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!

A New Beginning ~ Splendor Quilt

Splendor Quilt Fabric : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Well, I’ve taken a bit of time off to focus on things away from the sewing machine. Basking in the joy of finishing the Poinsettia Quilt I suppose. I spent the last week thinking about what I wanted to work on next. The big winner is another new quilt/pattern called the Splendor Quilt. This one is an adaptation of the Radiant Splendor block tutorial that I posted last March.

Splendor Quilt Beginnings : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I designed this quilt over the summer and made 2 blocks. Then it sat while other projects jumped in front of it. Now it’s on the design wall, looking a bit lonely at the moment.

Splendor Quilt Beginnings : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Not for long though. I have the pattern written and am testing along the way. This is going to be a large Queen Sized quilt. I’m already throwing around the idea of having it long armed. It would be my first time sending a quilt out!

I hope you enjoy watching the process of this quilt coming together over the next several weeks.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing ~ Giveaway

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

Oh boy, curved piecing. Is everyone already shaking in fear in front of your screens? Whenever I mention sewing curves, I feel like I get the same reaction as when I mention paper piecing: “Oh no no no no, there is no way I could do that! Looks so pretty though…sigh…”

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

I’ll come clean. That was basically my reaction when I thought about attempting to sew curves. After some research and practice though, I’m feeling more confident. And I owe much of that to my dear friend Angela Pingel’s book A Quilter’s Mixology. You might remember me blogging about the book last year, and even making a quilt from her Petal Pusher pattern.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

Angela has just released a companion video through Interweave called Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing: Basics and Beyond (DVD and Video Download). Today I’m here to share a bit about it with you.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

I am a visual learner – I love LOTS of pictures or learning a technique straight from the expert. I love this video. Angela walks us through examples of Modern, Traditional, and Improvisational curved piecing.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

She starts off talking about cutting your curved pieces. The only downfall of this part is I guarantee you will instantly want to go out and buy an Accuquilt Die Cutter and a new collection of Bloc Loc rulers. I know they are now on my wish list!

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

Angela spends time going over how to pin the various types of curves you will encounter in quilting, and then shows the process of sewing the curves on the machine. Seeing this in action is a serious confidence booster.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

She makes blocks, stitches together larger sections, and then shows the finished quilt or project.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

I love seeing how different a quilt can look based on block size and color placement. The next two pictures below are the same block:

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

For those of you that love Improvisational Curved Piecing but don’t know where to start, Angela walks you through the steps to create really stunning pieces as well.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

There is a LOT of information packed into this video. It was so enjoyable and helpful, I hope you will check it out!

Feb 1: Lynne Goldsworthy http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com/
Feb 2: Jennifer Mathis http://ellisonlane.com/
Feb 3: Faith Jones http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/ – Me!
Feb 4: Amy Gibson http://www.stitcherydickorydock.com/
Feb 5: Lee Heinrich http://www.freshlypieced.com/
Feb 6: Amy Smart http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/

Angela and Interweave are giving away one copy of the DVD to a lucky winner. This giveaway is open to USA only (sorry international readers!). To enter to win a copy, leave a comment on this post. I’ll pick a winner Thursday, along with the winners of my February Great Big Giveaway Day. It’s a busy week here on the blog! :)

++ Closing comments and will pick the winner shortly! ++

The winner is #210, Erin Lillibridge. Congratulations Erin! I will be in contact to set you up with your prize. :)