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!

New Fabrics and Bundles

Fort Worth Fabric Studio - Fresh Lemons Quilts Birthday Bundle

So, the good news is, I’m done with the Modern Solids Challenge quilt! WooHoo! I finished up over the weekend and got some pictures earlier this week. I still don’t have the voting/contest information. So I’m going to wait and post the quilt once I can get you all a link. In the meantime…there’s a little peek on Instagram. :)

While we wait, I have some pretty new fabrics to show you. Last month, Fort Worth Fabric Studio asked me to put together a “Birthday Bundle” for my birthday month (which just happens to be October). I think playing with fabric just might make getting older more bearable. The fabrics in the bundle are pictured in the top photo of this post, and you can buy them at their shop. I happened to receive them the same day as some Cotton + Steel arrived as well. Don’t they look great with this pink? Happy accident!

Fort Worth Fabric Studio - Fresh Lemons Quilts Birthday Bundle + Cotton and Steel

I also recently bought some of Elizabeth Olwen’s new Wildwood collection for Cloud 9 Fabrics. I paired it with some prints from Bonnie Christine’s Winged collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. Don’t they look awesome together?

Wildwood + Winged ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today is my daughter’s birthday. She is just such a sweet, special girl. I’m really so lucky to be her mom! I think I’m going to spend the day working on her Halloween costume. Maybe I’ll even come close to finishing it!

Welcome Sew Modern ~ and a Coupon!

Sew Modern

Today I’m welcoming a new sponsor to the blog ~ I’d love to introduce you to Sew Modern! I met shop owner Lauren nearly 2 years ago, in a Starbucks at QuiltCon! It was so great talking to her, and I was thrilled when she contacted me to start sponsoring the blog.

Sew Modern is a brick and mortar shop located in Los Angeles, California, as well as an online store. For those of you that aren’t lucky enough to live in southern California (like me, but I was born there!)…doesn’t this look so fun and welcoming? I love knowing my fabric comes from a happy home.

Sew Modern

Sew Modern stocks fabric yardage, scrap packs, bundles and precuts.

They also carry every color of Robert Kaufman Kona cotton solids and many other solids as well. You know I love solids!

Sew Modern stocks patterns and notions as well, including some of my favorite “This Took Forever” labels. I seriously want to slap that onto every single quilt I make.

Have you heard about the SOAK nail polish that matches your favorite fabrics? They have some of that too!

You can keep in touch with Sew Modern by subscribing to their blog (tutorials! recipes! ~ subscription on the righthand column of their blog), signing up for their newsletter, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram.

And now for the coupon! Sew Modern has generously offered all of you a 20% discount off regular priced fabric in the shop, using coupon code FRESH20. The code is good through Tuesday, October 7th. Thank you so much Sew Modern! And thank you to all of you for your awesome support of my sponsors.

Welcome Shabby Fabrics!

Shabby Fabrics

Today I’m very pleased to introduce you to a new sponsor of my blog, Shabby Fabrics. Shabby Fabrics is an online quilt shop that carries beautiful quilt shop quality fabrics ~ many florals, kits, block of the months and patterns. They also offer free shipping on domestic orders over $75.

I did a little browsing around Shabby Fabrics and thought I’d share my favorites! Believe it or not, it’s the perfect time to start sewing for the holidays. :) This Christmas Pure and Simple line is so fun!

I’m in love with Heather Bailey’s sweet new line, Up Parasol.

I’m always looking to add text prints to my stash, and these from Lakehouse Dry Goods are absolutely perfect!

I always get emails about what type of basics I buy. Shabby Fabrics carries tons of dots from Michael Miller – Ta Dots, Kiss Dots and Pinheads. As well as a huge variety of stripes! Love the blenders by Patty Young.

You can keep in touch with Shabby Fabrics on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube (tons of video tutorials!), Pinterest and Instagram. I hope you will go check them out, and thank you so much for always supporting my sponsors!