Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today I’m pleased to share with you a newly released book by Melissa Corry, Irish Chain Quilts. It never really occurred to me just how many awesome ways there were to make an Irish chain quilt. When Melissa sent me her new book to check out, I was really inspired by the variety of designs inside. Irish Chain Quilts contains 15 quilt patterns – from traditional…

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Photography of quilts courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

to modern…

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons QuiltsPhotography of quilts courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

to improvisational…

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons QuiltsPhotography of quilts courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

to appliqué.

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons QuiltsPhotography of quilts courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

In celebration of Melissa’s new book, several of us made a block from a pattern to be combined into one future charity quilt. My block happened to be from the cover quilt, End of the Rainbow.

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons QuiltsPhotography of quilts courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

These blocks are improvisational and great for scraps. I had a lot of fun just letting go, piecing without over thinking it. My background is low volume (as requested) and my focal fabrics are all shades of green. Melissa’s directions were very easy to follow, so even if you haven’t improvisationally pieced before, don’t be worried. :)

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can pick up your own copy of Irish Chain Quilts in a few places:
·  Personalized and Autographed Copies from Melissa
·  Your Local Quilt Shop
·  Martingale (get a free E-copy with your order)
·  Amazon

If you want to check out more blocks from bloggers, as well as peeks from inside the book, be sure to follow along on the blog hop below.

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry

June 8th – Happy Quilting – Blog Hop Intro
June 9th – Moda Lissa – Lissa Alexander & Fat Quarter Shop – Jocelyn Ueng
June 10th – Piece N Quilt – Natalia Bonner & In Color Order – Jeni Baker
June 11th – Amy’s Creative Side – Amy Ellis & Sew Kind of Wonderful – Jenny Pedigo
June 12th – Quilt Story – Megan Jimenez & Diary of a Quilter – Amy Smart
June 15th – Freshly Pieced – Lee Heinrich & Christa Quilts – Christa Watson
June 16th – Moda Cutting Table – Carrie Nelson & Little Miss Shabby – Corey Yoder
June 17th – Fresh Lemons – Me! :) & V and Co. – Vanessa Christenson
June 18th – A Quilting Life – Sherri McConnell & Stitch This! – Jenny Wilding Cardon
June 19th – Happy Quilting – Wrap Up & Grand Prizes

Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop Prizes

Also don’t forget to stop over at Melissa’s blog for more Irish Chain Quilt inspiration and the chance to win some celebratory prizes!

Not Your Mama’s Bee ~ June

Last April when I was at Sewtopia, a few of us started talking about how fun it would be to start a quilting bee for our kids. We have finally hit those awesome childhood years. The ones where the kids are more self sufficient, but still think we are the coolest and want to hang out with us. :) My 8 year old daughter can even use the sewing machine unassisted! (Being the overprotective mom that I am, I still handle the rotary cutting and iron.)

This month was the first month of our bee, cleverly named by Jen, Not Your Mama’s Bee. Each month, one child in the bee gets to pick a general design or theme, and the other kids make and send a block using their parents stash and limited assistance. Lee’s youngest daughter was lucky enough to be assigned month one, and everyone is making her rainbow log cabin blocks that feature kitty fabric.

I pulled out my scrap buckets, and some larger cuts of my only fabric that would qualify as having cats, from Alexa Abegg’s Hatbox collection for Cotton + Steel. (I think technically they are tigers.) The kids got to work designing. We tried to focus on one ring at a time. (This was very hard for a certain excited 6 year old boy).

My daughter was able to stitch on her own, while my son sat in my lap and was in charge of guiding the fabric while I worked the foot pedal.

They loved sewing and the final results so much, they both wanted to keep them. :) Don’t worry, they didn’t!

This was such a fun afternoon. Sometimes I am so busy trying to get “business” related sewing done, that I forget what it’s like to sit and enjoy the moment. I am really excited that we will have a chance to spend time creating together each month over the next year.

Four Square ~ Quilt Top and Blocks

Four Square Quilt Blocks at Fresh Lemons Quilts

Thank you all for the kind comments and emails from my last Four Square post. I really enjoyed finishing the blocks and assembling the quilt top, in the final quiet moments before school was let out for the summer.

For those that have asked, I did write a pattern for this quilt. The PDF version will be available as soon as the quilt is finished and photographed. Although I love the cleanness of this quilt and fabric choices, I also think it would look great with a scrappy background. I believe the block-based construction will allow for this quite easily.

Four Square Quilt Blocks at Fresh Lemons Quilts

The biggest challenge for this quilt has been ensuring I stitch consistent 1/4″ seams. I like to sew fast. :) I forced myself to take it slow and easy.

Four Square Quilt Blocks at Fresh Lemons Quilts

The kids are officially out of school but I do hope to work some time in at the sewing machine each day. Keep an eye out for the finished Four Square quilt soon!

Picnic by Melody Miller

Picnic by Melody Miller

I have the best friends. A few weeks ago during Quilt Market, Lee from Freshly Pieced picked up a fat quarter bundle for me that I’ve been drooling over since the sneak peeks were shown on Instagram. This is Picnic by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel.

Picnic by Melody Miller

As soon as I saw the red apples, I was sold on this line. I’m already planning teacher gifts for next year! Maybe some Noodlehead Divided Baskets or tote bags.

Picnic by Melody Miller

I also just love these picnic baskets. Two additional colors will be available in a cotton linen canvas.

Picnic by Melody Miller

For those that love collecting and sewing with selvedges, these have little ants and say “I sewed something pretty for you!” Adorable!

Picnic by Melody Miller

Picnic will be out this summer (I think around July). Perfect timing for summer sewing!