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Block Testing, New Fabric and Kits!

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Earlier this week I posted a bit about Cotton + Steel, and today I wanted to share a bit of what I’m doing with the fabric right now.

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I grabbed a stack from the basics collections and have been testing a new block I’m making for a soon-to-be project. I’m not going to be making the final quilt in these fabrics, but thought they would be fun to test with!

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These look like little tents to me. :)

I also pulled out my Arkansas Traveler work in progress and decided to go sort of bold for the backing. This print is from the Mustang line by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel.

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I also recently added a few more prints to my stash from Joel Dewberry’s Birch Farm line (left 2 prints) and Anna Maria Horner’s Pretty Potent line.

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I think the Birch Farm prints will be a great addition to my low volume collection, and Anna Maria Horner’s prints…well I just love her designs and colors and I will easily work those into future quilts.

In other fun news to share, I’ve kitted a couple of my patterns for online shop Fabric Spark. I selected fabrics that I think work perfectly for my Island Girl and Twilight Patterns.

I know coming up with fabrics for a pattern can be one of the hardest parts, so I hope this makes the process easier and painless!

And finally…you guys, I’ve been so busy sewing this week. I finished up my quilt with the Kona flying geese. I just need to get a chance to go out and take pictures. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek.

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I did some fun playing with negative space that you can’t see here…hopefully that will be enough of a tease for you to come back next week and check out the finished quilt!

July 25, 2014   21 Comments

Cotton + Steel

Cotton + Steel : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You’ve probably seen a lot of Cotton + Steel fabric popping up on blogs and Instagram. After being announced last Fall at Quilt Market and then unveiled last Spring at Quilt Market, it’s now arriving in shops!

Cotton + Steel : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I made an attempt to limit what I bought…really, this isn’t all of what’s for sale! I bought half yards of all the Basics – which are completely awesome. Great colors, love that some have metallics worked into them too.

Cotton + Steel : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Then I picked some of my favorites out of the designers’ different collections. The fabric lines all coordinate with each other, making it really easy to mix and match a few prints from each.

Cotton + Steel : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Many of my sponsors either have Cotton + Steel arriving now at their shops, or over the next month.

Connecting Threads (arriving August 5th)
Cuts of Cotton
Fabric Spark
Fat Quarter Shop
Fort Worth Fabric Studio
Fresh Modern Fabric
The Intrepid Thread
Lark Cottons (arriving August)
LiMa Sews (arriving August)
My Modern Quilt Shop
Pink Chalk Fabrics
Southern Fabric
Stash Fabrics

I’ve already cut into mine, and I can’t wait to see what everyone else creates with these new lines. :)

July 21, 2014   12 Comments

Checking In

Flying Geese : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Just checking in during a busy week of stitching and driving the kids to summer fun. Remember those Kona swatches I showed you not long ago? The fabric arrived and I’ve been busy cutting and piecing. Lots and lots of flying geese!

Radiant Splendor : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also made a second modified Radiant Splendor Block. Can’t wait to have more time to dive into this project and finish writing the full quilt pattern.

Sewing Room : Fresh Lemons Quilts

And in anticipation of school starting in 5 weeks, I’m getting my sewing room more organized and efficient. I just put together a new cutting table (see the back corner of the room). This is the Martha Stewart Living Craft Space Three Drawer Flat File Cabinet from Home Decorations Collection (part of Home Depot). I’ve always cut on my sewing table which I love…but it’s made of reclaimed wood and is a bit “hilly” – not an entirely flat surface and it just hasn’t been an ideal cutting area. I’m really happy with this new table which is totally flat and taller so I won’t need to hunch over anymore. The top drawer is full of my quilting rulers and the bottom 2 have some current project fabric and notions.

Ok, back to the station wagon and sewing machine! Talk to you again soon!

July 17, 2014   22 Comments

Five Years and Counting

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It’s a funny thing, how quickly five years can fly by. Today is my blog’s 5th anniversary. I went back a couple days ago, to revisit that first post. (The image from the post lost in the shuffle during a blog transfer a few years ago.) I’m not sure how long I thought I’d be blogging back in 2009. But I’m happy to still be around and have all of you join me each week, reading and commenting and sharing tidbits and your projects with me. Thank you so much for spending a bit of your time here with me.

Much of the last two weeks has been devoted to designing and pattern writing. I can say there are some new, fun quilts and patterns coming down the pipeline. And while I can’t share those just yet, I thought I’d share some fabric and blocks and food.

Kona Cotton Solids : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m planning to use some Kona Cottons in an upcoming project. I totally copied everyone else who was cutting up their Kona Color Cards and placing them on book rings. So much easier to pull out colors and plan quilts!

Liberty of London from DuckaDilly : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also ordered an absolutely beautiful collection of Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabric, cut into a roll, from DuckaDilly.

And – total accident but they were sitting next to each other on my table – doesn’t the Kona look awesome with the Liberty?

Kona Cotton Solids and Liberty of London : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I love it when that happens!

Another project in the works is a pattern based on my Radiant Splendor block tutorial. Although this test block below looks the same, I did some unpicking after I took the photo as the pattern changes up the block a bit. I’m working on writing and testing and hopefully will get the new pattern finished sometime this Fall. For those that like bigger quilts, this one will be Queen sized (ok, well that’s big for me!)

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve also spent a bit of time in the kitchen lately. I’ve recently discovered America’s Test Kitchen and have fallen hard. (I know, I’m the last on the planet, right?) I have had success with pretty much everything I’ve made from both Cooking for Two and The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2014.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This Cinnamon Swirl Bread is in the latter, as well as online (and I saw them make it in an episode I recorded on PBS).

Cinnamon Swirl Bread : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It was *delicious*.

I hope those of you in the United States and Canada have a great holiday week. Yesterday was Canada Day and Friday is Independence Day here (and my husband’s birthday!) I plan on doing some relaxing and enjoying time with family. And hopefully fit at least some sewing (or more pattern writing in) too.

July 2, 2014   47 Comments