Piecing Kaleidoscopes

Kaleidoscope Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

With the kids back in school after a week of illness and a week of Spring Break, I’m finally spending some quality time back in my sewing room. I have two more gift quilts I need to get done before the end of May. Maybe you can all guess who will be the recipients? The first one I’m working on features a scrappy assortment of bright fabrics.

Kaleidoscope Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I started out with all the above colors, minus the green and white. But as I was making my initial blocks, I kept deciding the quilt needed more and more color. I just can’t help myself! I’m piecing 12″ kaleidoscope blocks. When I think of a classic, well loved quilt pattern, kaleidoscope is pretty high up on my list. You just can’t go wrong. I paper piece mine – I whipped up this template before starting. If anyone is interested you can download it here. Just be sure to print it out at 100% or Actual Size.

Kaleidoscope Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Although the white doesn’t seem to photograph that well in the quilt, it does look nice in real life. I’m using FreeSpirit Solids Sand Dune as my background. This is one of my favorite neutrals.

I need to make 30 blocks for a 60″ x 72″ quilt. Almost halfway there. They do go together rather quickly. I’ll post again when I am closer to the finish!

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

Last month while I was away at QuiltCon, a special package arrived on my front porch: The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman. Publisher Interweave was kind enough to send me a copy to review, but being a huge fan of Penny and her designs and blog, I was planning on buying this book anyway. Penny is a major paper piecing expert. She designs patterns that you look at and think “how is that even possible???” And they are beyond cute. I wasn’t surprised when I opened her new book and loved everything I saw.

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

The Paper Pieced Home is 136 pages and comes with a CD of paper piecing templates. It begins by listing necessary tools/supplies and then gets into the basic steps of paper piecing these designs. This is super important (to me anyway) because these patterns have several different sections that are paper pieced and then stitched together to make your finished blocks. Penny also spends time covering fabric selection (she has SUCH a good eye for this) and more advanced techniques such as fussy cutting, sewing y-seams, and adding embellishments to your projects.

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

The 40 blocks and 10 projects in The Paper Pieced Home are divided into six chapters: Kitschy Kitchen, Wear It!, Retro Home, Create & Organize, Playtime, and Get Outdoors! There are so many cute blocks in this book! A few of my favorites…

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

How great is this fruit bowl on a grocery tote? Although if my groceries leaked onto this bag I would probably cry!

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

Clawfoot tub bath mat! I want this tub in real life.

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

I actually made this retro couch block last week. I was so loopy with the flu that my fabric choices were absolutely horrific. I took the entire thing apart and fixed it. Which proves how delirious I actually was! I’m much happier with it now though.

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

It’s only a matter of time before I make this sewing machine for my sewing room. Penny’s class at QuiltCon made this block. Amazing!

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

You can buy The Paper Pieced Home on Amazon, directly from Interweave, or (hopefully) at your local quilt shop or bookstore!

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

If you enjoy paper piecing (or learning new techniques) and making super cute blocks, this book is for you.

Scrappy Sneak Peek

Straight Line Quilting : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s been a continued busy but oh-so-fun week in my sewing space. Yesterday I stitched on the last of the binding and took pictures of my quilt that will be on BERNINA’s We All Sew blog as a scrappy pattern/tutorial/quilt along.

Straight Line Quilting : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s pretty much killing me that I can’t show you full photos of the actual project yet. I can tell you that it’s lap sized and a combination of alternate gridwork, negative space and scraps. You can also see that I did a lot of straight line quilting. I’ll post as soon as I know the dates the project will be live!

Progress and Patterns

Hanna Hearts Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This has been one of those weeks where I’ve gotten so much done. A feel good week I suppose! I’ve managed to check off a doctor appointment, dentist appointment, my son’s 6th birthday, setting up patterns on Etsy for EU folks, finishing my Hanna Hearts quilt, finishing the quilt blocks for a future tutorial, playing outside with the kids in the *warm* weather, AND catching up on Nashville while I sew! Definitely going to pat myself on the back. :)

Hanna Hearts Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So speaking of Hanna Hearts, yesterday I spent 6 hours basting, quilting and binding. And it is D-O-N-E! I can’t wait to get some finished pictures this weekend in the glorious weather. I quilted it with wavy lines. This is the sort of moment that I just love my BERNINA 750QE and it’s visual screen.

BERNINA 750QE Wavy Line Quilting Settings : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can see I have stitch #4 selected, and as I changed the stitch width length (duh, don’t recommend writing blog posts pre-coffee!) to 4.0 with the dial, the screen actually changed to show me how the stitch would look. I’m a visual learner, so this makes me really happy!

BERNINA We All Sew sneak peek : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also mentioned that I finished up quilt blocks for a future tutorial. That’s a sneak peek up there. This will be online very soon at BERNINA’s We All Sew blog. I am *super* excited about this quilt. I started out with one idea for the quilt top layout and it completely transformed on my design wall. This seems to happen with my quilts more often than not. If you like scrappy and modern, I think you will really like this quilt tutorial!

Fresh Lemons Quilts Patterns

And finally, for those of you that live in the EU…I know it’s been a few months of “no patterns” for you in my shop because of the new VAT laws over there. Well Etsy has announced that they are going to be handling collecting and submitting VAT for digital sales (read more here and in the featured comments on their post), so I have reopened my Etsy shop with digital patterns. If you are located in the EU, please use the Fresh Lemons Quilts Etsy shop rather than my blog pattern shop.

Ok, back to work – I’ve been busy but there still is much to do!