
Wednesday, December 24th: Catherine Redford

On December 26th, Catherine will be giving a way a copy of her DVD. Just click on over to her blog and post a comment at any time during the hop to be included. I hope you will check out Modern Machine Quilting and be inspired to try something new!

A New View

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The view on my design wall is slowly changing. After taking a few days off to work on a tutorial for next month on Bernina’s We All Sew blog, I’ve found some time to sit and sew more on my Poinsettia quilt. These are the floating stars.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I hope you are enjoying reading and seeing the progress (slow as it may feel to me). It really motivates me to keep at it when I am able to share the journey in this space.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also managed to clean up my sewing room. There were fabric piles pretty much everywhere. All folded now and put away. If only the sun would come out here in Chicago, I miss the natural light!

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Back to work – more to sew, more to clean, and more to wrap!

Stage 1 ~ Complete!

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This has been a pretty productive week. I’ve finished all the corner block components! I’ve been mentally thinking of this part as “Stage 1″ and I’m happy to have it behind me.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Aren’t they all so pretty together? If I didn’t already have a plan for this quilt, I think I would leave them place just like this for a whole quilt top.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Although the “hard part” is now finished, I’m faced with the Stage 2 – cutting and stitching lots and lots of tiny squares. A bit less exciting and more tedious, but it will be fun to see it all start coming together.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today I’m taking a small break from this project to work on a tutorial I’m planning for Bernina’s We All Sew blog in January. It involves Essex linen, Liberty of London, and decorative stitching. Not a bad way to spend a Friday!