Home Run ~ A Finished Quilt

Home Run ~ A Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I finished my latest quilt and took it on a special trip for photos! Since this quilt features Chicago Cubs fabric, in an ideal world of unlimited time I would have taken it over to Wrigley Field. But you’ll have to settle for a community ballpark. I hope that’s ok. :)

Home Run ~ A Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Home Run quilt is a gift for a Cubs fan. (Hopefully that’s somewhat obvious!) I mentioned a few weeks ago that these quilt squares are Shoo Fly blocks. I think they look like little baseball diamonds. There are 42 blocks, each measuring 12″ x 12″ finished, resulting in a 72″ x 84″ quilt.

Home Run ~ A Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I pulled coordinating fabrics in blue, red, white and black for the blocks. My background is mostly white, but when I had a white feature fabric, I switched the background to gray. I fun little twist that allowed me to use those white prints.

Home Run ~ A Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I wanted this quilt to have a nice soft drape, so I quilted it with straight lines, horizontally and vertically, 1/4″ away from all of the seams. It gives it a nice little poof I think.

Home Run ~ A Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts

The backing is from a new Major League Baseball line by Fabric Traditions. Perfect timing, right? My daughter embroidered a label for the recipient (I’ve erased the personal details from the photo).

Home Run ~ A Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I think it’s a fun quilt. Hopefully a successful “man quilt” and enjoyed through the years. :) And that does complete my 4 gift quilts of Spring! Feeling much relieved and ready to move forward with my next project.

Loominous by Anna Maria Horner

Loominous by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This past weekend was Quilt Market up in Minneapolis. I didn’t go this time around, but I had so much fun watching everything unfold on Instagram. As usual, Anna Maria Horner’s booth made my jaw drop. And seeing her woven Loominous display made me very, very happy that I just splurged on a fat quarter bundle! Which happened to arrive last Friday!

Loominous by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Loominous is described as yarn dyes, and most of the fabrics feel more soft and drapey than traditional quilting cottons. Some of the designs have metallics in them – very cool. This isn’t “the usual” fabric I work with – but as always Anna Maria knows what I want before I even do. I think they would be awesome for quilts or clothing – I’m starting with a quilt.

Loominous by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I find it pretty much impossible to resist buying her full collections. But if I had to pick favorites, it would be these two pieces.

Loominous by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Loominous is just starting to pop up in shops (and I’ve noticed, selling out just as quickly!) You can currently find some at a couple of my sponsors:

Sew Modern
Fabric Spark

Loominous by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Now to figure out the perfect design to showcase these designs!

Scrappy Kaleidoscope ~ A Finished Quilt

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Sorry it’s been a bit quiet around here the last few days, but I promised myself I wouldn’t post again until I finished my Scrappy Kaleidoscope quilt. And it’s done! I love this quilt so much – it’s going to be a hard one to give away. But the recipient deserves much thanks for all her work and care over the last year, so I’m happy to have made something pretty for her.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The prints are scrappy and the background is FreeSpirit Solids Sand Dune (personal favorite). As I mentioned in a previous post, I made this quilt by paper piecing 12″ (finished) kaleidoscope blocks. I made a paper piecing template, and you can download it here. Be sure to print 4 copies at 100% or Actual Size to make your own 12″ block.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

There are 30 blocks in this quilt, and it measures 60″ x 72″. I quilted it in a meandering free motion design. The lighter colors just didn’t photograph well with the quilting texture last night, but it is oh-so-pretty in person and I wouldn’t change one piece of fabric.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Above is a nice shot from while I was getting ready to baste.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The backing and binding are Wordfind in Pink by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel, part of her Playful collection. I love it so much! I’ve also pieced in a specially embroidered label on the back, with To, From, and Date details. Sorry, no pics as I don’t want to spoil the surprise too much.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Next up, basting and quilting the Cubs Quilt! I’m thinking straight lines for that one. My back is sore just thinking about it!

Two Steps Forward…

Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve spent the week in a bit of a holding pattern. I have both gift quilt tops finished and have been waiting for my kids to embroider some labels for them. Only to realize I had no batting. I spent early this week on quilt backs and catching up on some other sewing commitments. Yesterday, I decided to work a bit on a quilt that I planned out just before Sewtopia.

I cut many, many tiny squares. I just love this palette, mainly inspired by Carolyn Friedlander’s fabric lines. The more I work with Carolyn’s fabrics, the more I am convinced she is a quiet design genius. The small scale and color of her prints…they just inspire me lately. There’s some Cotton + Steel basics and a few others from my stash mixed in there as well, coordinating nicely.

Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So I have this block planned out (which I’ll share later), and I thought I knew how I was going to assemble it. Well, you know the old saying “two steps forward, one step back” right?

While I was mindlessly stitching away, I glanced at my sample and realized there was a better (and easier!) way to accomplish it. Sometimes I just break things down to such a small level that I fail to stand back and look at the bigger picture. I stopped everything, made a new test block, and realized that yes, this was the new and better way to go. It’s a bit discouraging to know that I wasted all my time so far. I called it a day and let myself mope, but today I’m going to go back into the sewing room and start fresh.

Oh – and I now have one kiddie quilt label finished and batting ready, so I will also be basting and maybe wrapping up a quilt today. Wish me luck!