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Category — Inspiration

Inspiration Stacks

Fabric Inspiration Stack

This year, I decided I need to make more of an effort to step outside the use of complete fabric collections in my projects. It’s so easy for me to just make something with a set of fabric from a certain designer’s line. The fabrics generally look so great together, it’s easy to envision the finished product and fall in love.

Fabric Inspiration Stack

But when I see a quilt on Flickr or someone’s blog that I love, nine times out of ten, it is something made from fabric they hand selected from their stash. So, over the last couple weeks, I’ve been creating fabric piles.

Fabric Inspiration Stack

Some of these might become quilts, some might not become anything. If only I had 48 hours in a day. But I had a lot of fun pulling fabrics…weighing options…and getting creative.

Fabric Inspiration Stack

I hope to post more stacks as the year goes on, to inspire not only myself but hopefully you as well.

February 3, 2012   50 Comments

A Peek into My Sewing Space

Sunday Sewing Spaces

Charlotte over at Lawson and Lotti asked me if she could peek into my sewing space for her Sunday Sewing Spaces series. I had to say yes, I love when other crafty people post pictures of their spaces! Head on over to her blog for lots of photos and a little interview with me about where I work relax!

Lawson and Lotti

January 22, 2012   12 Comments

Tutorials From Across Quilty Land

One of the best parts about the online sewing community is how generous everyone is with posting free tutorials on their blogs. After finding a few new ones (to me) this week, I thought it’d be fun to share some links.

1. Crossed Quilt Block by Ellen at The Long Thread
2. Scrap Jar Stars by Amber at A Little Bit Biased
3. Japanese X and + Scrappy by Amy at Badskirt
4. Ribbon Star by Lee at Freshly Pieced
5. Texas Star by Jolene at Blue Elephant Stitches
6. Spiderweb Block by Heather at House of Ala Mode
7. Square Square Paper Piecing Template by Tamiko of Patchwork Notes (For those of you that have never paper pieced and want to make Tamiko’s block, you can find beginner paper piecing directions here or here.)
8. Herringbone Block by Holly at Bijou Lovely

Those stars above would be great additions to the stars we are making for the Solstice Stars Series. Aren’t we lucky to have such a talented group of friends online? Makes me very happy!

Have you written a great quilt block tutorial or have you found one that has inspired you? I’d love to hear about more in the comments!

January 20, 2012   20 Comments

New Flickr Groups

As more of you email me photos of projects you have made from my blog, through patterns, tutorials or just quilt inspiration, I thought it would be fun to create a Flickr group where you could post these pictures for everyone to see. I truly enjoy seeing your quilts and projects. I’d love for all of you to join the Fresh Lemons Quilts Flickr group!

Fresh Lemons Flickr Group

There are also a few other new groups that you might not know about.

Modern Mini Quilt button

First is the Modern Mini Quilts Flickr group, created by Holly of Bijou Lovely. There’s already a lot of inspiration in there.

more de-stash....Sanguine Gryphon
Group icon by Megan of Lucy & Norman

Finally, for the quilters *and* knitters, there is a new group called Purl and Patchwork. A lot of us in this group are new to knitting, and it’s a great place to ask all your newbie questions as well as be motivated by what the experienced knitters are creating.

I hope to see all of you there!

November 16, 2011   7 Comments