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A Holiday and A New Block

Sewn Studio, Cincinnati

I’m home from a Thanksgiving trip to Ohio, trying to get back into the swing of things. (Always a struggle with kids I think!) While I was in Cincinnati, I made my usual stop in at Sewn Studio. I just love that shop. This is owner Julie – she is just great. The picture above is part of their ribbon collection. It’s so beautiful.

Sewn Studio, Cincinnati

Today I spent the morning cleaning my disaster of a sewing room. I have a hard time working in a mess and it had gotten way out of control. Now that I have a tidy space, I’ve cut into my Oakshott Cottons.

Oakshott Cottons + Becoming a Confident Quilter : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I choose a pattern from Elizabeth Dackson’s Becoming a Confident Quilter and paired the Oakshotts with some Essex Linen.

Oakshott Cottons + Becoming a Confident Quilter : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I think I’m going to make about four of these blocks and turn them into a mini quilt. The blocks are larger (17-1/2″ unfinished). I love the classic look!

December 4, 2013   13 Comments

Meet the “Vintage Quilt Revival” Quilts: Geometric Slide

Geometric Slide Quilt from pattern in Vintage Quilt Revival : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Oh happy day! Today I get to finally share a quilt with you from Vintage Quilt Revival! Hopefully you stopped over at Lee and Katie’s blogs this week to check out their first shares as well. Lee did a great job explaining the set up of the book too.

Geometric Slide Quilt from pattern in Vintage Quilt Revival : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt is called the Geometric Slide. It’s a great pattern for beginners and also uses a lot of negative space to showcase the design. I always thought it would be cool to see this with a bold focal print in place of the white, and have the neutral be the pieced areas. If someone ends up making one like that, I’d love to see it!

Geometric Slide Quilt from pattern in Vintage Quilt Revival : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s so fun to now have the chance to show you these quilts that we designed two years ago. That’s pretty hard to believe, it’s a long time to keep things under wraps. Part of the book proposal process included having all the projects mocked up and writing sample chapters. (I’ll be sharing my quilt from my sample chapter later on).

Geometric Slide Quilt Block from pattern in Vintage Quilt Revival : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I think this block also looks great with a scrappy background.

A little story about making this quilt (if you are squeamish don’t ready this). This was the last one I made before shipping all my quilts off to Interweave for the book. I remember being a bit stressed out, trying to get everything done. I woke up really early to start sewing, sat down at my machine…and promptly sewed right through my finger. First stitch of the day! My family was so freaked out they made me to get a tetanus shot. So that’s my story about how literally blood, sweat and tears went into writing this book. :)

I hope you enjoyed this first week of quilt sharing. Can’t wait to share another project with you next Friday!

November 22, 2013   40 Comments

Sewing for All Seasons and Giveaway

Sewing for All Seasons Garland, Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Last week I received a copy of the latest book by crafter Susan Beal, Sewing for All Seasons. I first “met” (online) Susan when she participated in the Kokka Layer Cake Swap that I hosted last winter. Funny story…when Susan joined the swap I must have been kind of spaced out and didn’t realize she was the author of one of the most beautiful quilting books in my library, Modern Log Cabin Quilting.

I remember sitting at my computer printing out tons of shipping labels, and seeing her name. Susan Beal. In my head I’m thinking “wait a minute. THE Susan Beal??” I ran over to her book and it clicked and I felt like such a dork (and completely star struck that she was in the swap!) A few days later, I was lucky enough to meet her in real life at Quilt Con. She is just the sweetest, most talented person!

Sewing for All Seasons, Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Susan’s latest book is simply beautiful. First off, it’s hardcover, which I think just feels really nice and solid in my hands.

Sewing for All Seasons by Susan Beal

The photography alone is inspiring.

Sewing for All Seasons by Susan Beal

The book is separated into sections by season, although really you could sew any of these at anytime. The projects are all things I would make, especially as gifts. Lots of ideas that would be great for a handmade holiday – Apron, tea cozy, scarf, nesting baskets, tote bag, sun glass holder and more.

Sewing for All Seasons by Susan Beal

I decided I needed to make the garland for my mantel. (My husband installed a mantel for me after last Christmas and I love decorating it!

Sewing for All Seasons by Susan Beal

The garland was simple to make. I used my Sizzix die cutter for the circles but you don’t need one to be successful – there’s templates in the back of the book.

Sewing for All Seasons Garland, Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

How cute is this? I am going to make more for Fall and have layers of them hanging up. And then more for Christmas too. Don’t you think this would also look adorable in a baby nursery?

Sewing for All Seasons Garland, Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

If you happen to be in NYC, Susan is going to be at Brooklyn Craft Company this Saturday making garlands with people who stop to visit and craft. How fun is that?

Sewing for All Seasons Garland, Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

If you are not lucky enough to be there, you can find a link to this project on the Chronicle Books website for free.

Would you like to win a copy of Sewing for All Seasons? Simply leave a comment and I will pick a winner Sunday evening, October 27th. Good luck everyone!

++ Closing comments and picking a winner! ++


The winner is #255, heatherly! I hope you enjoy the book as much as I do!

Thank you all for commenting and I hope you will go check out the book at your local bookshop or online. :)

October 24, 2013   282 Comments

Look Inside…Vintage Quilt Revival

I am one exhausted lady right now. I spent Saturday through Monday visiting family in Denver. I got home last night at midnight, was up at 6am to start the day with the kids. So far I’ve been to the pediatrician, the grocery store, the drug store, the barber for the little man, the school nurse because my little girl had a tummy ache, and back home again! All before lunch! Is it nap time yet? For me? lol


Image from Amazon via Swim, Bike, Quilt

I have some fun things to post about my trip once I get the pictures off my camera, but in the meantime I wanted to let everyone know that you can now see some of the pages inside our book on Amazon!


Image from Amazon via Swim, Bike, Quilt

So go check it out. :) You’ll get a good feel of the style of the book, the pattern detail, the diagrams, that sort of thing. Hope you like it!

September 24, 2013   18 Comments