Splash of Color ~ Blog Hop

Splash of Color Blog Hop : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Welcome everyone! Today is my stop on the blog hop, celebrating designer and quilter Jackie Kunkel’s new book, Splash of Color. Jackie is known throughout the quilting community as a master foundation paper piecer and excellent teacher – check out her YouTube channel!

Splash of Color is filled with 12 quilted projects that each echo the title, created with bright colors and exciting patterns. There are a variety of stunning designs, ranging from curves to patchwork squares to foundation paper piecing.

Splash of Color Blog Hop : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Jumpin’ Jax by Jackie Kunkel

I am such a sucker for rainbows and rainbow gradients. And stars! I’m naturally drawn to quilts with any or all of these design elements.

For several quilts in the book, Jackie shares how her patterns look in alternate colorways. I find this so helpful when planning to make a quilt my own.

Splash of Color Blog Hop : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Twirling by Jackie Kunkel

Splash of Color is 80 pages and contains all the templates you need to complete the projects. Jackie also provides an explanation of curved piecing.

Splash of Color Blog Hop : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Seeing Spots by Jackie Kunkel

If you would like to try to win an e-copy of Splash of Color, simply leave a comment. I will pick a winner on October 5th!

Splash of Color Blog Hop : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Keep up with the rest of the book tour by visiting the sites below.

Wednesday, September 23:
Jackie Kunkel – Canton Village Quilt Works
Kate Colleran – Seams Like a Dream
Pat Sloan – Pat Sloan Blog

Thursday, September 24:
Sherri McConnell – A Quilting Life
Shelly Pagliai – Prairie Moon Quilts
Margaret Solomon Gunn – Quilts Of Love

Friday, September 25:
Faith Jones – Fresh Lemons Quilts – Me!
Jenny Wilding Cardon – Martingale

Saturday, September 26:
Vicki Welsh – Field Trips In Fiber
Pam Viera- McGinnis – Pam Kitty Morning

Sunday, September 27:
Pat Wys – Silver Thimble Quilt Co.
Sharon McConnell – Color Girl Quilts

Monday, September 28:
Julie Sefton – Me and My Quilts – Exploring the Possibilities
Victoria Findlay Wolfe – Bumblebeans/Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts

Tuesday, September 29:
Caroline Critchfield – Sew Can She
Amy Ellis – Amy’s Creative Side

++ Closing Comments ++

Whoops – just getting around to picking the winner!

Congratulations to #101, Katie B! Splash of Color publisher Martingale will be in touch to email you to your eCopy of the book. Thank you so much to everyone for commenting!

Palete Cleansing

Palete Cleansing : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m back! Those of you that follow me on Instagram know that I just spent ten wonderful days in Ireland with my husband to celebrate our 10th anniversary. It was a great break, a beautiful country with just the nicest people. I missed my kids a lot though – it was the longest I’ve ever been away from them (by far!) I’m happy to be home, getting back into the routine of soccer and sewing on scout patches.

Ireland : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I always feel slightly lost when I return to my sewing machine after a break. I feel like I need a bit of a project cleanse before tackling something large. There’s just something about simple squares that helps calm my mind.

Palete Cleansing : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I pulled some Fall inspired colors, mostly from Leah Duncan, and paired them with an Essex linen. I can’t get enough of using a textured neutral lately.

Palete Cleansing : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This probably won’t be a large quilt. Maybe a large pillow? I’m going to enjoy piecing it together this week.

A Nautical Divided Basket

Nautical Divided Basket, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You may be sensing a theme here. Several weeks ago, before I started the Nautical Baby Quilt, I made this nautical divided basket. It has now been officially gifted along with the quilt (I’m an aunt again!), so I’m finally sharing.

Nautical Divided Basket, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This basket is a pattern by Anna over at Noodlehead. I always give myself a little pat on the back after I make something in 3D, and this is no exception!

Nautical Divided Basket, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The fabric is all from the Daysail line by Bonnie & Camille. How cute are those sailboats at the text print? I have to apologize, as I have no idea where I got my webbing for my handles! It has been sitting in my stash for years, and I was so excited to finally have the perfect project for it.

Nautical Divided Basket, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This basket fits a lot. I loved how Anna used it as a baby shower/welcoming gift and I did the same. I included diapers, diaper cream, nose spray, a bath toy, burp cloths and swaddling blankets. It’s a pretty handy size. I could see it being used on a changing table, or even stored in a family room for easy diaper changing access. I definitely plan on making more of these divided baskets in the future!

Good Neighbors ~ A Pincushion Party and Pattern!

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Welcome to my turn celebrating Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilt’s new fabric collection for Connecting Threads, Good Neighbors!

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I was lucky enough to get an early peek at Good Neighbors (which is now available!) and it is really just a perfect collection for piecing and quilting. And pincushion making! There are a rainbow assortment of monochromatic prints, just my style.

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I received a charm pack for stitching up my pincushion. I decided to step into a time machine and go way back on my blog to 2011. I created a paper pieced spool quilt block, inspired by this mini quilt from 4 years ago.

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I arranged my fabric “thread” in a rainbow gradient. For the background I used a linen. The back of the pincushion is an awesome red and white dot print from Good Neighbors. I filled my pin cushion with crushed walnut shells, purchased at my local pet store in the reptile section. Yep, you never know what you are going to use when sewing.

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party : Fresh Lemons Quilts

If you’d like to make your own mini spool pincushion, I put together this paper piecing template for you! Just click on the image to download it. Be sure to print it at 100% or “Actual Size”, and check the scale icon before piecing. The pattern is charm pack friendly and finishes up at 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.

Spool Paper Piecing Template : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Follow along the below schedule all month to see more pincushions and be inspired!

9/1/2015 Amanda Jean – Crazy Mom Quilts
9/2/2015 Anna – Noodlehead
9/3/2015 Mary – Mary on Lake Pulaski
9/4/2015 Svetlana – Sotak Handmade
9/5/2015 Debbie – Esch House Quilts
9/6/2015 Holly – Bijou Lovely
9/7/2015 Carla – Grace and Favour
9/8/2015 Faith – Fresh Lemons Quilts – Me!
9/9/2015 Vanessa – V and Co.
9/10/2015 Anna – Thimbleanna
9/11/2015 Krista – Poppy Print Creates
9/12/2015 Erin – Why Not Sew
9/13/2015 Lee – May Chappell
9/14/2015 Alex – Tea Ginny Designs
9/15/2015 Cheryl – Nap Time Quilter
9/16/2015 Penny – Sew Take a Hike
9/17/2015 Amy – During Quiet Time
9/18/2015 Debbie – A Quilter’s Table
9/19/2015 Anne – Spring Leaf Studios
9/20/2015 Melissa Corry – Happy Quilting
9/21/2015 Amber – One Shabby Chick
9/22/2015 Nettie – A Quilt is Nice
9/23/2015 Adrianne – Little Bluebell
9/24/2015 Cindy – Live a Colorful Life
9/25/2015 Amy – Diary of a Quilter
9/26/2015 Chase – Quarter Inch Mark
9/27/2015 Rene – Rene Creates
9/28/2015 Erin – House on Hill Road
9/29/2015 Nicole – Modern Handcraft
9/30/2015 Teri – Connecting Threads