A Quilter’s Mixology Hop

Petal Pusher : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Just a quick note today! I was very lucky to be one of the participants in the A Quilter’s Mixology Sew Along over on the Sew Sweetness blog. I finished the quilt top and am sharing photos with you over on Sara’s blog. Hopefully I’ll have a finished quilt to share here soon! :)

Ok, back to sewing more with those Modern Solids. I’ve been busy and am almost done with my blocks!

Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today’s Quilter ~ Blog Hop!

Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today's Quilter

Welcome to today’s stop on Cheryl Sleboda’s Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today’s Quilter blog hop! I am lucky enough to know Cheryl through the Naperville Modern Quilt Guild. When she asked me to be part of her blog hop, I jumped at the chance. Cheryl is not only fun and kind, she is incredibly talented and motivating.

Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today's Quilter

Cheryl has just released a new video, Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today’s Quilter. (Available as a DVD or digital download.) When I think of smocking, I tend to think of the dresses I wore when I was young.

Fresh Lemons Quilts
Me in a smocked dress…mid 1980’s :)

Cheryl really has taken this classic technique and many others, and put her modern spin on them. I’ve seen her work in person, it’s really amazing!

Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today's Quilter

Take your next sewing project to new heights by adding an unexpected twist–fabric manipulation! Learn the basics and beyond of vintage sewing techniques that can transform your quilts from flat to fabulous. Award-winning quilter and heirloom sewing expert Cheryl Sleboda takes the mystery out of smocking, pintucks, pleats, and gathers, and will soon have you applying these simple and effective techniques to your own quilts and home décor projects.
After an overview of the history, tools, and materials used in dimensional sewing, Cheryl deftly describes and demonstrates each technique. Her shortcuts and tips simplify the most mystifying designs into easy-to-follow steps. Imagine creating smocked inserts for a sampler quilt, or a charming vintage-inspired pillow with a contemporary flair. Soon you’ll be creating your own dimensional designs using the time-tested methods demonstrated on this video.

Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today's Quilter

If you’ve ever thought about adding texture to your quilts and projects, or just want to add another skill to your bag of tools, I highly recommend checking out Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today’s Quilter.

You can follow the blog hop on the below websites. :)

June 9 – Susan Brubaker Knapp – http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/
June 10 – Maddie Kertay – http://www.badassquilterssociety.com/
June 11 – Faith Jones – Me!
June 12 – Lynn Krawczyk – http://smudgedtextilesstudio.com/blog/
June 13 – Julie Creus – http://www.latodera.com/blog

June 16 – Catherine Redford – http://catherineredford.com/
June 17 – Megan Dougherty – http://thebitchystitcher.com/
June 18 – Pokey Bolton – http://pokeysponderings.com/
June 19 – Jamie Fingal – http://www.jamiefingaldesigns.com/
June 20 – Cheryl Sleboda – http://muppin.com/wordpress/index.php/blog/

Fabulously Fast Quilts and Quilting Tips Blog Tour

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart Blog Tour

Today is my stop on the Fabulously Fast Quilts and Quilting Tips Blog Tour! Fabulously Fast Quilts is a new book written by talented quilt designer and super nice person(!) Amy Smart. You probably know her from her blog Diary of a Quilter. I was thrilled to get a look at Amy’s book and participate in her blog hop.

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart Blog Tour
Image by Martingale, and Photographer Brent Kane

Fabulously Fast Quilts is a great book for beginners on up. Amy starts off with few pages on basic quilting techniques and then jumps right into 12 clever patterns. The patterns are separated into four technique categories.

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart Blog Tour
Image by Martingale, and Photographer Brent Kane

I just love the punches of solid red on her Fast Four Patch quilt.

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart Blog Tour
Image by Martingale, and Photographer Brent Kane

And speaking of solids, check out this show stopper. This is Amy’s Crossing Guard quilt and I am in love!

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart Blog Tour
Image by Martingale, and Photographer Brent Kane

In celebration of Fabulously Fast Quilts, Amy has asked each of us on the tour to share a quilting tip. I decided to share more of a design tip, because design is the first step in making a quilt, right?

My tip revolves around pulling a perfect bundle of fabrics for your quilt. Often putting together fabrics for a quilt is the hardest part. If you are stuck, one trick is to base your bundle on a favorite print. This can be a piece of fabric or even a photo or painting.

Design Tip by Fresh Lemons Quilts

This is a print I absolutely adore from Bonnie & Camille’s April Showers line. I pulled fabrics from my stash that corresponded to all the colors in this particular piece of fabric. This works just as well in a fabric shop. Make your pile of bolts and create your own custom fat quarter set.

Design Tip by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Fabric designers just know what looks good together, right? And even if you don’t include the original inspiration fabric on the quilt top, it would make a perfect quilt backing!

Design Tip by Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can read more tips from other quilt bloggers all week long!

Monday April 28
Sachiko Aldous of Tea Rose Home
April Rosenthal of April Rosenthal Designs
Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane

Tuesday April 29
Jen Wilding Cardon of Stitch This! Martingale Blog
Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side
Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet

Wednesday April 30
Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts – Me!
Melissa Mortenson of PolkaDot Chair
Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock

Thursday May 1
Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced
Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts
Jeni Baker of In Color Order

Friday May 2
Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt
Lindsay Conner of Craft Buds
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

Shimmering Lanterns Quilt ~ Shimmer Blog Hop

 

Shimmer Blog Hop
Hello everyone! Welcome to my stop on Jennifer Sampou’s Shimmer blog hop. I first met Jennifer last Fall at Quilt Market – such a nice and talented woman! I was thrilled to have a chance to work with her latest line for Robert Kaufman, Shimmer.

Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

It was really fun to work with metallic fabrics. My biggest question was how they would react to my iron and quilting. I’m happy to report that I had no problem with either! Jennifer’s designs and colors are also so sophisticated. I’m very pleased with how this quilt turned out.

Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

This quilt is based off the Arkansas Traveler quilt block. You guys probably know I love that block by now! (If not, see herehere…AND here. lol) You can find the pattern for this block on Lee’s blog.

Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I made a few changes to the block. Rather than piece the center focus of the block with 4 diamonds, I used 2 triangles. I actually drew those into the paper piecing pattern and treated those as pieces 1 and 2.

Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I also placed the blocks on point. I love that rotating a block 45 degrees creates a completely different look. When I first designed this quilt, I was going to make the entire background white. But after I laid out the blocks, I decided to use the beautiful Shimmer prints for the border background half square triangles. I am so happy I made that change, because it really adds the wow factor that this quilt needed.

Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Who is interested in working with some Shimmer? Robert Kaufman has offered to give away a charm pack to a lucky reader. Just leave a comment after this post for a chance to win. I’ll pick a winner Sunday evening. Giveaway now closed

And be sure to keep up with the blog hop for more inspiration and chances to win charm packs. Jennifer will also be giving away a full fat-quarter bundle at the end of the party!

April 1: Robert Kaufman/Jennifer Sampou
April 2: Janice Ryan – Better off Thread
April 3: Alissa Haight Carlton – Handmade by Alissa
April 4: Julie Herman – JayBird Quilts
April 5: Natalie Barnes – Beyond the Reef
April 6: Stash Books – C&T Publishing
April 7: Amanda Jean Nyberg – Crazy Mom Quilts
April 8: Lee Heinrich – Freshly Pieced
April 9: Cheryl Arkinson – Naptime Quilter
April 10: Christina Cameli – A Few Scraps
April 11: Elizabeth Hartman – Oh Fransson
April 12: Faith Jones – Fresh Lemon Quilts Me!
April 13: Gemma Jackson – Pretty Bobbins
April 14: Katie Blakesley – Swim Bike Quilt
April 15: Amy Smart – Diary of a Quilter
April 16: Laura Nownes, Jennifer Rounds, Pati Fried, Darra Williamson – See How We Sew
April 17: Holly DeGroot – Bijou Lovely
April 18: Jennifer Sampou – Wrap Up

+++ Update +++

I’m picking a winner! I’ll leave comments open in case anyone has an additional comment/question on the quilt, but the giveaway is officially closed with comment 225. (4/14/14, 7:50am CDT)

The winner is #170 – Janet S.! Congratulations Janet – I will pass along your email to Robert Kaufman fabrics. They will be in touch to ship your prize.