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A Quilter’s Mixology Hop

Petal Pusher : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Just a quick note today! I was very lucky to be one of the participants in the A Quilter’s Mixology Sew Along over on the Sew Sweetness blog. I finished the quilt top and am sharing photos with you over on Sara’s blog. Hopefully I’ll have a finished quilt to share here soon! :)

Ok, back to sewing more with those Modern Solids. I’ve been busy and am almost done with my blocks!

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Modern Solids ~ Progress!

Fresh Lemons Quilts ~ Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt

The month of September has been dedicated to my Denyse Schmidt Modern Solids challenge for Free Spirit Fabrics. I think I’ve put a little too much pressure on myself for this one and designed no less than 5 quilts, trying to come up with the perfect project.

Fresh Lemons Quilts ~ Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt

In the end, I decided to stick with my original idea. You may remember these blocks? I’m using the solids from the Modern Solids Fat Quarter box and Free Spirit Designer Solids in Pearl for the background. I’ve been quite busy cutting and chain piecing, but I’m thrilled with how it is coming together. I can’t wait to share the final layout with you.

Fresh Lemons Quilts ~ Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt

I have a couple prints from Denyse Schmidt’s Ansonia collection planned for the backing.

Fresh Lemons Quilts ~ Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt

I’m hoping to have a very productive week at the machine, and finish the rest of the blocks for the top. Wish me luck!

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Travel Home

Travel Home Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My first back-to-school finish! It only took almost 2 years. I’m so happy today to share with you my finished Arkansas Traveler quilt. I decided to rename it though, since really the blocks have been changed from the original Arkansas Traveler quilt block. I chose “Travel Home” because this quilt is destined to live at home with me, on my couch.

Travel Home Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt is the product of a lot of different inspiration sources combined. First, I’ve always been in love with historic two color quilts ~ red and white quilts, blue and white quilts, black and white quilts. There’s just something so striking about them.

Second, around two years ago I discovered Folk Fibers. I am really in awe of their quilts, the process that goes into making them, and then of course the natural colors.

And finally, last year I made an Arkansas Traveler quilt as a wedding gift and it was hard to give up! I knew I wanted to make some version of it again, this time for keeps.

Travel Home Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

When I started designing the Travel Home Quilt ever so long ago, I knew I wanted it to have the same overall look as my first Arkansas Traveler quilt. I liked the chain effect…but I didn’t really want to make a quilt that large again. Honestly, for lounging under the couch I just don’t need something bed sized. If I kept the blocks at 12″ finished squares, I would need to make another large quilt to create a nice looking design. I ended up shrinking the blocks to 8″ finished squares. That allowed me to have the chained look, but a smaller quilt. This one finished at 56″ x 72″.

Travel Home Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Another change I made to the Arkansas Traveler block was to eliminate the 4 diamonds that made up each quadrant of the block. Instead, I used just one fabric for that space. I did this for a couple of reasons. I did really love the effect of the 4 diamonds in my original quilt (gave a sort of shimmering effect). But since I was doing cream/black prints on this quilt, I thought it would be overly busy and/or not very noticeable. Second, as I shrunk the blocks, the diamonds also shrunk so I though one fabric was plenty for these spots.

Travel Home Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Nevermind my son running around like crazy!

The backing is a print from Melody Miller’s Mustang collection for Cotton + Steel. It’s quite different from the front, but I think complimentary. I quilted free motion meandering with a dark blue thread over the blue portions of the quilt, leaving the cream diamonds unquilted. I really wanted this quilt to have a nice, cozy drape after washing and it does! Now let’s see what I can finished next. :)

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Great Big Giveaway Day ~ September Edition

Great Big Giveaway Day at Fresh Lemons Quilts

Happy September everyone! Today is the Great Big Giveaway Day and my sponsors have 7 really awesome prizes for you to win!

Reminder ~ Please check your email (including SPAM folders) or back to this post after I choose the winners on Thursday. I want to make sure everyone gets connected to their prize.

1. Custom Labels 4U is offering a winner their choice of one of the following: Free 36 labels of 1/2″ size woven name tapes – OR – Free 30 labels of 1″ size woven name tapes.

The great thing about these fully woven name tapes is that you can actually design them and see them on the site before they are even purchased! Also some very cute little optional icons/designs to add if desired.

2. Southern Fabric is offering a $25 gift certificate to go shopping! Lots of great fabrics in the shop, and also there is a special Labor Day sale September 1st and 2nd. Go on over and save up to 25% on all full priced items as well as free U.S. shipping after $150 for two days only.

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3. Dragonfly Fabrics is giving away a $25 gift certificate to the shop. Beautiful new fabrics in stock include Feather River by Birch Fabrics.

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4. Fat Quarter Shop is giving away one of their super fun “Sew What?” t-shirts!

5. Lark Cottons is offering one lucky winner a $25 gift certificate to go shopping! I love the Far, Far, Away Princess and the Pea fabrics by Heather Ross.

There is also a great sale going on right now! Save 30% on fabric from Aneela Hoey, Angela Walters, Emily Herrick, Heather Bailey, Joel Dewberry, Lotta Jansdotter, Sandi Henderson, and Zen Chic. Discount applied automatically to the shopping cart. No coupon code needed!

6. Connecting Threads is giving away a fat quarter sampler of their bundle called Lion’s Share that includes fabrics from Cotton + Steel, as well as some of their basics. Love!

7. is offering a $20 gift certificate. New fabrics in the shop include the exciting Manhattan Modern fabrics!

To enter to win, simply leave one comment at the end of this post. I’ll pick one will per shop on Thursday, September 4th. Good luck everyone!

+++ Closing Comments to Pick the Winners! +++

Congratulations to the below winners! I’ll be emailing you shortly to connect you with your prizes. Thank you so much for commenting everyone, and supporting my wonderful sponsors!

568 – Rachael
Custom Labels 4U – See above for details

601 – Vernon Chee
Southern Fabric – $25 Gift Certificate

449 – Linda
Dragonfly Fabrics – $25 Gift Certificate

137 – Karen Rhodes
Fat Quarter Shop – “Sew What?” Tshirt

361 – Dana
Lark Cottons – $25 Gift Certificate

282 – Rina
Connecting Threads – Lion’s Share Fat Quarter Bundle

415 – Sue – $20 Gift Certificate

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