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!

A Visit, a Quilt and a Week Off

International Quilt Festival

This week is Spring Break here in the Chicago suburbs. The kids and I have just been hanging out at home, playing outside during the few glorious days of sunshine. I’ve only spent a few stolen moments here and there at the sewing machine, starting work on teacher quilts. (I need to make TWO this year!)

International Quilt Festival

Last weekend my parents came to visit and we went to Quilt Festival in Chicago. I have been really out of the loop I guess, because I had no idea it moved from the Summer to Spring! Luckily my mom was on top of it and planned her visit accordingly. The quilts you see in the top photo of this post are of the Ruby Jubilee exhibit. If you are a regular reader here, you’ve heard me say I love, love, love red and white quilts. So this exhibit was a treat for me. Inspired by the Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts exhibit in New York City, these quilts are a collection of old and new, modern and traditional. All stunning.

Cog + Wheel adaptation by Lorellen Moore

My mom also brought her latest quilt finish to visit. (Hi Mom!) We took it over to my favorite local barn for photos. Isn’t it cool? This quilt was created using Denyse Schmidt’s Cog + Wheel pattern, obviously with some big modifications. She changed where the pattern has negative space and prints, created her own paper piecing template (sorry, I can’t share that as Cog + Wheel is for sale), made some half blocks, rearranged the layout, added a border…

Cog + Wheel adaptation by Lorellen Moore

The prints are mostly from Lotta Jansdotter’s new collection, Follie. You can prints from this collection at following shops:

Gotham Quilts
Harts Fabric
Sew Modern
Fat Quarter Shop
Fabric Spark

She also mixed in some large scale Japanese prints (those letters in the background).

Cog + Wheel adaptation by Lorellen Moore

My mom quilted this on her new BERNINA 750QE (yep, we are now machine twins!) using a wavy stitch. You can read more about creating that stitch here.

I love the quilt mom!

Spidey ~ A Finished Quilt

Spidey Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Despite this lingering flu turned cold, I finished the Spidey quilt! (I apologize in advance if this post is a bit delirious!) I rallied on Tuesday night and quilted it, then added the binding on Wednesday morning. Who says you can’t pair Spiderman fabric with Denyse Schmidt and Anna Maria Horner? I think it turned out pretty cute!

Unfortunately it was a cold and dreary day, and the ground is still wet with the remnants of 5 inches of Spring snow we had on Monday. I wanted to get some better pictures before gifting it yesterday afternoon, but just didn’t have the opportunity to go anywhere besides my deck.

Spidey Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I mentioned in my last post that I used the same design as my Aye Aye Captain quilt. The rectangles are cut 3″ x 10″ and there are 6 columns and 24 rows. Like the Aye Aye Captain quilt, I rounded the corners of this quilt. I just love that look! I simply turned a bowl upside down and used it to mark the corners and cut. When rounding your corners, the only thing you need to remember is to use bias cut binding so it will curve nicely around those edges. (I learned that the hard way early on into quilting).

Spidey Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This time I quilted it on each side of the seams, about 1/2″ away. I just used the edge of my foot as a guide. The backing is a navy blue minky. A few of you asked if I use batting still when I make a quilt with minky. I do! I really like the weight of a quilt with a lightweight batting (I use Quilter’s Dream Request Loft) and minky.

And you can see from the quilting, it has a nice “poof” to it as well. I just use a lot of pins when basting – about one every 3 inches – and make sure the pressure of my foot when quilting is adjusted to not be super heavy. I adjusted my BERNINA 750QE pressure setting from 50 to 0 when quilting this quilt.

Hanna Hearts and Spidey Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Hanna Hearts and Spidey are now living with their new owners, a couple special new members of our family. I’m hoping they are much loved!

Spidey Quilt

Spidey Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Oh, what a weekend. Our house was hit hard with the flu. Happy first day of Spring, right? I was actually hoping to finish this Spiderman quilt on Saturday but that didn’t happen.

Spidey Quilt Fabric : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I jokingly posted this photo of fabric on Instagram and captioned it “the things we do for kids”. I can honestly say I never thought I’d make a quilt with Spiderman fabric but as many people pointed out, these are pretty great designs as far as licensed fabric goes. And I must agree, especially the two on the left. Others commented that their little (or even big!) superhero loving son/daughter/grandson/granddaughter/wife/husband would be thrilled with something made from Spiderman fabric. So a lot of us are in the same boat. :)

These Spiderman prints are by Camelot Fabrics. You can find them at Fat Quarter Shop and Harts Fabric. I tried to pick prints that I could see being combined with modern fabrics from my stash.

Spidey Quilt Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I do have the top all sewn together and the minky all set for the back. I’m using the same pattern as my son’s Aye Aye Captain quilt. It’s a great simple layout for showcasing a variety of prints and colors. Fingers crossed I am able to baste it and get quilting today!