Piecing Kaleidoscopes

Kaleidoscope Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

With the kids back in school after a week of illness and a week of Spring Break, I’m finally spending some quality time back in my sewing room. I have two more gift quilts I need to get done before the end of May. Maybe you can all guess who will be the recipients? The first one I’m working on features a scrappy assortment of bright fabrics.

Kaleidoscope Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I started out with all the above colors, minus the green and white. But as I was making my initial blocks, I kept deciding the quilt needed more and more color. I just can’t help myself! I’m piecing 12″ kaleidoscope blocks. When I think of a classic, well loved quilt pattern, kaleidoscope is pretty high up on my list. You just can’t go wrong. I paper piece mine – I whipped up this template before starting. If anyone is interested you can download it here. Just be sure to print it out at 100% or Actual Size.

Kaleidoscope Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Although the white doesn’t seem to photograph that well in the quilt, it does look nice in real life. I’m using FreeSpirit Solids Sand Dune as my background. This is one of my favorite neutrals.

I need to make 30 blocks for a 60″ x 72″ quilt. Almost halfway there. They do go together rather quickly. I’ll post again when I am closer to the finish!

Scrappy Sneak Peek

Straight Line Quilting : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s been a continued busy but oh-so-fun week in my sewing space. Yesterday I stitched on the last of the binding and took pictures of my quilt that will be on BERNINA’s We All Sew blog as a scrappy pattern/tutorial/quilt along.

Straight Line Quilting : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s pretty much killing me that I can’t show you full photos of the actual project yet. I can tell you that it’s lap sized and a combination of alternate gridwork, negative space and scraps. You can also see that I did a lot of straight line quilting. I’ll post as soon as I know the dates the project will be live!

Progress and Patterns

Hanna Hearts Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This has been one of those weeks where I’ve gotten so much done. A feel good week I suppose! I’ve managed to check off a doctor appointment, dentist appointment, my son’s 6th birthday, setting up patterns on Etsy for EU folks, finishing my Hanna Hearts quilt, finishing the quilt blocks for a future tutorial, playing outside with the kids in the *warm* weather, AND catching up on Nashville while I sew! Definitely going to pat myself on the back. :)

Hanna Hearts Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So speaking of Hanna Hearts, yesterday I spent 6 hours basting, quilting and binding. And it is D-O-N-E! I can’t wait to get some finished pictures this weekend in the glorious weather. I quilted it with wavy lines. This is the sort of moment that I just love my BERNINA 750QE and it’s visual screen.

BERNINA 750QE Wavy Line Quilting Settings : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can see I have stitch #4 selected, and as I changed the stitch width length (duh, don’t recommend writing blog posts pre-coffee!) to 4.0 with the dial, the screen actually changed to show me how the stitch would look. I’m a visual learner, so this makes me really happy!

BERNINA We All Sew sneak peek : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also mentioned that I finished up quilt blocks for a future tutorial. That’s a sneak peek up there. This will be online very soon at BERNINA’s We All Sew blog. I am *super* excited about this quilt. I started out with one idea for the quilt top layout and it completely transformed on my design wall. This seems to happen with my quilts more often than not. If you like scrappy and modern, I think you will really like this quilt tutorial!

Fresh Lemons Quilts Patterns

And finally, for those of you that live in the EU…I know it’s been a few months of “no patterns” for you in my shop because of the new VAT laws over there. Well Etsy has announced that they are going to be handling collecting and submitting VAT for digital sales (read more here and in the featured comments on their post), so I have reopened my Etsy shop with digital patterns. If you are located in the EU, please use the Fresh Lemons Quilts Etsy shop rather than my blog pattern shop.

Ok, back to work – I’ve been busy but there still is much to do!

Easily Distracted

Splendor Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Yep, that’s me. Easily distracted! As soon as I finished the next set of blocks for my Splendor Quilt, I thought “Wow, I really should make a couple quilts as gifts for {insert special occasion that occurs in one week}.” Guaranteeing said quilt gifts will most certainly be late.

My newest three Splendor Quilt blocks look nice though, right?

Splendor Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So, in a completely different direction I go – at least temporarily. This next quilt idea came as a combination of seeing Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew’s Simple Heart Tutorial and Quilt, and a constant Hanna Andersson advertisement that follows me around wherever I go on the internet.

Hanna Hearts Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I love the colors in this Hanna Andersson quilt and I figured – I could make something similar! Mine won’t be raw edge like perhaps the one for sale…has anyone seen it in real life?

Hanna Hearts Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It was serious nose-to-the-sewing-machine yesterday and I stitched up 99 hearts (or 198 heart halves). Not going to lie, my back was sore. I need a better chair for sure.

Hanna Hearts Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I trimmed them up and they are now ready for pressing.

Hanna Hearts Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m hoping to get them sewn together today. After elementary school Valentine’s Day parties that is! I hope you all have a wonderful day!