Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

Category — Fabric

Introducing ‘My Modern Quilt Shop’ ~ And a Coupon!

In Monday’s giveaway post, I mentioned I have a new sponsor here on the blog. Today I am very pleased to introduce you to My Modern Quilt Shop. My Modern Quilt Shop is part of owner Lisa’s lifelong love of sewing and quilting. I asked Lisa to tell us a bit about how she got started with her shop.

Lisa: “A self-taught first generation quilter, I got my first sewing machine at age 12 and proceeded to make a quilt for my first project. Years later I discovered rotary cutting, quilting with friends, and longarm quilting. But it wasn’t until the internet started buzzing about modern quilting that I felt I found my niche. I love to see what others are making and hear from my customers. If there’s a line of fabric you’d like to see in the shop, send an email to lisa@mymodernquiltshop.com.”

My Modern Quilt Shop has a great special offer for all our readers here — coupon code 15lemons for 15% off your order thru January 31st. Thanks Lisa!

I love checking out new shops. My Modern Quilt Shop stocks a good number of what they call “modern basics” such as Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets (my favorite!), Dear Stella Confetti Dots, and Pure Organic Solids. They often carry the entire line so you can find your favorite colors easily.

They also carry a number of designer collections. Jeni Baker’s Nordika – yum!

Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics – I’m working with this right now, it’s awesome!

Lisa also carries Liberty of London and Kaffe Fassett, such beautiful colors. You can also find notions and tools.

Besides visiting My Modern Quilt Shop’s website, you can keep up with the latest by joining the mailing list, following on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Lisa to the site and thank you so much for supporting my sponsors!

January 8, 2014   9 Comments

Great Big Giveaway Day ~ January Edition

Last January, my sponsors and I started hosting monthly giveaway parties. They were so fun that I thought we should continue for 2014! To kick off the new year, this month I have 6 great prizes from my sponsors for 6 lucky winners.

Just a reminder, please check your email (including SPAM folders) or back to this post after I choose the winners. Also, be sure to check again once you’ve received the email from me, to make sure you don’t miss out any communication from the shop where you’ve won.

1. Southern Fabric is offering a a $30 Gift Card to buy anything you want from their shop!

2. Custom Labels 4U is offering a winner their choice of one of the following: Free 36 labels of 1/2″ size woven name tapes – OR – Free 30 labels of 1″ size woven name tapes.

The great thing about these fully woven name tapes is that you can actually design them and see them on the site before they are even purchased! Also some very cute little optional icons/designs to add if desired.

3. Contemporary Cloth is offering a $25 Gift Certificate to one lucky winner so you can get shopping!

4. Fort Worth Fabric Studio is giving away a 12 piece Fat Quarter & Panel bundle of Lakehouse’s Sweet Things. Those colors remind me of Valentine’s Day!

5. Connecting Threads is giving away a fat quarter sampler of one of their newest collections, ¡Fiesta!

6. My newest sponsor, My Modern Quilt Shop is offering fabric from Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics line – Two charm packs + 1 full yard of your choice!

To enter to win one of these prizes, just leave one comment. I’ll pick one winner per shop on Thursday evening, January 9th. Good luck everyone!

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

Below are our lucky winners! I’ll email you each with details. Thank you so much for visiting, commenting and supporting my sponsors!

1. Southern Fabric – $30 Gift Certificate
#620 – Alexis

2. Custom Labels 4U – See post for prize details
#414 – Barb Price

3. Contemporary Cloth – $25 Gift Certificate
#22 – Barbara

4. Fort Worth Fabric Studio – 12 piece Fat Quarter & Panel bundle of Lakehouse’s Sweet Things
#349 – Cheryl K

5. Connecting Threads – Fat Quarter Sampler of ¡Fiesta!
#728 – Annette Z

6.My Modern Quilt Shop – Botanics line – Two charm packs + 1 full yard of your choice
#585 – barbara

January 6, 2014   784 Comments

Meet the Vintage Quilt Revival Quilts: Sampler On Point

Meet the Vintage Quilt Revival Quilts: Sampler on Point by Fresh Lemons Quilts
Image from Vintage Quilt Revival

Today is my last share from Vintage Quilt Revival. I’ve had so much fun posting about the quilts each week. I think it’s hard to buy a book sight unseen and hopefully by seeing the collection of all the projects, you can get a good idea of what’s inside.

Meet the Vintage Quilt Revival Quilts: Sampler on Point by Fresh Lemons Quilts

As I’ve mentioned in the past, the book contains three samplers. These are the only projects Katie, Lee and I didn’t design months ahead of time. We did know that we would each do something different in regards to the fabrics and layout. Katie made her sampler in solids, Lee used a fabric collection and I made mine scrappy. Lee and Katie will talk about their samplers on their blogs next week.

Meet the Vintage Quilt Revival Quilts: Sampler on Point by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I took loads of photos as I was working on this quilt, and I’m so happy I did so I can share some with you today! When I was pulling fabrics, I decided to go with a softer collection of colors. (Side note: I really have to say, Lizzy House makes the best blenders and you will see a lot of her fabrics mixed into this quilt.) I knew I was going to use white as my background all over.

Meet the Vintage Quilt Revival Quilts: Sampler on Point by Fresh Lemons Quilts

If you’ve made a sampler (or any quilt really), you probably understand what I mean when I say that making blocks and watching them come together is pretty addictive.

Meet the Vintage Quilt Revival Quilts: Sampler on Point by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’d make a few and lay them out. Then get so excited that I’d make a few more.

Meet the Vintage Quilt Revival Quilts: Sampler on Point by Fresh Lemons Quilts

And the more it grew, the faster I wanted to sew and finish. Once I had all 20 blocks finished, I was so, so happy with how it looked!

Meet the Vintage Quilt Revival Quilts: Sampler on Point by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I decided early into making the blocks that my design would feature the blocks on point. But it took some thought to figure out just exactly how they would be laid out, and in the end, I decided to add additional blocks with pops of color. (Just a fun idea – wouldn’t those extra blocks also be cute with little wonky stars in the center instead of solid squares?)

Meet the Vintage Quilt Revival Quilts: Sampler on Point by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m glad I took a photo just before basting, because as much as I enjoy a warm and crinkly quilt, I love the look of a smooth one as well.

Meet the Vintage Quilt Revival Quilts: Sampler on Point by Fresh Lemons Quilts

And here’s the finished quilt from the book!

Meet the Vintage Quilt Revival Quilts: Sampler on Point by Fresh Lemons Quilts
Image from Vintage Quilt Revival

A larger quilt perfect for cuddling!

Vintage Quilt Revival Block Along

I have a couple other fun things to share today. Sukie from Don’t You Know Who I Am is hosting a Vintage Quilt Revival Block-Along beginning January 21st. She’ll be making 2 blocks a week. If you’ve ever thought about making a sampler or even just a few blocks for a different project, this would be a fun way to sew along with others.

Sewtopia Sewing Retreat

And speaking of Sukie – she is also hosting Sewtopia, a big sewing retreat in Salt Lake City from Nov. 6-9, 2014. You can find out more information, including important registration dates, on the Sewtopia website!

One last thing and I promise I’m done! If you haven’t checked out our “official” book website, www.VintageQuiltRevival.com, be sure to click on over. We have some technical details about using the book CD, information for shop owners about potential classes, and any project/block errata that comes up. Happy sewing everyone!

January 3, 2014   33 Comments

Oakshott Mini

Oakshott Mini by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Between snowball fights, taking the kids ice skating, preschool holiday programs and baking cookies, I managed to finish something this week! (I know, pretty amazing). A couple of weeks ago I shared this photo…

Becoming a Confident Quilter + Oakshott Cottons : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I decided to make four blocks from a pattern in Elizabeth Dackson’s Becoming a Confident Quilter book and turn them into a mini quilt. Not too mini, as the blocks are 17″ squares. I paired the Oakshott Cottons with some linen. Because I wanted to keep things interesting, I made one block with the Essex Linen black background.

Oakshott Mini by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I really love these colors. They remind me of the Amish community. For the backing I used strips of additional Oakshotts and Essex linen. I quilted this with straight lines, that radiate in a “V” shape on each side. It was my first time quilting this pattern, so I am trying not to be overly critical of myself. I did get better as I went.

Oakshott Mini by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I also wanted the binding to blend with the front, so I matched the binding color to the background color in each block.

It was great working with Oakshotts again. I know they are a bit pricey but they are definitely something special. Elizabeth’s pattern was also wonderful. Perfect for beginners on up and I love the modern-traditional look of the design.

Update! You can find Oakshott cottons in the US at Contemporary Cloth.

December 18, 2013   25 Comments