A New Design Wall

Fresh Lemons Quilts studio

Raise your hand if you are completely over winter. I know some of you are in the southern hemisphere and I am officially jealous of your Summer weather right now. We are going through another set of extreme cold days (-35F wind chills, and we aren’t even the coldest!). We can’t really leave the house. The kids and I are so stir crazy! So over the weekend I thought I would take advantage of the cold weather and organize my sewing space.

Fresh Lemons Quilts studio

I’ve wanted to build a large design wall for quite some time. Elizabeth at Oh, Fransson has a great, affordable tutorial. Somehow on Saturday I talked my husband into taking a family trip to the hardware store to get the supplies.

Fresh Lemons Quilts studio

I will admit right from the start maybe I didn’t entirely think through how we were going to get home two 48″ x 96″ sheets of foam insulation board on an extremely windy day – with the backseat full of kids and carseats. I would have gotten a picture of the mayhem – foam strapped to the roof of my car, with a 2″ x 4″ on top to help hold it down, with TONS of duct tape all over, taping it to the car to keep the wind from snapping it in half – but I thought my husband was going to kill me and wouldn’t find the humor in the situation. :)

Fresh Lemons Quilts studio

We did make it home, barely. We went all backroads at 25 mph. And I spent the rest of the day rearranging the furniture so the design wall would have the natural light facing it. I love how it turned out. I just need to hang them on the wall somehow. I’m hoping it’s big enough for me to stop using my “design floor”. If you have the space (even for a smaller one), I highly recommend building one! Maybe just on a less windy day.

Meet the “Vintage Quilt Revival” Quilts: Star Bright

Star Bright Quilt ~ Pattern from book Vintage Quilt Revival

Happy Day-After-Thanksgiving for my American readers! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed some time off with your families. I’m sure many of you are out shopping today – maybe even you’ve been up since midnight. But for those spending time at home today, I’m very happy to share my next quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival with you, the Star Bright Quilt.

But before I get to the quilt, something really, really exciting arrived on my doorstep Tuesday afternoon. My copies of the book! And this is awesome news because it means the books are all in the warehouse here in the United States now and being shipped out to retailers. So you should start seeing it soon in shops and if you ordered it online already, chances are you will be getting it sooner than expected! Woohoo!

Vintage Quilt Revival

I also have a few copies available in my shop ready to ship. Those are signed by all 3 of us authors. If you happened to purchase a copy from somewhere else, you can get signed bookplates in my shop as well (The $1 cost for those just covers the shipping and paypal fees).

Back to today’s quilt share! This the my Star Bright quilt and definitely one of my favorites. Maybe because it combines a few of my favorite things: paper piecing, stars and fabrics from Anna Maria Horner.

Star Bright Quilt ~ Pattern from book Vintage Quilt Revival

It’s lap sized and quilted with straight lines.

Star Bright Quilt ~ Pattern from book Vintage Quilt Revival

I’m not sure if I mentioned this in my last post, but something I love about this book is that many of the projects use 12″ x 12″ finished blocks. This makes the quilt patterns really flexible. If you like a layout, but want to switch out the blocks, it’s really easy. Just pick one (or more) of the other 19 blocks in the book (or another block you happen to know and love). Make your blocks and plug them into the pattern.

I was motivated last week to do a bit of Christmas sewing for the house. I used the block from this quilt to make a new pillow for my couch.

Star Bright Quilts ~ Pattern from book Vintage Quilt Revival

I sashed the block in my favorite text print by Violet Craft‘s Madrona Road line. The backing is an awesome red crosshatch by Lucie Summers.

Star Bright Quilts ~ Pattern from book Vintage Quilt Revival

I did some light free motion meandering quilting in the negative space and then assembled using Katie’s invisible zipper tutorial that I love so much.

Star Bright Quilts ~ Pattern from book Vintage Quilt Revival

I think it matches the Christmas quilt I made last year quite well!

Grove Pillows

Grove Pillows by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

When I was in Madison last month, my big purchase at The Sewcial Lounge was fabric for new pillows for my family room. They had beautiful rolls of The Grove Organic Home Dec fabrics by Birch Fabrics.

The Grove Home Dec by Blend Fabrics

As usual I couldn’t narrow down what colors I wanted to use, so I picked pretty much them all (except the brown, it would blend too much into my couch).

Grove Pillows by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Seeing Anna finish her pillows motivated me to get going on mine. I’d been hesitating because I always dread installing the invisible zipper. But she actually linked to a great tutorial on Sew Katie Did’s blog and guess what? I’m not scared anymore! It was so easy!

Grove Pillows by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

The two blue pillows are 20″ x 20″ and the red and yellow pillows are 18″ x 18″. I bought my down inserts at Crate and Barrel.

Since these fabrics are a Home Dec weight, I think they will hold up nicely to the abuse that comes at the hands of a 4 and 6 year old.

Grove Pillows by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Overall, I’m quite pleased with how they turned out!

His and Hers microMod Sew Along and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on Green Bee Design’s His and Hers microMod Sew Along! MicroMod is the premier fabric line from Cloud9 Fabrics designer Rob Bancroft. Also husband of designer and author Alexia Abegg – that’s one talented couple!

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

Today I’m going to share some cloth, appliqué napkins. These are a fun project that would be great not only for your home, but also as a housewarming or host/hostess gift for a friend.

In the spirit of setting a pretty table at meal time, I asked Rob and Alexia what sort of food they would cook the other for a special occasion.

Alexia: I love to cook and try new things, and thankfully so does Rob. But for a sweet surprise meal I think I would go with his favorites; I would make caesar salad, homemade gnocchi with a brown butter sauce, and then his favorite dessert, cheesecake.

Rob: Though this meal doesn’t necessarily promote amorous affection (high levels of garlic), I love to make and surprise Alexia with chicken piccata, sauteed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes, neatly plated and served on a restaurant inspired table setting, white table cloth and cloth napkins included.

I really love chicken piccata, so that made me hungry!

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

To make these napkins, all you need is a set of store bought cloth napkins (I bought a 4 pack of linen/cotton blend ones at Target for about $8.00), Heat n Bond Lite, and your favorite fabrics.

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

I decided to appliqué different designs onto the corner of each napkin. I simply applied the Heat n Bond Lite to the back of the fabric scraps (per the manufactures instructions), cut out my shapes, and then ironed them onto the napkins.

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

I wanted to keep my edges pretty raw, as I think a little fraying as they wash will give these a great look. So I sewed with a straight stitch a couple of times around each fabric shape. If you don’t like the frayed look, you could use a tighter zigzag stitch to finish your appliqué.

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

Don’t forget when sewing along with microMod, be sure to tag your photos with #microMod on Instagram. You can also post your pictures on the Green Bee Patterns Facebook page or add them to the microMod Flickr group.

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

And now for the giveaway! How would you like to win a full Fat Quarter bundle of microMod? Simply leave a comment and I will pick a winner on Friday, April 19th.

There are also prizes at the other Sew Along stops. And, for a grand finale, a huge prize package back at Alexia’s blog at the end of the hop: A fat quarter stack of microMod by Rob Bancroft from Cloud9 fabrics, the entire Green Bee Patterns collection, a microMod sewing bag, and a Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine! (Open to contiguous US residents only.) So be sure to follow and sew along. :)

April 2 – Alexia & Rob at Green Bee
April 3 – Kelly at Kelbysews
April 5 – Amanda at the Craft Junky
April 6 – Rachael at Imagine Gnats
April 8 – Heather at alamode
April 10 – Holly at Bijou lovely
April 13 – Alexia, Michelle & Rob Green Bee
April 17 – Me!
April 18 – Katie at Swim Bike Quilt
April 19 – Deborah at Whipstitch
April 20 – Jacey at Jaceycraft
April 24 – Jenny at the Southern Institute
April 25 – Amy from sukie don’t ya know
April 26 – Jen from Betty Crocker Ass
April 27 – Sara from Sew Sweetness
April 28 – Krista at Krista Withers Quilting
April 29 – Katy from I’m a Ginger Monkey
April 30 – Amber from One Shabby Chick
May 1 – Alexia & Rob Green Bee GRAND PRIZE

Happy sewing everyone!

++ Closing Comments to Pick a Winner! ++

The lucky winner is #113, Brynn! Congratulations and I will be contacting you for your address. Thank you everyone for entering and remember to continue keeping up with the microMod Sew Along. :)