Easily Distracted

Splendor Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Yep, that’s me. Easily distracted! As soon as I finished the next set of blocks for my Splendor Quilt, I thought “Wow, I really should make a couple quilts as gifts for {insert special occasion that occurs in one week}.” Guaranteeing said quilt gifts will most certainly be late.

My newest three Splendor Quilt blocks look nice though, right?

Splendor Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So, in a completely different direction I go – at least temporarily. This next quilt idea came as a combination of seeing Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew’s Simple Heart Tutorial and Quilt, and a constant Hanna Andersson advertisement that follows me around wherever I go on the internet.

Hanna Hearts Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I love the colors in this Hanna Andersson quilt and I figured – I could make something similar! Mine won’t be raw edge like perhaps the one for sale…has anyone seen it in real life?

Hanna Hearts Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It was serious nose-to-the-sewing-machine yesterday and I stitched up 99 hearts (or 198 heart halves). Not going to lie, my back was sore. I need a better chair for sure.

Hanna Hearts Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I trimmed them up and they are now ready for pressing.

Hanna Hearts Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m hoping to get them sewn together today. After elementary school Valentine’s Day parties that is! I hope you all have a wonderful day!

A New Beginning ~ Splendor Quilt

Splendor Quilt Fabric : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Well, I’ve taken a bit of time off to focus on things away from the sewing machine. Basking in the joy of finishing the Poinsettia Quilt I suppose. I spent the last week thinking about what I wanted to work on next. The big winner is another new quilt/pattern called the Splendor Quilt. This one is an adaptation of the Radiant Splendor block tutorial that I posted last March.

Splendor Quilt Beginnings : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I designed this quilt over the summer and made 2 blocks. Then it sat while other projects jumped in front of it. Now it’s on the design wall, looking a bit lonely at the moment.

Splendor Quilt Beginnings : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Not for long though. I have the pattern written and am testing along the way. This is going to be a large Queen Sized quilt. I’m already throwing around the idea of having it long armed. It would be my first time sending a quilt out!

I hope you enjoy watching the process of this quilt coming together over the next several weeks.

Stage 3 ~ Complete!

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Yesterday was such an exciting day in the sewing room, as I stitched together the last of my filler or connector blocks.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Even though I pretty much knew what this quilt top would look like with all the blocks on the design wall together, there is just something about seeing them up there for real.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s pretty safe to say this is the scrappiest quilt I have ever made. It’s been a lot of work – but not as much as I thought initially. If it hadn’t been for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years happening right in the middle of the project, I think I would be finished with the quilt by now.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today I’ll begin stitching all these blocks together. I’m guessing that will take several hours. I can’t wait to have the top completely assembled and start quilting. It’s beginning to feel real!

Stage 2 ~ Complete!

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m inching towards the finish line! A few posts back, I mentioned that I considered the paper piecing of the corner block components “Stage 1″ of making this quilt. In my mind, assembling those components into their final blocks was “Stage 2″. This week I wrapped up that task.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I seriously love chain piecing. It’s a bit mindless at times…but boy does it get the job done quickly and efficiently. I make all my blocks at once, dedicating a couple hours each morning to piecing specific sections together.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Now for “Stage 3″ ~ assembling those filler blocks that will pull the whole thing together.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You may notice that I unstitched a bit of the section I made 2 years ago. When I picked this project up again, I had additional fabrics I wanted to use – both in the cream/white prints and the colors. I didn’t want it to be totally obvious that those prints weren’t in that original section. So I decide to spread those blocks out a bit.

My goal was to finish this quilt by Christmas. That’s not going to happen. But I think after the holiday’s it should come together quickly and will be my first official finish of 2015.