Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

Category — Inspiration

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

Sewing for Halloween

Sewing Inspiration For Halloween

1. Halloween Bunting, 2. Halloween Quilt, 3. Selvage Mummy Progress, 4. Etsy, 5. trick or treat! BOO to YOU! Swoon!, 6. Halloween Buddy Bags, 7. Halloween bunting, 8. All in a row table runner, 9. Pumpkin Pillow, 10. Halloween Block, 11. Halloween bag set, 12. yoyo garland bling

Has anyone started sewing for Halloween yet? A couple years ago I heard some crazy statistic that Halloween is only second to Christmas for the amount of money people spend to decorate. Sounds like a good reason to make things by hand. I have been looking around Flickr for some ideas. I think I will at least try to make some bunting. How about you?

September 16, 2011   9 Comments

Improvisational Piecing Workshop with Malka Dubrawsky

Boy did I have a good day yesterday. After a few months of anticipation, I attended the Improvisational Piecing Workshop with Malka Dubrawsky at the CREATE Mixed Media Retreat. It was 8 kid-free hours where I got to sew all day, learn from a talented artist who has been inspiring me ever since I started quilting, meet Lee for the first time in person, and be with an entire classroom of fun ladies! I’m not sure how I ended up so lucky!

Malka brought several awesome class samples, including the photo above. Speaking of class samples, she brought in her new fabric line that is going to be available through Moda early next year and it is amazing. Start saving your pennies people, because you will not be able to pass it by.

Here is Malka explaining our class project to us. We made nine log cabin blocks, warm colors on two sides and cool colors on two sides. We didn’t use rulers and even the use of the rotary cutter was pretty loose. But I did learn that there are actual “rules” being followed on these pieces that seem to magically come together with no planning. (Such as use of warm and cool fabrics in certain places.) And those deliberate “rules” are what makes the projects work so well.

This is the wonderful Lee of Freshly Pieced! Hi Lee! I had a great time sitting next to her all day, she is so nice. :) I will see her again in October in Salt Lake City at the Sewing Summit.

These are my blocks coming together – the first four. Notice how the cool color sides are all meeting in the middle. That’s the planning portion of the project.

Malka also did a quick demo of how to make improvisational string blocks. No paper piecing, just eyeballing it. I am definitely going to try this.

This made me laugh – my blocks are on the left and Lee’s blocks are on the right. Think we have the same taste and fabric stash? LOL Isn’t the hotel conference center carpet nice?

All the ladies hard at work!

Yep, I got a photo with Malka! She was such a wonderful instructor and genuine nice person, I would definitely take a class with her again. Maybe we can talk her into coming here and doing a fabric dying workshop?

And here is my final product! I really love it. I showed it to my 4 year old and she said “I love the pink and purple! Why isn’t it big? Where’s the edge?” (binding) Well, she is starting to pick up the details of quilt construction so I was a bit proud of her comments. She *really* wants it so I am considering making more blocks and then giving it to her.

Overall, it was a fantastic day!

August 26, 2011   21 Comments