318 Patchwork Patterns Blog Hop ~ And Giveaway!

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I was in Ohio for a few days to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday. It was so much fun, and now I’m back catching up on grocery shopping, laundry, and my super-full Inbox. But before all of that, I’m here to share an awesome book with you this morning! Some of you may have heard of or seen people swooning over the book 318 Patchwork Patterns: Original Patchwork & Applique Designs by Kumiko Fujita. Until now, it’s one of those books that has been nearly impossible to get your hands on. And if you were one of the lucky few to have it, all the text inside was in Japanese. Which is perfect if you can read Japanese! :) But I can’t.

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This book has now been translated to English and republished! Yay! I was asked by the publisher to participate in a blog tour to celebrate. 318 Patchwork Patterns is a collection of crazy cute quilt blocks that can be made through freezer paper piecing, applique or foundation paper piecing. There are not directions per block. There are general patchwork template directions and applique directions. If you have never made blocks like this before, I’d highly recommend checking out the Very Kerry Berry blog for a little tutorial on how it is done.

The book is divided into block design categories by page. Just an example of the cute stuff inside…

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Everyone in the tour has selected a different set of patterns in the book, and made a project using them. I chose to make a project from the Vehicles page.

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This isn’t really my normal sewing subject matter, but my son hardly every gets anything made just for him…so I thought it was a great fit. I decided to focus my design on the rocket ship. I made a mini quilt that uses 3 rockets to make them appear that they are blasting off into space.

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I used a panel of fabric that I’ve had since I started quilting from Aunty Cookie in Australia for the heads of the astronauts. The background is an awesome (but sadly out of print) constellation fabric by Lizzy House. I placed wonky stars around the rockets.

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This was a really fun quilt to make. I foundation paper pieced the rockets. This was actually my test block (I ended up not cutting the rocket into so many piecings, and shrinking the block a couple inches for the final quilt). But you get the picture.

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The layout was entirely improvised. I made the 3 rockets, placing 2 of them at angles and stitching some background fabric around them to form a square. I made the stars all different sizes, added them to the design wall. Then I just started sewing all my blocks together, adding background fabric rectangles where needed.

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The whole thing is only 24″ x 15″. It would be perfect for a wall hanging. My son is pretending it’s a full sized quilt though, and trying to lay on and under it. :) I quilted it with a free motion meandering design in just the background fabric. I am quite happy with how it turned out!

And now for the giveaway! The publisher for 318 Patchwork Patterns, World Book Media, has generously offered to send a copy to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment here and I will pick a winner tomorrow (November 11th).

And if you’d like to see more really fun projects from these blocks, check out the stops on this blog tour.

October 20: Kerry from http://verykerryberry.blogspot.com
October 22: Penny from http://sewtakeahike.typepad.com
October 24: Angela from http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com
October 27: Amy from http://nanacompany.typepad.com
October 29: Amber from http://oneshabbychick.typepad.com
October 31: Latifah from http://www.thequiltengineer.com
November 3: Charise from http://charisecreates.blogspot.com
November 5: Leila from http://wheretheorchidsgrow.blogspot.com
November 7: Amy from http://duringquiettime.com
November 10: Faith – Me!
November 12: Caroline from http://www.sewcanshe.com
November 14: Rashida from http://iheartlinen.typepad.com

++ Closing Comments to Pick a Winner! ++

The winner is #159 – Sabra! Congratulations! I’ll be contacting you for your mailing address to get you your new book. :) Thank you for the kind words everyone!

30 Quilts For 30 Years ~ Kona Cottons and Giveaway!

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today is my stop on the very inspiring Kona Cottons 30 Quilts for 30 Years blog tour! Several months ago, I was asked to participate in a celebration of 30 years of Kona Cotton Solids by Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Thirty quilt designers created quilts and patterns using this huge range of solid colors. The quilt I designed was my Spectrum quilt (digital and hardcopy patterns available here).

30 Quilts For 30 Years, Kona Cottons Lookbook: Fresh Lemons Quilts

Robert Kaufman Fabrics put all 30 of these quilts in one place – their 30 Quilts for 30 Years Lookbook! I know sometimes it can be hard to visualize a quilt or design in solids. Way back when I started quilting, I knew I wanted to work with solids, but I wasn’t really sure what colors to use, what manufacturer of fabrics to select, what designs would look good to solids… Now I can fully admit I was really over thinking it! Solid fabrics let your design standout and shine. As I was flipping through the lookbook, I once again fell in love with simple designs…

Quilt by Carolyn Friedlander : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Quilt by Carolyn Friedlander

And two color quilts.

Quilt by Anita Grossman Solomon of www.makeitsimpler.com: Fresh Lemons Quilts
Quilt by Anita Grossman Solomon of www.makeitsimpler.com

Apparently I also have a thing for quilts draped on beds outdoors!

In celebration of these 30 Years of Kona Cottons, Robert Kaufman Fabrics and I are doing a little giveaway! Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win a set of 5″ charm squares of the new 2014 Kona Cotton Solid colors, as well as a copy of my Spectrum quilt pattern.

Kona Cottons + Spectrum quilt pattern

The contest will be open around 24 hours and I will pick a winner tomorrow!

You can watch as more quilts are unveiled (and have more chances at giveaways) by following the below schedule:

Week 1:
Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko
Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane
Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks
Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs
Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts – Me!
Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon
Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts

Week 2:
Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny
Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman
Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez with Aurifil
Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts
Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced
Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts
Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer

Week 3:
Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman
Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting
Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy
Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells
Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments
Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl
Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs

Week 4:
Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing
Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine
Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color
Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine
Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander

Week 5:
Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy
Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks
Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman
Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!

++ Closing comments to pick a winner! If you have questions or comments on my Spectrum quilt, please visit this post. ++

The winner is #90 – Verena! I’ll be in touch with you Verena, to get your set up with your prizes. Thank you everyone and enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

Petal Pusher

Petal Pusher Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s done! Yesterday I finished up the binding on my Petal Pusher quilt and took it over to the Morton Arboretum for some Fall photos. I found this really magical nook with TONS of leaves. I need to bring my kids over to the same spot and let them go crazy.

Petal Pusher Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt is a combination of Angela Pingel’s awesome Petal Pusher pattern from her book A Quilter’s Mixology, lots of Cotton + Steel fabrics, and one of my favorite gold bird designs from Violet Craft.

Petal Pusher Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The blocks in the Petal Pusher quilt are deceptively large – 24″ squares! This is a great pattern if you are looking for a lot of “WOW!” for your sewing time. Although there are curves (which scare me), there’s not a ton. And with the giant blocks, you only need to make 4 to make a nice sized quilt, 54″ square.

Petal Pusher Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I quilted with straight lines, all around 1/4″ apart from each other. I don’t mark my quilts typically, just use the edge of my foot, or some location on my foot, for a guide. When you look at the solid fabric backing, you can really see the texture that the straight lines give the quilt.

Petal Pusher Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The binding is a fun dot print from Cotton + Steel. I wasn’t really expecting to use this shade of green, but I just love how it finishes off the quilt!

Petal Pusher Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My daughter really wants this quilt, but she has sooooo many already. I think I’m going to donate this one and hopefully brighten someone special’s day.

Petal Pusher Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I definitely recommend this pattern and Angela’s book, A Quilter’s Mixology, whether you enjoy sewing curves or are intimidated (like me!) but want to give it a shot. I promise, the directions and tips are fantastics and it’s much easier than it looks.

Quilting, Quilting, Quilting

A Quilter's Mixology Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I pulled out a not-so-old UFO this week to finish up. Remember this one, from Angela Pingel’s book A Quilter’s Mixology? It was set aside while I was finishing up some other deadlines and now it’s back at the machine.

A Quilter's Mixology Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I knew from the start that I wanted to do straight line quilting. Sort of a tedious process though. I am halfway done and hope to finish today. There’s this little feature on the Bernina 750QE that I am loving. I can have a short attention span when it comes to straight line quilting. I never want to turn the machine off after I’ve set up all the stitch length, tension and pressure foot settings just how I like them for a current quilting project. This machine has a button that puts it into “Eco Mode”.

A Quilter's Mixology Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s like putting the machine to sleep or power save, but when you press the button again – magic! – you are just where you left off. This is definitely one of those features that I never thought I would need, but I find myself using constantly. And now, to push that handy little button and get back to work.