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Quilt Improv Blog Tour

 

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

Today I’m very excited to share with you a new book by designer and author Lucie Summers, Quilt Improv: Incredible Quilts from Everyday Inspirations. Many of you probably know Lucie through her fabrics for Moda. I have a fair share of them in my stash and I’m constantly reaching for them when working on scrappy projects.

When I first opened Quilt Improv, I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of the photography. I have a very large library of quilting books. (Sort of a quilt book addict.) I think I can easily say, these are the most beautifully photographed quilts in my entire collection.

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

Seriously. If I could spell out what would make a perfect setting for quilt photos, I would probably say rustic barns…

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

fields…

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

historic looking stone walls…

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

And what is this? A truck full of flower bulbs? (LOVE!!)

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

I want to move into every picture! I honestly feel like this could be a coffee table book. Drool worthy.

Quilt Improv has directions for several improvisational techniques, referred to as The Building Blocks: Applique Circle, Basket Weave, Chain Pieced Strips, Chevrons, Crazy Triangles, Half Square Triangles, Log Cabins, Pieced Squares, Portholes, Quarter Circles, String Blocks and X Blocks; as well as 12 Quilts. Is is absolutely packed with information.

I decided to make a little project out of the book, and in the spirit of one of my New Year’s Resolutions, include one of my kids in the fun. I showed my 4 year old the project – Chain-Pieced Strips. I let him dig through my scrap tubs and lay out all the fabrics.

Quilt Improv ~ Chain-Pieced Strips : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I trimmed them to size and sewed them together. It was actually a really fun project to work on together. He was so excited, he kept saying “I can’t believe I’m making my very own quilt!!”

Quilt Improv ~ Chain-Pieced Strips : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I quilted and bound it and now it is a very special quilt for his stuffed panda.

Quilt Improv ~ Chain-Pieced Strips : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Improv can be a little scary, but it’s also quite freeing and a great way to sew with kids.

Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour – some stops even have giveaways!

January 21, 2014   39 Comments

Vintage Quilt Revival Blog Hop : Charity Sampler

Vintage Quilt Revival : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I hope you’ve all enjoyed seeing everyone’s blocks from the Vintage Quilt Revival Blog Hop over the last week. They all did such a great job and today Katie, Lee and I are happy to share with you the quilts we made from the 20 blocks. We didn’t really specify fabric styles or colors, so this was true challenge. Everyone mailed their blocks to Lee and she spent time mixing and matching them into 3 piles of coordinating blocks.

Charity Sampler / Vintage Quilt Revival Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I received blocks that were centered around primary colors – Reds, blues, yellows, etc. I had seven blocks and played around with them on the floor of my sewing room until I had a layout I liked.

Charity Sampler / Vintage Quilt Revival Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I sewed them into diagonal strips – 2 blocks/3 blocks/2 blocks. Then I improvisationally added a putty colored solid to the strips. Initially I did have “normal” corners on this quilt, but in a fit of creativity (or craziness? lol) I chopped them off to create angled corners. Since this quilt is toddler sized, I thought it made it a bit more whimsical and also called attention to the diagonal layout of the blocks. Plus, then the quilt was easily named by my daughter – “the quilt with all those corners.” lol

Charity Sampler / Vintage Quilt Revival Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The back is a great print from Carrie Bloomston’s Collage fabric line. I didn’t have quite enough so I added a coordinating turquoise to the edges. The binding is a Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet print.

Charity Sampler / Vintage Quilt Revival Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For the quilting, I did closely spaced wavy lines, at an angle. I talk a lot about wavy quilting on this blog, but just as a refresher – I use the running stitch on my machine (Bernina stitch #4), max out the width and set the length to 4.0. I use my walking foot while quilting. I used the edge of the blocks as my starting point for the first line, and after that just used the 1/4″ marking of my walking foot as a loose spacing guide.

As we said at the beginning of the week, these samplers are going to be donated to various charities. I haven’t decided where to send this one just yet. I was certain you all would have some ideas for me! It is baby/toddler sized. Feel free to leave your ideas (and websites if you have them) in the comments!

January 17, 2014   22 Comments

Vintage Quilt Revival : Blog Hop

This week Katie, Lee and I are hosting a fun little party to celebrate the release of Vintage Quilt Revival. If you are a regular visitor, you probably already know that our book is based on 20 classic quilt blocks. Each block is used not only in 3 different samplers, but in its own individual project as well.

Vintage Quilt Revival

This week, we’ve asked 20 awesome bloggers to share a block they created out of the book. In the last month, after they sewed they blocks, they mailed them back to us to combine into 3 special charity quilts. Katie, Lee and I will be sharing those on Friday.

Vintage Quilt Revival

I hope you will follow along and check out all the talented individuals who created blocks!

Vintage Quilt Revival

Vintage Quilt Revival Blog Hop Schedule
January 13th (Monday):
Crazy Mom Quilts – Amanda Jean
Don’t Call Me Betsy – Elizabeth
Film in the Fridge – Ashley
Happy Quilting – Melissa
Noodlehead – Anna

January 14th (Tuesday):
I’m A Ginger Monkey – Katy
Quilting Is My Therapy – Angela
A Quilting Life – Sherri
Sew Mama Sew – Kristin
Tall Grass Prairie Studio – Jacquie

January 15th (Wednesday):
Christa Quilts – Christa
Diary of a Quilter – Amy
Quilting Gallery – Michele
Sew Take a Hike – Penny
V and Co. – Vanessa
West Coast Crafty – Susan

January 16th (Thursday):
Bijou Lovely – Holly
Don’t You Know Who I Am – Sukie
Lily’s Quilts – Lynne
One Shabby Chick – Amber

January 17th (Friday):
Swim, Bike, Quilt – Katie
Freshly Pieced – Lee
Fresh Lemons Quilts – Faith

Vintage Quilt Revival

I hope you end the week feeling inspired!

January 13, 2014   6 Comments

Alison Glass Blog Tour!

Fabrics by Alison Glass

Welcome to the final stop on the Alison Glass Sun Print and Clover Sunshine Blog Tour! I was lucky enough to spend the last week working with some beauties from both of Alison’s latest lines. I really love the color palette she created with these prints. And text lovers rejoice – there is an entire rainbow of text prints.

Shoo Fly by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I decided to pair my fabrics light print/dark print and create Shoo Fly blocks. These are really simple, striking blocks. Svetlana of s.o.t.a.k. handmade has a tutorial for making a 12″ square. Mine are slightly smaller 9″ finished blocks, so instead of cutting 4-1/2″ individual squares I cut 3-1/2″ ones.

Shoo Fly by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Alison is hosting a giveaway on her blog as part of the tour. Be sure to click over for a chance to win a prize of 74 fat quarters, one of each print in her new collections.

Even though I’m the last stop of the blog hop, if you haven’t visited everyone else be sure to check them out for inspiration!

Group 1 – Feathers, Text, Party Streamer
8.19.13 – Olivia Jane Handcrafted
8.21.13 – One Shabby Chick
8.23.13 – Silly Mama Quilts
8.26.13 – Threadbias
8.28.13 – KD Quilts
8.30.13 – April Rhodes

Group 2 – Feathers Quilt Pattern
9.2.13 – The ADD Crafter
9.4.13 – Sew Sweetness
9.6.13 – I’m A Ginger Monkey
9.9.13 – Ellison Lane Quilts
9.11.13 – Olivia Jane Handcrafted
9.13.13 – Imagine Gnats

Group 3 – Clover Sunshine
9.16.13 – Crafty Fox
9.18.13 – One Girl Circus
9.20.13 – Sew Sweetness
9.23.13 – There and Back
9.25.13 – J.M.B.
9.27.13 – Modern Maven

Group 4 – Corsage, Bike Path, X & +
9.30.13 – Gen X Quilters
10.2.13 – Don’t Call Me Betsy
10.4.13 – Canoe Ridge Creations
10.7.13 – Jacey Craft
10.9.13 – Bijou Lovely
10.11.13 – Me!

For one of you lucky readers, there is also a giveaway today on my blog! Just leave one comment for a chance to win a fat quarter stack of a colorful selection of Alison’s fabrics (similar to below) and a copy of her pattern, Color Plus.

Alison Glass Fabric

Good luck everyone! I’ll pick a winner Sunday evening, October 13th.

++++ Closing comments to pick a winner! ++++

The winner is #262, Linda Crawford! Linda said “Love these fabrics, what great colors. Love your shoo-fly too. Thanks for hosting such a great give away.”

Thank you Linda and I hope you enjoy your fabric and pattern! I’ll be in contact for your mailing information. Thank you all for your comments and visiting!

October 11, 2013   312 Comments