A Quilter’s Mixology ~ And a New Quilt Start

This week I started cutting into some of my Cotton + Steel fabric for a new project. Next month I’m going to be participating in a blog hop celebrating Angela Pingel’s new book, A Quilter’s Mixology: Shaking Up Curved Piecing. I thought it would be fun today to show you a bit about her book, as well as the start of my project. You’ll have to wait about 5 weeks to see the finish!

A Quilter’s Mixology is a quilting book of 16 projects centered around the Drunkard’s Path Block. I think every quilter probably has his or her strengths, things that come easiest to them. For me, it’s Foundation Paper Piecing. It’s like second nature and I really find my rhythm when I’m sewing.

Curved piecing is not one of my strengths. I don’t really sew curves often, so when I do I have a bit of anxiety, worry about my cuts, worry about lining everything up properly. Stitch reeeeeaaaaalllly slowly. This is one of the reasons I was so excited to receive Angela’s book. The entire premise is challenging to me.

Angela starts off her book with a bit of history (yay!) on the Drunkard’s Path block (4 pages). She then spends 8 pages going over the important technique stuff – templates, cutting, stitching the curves, and then stitching the blocks together. She also reviews some common problems you may run into when sewing curves and how to fix them. To me, this was a “must read” chapter of the book. Next is 8 pages on color, fabric and thread with lots of really beautiful photo inspiration.

After that Angela jumps into the 16 projects. They range from pillows to 100″+ inch quilts. These patterns are not only beautiful, but have very detailed instructions. In fact, the first time I was flipping through this book, I was really shocked (in a good way!) at the amount of detail put into the directions.

I have some favorites of course!


Orange Twist Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology


Medallion Baby Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology

Arabian Nights Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology

Nine Patch Curves Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology

Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology

I’ve just started working on the pattern above, Angela’s Petal Pusher Quilt. When I first decided to make it, I didn’t really look at the finished size. (Mental note: Always look at the finished quilt size – ha!) It’s huge! 106″ x 106″ Each block is 24″.

I will probably make 4 blocks for my quilt. I’m using Cotton + Steel fabrics with a couple other prints mixed in where needed. Angela’s sample quilt in the pattern used directional prints, so I decided to try my hand at that as well.

These blocks are large but actually very easy to put together. I worked on this for 2 mornings (2 hours each) and 1 afternoon (also 2 hours), and cut out 4 blocks and pieced 2 together.

For the curves, the book comes with a fold out template sheet in the back. I just traced my templates onto some scrap paper – nothing fancy here! Works like a charm.

I can’t wait to share this one with you next month during the blog hop. And I hope you will check out A Quilter’s Mixology and try your hand at some modern interpretations of this classic block.

Spectrum ~ A New Quilt Pattern

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

As promised, today I’m sharing my latest quilt finish, Spectrum. Several months ago, the folks at Robert Kaufman Fabrics asked me if I was interested in creating a pattern using their Kona solids. I have been sitting on this flying geese design for a bit, waiting for the right time to make the quilt. (Does anyone else do this?? I swear I have more quilt designs than I’ll ever be able to make!) I decided the Kona’s would be perfect for it.

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Spectrum quilt features flying geese in a variety of Kona colors: Valentine, Camellia, Carnation, Pink, Coral, Kumquat, Mango, Cheddar, Corn Yellow, Canary, Buttercup, Maize, Sour Apple, Pistachio, Pear, Honey Dew, Breakers, Pool, Bahama Blue, Aqua. The background happens to be one of my favorite neutrals, Kona Snow (I just bought a bolt of it!)

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

In this design, I took a classic quilting element (flying geese) and updated the design through use of negative space. By staggering the columns and leaving the tops and bottoms empty (piecing in the background fabric), a traditional concept now has a very modern feel.

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I quilted this using a free motion meandering design. I tried out the BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator) on my Bernina 750QE for the first time. (I have used the BSR on my Bernina 440QE). It worked great! I put my pressure foot setting down to 0 and found that to be the easiest for smoothly moving the quilt around while stitching.

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The quilt measures 54″ x 60″. The pattern is now available as a PDF Digital Download in my pattern shop. Hardcopies are on their way as well and will be listed as soon as they arrive.

Five Years and Counting

Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s a funny thing, how quickly five years can fly by. Today is my blog’s 5th anniversary. I went back a couple days ago, to revisit that first post. (The image from the post lost in the shuffle during a blog transfer a few years ago.) I’m not sure how long I thought I’d be blogging back in 2009. But I’m happy to still be around and have all of you join me each week, reading and commenting and sharing tidbits and your projects with me. Thank you so much for spending a bit of your time here with me.

Much of the last two weeks has been devoted to designing and pattern writing. I can say there are some new, fun quilts and patterns coming down the pipeline. And while I can’t share those just yet, I thought I’d share some fabric and blocks and food.

Kona Cotton Solids : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m planning to use some Kona Cottons in an upcoming project. I totally copied everyone else who was cutting up their Kona Color Cards and placing them on book rings. So much easier to pull out colors and plan quilts!

Liberty of London from DuckaDilly : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also ordered an absolutely beautiful collection of Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabric, cut into a roll, from DuckaDilly.

And – total accident but they were sitting next to each other on my table – doesn’t the Kona look awesome with the Liberty?

Kona Cotton Solids and Liberty of London : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I love it when that happens!

Another project in the works is a pattern based on my Radiant Splendor block tutorial. Although this test block below looks the same, I did some unpicking after I took the photo as the pattern changes up the block a bit. I’m working on writing and testing and hopefully will get the new pattern finished sometime this Fall. For those that like bigger quilts, this one will be Queen sized (ok, well that’s big for me!)

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve also spent a bit of time in the kitchen lately. I’ve recently discovered America’s Test Kitchen and have fallen hard. (I know, I’m the last on the planet, right?) I have had success with pretty much everything I’ve made from both Cooking for Two and The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2014.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This Cinnamon Swirl Bread is in the latter, as well as online (and I saw them make it in an episode I recorded on PBS).

Cinnamon Swirl Bread : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It was *delicious*.

I hope those of you in the United States and Canada have a great holiday week. Yesterday was Canada Day and Friday is Independence Day here (and my husband’s birthday!) I plan on doing some relaxing and enjoying time with family. And hopefully fit at least some sewing (or more pattern writing in) too.

Holland Mills

Holland Mills

Sometimes I make a quilt and have to wait a bit of time to share it with you, due to publication schedules. Well, when I went on my computer to grab the photos for this post, I noticed they were taken almost a year ago to the day. It’s been a long wait! I’m pretty happy to share this quilt with you though, named Holland Mills, as I just found out it’s on the cover of Australians Quilter’s Companion’s new magazine, Quilts for Today.

Quilts for Today, Holland Mills

When I first designed this quilt, I knew I wanted to use fabric from Bonnie & Camille’s Happy Go Lucky collection. I used those colors as my base and added in a few coordinating prints outside the collection. I just love these colors!

Quilts for Today, Holland Mills

This quilt pattern uses paper pieced blocks placed on point and off centered. The finished quilt is 60″ x 70″. The backing is a beautiful yellow floral stripe, also from Happy Go Lucky. I kind of joke that this sort of design is great for when you want to make a quilt, but don’t want to make 100 blocks. :) But you can also have a lot of fun with the negative space. The background fabric would look awesome as a dark solid, or how about a tiny dot?

Quilts for Today, Holland Mills

If you are super lucky and live in Australia, I believe this magazine is just arriving in shops. If you happen to live elsewhere and are interested in the magazine, you can buy a digital version online here (which I just tested out and was very easy).

** Note: Someone asked me where to find the paper piecing template once you download the magazine. Since it was a little tricky to find, I thought I’d share! On the “Contents” page at the beginning of the magazine, there is a box at the top that says “Pattern Sheets”. Click on the link in that box and it takes you to a website. From the black header bar on the website, click again on “Pattern Sheets” and select the magazine. There you can download the template. :) **

Quilts for Today ~ Faith Jones

Oh, and there’s even a little profile article about me in the magazine…if anyone is interested in that sort of thing (like my mom – ha). I hope you will check out the new magazine though, it’s full of great patterns and profiles!