Scrappy Kaleidoscope ~ A Finished Quilt

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Sorry it’s been a bit quiet around here the last few days, but I promised myself I wouldn’t post again until I finished my Scrappy Kaleidoscope quilt. And it’s done! I love this quilt so much – it’s going to be a hard one to give away. But the recipient deserves much thanks for all her work and care over the last year, so I’m happy to have made something pretty for her.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The prints are scrappy and the background is FreeSpirit Solids Sand Dune (personal favorite). As I mentioned in a previous post, I made this quilt by paper piecing 12″ (finished) kaleidoscope blocks. I made a paper piecing template, and you can download it here. Be sure to print 4 copies at 100% or Actual Size to make your own 12″ block.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

There are 30 blocks in this quilt, and it measures 60″ x 72″. I quilted it in a meandering free motion design. The lighter colors just didn’t photograph well with the quilting texture last night, but it is oh-so-pretty in person and I wouldn’t change one piece of fabric.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Above is a nice shot from while I was getting ready to baste.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The backing and binding are Wordfind in Pink by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel, part of her Playful collection. I love it so much! I’ve also pieced in a specially embroidered label on the back, with To, From, and Date details. Sorry, no pics as I don’t want to spoil the surprise too much.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Next up, basting and quilting the Cubs Quilt! I’m thinking straight lines for that one. My back is sore just thinking about it!

Two Steps Forward…

Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve spent the week in a bit of a holding pattern. I have both gift quilt tops finished and have been waiting for my kids to embroider some labels for them. Only to realize I had no batting. I spent early this week on quilt backs and catching up on some other sewing commitments. Yesterday, I decided to work a bit on a quilt that I planned out just before Sewtopia.

I cut many, many tiny squares. I just love this palette, mainly inspired by Carolyn Friedlander’s fabric lines. The more I work with Carolyn’s fabrics, the more I am convinced she is a quiet design genius. The small scale and color of her prints…they just inspire me lately. There’s some Cotton + Steel basics and a few others from my stash mixed in there as well, coordinating nicely.

Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So I have this block planned out (which I’ll share later), and I thought I knew how I was going to assemble it. Well, you know the old saying “two steps forward, one step back” right?

While I was mindlessly stitching away, I glanced at my sample and realized there was a better (and easier!) way to accomplish it. Sometimes I just break things down to such a small level that I fail to stand back and look at the bigger picture. I stopped everything, made a new test block, and realized that yes, this was the new and better way to go. It’s a bit discouraging to know that I wasted all my time so far. I called it a day and let myself mope, but today I’m going to go back into the sewing room and start fresh.

Oh – and I now have one kiddie quilt label finished and batting ready, so I will also be basting and maybe wrapping up a quilt today. Wish me luck!

Great Big Giveaway Day ~ May 2015

Great Big Giveaway Day ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

Welcome to the May edition of the Great Big Giveaway Day! We had a great weekend here, enjoying lots of time outside in the glorious Chicago weather. Now I’m ready to spend a few rainy days in the sewing room. :)

I’m kicking off the month with five awesome giveaways from my amazing sponsors. I will pick one winner per shop on Friday morning.

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



1. Shabby Fabrics is giving away one of the new Watercolors Bali Pops from Hoffman Fabrics in the “Sea Glass” colorway. This is a package of 40 beautiful fabrics that measure 2.5” x 43” just like a Jelly Roll and is valued at $39.00.

Watercolors Bali Pops from Hoffman Fabrics at Shabby Fabrics

2. Southern Fabric is offering one lucky winner a Fox and the Houndstooth fat quarter bundle!

Fox and Houndstooth at Southern Fabric

3.Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a Jolly Bar precut of the winners choice!

4. Connecting Threads is giving away a bundle of their upcoming collection, Line Dried. This collection won’t be available until Tuesday, so this is a “win it before you can buy it” prize!

5. Fanciful Fabrics is offering one lucky winner a $25 gift certificate to go shopping! Fanciful Fabrics also offers free shipping every day for orders over $40 delivered to U.S. addresses with the code SHIPFREE.

Fanciful Fabrics

To enter to win, simply leave one comment on this post. I’ll select the winners on Friday, May 8th. Good luck everyone!

++ Closing Comments to Pick the Winners! ++

I’m back with the winners! Congratulations to those below. I will be in touch to connect you to your shop. Thank you so much to everyone for entering and supporting my sponsors!

Shabby Fabrics – Watercolors Bali Pops from Hoffman Fabrics
563 – Diann Bottrell

Southern Fabric – Fox and the Houndstooth fat quarter bundle
451 – Mrs. Plum

Fat Quarter Shop – Jolly Bar precut of the winners choice
640 – Susanvv

Connecting Threads – Line Dried fabric bundle
497 – Eva Patterson

Fanciful Fabrics – $25 gift certificate
627 – Vicki in MN

Cubs Quilt ~ Blocks

Cubs Quilt Blocks - Shoo Fly

If you aren’t a sports fan, you may want to avert your eyes for today’s post. I’m continuing my streak of gift-quilts with a fourth quilt (deadline at the end of the May). This one is for a man. Yes, the dreaded “man quilt”. I sort of break out into a cold sweat even thinking about making something that a man will like. I’ve discovered much of my fabric has flowers on it. Who knew?

Cubs Quilt Fabric

But I do know enough to know the recipient is a big Chicago Cubs fan. I decided to take that theme and run with it. I found a couple different Cubs fabric scraps on eBay and built my color palette to coordinate. At first I considered making this quilt out of rectangles – pretty much the same thing I did with the Spiderman Quilt. Then it hit me – Shoo Fly Blocks!

Cubs Quilt Blocks - Shoo Fly

I thought they sort of looked like a baseball diamond. Yes? Maybe? These blocks are easy to make. Simple nine patches with HST corners. All measuring 4-1/2″ unfinished, making the block 12-1/2″ unfinished. Hopefully I will find the time to get the quilt top assembled over the weekend!