Kits + Quilting

Moda Fabrics Modern Building Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

With the kids in school, it’s been a remarkably productive couple of days over here. The house is clean, dinner has been planned ahead each night, I’ve actually gone to the gym (shocking!!) and I’ve even spent busy chunks of time in my sewing room.

Moda Fabrics Modern Building Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This week I also received a great package in the mail. Last week I ordered Moda Fabric’s Modern Building Blocks pattern and kit. I remember seeing this quilt at market and it was one of those stop-you-in-your-tracks moments for me. I love Moda’s Bella Solids and the colors in this quilt, along with the layout of the blocks, really spoke to me. I cannot wait to make this (even if it will have to wait in line a bit until I’m done with other commitments).

Moda Fabrics Modern Building Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Also, I love the packaging of this kit. I was joking on Instagram that whoever came up with it deserves a promotion! Wouldn’t this make a beautiful birthday or Christmas gift for a quilter? (Husbands…hint hint!)

Moda Fabrics Modern Building Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The inside has all the fabrics, layout and assembly directions, as well as this handy set of double sided cards with all the block patterns.

Moda Fabrics Modern Building Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can buy this kit at a few of my sponsors:

Pink Chalk Fabrics (pattern only, no fabric)
The Loopy Ewe (fabric kit with pattern)
Fat Quarter Shop (fabric kit with pattern)
Fat Quarter Shop (fabric kit with pattern – PREORDER if link above sold out)
Fat Quarter Shop (pattern only, no fabric)
Lark Cottons

So, besides drooling over this kit for the last few days, I’ve also been working on my sadly neglected Arkansas Traveler quilt! I basted it yesterday while watching Call the Midwife on Netflix. Wow, what a great show (even if it does make me cry at every episode!).

Arkansas Traveler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I started quilting in the blue fabric areas using a coordinating blue thread I had on hand – Aurifil’s Color Me Happy by V & Co’s set. It’s #2775 in a 50wt (orange spool). I’m still debating whether or not to quilt the cream fabrics (with an off white thread) or leave them unquilted, giving it a slightly poofy look.

Arkansas Traveler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m using my Bernina Stitch Regulator (BSR) which I just realized I’ve been using for 5 years! Obviously I’ve had a lot of time to practice with it. I’ve had some people ask for tips on using it.

• I don’t go too slow or too fast. I try to find a nice, middle of the road speed and stick to it. It might help to get some music (not too crazy now!) with a consistent rhythm and play that while you sew, to get in a nice groove.

• I use Bernina’s single hole stitch plate when stitching straight lines.

• For a while I found that when I was stopping stitching (like to remove a pin), I was taking my foot off the pedal while still moving the fabric slightly. Not good, this leads to messed up stitches. Stop completely before taking your foot off the pedal. When you stop moving the fabric, the stitching will stop as well. (At least does when I use BSR 2).

• If you are feeling like your fabric is getting stuck and you have to pull it (leading to messed up stitches), lessen your pressure foot setting. I’ve had to do this with some fabrics that just didn’t seem to slide well under my foot. Other’s swear by using something called the Supreme Slider on their machine. I don’t have one though.

• And then just practice, practice, practice. When I first sat down to use the BSR I thought I would turn my machine on and suddenly my quilting would be perfect. Um, it wasn’t. lol I needed to still practice. If you still aren’t getting the results you think you should be getting, ask if you can bring your machine into your dealer and have them watch you quilt on your machine. I’m sure they will have tips as well.

Arkansas Traveler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m halfway finished with the blue and about to go upstairs and get cracking again. I can’t wait to (finally!) share this completed quilt with you soon!

Saturday Sales

Happy Saturday everyone! School is starting here in just a few days, and that means…more time at the sewing machine! It’s a great time to stock up on fabric, so I thought I’d share a few deals from my sponsors. Enjoy your shopping!

Lovequilting.com is currently running a special of $5 off any purchase from the Batik category with coupon code BATIK. Also be sure to check out the What’s on Sale category for the most current products on sale, by clicking here. We love FREE, so we offer free downloadable projects and patterns in our free pattern category – check back often for new additions! Shipping on purchases over $50 is always FREE!

Custom Labels 4U ~ free shipping on any order of wholesale custom woven labels until 8/31/14, USA only, using discount code FRESHLEMONS.

Dragonfly Fabrics ~ 15% off storewide using coupon code freshlemons15, expires Wednesday, August 20th.

Discover Fabric ~ Great Sale on Riley Blake Fat Quarter Bundles this weekend including Splendor, Giraffe Crossing, and Evening Blooms. Check out the Sales Section to see all new sale items including by the yard, and patterns. Always Free Shipping on all Domestic Purchases over $75.00.

Contemporary Cloth ~ 10% off orders with code: ThanksFaith. Ends Wednesday, 8-20, midnight, EST. Includes all New Arrivals!

Southern Fabric ~ Come on over and join them because starting at midnight e.s.t. they are giving away a FREE $24 – Cotton and Steel Fat Quarter Bundle for each order above $80 before shipping. Southern Fabric is so in love with these colors and they hope you as well. Offer ends midnight 8/15/2014. Open to all U.S. and International customers. Happy Shopping!!! Coupon Code: cottonsteel

Lark Cottons ~ 20% off all fabric with discount code summer14 entered on the shopping cart page, with 40% off collections from select designers: Rosemarie Lavin, Laurie Wisbrun, Malka Dubrasky, Lucie Summers, and Creative Thursday (automatically applied to cart). Coupon code is valid until Thursday 8/22. 40% designer special is good through the end of August.

Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt ~ And a Giveaway for You!

Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Free Spirit Fabrics asking if I was interested in participating in a fun contest with a few other bloggers. We would all receive a fat quarter box of Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt, design and make a 60″ x 60″ square quilt using the fabric. The design was to be influenced by a traditional pattern/block/concept. Well, if you are a regular here in this space, it’s probably not news that I love Free Spirit Designer Solids…and I love Denyse Schmidt…and I LOVE modern traditionalism! What a dream come true!

Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The fabric arrived about a week ago. My breath actually caught when I opened the box and saw it. It is really a stunning collection of colors. I honestly think this would (A) be an *awesome* gift for any quilter **hint, hint** time to send links to loved ones! And (B) be a perfect way to start a collection of solids for those that have none and don’t know where to start.

Over the next 6 weeks I’ll be posting some updates on my quilt progress here on the blog. You can also follow on Instagram by searching the hashtag #modernsolidschallenge. At the end of September, the quilt bloggers participating will have their big reveal and then you guys can vote on your favorite.

You can find these Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt boxes at a few of my sponsors:

Pink Chalk Fabrics
The Intrepid Thread
Fat Quarter Shop – (looks like they are currently Sold Out)

And now for the giveaway! The Modern Solids were not the only goodie in the box from Free Spirit. They also included this Hadley by Denyse Schmidt fat quarter bundle! This fabric was just released and is only now arriving in shops.

Hadley by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Just leave a comment for a chance to win. I’d love to hear what you’d do with the fabric if it ends up in your home. I’ll pick a winner Friday, August 15th.

+++ Closing comments to pick a winner! +++

The winner is…

#364: Peggy Gibbs – ā€œI’d use the fabric to make gifts for my charity group, World of Charity Stitching. Thanks.ā€

Awesome Peggy! Iā€™m sure your quilts will be much loved. I will be emailing you for your mailing address. Thanks everyone for visiting and commenting!

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.

Fresh Lemons Quilts

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!