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!

Hanna Hearts ~ A Finished Quilt

Hanna Hearts Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Hanna Hearts is officially in the “finished and photographed” camp. Many of you have followed along as this quilt came together. It started when I saw the below quilt on the Hanna Andersson website.

Hanna Hearts Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I made 99 4-1/2″ hearts from Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew’s very timely Simple Heart Tutorial. Between the heart blocks, I cut my sashing 2-1/2″ wide, resulting in a quilt measuring 56″ x 68″.

Hanna Hearts Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I backed this quilt in bright pink minky (or “mooky” as my husband called it! “All quilts should have mooky on the back.” Ha!) I normally handstitch my binding to the back of the quilt, but I’ve found that in the past, the binding becomes unstitched on my minky backed quilts. (Due to lots of stretching I guess?) Any tips for me? In any case, I machine attached this binding to the back and although I’m not crazy about the look, I am confident it will stand up to abuse.

Hanna Hearts Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The quilting is a wavy stitch from my BERNINA 750 – you can read more about creating that stitch here. The binding is a pink and white dot, I believe from Sarah Jane Studios Children at Play line.

Hanna Hearts Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt is a gift for someone special. I am pretty confident she will like it! The rest of this week I am working with some fabric that is no normally my “thing”…Spiderman. Maybe it will give you some ideas for those little Superhero fans in your life!

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!

Hanna Hearts Quilt Top!

Hanna Hearts Quilt Top: Fresh Lemons Quilts

Back home and back at the sewing machine this week! I finished up my Hanna Hearts quilt top and it’s just so cute! (Once again this was confirmed by my 8 year old daughter.) Adding sashing is not exactly my favorite part of making a quilt (yawn) but I did manage to get it all done in two days.

Hanna Hearts Quilt Top: Fresh Lemons Quilts

I cut my sashing 2-1/2″ wide (so finishes at 2″). I actually planned on making an even wider border around the outside edge but ran out of white fabric and couldn’t remember which particular white I was using. I know, I know…label my neutrals already! Quilting soon on this one. :)

You can read more about the makings of this quilt, including links to the heart block tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew, here and here.