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!

Modern Solids ~ Progress!

Fresh Lemons Quilts ~ Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt

The month of September has been dedicated to my Denyse Schmidt Modern Solids challenge for Free Spirit Fabrics. I think I’ve put a little too much pressure on myself for this one and designed no less than 5 quilts, trying to come up with the perfect project.

Fresh Lemons Quilts ~ Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt

In the end, I decided to stick with my original idea. You may remember these blocks? I’m using the solids from the Modern Solids Fat Quarter box and Free Spirit Designer Solids in Pearl for the background. I’ve been quite busy cutting and chain piecing, but I’m thrilled with how it is coming together. I can’t wait to share the final layout with you.

Fresh Lemons Quilts ~ Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt

I have a couple prints from Denyse Schmidt’s Ansonia collection planned for the backing.

Fresh Lemons Quilts ~ Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt

I’m hoping to have a very productive week at the machine, and finish the rest of the blocks for the top. Wish me luck!

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!