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!

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!

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!