Five Years and Counting

Fresh Lemons Quilts

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.

Welcome The Loopy Ewe!

Today I’d like to introduce you to my latest blog sponsor, The Loopy Ewe! The Loopy Ewe started as a yarn shop 8 years ago, and has recently grown to add fabric as well. I always am intrigued and love to hear how small business owners got their start, so I asked one of the owners, Sheri, to tell me a bit about their shop.

Sheri: “We started The Loopy Ewe in a little corner of our basement in St. Louis, back in the summer of 2006. At that time, we carried a few lines of sock yarn to sell online, and thought it would be great to reach a point of a few orders a day. Little did we know! We quickly outgrew our basement and moved out into a brick and mortar space a year later. With that move and extra space, came the opportunity to add in all kinds of yarn – not just sock yarn any more.

We loved St. Louis, but had always vacationed in the mountains and hoped to live in Colorado one day. So, in 2011, we sold our house and moved the shop to Fort Collins, CO. (One moving van for the household, two moving vans for the shop!) We love living here and have a pretty view of the mountains outside the shop windows.

Last summer we expanded our space once again so that we could open up the fabric side of our business. Having been a long time sewist and quilter, I was thrilled to see the space fill up with bolts of beautiful fabrics. Now we have 7000 square feet of gorgeous yarns and fabrics for people to wander through (either in person or online) for inspiration, and to find their next project! We add new yarn to the website most every Monday, and new fabric is added most every Thursday. Between the arrival of new stock and the departure of orders sent out, we keep the postal service and our UPS/Fed Ex guys busy!”

The Loopy Ewe ships most orders within 24 hours (Monday through Saturday) and offers free U.S. shipping on orders over $75.

They also have a rewards program which gives you a $25 Loopy Ewe credit, every time your orders accumulate to $250. (Plus other fun rewards – you can read about the program here.)

The Loopy Ewe sponsors Quarterly Challenges, a virtual Camp Loopy each summer, and a yearly Fall Fling retreat.

Unique to the shop: Loopy Short Stacks in the fabric shop, and The Loopy Ewe Solid Series, Seasonings Series, Loopy Legends, Celebrations, and Loopy Cakes in the yarn shop.

Big welcome to The Loopy Ewe, so happy to have you on board!

Great Big Giveaway Day ~ June Edition

Welcome to the June edition of the Fresh Lemons Quilts Great Big Giveaway Day! This month I’m happy to share 7 great giveaways from my sponsors.

Reminder! Please check your email (including SPAM folders) or back to this post after I choose the winners on Wednesday. I want to make sure everyone gets connected to their prize. :)

1. 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.

2. Fabric Spark is giving away a bundle of 6 fat quarters of your choice. The lucky winner can choose any combination of fabrics from the large selection of beautiful designer cottons, basics, and/or solids available in the shop.

And…everyone gets a free fat quarter… When you use the Promo Code FQfun get a free “mystery” fat quarter with any order over 1 yard or the equivalent. Your free fat quarter will be from the currently available selection and we will try to coordinate it with your fabric order. No special requests please. Offer applies to all fabric orders until June 8.

3. Southern Fabric is offering a $30 gift certificate so you can go shopping!

4. Connecting Threads is giving away a fat quarter sampler of their new Spring and Summer Batiks.

5. Fat Quarter Shop is offering a $25 gift certificate for you to spend in their shop!

6. Love Quilting would like to offer a half yard set of one of their newest collections in the shop – Kabloom! This set includes a half yard each of Blue Fashionista, Blue Geo, Blue Mod and Blue Stripes.

7. Cuts of Cotton is giving away a fat quarter Garden Bundle. Beautiful colors!

Due to my schedule this week, I’ll be picking the winners a little early this time. To enter to win, simply leave one comment at the end of this post. I’ll pick one will per shop on Wednesday evening, June 4th. Good luck everyone!

++ Closing comments to pick the winners! ++

Here are the winners! I’ll be emailing you each to set you up with your prizes. Thanks so much everyone!

1. Custom Labels 4U
365 – Linda S

2. Fabric Spark – 6 fat quarters of your choice
141 – Sandy K

3. Southern Fabric – $30 gift certificate
457 – Sue Stultz

4. Connecting Threads – fat quarter sampler of Spring and Summer Batiks
102 – Judi j R

5. Fat Quarter Shop – $25 gift certificate
35 – Sue Sewstoo

6. Love Quilting – half yard set of one of Kabloom!
497 – Jean

7. Cuts of Cotton – fat quarter Garden Bundle
277 – Krystal B

Welcome Discover Fabric!

Today I’d like to introduce you to the latest sponsor of my blog, Discover Fabric. Discover Fabric is an online fabric shop that opened in 2013. Located in Georgia, the store is stocked with designer quality, colorful and modern fabrics.

Check out this beautiful Splendor by Lila Tueller for Riley Blake Designs:

And I love this Rosecliff Manor White by Emily Taylor for Riley Blake Designs. Perfect for those looking to add to their low volume stash.

You can also find sewing patterns, books, threads, and many other sewing supplies including hard to find items at affordable prices, such as organic fabric and organic cotton batting.

There is also a Sale section of the website with discounted fabric and notions.

You can keep up with Discover Fabric by signing up for their newsletter here and following them on Facebook for information on new arrivals, giveaways, and coupons.

Big welcome Discover Fabric and thank you for supporting my sponsors!