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

A Finished Quilt ~ Stardust

Stardust Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I may have set a record in amount of time to make a small wall hanging, but I’ve finally finished my Stardust quilt! This quilt is a small version (9 blocks) of the Stardust quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival. Several, several months ago, my aunt asked me to make a quilt to hang on the wall in her home. She gave me some size requirements and some colors she liked – golds, yellows, teals, browns. She loves flowers and nature. I didn’t really know of a lot of fabrics that fit those particular wishes until I saw Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics line at Fall Quilt Market. I sent her a few design ideas from my new book and she told me to surprise her. Well….surprise!

Stardust Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Normally I like to take my quilts outside for photos in natural light, but since this is a gift and I absolutely did not want it to get dirty…and outside is covered in snow, mud and sludge…I decided to duct tape the quilt to the wall in our guest room for photos. :)

Stardust Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

This quilt took me some time to put together, despite it’s small size. Since I knew this quilt would hang on a wall and people would probably look at it quite closely, I really worked hard to get things just perfect. I am so happy I took the time. These may be two of the harder blocks in the book but practice certainly makes perfect.

Stardust Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I wanted the design to pop and I also wanted this quilt to hang nicely (not too loosely), so I quilted a dense meandering design with thread to match the individual fabrics. I purchased Aurifil #2132, #4182, #2835, #1148 plus used the white I always use. This meant a lot of starting and stopping. I followed Amanda Jean’s great tutorial for burying knots during quilting.

I still need to attach a hanging sleeve, but this one will be off to it’s new home in the next week!

Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Shows at Pottery Barn

I have some very fun news to share with you today! Last December, just after Christmas, Katie, Lee and I received an email that was probably one of the most exciting things to land in my inbox in a very long time. Someone from Pottery Barn’s corporate office had seen Vintage Quilt Revival and wanted to know if we were interested in sharing our quilts in some local stores as an event. I think all three of us were in shock. Seriously, I thought maybe someone was pranking us! But it was true!

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share our quilts and ideas on design with a larger and potentially new-to-quilting audience. I really hope that if you live in the area, you will stop by. I also think this might be a great opportunity to introduce your friends to the world of quilting and handmade, in a familiar and comfortable atmosphere. Plus, the Chicago and Arlington events are serving wine – if that motivates anyone!

Lee and I will be sharing our quilts together in both the Chicago western suburbs and Milwaukee area on the following dates:

Saturday, March 8th 1:00-2:00 pm
Pottery Barn, Downtown Naperville – Naperville, IL
Phone: 630.369.4260

Saturday, March 8th 4:00-5:00 pm
Pottery Barn, Oakbrook Center – Oak Brook, IL
Phone: 630. 572.3307

Saturday, March 22nd 1:00-3:00 pm
Pottery Barn, Mayfair Mall – Wauwatosa, WI
Phone: 414.771.1402

Katie will be sharing her quilts in Arlington, Virginia on the following date:

Saturday, March 22nd 1:00-3:00 pm
Pottery Barn, Market Common at Clarendon – Arlington, VA
Phone: 703.465.9425

I hope to see some of you there! And I’d love for you to spread the word if you know of anyone in our area. :)

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!