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A Quilter’s Mixology ~ And a New Quilt Start

This week I started cutting into some of my Cotton + Steel fabric for a new project. Next month I’m going to be participating in a blog hop celebrating Angela Pingel’s new book, A Quilter’s Mixology: Shaking Up Curved Piecing. I thought it would be fun today to show you a bit about her book, as well as the start of my project. You’ll have to wait about 5 weeks to see the finish!

A Quilter’s Mixology is a quilting book of 16 projects centered around the Drunkard’s Path Block. I think every quilter probably has his or her strengths, things that come easiest to them. For me, it’s Foundation Paper Piecing. It’s like second nature and I really find my rhythm when I’m sewing.

Curved piecing is not one of my strengths. I don’t really sew curves often, so when I do I have a bit of anxiety, worry about my cuts, worry about lining everything up properly. Stitch reeeeeaaaaalllly slowly. This is one of the reasons I was so excited to receive Angela’s book. The entire premise is challenging to me.

Angela starts off her book with a bit of history (yay!) on the Drunkard’s Path block (4 pages). She then spends 8 pages going over the important technique stuff – templates, cutting, stitching the curves, and then stitching the blocks together. She also reviews some common problems you may run into when sewing curves and how to fix them. To me, this was a “must read” chapter of the book. Next is 8 pages on color, fabric and thread with lots of really beautiful photo inspiration.

After that Angela jumps into the 16 projects. They range from pillows to 100″+ inch quilts. These patterns are not only beautiful, but have very detailed instructions. In fact, the first time I was flipping through this book, I was really shocked (in a good way!) at the amount of detail put into the directions.

I have some favorites of course!


Orange Twist Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology


Medallion Baby Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology

Arabian Nights Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology

Nine Patch Curves Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology

Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology

I’ve just started working on the pattern above, Angela’s Petal Pusher Quilt. When I first decided to make it, I didn’t really look at the finished size. (Mental note: Always look at the finished quilt size – ha!) It’s huge! 106″ x 106″ Each block is 24″.

I will probably make 4 blocks for my quilt. I’m using Cotton + Steel fabrics with a couple other prints mixed in where needed. Angela’s sample quilt in the pattern used directional prints, so I decided to try my hand at that as well.

These blocks are large but actually very easy to put together. I worked on this for 2 mornings (2 hours each) and 1 afternoon (also 2 hours), and cut out 4 blocks and pieced 2 together.

For the curves, the book comes with a fold out template sheet in the back. I just traced my templates onto some scrap paper – nothing fancy here! Works like a charm.

I can’t wait to share this one with you next month during the blog hop. And I hope you will check out A Quilter’s Mixology and try your hand at some modern interpretations of this classic block.

August 6, 2014   15 Comments

Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making in the mail. I finally had some time yesterday to sit down and look through the book…and I’m very excited by what I saw!

Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making is a collection of 10 “Workshops” (or chapters) that cover everything from Color to Curves to Improvisational Piecing to Quilting. Check out the chapter listing.

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

Each workshop begins with an expert spending between 4 and 12 pages talking about their subject.

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

These lessons are then followed by a pattern that is based on their topic. I love this quilt by Kari Vojtechovsky in her Principles of Color Design Workshop.

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

There are a lot of names I know and respect in this book – Jacquie Gering teaching The Alternate Grid…

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

Denyse Schmidt teaching Improvisational Patchwork…

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

Penny Layman teaching Paper Piecing…

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

Angela Walters teaching Modern Quilting…

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

The end of the book contains A Study of 50 Modern Quilts, starting off with one of my favorite examples of Modern Traditionalism by Victoria Findlay Woolfe, Double Edged Love.

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

Each page has a grouping of quilts, organized by design and color.

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

And the reason I received this book early, my This Way, That Way quilt was included!

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

Although I haven’t made any patterns from this book yet, I really enjoyed digging into it yesterday. I think Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making would be an awesome resource for quilt guild libraries, as well as home libraries. If you are interested in Modern Quilting techniques, I highly recommend checking it out.

July 9, 2014   20 Comments

Holland Mills

Holland Mills

Sometimes I make a quilt and have to wait a bit of time to share it with you, due to publication schedules. Well, when I went on my computer to grab the photos for this post, I noticed they were taken almost a year ago to the day. It’s been a long wait! I’m pretty happy to share this quilt with you though, named Holland Mills, as I just found out it’s on the cover of Australians Quilter’s Companion’s new magazine, Quilts for Today.

Quilts for Today, Holland Mills

When I first designed this quilt, I knew I wanted to use fabric from Bonnie & Camille’s Happy Go Lucky collection. I used those colors as my base and added in a few coordinating prints outside the collection. I just love these colors!

Quilts for Today, Holland Mills

This quilt pattern uses paper pieced blocks placed on point and off centered. The finished quilt is 60″ x 70″. The backing is a beautiful yellow floral stripe, also from Happy Go Lucky. I kind of joke that this sort of design is great for when you want to make a quilt, but don’t want to make 100 blocks. :) But you can also have a lot of fun with the negative space. The background fabric would look awesome as a dark solid, or how about a tiny dot?

Quilts for Today, Holland Mills

If you are super lucky and live in Australia, I believe this magazine is just arriving in shops. If you happen to live elsewhere and are interested in the magazine, you can buy a digital version online here (which I just tested out and was very easy).

** Note: Someone asked me where to find the paper piecing template once you download the magazine. Since it was a little tricky to find, I thought I’d share! On the “Contents” page at the beginning of the magazine, there is a box at the top that says “Pattern Sheets”. Click on the link in that box and it takes you to a website. From the black header bar on the website, click again on “Pattern Sheets” and select the magazine. There you can download the template. :) **

Quilts for Today ~ Faith Jones

Oh, and there’s even a little profile article about me in the magazine…if anyone is interested in that sort of thing (like my mom – ha). I hope you will check out the new magazine though, it’s full of great patterns and profiles!

June 25, 2014   49 Comments

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

April 30, 2014   11 Comments