Back and Busy!

Quilting Bloggers photo from Amy Smart
Photo from Amy Smart, Diary of a Quilter

Phew! What a busy past week! I was lucky enough to spend 3 days in Pittsburgh for Quilt Market and there was just so much to see. Besides the amazing new lines – which hopefully I will blog about soon! – it was great to just see friends in the industry. At one moment on Friday, several of us just happened to run into each other right outside Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew’s booth. If you read a lot of quilting blogs, you probably recognize many of these ladies. From left to right: Melissa (The Polka Dot Chair), Amy Smart (Diary of a Quilter), Angela Pingel (Cut to Pieces), Kaye Prince (Miss Print), Anna Graham (Noodlehead), Allison Harris (Cluck Cluck Sew) Ashley (Film in the Fridge, there with her ADORABLE daughter!), me :), Amanda Jean (Crazy Mom Quilts), and Lee Heinrich (Freshly Pieced). Such a great moment!


Image from Fat Quarter Shop Twitter Feed

Friday morning was the Vintage Quilt Revival book signing. It was so great to meet fellow quilters and shop owners who were excited about the book. The only think missing – and she was SO missed! – was our coauthor Katie who couldn’t be there due to her big news. She is expecting a baby in the fall, but quite sick and unable to travel.

It was so cold in Pittsburgh, but I arrived home Sunday to absolutely perfect weather. My daughter and her friend sat outside on the string quilt, and rainbow loomed. I love seeing that quilt being loved.

Faith Jones Fresh Lemons Quilts fabric bundle from Fat Quarter Shop

I also arrived home to this awesome bundle of fabrics! These are a custom collection of prints and solids I put together for Fat Quarter Shop. You can buy your own bundle in their shop!

And finally, over the last several days I’ve been sewing like a mad woman to get ready for a quilt along I’ll be hosting beginning June 2nd on Bernina’s We All Sew blog.

Summer Sparkle Quilt Along

I’ll be posting reminders along the way here too, so if you want to make sure you don’t miss anything, be sure to sign up to my email notifications on the right column of my blog by clicking on Email Subscribe.

Summer Sparkle Quilt Along

Ok, gotta run to Preschool Graduation!! Happy sewing everyone!

Milwaukee Saturday

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Another busy, busy weekend here – but I have a lot of photos to share! Saturday I woke up bright and early and headed north to Milwaukee. Lee and I had our third (and final) Pottery Barn Trunk Show scheduled, but before that began we visited the Milwaukee Art Museum. Lee and I were lucky enough to be invited to see their Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art special exhibit, featuring a few quilts from from Gee’s Bend, Alabama.

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Because I always leave for events ridiculously early, I was actually the first person inside the museum for the day! How cool is that? The space was so beautiful and full of light, right on Lake Michigan.

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Uncommon Folk exhibit had whimsical sculptures, paintings, quilts, photographs…all sorts of fun and funky things really.

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Of course, the five or six quilts especially caught our eye.

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Above, from left to right: “Lazy Gal” Quilt (1993) by Revil Mosley; Four Block Housetop Quilt (2000) by Rita Mae (“Rabbit”) Pettway; Work Clothes Quilt (1935) by Rachel Carey George.

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Four Block Housetop Quilt (2000) by Rita Mae (“Rabbit”) Pettway

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Crazy Quilt (1883) by Margaret A. Beattie

I captured Lee taking a detail shot of this beautiful quilt.

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts
“Star of Bethlehem” Quilt (1875), American

It was a really fun morning! After we finished up at the museum, we headed over to the mall to grab lunch and set up inside Pottery Barn.

Vintage Quilt Revival Pottery Barn Trunk Show : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This time we got to set up right up front. What an experience!

Vintage Quilt Revival Pottery Barn Trunk Show : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Vintage Quilt Revival Pottery Barn Trunk Show : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Vintage Quilt Revival Pottery Barn Trunk Show : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Lots of people stopped by and it was so fun to meet everyone. Many told us that seeing quilts in person is such a different experience than seeing them in a book – and I cannot agree more!

I also finished my big deadline quilt yesterday (woo hoo!) so now I’m hard at work cutting into my Shimmer fabric in preparation for a blog hop after Spring Break. I’ll be posting some updates as I go along ~ paper piecing, yay!

A Spring Mix

Spring Mix Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

When it comes to the weather outside, this time of year always feels like two steps forward, one step back. Last week we had a great day with temperatures in the 50’s, only to be followed by a day of wet, heavy snow.

Cardinal : Fresh Lemons Quilts

When that latest layer of snow melted and I just felt defeated by Winter, I looked out by our woods and saw these.

Cardinal : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The daffodil bulbs I planted last Fall, starting to pop up. I am telling you, this mess of mud and leaves and tiny bits of green has been so good for my soul.

I’ve been trying to make sure the kids get some outside time on those warmer days. Between that and a sewing deadline that I can’t share right now, I don’t have a finished project to show you this week. But I have accumulated some new fabrics recently and they inspired me to take a little break and build a project pile from my stash.

Spring Mix Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My inspiration for this stack was a print from Leah Duncan’s newest fabric line for Art Gallery Fabrics, Meadow. I love the soft colors.

Spring Mix Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I pulled some coordinating prints from my stash, including some new fabrics from Lotta Jansdotter’s Mormor, Skinny Laminx’s Up, Up & Away, Eloise Renouf’s Bark & Branch, and Violet Craft’s Waterfront Park.

I made a block from my Off-Centered Squares quilt pattern. I’m thinking of using one color family per block…we shall see!

Off-Centered Squares Quilt Pattern : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Back to work on deadlines! And fingers crossed for a warmer week!

Pottery Barn Trunk Show Weekend

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

What a weekend! Between the two Pottery Barn quilting trunk shows on Saturday, my son’s 5th birthday party on Sunday (at Chuck E Cheese’s no less), and daylight savings time, I’m pretty much running on fumes. But oh, what a great time we had on Saturday. I thought I’d share some photos from the trunk shows. I didn’t bring my “real” camera, just my iPhone. I thought it’d just be too hard to manage keeping track of the good camera – and that was the right call because we were busy – but I do wish I had brought someone with me to take nice photos. Live and learn!

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

When we arrived at Pottery Barn in Naperville, this sign was out front with balloons! Really exciting! We met the store manager who was just exceptionally nice and welcoming, it really put my nerves at ease! We decided that we’d have more room to set up on the second floor and brought all our things up.

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

There were these awesome railings that overlooked to the first floor. We were able to drape all our quilts on them – you could see them from below as soon as you walked into the store.

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

We treated the event as a meet and greet. It was so much fun to talk to everyone one on one, answer questions, let people come and touch the quilts. Lots of quilters visited, some planned and some just happened to be in the store without knowing about the event. We met people from all experience levels – from expert long armers to women who sewed but were looking to learn to quilt. The hour flew by – it was just such a great time!

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

We packed up the quilts, loaded up the car, and drove to the Oakbrook Pottery Barn to set up for round two. This store was one floor (so no railing) and really long with different nooks and sectioned off areas. We were placed in a side bedding area, so deciding how to display the quilts was harder. But luckily they had a Visual Stylist (fancy!) who came over to help us. He was an expert quilt hanger.

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

If anyone is looking to display quilts like this at home, it was really a great set up. They had installed a nice, solid curtain rod. The stylist took the quilt by the corner and folded that over the back of the curtain rod. Then he used super heavy duty clamps to clamp the corner to the back of the draped quilt.

I am guessing you could get the clamps at a hardware store. Lee had a hard time even opening them when we took stuff down, so they were pretty strong. We also hung some quilts on a coat rack!

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

We met even more quilters at this stop, and again we were able to talk to everyone one on one. I know I’ve gushed this entire post, but I really can’t stress enough how fun it was to get to share our quilts with a new audience and in this setting. And look, they let us each take home a sign! You better believe that’s now hanging up in my sewing room.

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

I just want to thank everyone who came out to visit as well as Pottery Barn for inviting us to share our quilts at their shops. We have 2 more trunk shows planned – Lee and I in the Milwaukee area and Katie in Arlington, VA on March 22nd. If you happen to live around those cities, I hope you will come!