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.

Safari Moon Blog Hop and Saddle Up Quilt Pattern

 

Safari Moon Blog Hop

Welcome everyone, to the first stop of the Safari Moon Blog Hop!

Saddle Up Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Safari Moon is the absolutely gorgeous new fabric line by designer Frances Newcombe for Art Gallery Fabrics. I was beyond excited when Frances contacted me to see if I wanted to make something with her new line. I couldn’t say yes fast enough! As soon as the fabric arrived in the mail, my daughter took one look and told me “I want to go sew something with those!” She knows a good thing when she sees it!

Saddle Up Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen peeks here and there of this project as it has come together. I’m so happy to share the finished quilt with you today, along with some information for those that are interested in making the quilt themselves. When I first saw the colors and designs of the Safari Moon line, I knew I had the perfect project for it. This design has been stuck in my mind since last summer ~ July 10th, 2013 to be exact. That’s the date when I received this email from Country Outfitters in my inbox:

Saddle Up Inspiration : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I think we can all agree that is a nice looking couple and pretty cool boots…but it was the quilt that caught my eye. After asking around, I was pointed in the direction of Around the World quilt patterns to recreate this look. But I had a few design elements I wanted to work in – which usually equals more work, right? Those included the squares being on point and also, no squares cut in half (HSTs) at the edge of each “block”. I also wanted extra large, super sized blocks. So in the end, I decided to just lay out the entire quilt in diagonal strips and then stitch those together. You may remember this photo of the project, half finished, on my design wall.

Saddle Up by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m so happy with how it turned out! I think the large, on point “blocks” and the bright colors give this quilt a totally dramatic look. And if you squint, doesn’t this picture look like the quilt is on the beach instead of snow?

Saddle Up by Fresh Lemons Quilts

For the back I combined the Animalia Splendor print with some solids from my fabric stash. I love those Zebras!

Saddle Up by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I had a few requests for the pattern for this quilt. I’m sure there are a million ways to put it together, but I thought I’d share the fabric requirements I came up with when I was planning. I basically printed out a picture of my quilt mock up, sewed the diagonal strips together one at a time, and then used a marker to black them off my print out as I went.

Saddle Up Quilt Pattern by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Here was my mock up I made using Photoshop, before beginning the quilt. The quilt is 68″ x 68″.

Saddle Up Quilt Pattern by Fresh Lemons Quilts

And if you are interested in just the number of cut squares needed to make each “block”, here you go!

Saddle Up Quilt Pattern by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I hope this helps those of you looking to make this quilt! You can find Safari Moon at my following Sponsor’s shops:

Fat Quarter Shop
Stash Modern Fabrics
Fabric Spark

The Safari Moon blog hop will be continuing today through March 12th.

Safari Moon Blog Hop

Don’t forget to visit the talented bloggers below for fresh inspiration each day!

February 24: Faith Jones at Fresh Lemons Quilts
February 25: Lindsay Conner at Lindsaysews/Craft Buds
February 26: Sara Lawson at Sew Sweetness
February 27: Cristy Fincher at Cristy Creates
February 28: Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter
March 3: Lee Heinrich at Freshly Pieced
March 4: Teri Harlan at Sew Fantastic
March 5: Jane Davidson at Quilt Jane
March 6: Lynne Goldsworthy at Lilys Quilts
March 7: Sandy Whitelaw at Upstairs Hobby Room
March 10: Katy Jones at ImAGingerMonkey
March 11: Victoria Findlay Wolfe at Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts
March 12: Megan Bohr at Canoe Ridge Creations

Host Frances Newcombe Designer with Art Gallery Fabrics – Belly Buttons Boutique

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!