A Finished Quilt Top

Poinsettia Quilt Top : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Thank you all so much for your wonderful and kind comments on my poinsettia quilt so far. I was especially happy to read those that commented on the enjoyment of seeing this quilt come together step by step. This has been a newer goal of mine for the blog – not to just pop in with a finished quilt and say “Ta da! Another one finished!”

Poinsettia Quilt Top : Fresh Lemons Quilts

We all know what goes into making a quilt. Planning, cutting, stitching, more cutting, more stitching, basting, quilting, binding…. I think it’s important to show all these things, not only because each step is exciting and beautiful, but also so that we don’t set false expectations surrounding what goes into creating something handmade.

Poinsettia Quilt Top : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve finished the quilt top and backing. The backing fabric is one I bought several months ago. It is a print by Anna Maria Horner that was first available in Home Dec weight, but has since been rereleased in a quilting cotton. It is called Sketchbook in ivory and is part of her Hand Drawn Garden collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics. (I first used this print, in the home dec weight, on my Loulouthi Crosses quilt back in 2011.)

Poinsettia Quilt Top : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve also pretty much finished the pattern for this quilt. As I said in my earlier posts, this quilt is based off my Poinsettia Mini Quilt pattern, but with additional blocks. I can’t wait to release it! (Thinking next week – but don’t quote me on that!) Today is officially basting day, so I’d best get busy!

Posy Strip Pillow Tutorial ~ Bernina’s We All Sew Blog

Just popping in quickly today to let you know that my latest tutorial for Bernina USA’s We All Sew blog is up on their site! New pillows are a great way to refresh a space, right? I made the Posy Strip Pillow with Robert Kaufman Essex linen, Liberty of London Tana Lawn prints from DuckaDilly Fabrics, Aurifil thread and a handful of beautiful decorative stitches from my Bernina 750QE.

I hope you will head over to Bernina’s We All Sew blog to check it out. In the tutorial, I also link to an awesome video that shows how to install an invisible zipper with Bernina’s invisible zipper foot (#35) – LOVE that thing!

Stage 3 ~ Complete!

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Yesterday was such an exciting day in the sewing room, as I stitched together the last of my filler or connector blocks.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Even though I pretty much knew what this quilt top would look like with all the blocks on the design wall together, there is just something about seeing them up there for real.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s pretty safe to say this is the scrappiest quilt I have ever made. It’s been a lot of work – but not as much as I thought initially. If it hadn’t been for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years happening right in the middle of the project, I think I would be finished with the quilt by now.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today I’ll begin stitching all these blocks together. I’m guessing that will take several hours. I can’t wait to have the top completely assembled and start quilting. It’s beginning to feel real!

Cut…Stitch…Cut…Stitch

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Sometimes I feel a bit silly, cutting up fabric…sewing it together one way…then cutting it up again…and sewing it together to form something else. But there you have it, this is what I’ve been up to the last few days.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

These “filler” blocks in my quilt are quite scrappy. I am doing some strip piecing to speed up the process, but not using such long strips that there is a noticeable repeat in my scrappy background.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

A bit tedious, but I’ve been watching The Paradise on Netflix and it has been pleasant company. Oh, and just when I said I was getting settled back into a routine, the kids had off school because of dangerously low windchill temperatures (-35 supposedly!). Lucky for me they play nicely together, and have a lot of new Legos to keep themselves occupied.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I have everything ready to mix and sew for the final blocks. I’m hoping this step will only take one more day.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Besides finishing these blocks, I need to make some quilt hanging sleeves for a few quilts that I’m honored to have had accepted into QuiltCon. I need to mail those around Monday, so Friday just might be quilt-sleeve day! Wish me luck, I’m not entirely crazy about hand stitching, but I have always had success with Jacquie’s tutorial.