Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today I’m pleased to share with you a newly released book by Melissa Corry, Irish Chain Quilts. It never really occurred to me just how many awesome ways there were to make an Irish chain quilt. When Melissa sent me her new book to check out, I was really inspired by the variety of designs inside. Irish Chain Quilts contains 15 quilt patterns – from traditional…

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Photography of quilts courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

to modern…

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons QuiltsPhotography of quilts courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

to improvisational…

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons QuiltsPhotography of quilts courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

to appliqué.

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons QuiltsPhotography of quilts courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

In celebration of Melissa’s new book, several of us made a block from a pattern to be combined into one future charity quilt. My block happened to be from the cover quilt, End of the Rainbow.

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons QuiltsPhotography of quilts courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

These blocks are improvisational and great for scraps. I had a lot of fun just letting go, piecing without over thinking it. My background is low volume (as requested) and my focal fabrics are all shades of green. Melissa’s directions were very easy to follow, so even if you haven’t improvisationally pieced before, don’t be worried. :)

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can pick up your own copy of Irish Chain Quilts in a few places:
·  Personalized and Autographed Copies from Melissa
·  Your Local Quilt Shop
·  Martingale (get a free E-copy with your order)
·  Amazon

If you want to check out more blocks from bloggers, as well as peeks from inside the book, be sure to follow along on the blog hop below.

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry

June 8th – Happy Quilting – Blog Hop Intro
June 9th – Moda Lissa – Lissa Alexander & Fat Quarter Shop – Jocelyn Ueng
June 10th – Piece N Quilt – Natalia Bonner & In Color Order – Jeni Baker
June 11th – Amy’s Creative Side – Amy Ellis & Sew Kind of Wonderful – Jenny Pedigo
June 12th – Quilt Story – Megan Jimenez & Diary of a Quilter – Amy Smart
June 15th – Freshly Pieced – Lee Heinrich & Christa Quilts – Christa Watson
June 16th – Moda Cutting Table – Carrie Nelson & Little Miss Shabby – Corey Yoder
June 17th – Fresh Lemons – Me! :) & V and Co. – Vanessa Christenson
June 18th – A Quilting Life – Sherri McConnell & Stitch This! – Jenny Wilding Cardon
June 19th – Happy Quilting – Wrap Up & Grand Prizes

Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop Prizes

Also don’t forget to stop over at Melissa’s blog for more Irish Chain Quilt inspiration and the chance to win some celebratory prizes!

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. :)

Modern Machine Quilting ~ Blog Hop!

Modern Machine Quilting by Catherine Redford

Today I’m kicking off a celebration for one of my talented friends and fellow member of the Naperville Modern Quilters Guild, Catherine Redford. Catherine has just released Modern Machine Quilting: Straight Lines, Spirals, Serpentines, and More!, a DVD/instant download video available through Interweave.

Modern Machine Quilting by Catherine Redford

This is Catherine. Yep, she’s as nice as she looks. :) And bonus, she has a British accent. I love listening to people with accents.

Modern Machine Quilting by Catherine Redford

I’ve been lucky enough to see much of Catherine’s work in person over the last couple of years. It is top notch, exceptional quality. She is a precision quilter and that quality of work shows in this video course.

Modern Machine Quilting by Catherine Redford

If you have ever been wondering how to finish off your modern quilt top with modern quilting, this video will give you tons of ideas and show you the tecniques used to accomplish straight lines, spirals, more organic quilting options.

Modern Machine Quilting by Catherine Redford

This is one of my personal favorites from the video!

Modern Machine Quilting by Catherine Redford

You can hear more about Catherine’s Modern Machine Quilting: Straight Lines, Spirals, Serpentines, and More! video class by following along at the below blogs over the next week.

Monday, December 15th: Me! at Fresh Lemons Quilts
Tuesday, December 16th: Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville
Wednesday, December 17th: Cheryl Sleboda at Muppin
Thursday, December 18th: Maddie Kertay at Bad Ass Quilters Society
Friday, December 19th: Svetlana Sotak at s.o.t.a.k. handmade
Saturday, December 20th: Julia Wood at The Hexie Blog
Sunday, December 21st: Laura Wasilowski at Art Fabrik
Monday, December 22nd: Pokey Bolton at Pokey’s Ponderings
Tuesday, December 23rd: Susan Brubaker Knapp at Blue Moon River
Wednesday, December 24th: Catherine Redford

On December 26th, Catherine will be giving a way a copy of her DVD. Just click on over to her blog and post a comment at any time during the hop to be included. I hope you will check out Modern Machine Quilting and be inspired to try something new!

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!