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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!

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30 Responses to “Kits + Quilting”

  1. 1
    Trudy Brule says:

    Love this quilt. Beautiful fabric choices. Reminded me that I must get some newsprint fabric. Can’t wait to see this when it is finished.

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    Janet says:

    Very nice quilt & quilting! I love the contrast and calm that the blue provides in the design.

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    Marcia R says:

    Arkansas Traveler is looking awesome. Your quilting is perfect for this pattern. Ah, the kit… I’ve been tempted, but maybe I’ll just do something similar with the solids in my stash. But that cute box, and those pattern cards. It is quite brilliant, isn’t it?

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    Love your kit, and especially the block cards! Wish they would come up with those for every block!

    Call the Midwife…amazing to think it wasn’t that long before “our time”…how different the conditions were, social mores…I love that show and I’m with you…makes me cry almost every time!

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    Diana Nelson says:

    I am going to start using my BSR and hopefully I’ll do okay with it. I’ll take your advice on the foot pedal and see what happens but as you say practice, practice, practice is what we all have to do to get good at something especially machine quilting. Wish me luck.

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    Terri says:

    You’re blue quilt is awesome! I’d love to make that Moda quilt, too, might have to purchase that one. I’ve watched all episodes of Call The Midwife and loved it. You might also like Land Girls on Netflix if you like those BBC shows. Thanks for sharing!

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    ina says:

    it’s beautiful!

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    Daryl says:

    I love the way the kit was designed, those block cards are really clever – imagine all the other combinations you could come up with. Thanks for sharing. Your Arkansas Traveller quilt is beautiful – as usual.

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    Sarah Lahrman says:

    In awe of your quilt kit ~ certainly would make a great Christmas gift! And, your Arkansas Travelers quilt is stunning. I absolutely love the blue. Really beautiful.

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    Ralitza says:

    It is a beautiful kit. I see why it speaks to you. It s elegant and bold.
    Love the quilt you are working on too – so different form the kit and calm in a very relaxing way.

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    Connie w says:

    Lovely

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    Marianne says:

    I bought just the pattern for the Modern Building Blocks only because I’m not a fan of Bella solids. I find their quality is not as good as their prints.

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    Karin says:

    Granted, this is the first kit I have ever purchased, but it is AMAZING! And much bigger than your pictures make it look! Alas, it’s a bit far down on the to-do list, but I think I’ll be opening the box and gazing at it frequently until then.

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    Karen Seitz says:

    The Modern Building Blocks kit is on my birthday wish list (October). :-) Your Arkansas Traveler is lovely. I really like the low volume prints as your foreground.

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    Karen Shackleford says:

    Gorgeous. And good job on your stippling stitches!

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    Sue Bone says:

    I’d be tempted to quilt the off white in a straight line to reduce the pouffiness. I’m waiting for my Moda pattern which should be in the UK today.

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    Becca says:

    This is gorgeous!!!! Leave the white puffy is my vote!

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    anne says:

    Very well thought out and organized box. The quilt pattern is a bit too advanced for me as I’m a new comer to quilting. Maybe one day I’ll be able to take up this challenge. As for your blue and newsprint quilt it is very, very nice.

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    Elaine says:

    I use the Supreme Slider that I use when I do my machine quilting on my Janome and there is such a wonderful difference. The quilts do “slide” and my stitching is more “regulated” because the quilt does not get “stuck”. Try it. These sliders are expensive. My small one cost around $32.

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    Stacey says:

    I’ve been watching “Call the Midwife” on Netflix lately while quilting too! (And like you – crying every episode! :) ) Beautiful quilting!

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    Anne Beier says:

    Love this Arkansas Traveler – I loved it when you began it – good to see it on it’s way.
    And who doesn’t love “Call the Midwife?” My husband even loves it :)
    Happy Labor Day Weekend.

  22. 23

    Ooh, that Modern Building Blocks quilt just keeps popping up and tempting me all over the Internet! I am in over my head with too many projects already, but I definitely see the appeal of the MBB and would love to make one.

    Your Arkansas Traveler quilt is looking fantastic! I LOVE how you used the newsprint fabrics with a solid blue background. At first glance I thought, wow, that’s a pretty traditional looking quilt for Faith, but then I noticed the subtle newsprint fabric. I love that surprise when you come in for a closer inspection. Where do you find those fabrics, Faith? I’m always on the lookout for them, but I must be shopping in the wrong places!

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      Faith says:

      Thank you! You know, I just collect the fabrics as I see them. Some almost “sure thing” designers…Lu Summers (Moda Fabrics) and Sweetwater (Moda Fabrics). I love the text black and white prints I have from both of them. Also, I have some in there from Zen Chic (Moda Fabrics) and Carrie Bloomston (Windham Fabrics).

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    Oh, by the way, the links you posted to the Fat Quarter Shop don’t work. The Pink Chalk Fabrics does, though.

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    LINDA says:

    SO NEAT! Carry on with the FMQing !
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Betsy says:

    Wow, what great quilts!!! I also love to sew and watch ‘Call the Midwife’. 😊

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    Stewart says:

    Any suggestions on cutting the fabric for the modal quilt kit to make sure I don’t run out of fabric at the end?

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