On the Design Wall (Again!)

Fabrics by Anna Maria Horner : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Thank you all so much for your great feedback on my site redesign. I was so happy to hear your kind words and receive your emails. I already feel lighter and more excited to be in this space. I’ve had a really fun couple of days sewing this week. Once I finished my Rocket quilt, my design wall was officially empty of commitments. I went through a few of my work in progresses to see what I wanted to finish up first.

Fabrics by Anna Maria Horner : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I know, if you remember this quilt section you are probably thinking “suuuuure Faith is going to finally finish that one…” I am though. I promise this time! Look at all that empty space on the wall.

This quilt is a spin off of my Poinsettia Mini Quilt Pattern. I’ve added some additional sections and played with color a bit. But the block size and assembly of the main block is the same.

** Update for those asking for a specific pattern for this quilt, as there are some block additions: it will most likely happen in the future. **

Fabrics by Anna Maria Horner : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I dove into my collection of Anna Maria Horner fabrics. I really, really love her designs and colors. I started by cutting an equal number of warm and cool colored fabrics for balance. I also had to cut a lot of cream and black fabric for the background. I’m using up some of my favorite prints, but I think I’ll be happy to have them shine in this quilt.

Fabrics by Anna Maria Horner : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So far I’ve paper pieced half of my components. Only 184 to go! Then I imagine I’ll be spending a lot of quality time with the rotary cutter, trimming these down to the finished size. Hopefully you won’t get tired of this project as I share a lot of my work along the way. It helps motivate me. My goal is to be finished before Christmas!

Saturday Sales

Fresh Lemons Quilts Saturday Sales

Happy weekend everyone! As we get closer to the holidays, I know many of you are working hard on handmade gifts. I thought I’d share some specials from my lovely sponsors this weekend!

Custom Labels 4U ~ Free shipping on any order of wholesale custom woven labels until 11/30/14 using discount code FRESHLEMONS

The Intrepid Thread ~ Christmas fabric is on sale 30% off and over 1000 items in their clearance section, some as low as $4.99 per yard. The Intrepid Thread is so excited to announce their new Block of the Month program using Elizabeth Hartman’s book Patchwork City.

Dragonfly Fabrics ~ 15% off all purchases through November 22nd with the code FreshLemons15

Fabric Spark ~ Fabric Spark is launching Monthly Sparks. You can get 12 fat quarters, curated by talented bloggers like Faith! Imagine a unique collection of beautiful designer fabric arriving every month ready to start a new project. Or getting a fresh injection to your stash every month to give you new ideas and flexibility. You’ll be charged $42.00 each month plus shipping and can cancel any time during the year. See Fabric Spark for details.

The Quilted Castle ~ Don’t miss their Blowout Sale category where everything is 3.99 per yard. They have 60 collections marked down to 50% off or more in their Sale Category. They also have several Birch Organic collections marked down at least 30% – Charley Harper, Avalon, Ipanema, Marine Too, Robotic, Safari Soiree, Storyboek and Yay Day.

My Modern Quilt Shop ~ 20% off with coupon code HOLIDAYWISH thru Sunday Nov 16th!

Discover Fabric ~ On Sale this week all Christmas Prints- including Holiday Cheer By Jan Shade Beach and Cocoa & Cookies By Shelly Comiskey. Also, look for all clearance items up to 20% off – added to the Sales/Clearance Section. As always free shipping over $75.00. Follow them on Facebook and signup for the newsletter to receive information about their upcoming Giveaways.

Cuts of Cotton ~ Take an additional 10% OFF anything in the SALE section, using the discount code clearance at checkout. They also have Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe collection available for pre-order, as well as new Calicos from Dear Stella in stock.

LoveQuilting.com ~ They are excited to announce a Lovequilting.com exclusive that will be pictured in the Dec/Jan 2015 issue of Quilter’s Newsletter. Be sure to check out the Quilt Bee section for Clear The Jelly! Inspired by a popular online game played by over 93 million people everyday, this would be the perfect gift for your gaming enthusiast! Kits for this Lovequilting.com exclusive are available here.

Flash sale through Monday, November 17th, save $5 on orders of $50 or more with coupon code JELLY. Shop Now!

DuckaDilly ~ Enjoy 10% off storewide through Sunday, November 16th. Use coupon code Autumn2014 during checkout. (excludes subscriptions, sale merchandise, and gift cards).

Lark Cottons ~ Save 25% on fabric from Alexander Henry, Free Spirit, Moda, Riley Blake, and Windham Fabrics through Saturday Nov. 22nd. Includes fabric from designers Heather Ross, Denyse Schmidt, Joel Dewberry, Bonnie and Camille, Sweetwater, Lotta Jansdotter and many more. No coupon code necessary!

Take an additional 5% off the entire cart on orders over $125 with discount code Take5, entered on the shopping cart page.

Fresh Modern Fabric ~ Save Now AND Save Later at Fresh Modern Fabric this weekend from 11/15 through 11/17. Take 10% off your entire order now with coupon code SAVE10NOW entered at checkout. All orders will be sent with a coupon to be used on a future fabric order and the more you spend now the higher the discount on your coupon. Spend the following amount now (total purchase minus 10% discount and shipping) and get the corresponding coupon to be used on a future order:

$0.01 – $30.00 receives a 5% Off Coupon
$30.01 – $65.00 receives a 10% Off Coupon
$65.01 – $100.00 receives a 15% Off Coupon
$100.01 – $150.00 receives a 20% Off Coupon
$150.01 – $200.00 receives a 25% Off Coupon
$200.01 and greater receives a 30% Off Coupon

Coupons can be used storewide on any future order and will expire on 12/31/14.

Southern Fabric ~ Today only! 20% off all full priced goods with coupon code fresh20

A New Week

Trimming : Fresh Lemons Quilts

October is one of those months around here that is constantly so busy, it just flies by. Between soccer, birthdays, Fall Festivals, kids excitement building to Halloween….well I can’t believe it is already the 20th! Last week I worked quite a bit on a to-be-seen-later quilt. In the meantime, you can see the color palette in my trimmings above. I changed out my rotary blade and it was like quilter’s Christmas. So smooth! Every time I put in a fresh blade I wonder what took me so long.

Costumes : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also finished my son’s skeleton costume last week. We took them for a spin at a local kids night of games and they were a hit! For the skeleton, I bought black sweatpants and a black long sleeved shirt at Old Navy. I went to Google to find a skeleton template and used this one from Country Living. I resized it to fit his shirt and pants dimensions, then cut out the pieces and traced them onto white wool felt. I decided to make the costume have bones on the front and back, so I changed the rib cage a bit for the back.

Costumes : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I ironed Heat n Bond Ultrahold to the wool felt and followed the directions to apply them to the black clothing. I went to Party City for the hat and gloves. :) (It’s funny how growing up in southern Ohio, having a warm costume for Halloween was less important than being in Chicago!) He’s very happy with how it turned out!

Uppercase Magazine and Bookhou : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Totally switching topics – but does anyone here get Uppercase Magazine? It’s a bit of a splurge for me, but I really enjoy it. (I was sold after seeing the cover of the last issue.) So, this is the second issue I’ve received and I was flipping through and saw a spread on Bookhou. I was so excited because I love my Bookhou bag so much! The quality and design are really just beautiful, and it was awesome to see them featured. Maybe something for your wish lists with the holiday’s coming up?

Big Top Quilt ~ Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration Challenge

Big Top Quilt ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

Yay! I am finally posting finished pictures, inspiration, pattern and voting details for my Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration Challenge quilt! Last July, I was contacted by Free Spirit Fabrics and asked if I wanted to participate in a Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration Challenge. The rules were…

Make a 60 x 60 inch quilt with Denyse Schmidts’s Modern Solids Collection. In the spirit of Denyse’s book “Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration”, the design should be inspired by – or be your own interpretation of – a traditional quilt pattern.

Big Top Quilt ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

Well if you know me, you know I love Denyse Schmidt, I love solids, and I love modern traditionalism! So it was a no brainer. I sat down with my favorite block anthology books, including Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns. For those of you that are not familiar with this book, it is completely awesome. It is a hand drawn collection of hundreds (thousands?) of historic quilt blocks and their source. There are no directions for making the blocks, simply drawings of the blocks themselves.

I really was taken with Nancy Cabot’s Spring and Fall quilt block (block 216.27 in this photo).

Big Top Quilt Inspiration ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

I liked that it had the basic shape of flying geese blocks, not a 12″ square. I also liked that it included some unexpected details with the tiny half square triangles inside. They were a bit too much detail for my personal taste though – but I really wanted to incorporate that concept somehow. I went about “modernizing” the block by taking that space and changing it to chunks of solid color.

Big Top Quilt ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

I selected colors for each block from the Modern Solids fat quarter box color families, giving them a really nice, dynamic look. For the quilt top layout, I alternated the direction of the blocks throughout the quilt, and incorporated a lot of negative space. I think it really keeps your focus on the design, without it getting too cluttered.

Big Top Quilt ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve made a quilt pattern for this design, so far available only as a PDF download. I named it “Big Top” because they remind me of little tents. :) You can find the pattern in my shop.

Big Top Quilt ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

And now for voting details! You can vote for your favorite quilt now through October 14th in a few places:

FreeSpirit Facebook Album
FreeSpirit Blog
FreeSpirit Pinterest Board

I’ve said before, this was a VERY friendly challenge. All of us participating know and respect each other. Everyone’s quilts are so great! So go over and pick your favorite quilt that embodies the “Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration” goal. But trust me, it will be very hard to pick a favorite!