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Great Big Giveaway Day ~ April Edition

Welcome to the April edition of the Fresh Lemons Quilts Great Big Giveaway Day! I’ve just returned from a pretty darn great week in Florida and am feeling refreshed. I’m very happy to share all sorts of great prizes from my sponsors this month – and there are a LOT this month.

Reminder! Please check your email (including SPAM folders) or back to this post after I choose the winners on Thursday. Also, be sure to check again once you’ve received the email from me, to make sure you don’t miss out any communication from the shop where you’ve won.

1. Fort Worth Fabric Studio is giving away a half yard bundle of Riley Blake’s Hipster Pop! (8 pieces)

2. 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.

3. Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a $25 gift certificate so you can go shopping!

4. Fabric Spark is offering a Fresh Lemons Fat Quarter bundle! :)

5. Connecting Threads is offering a fat quarter sampler of their new collection, Hampton Hues. The sampler contains 5-1/2 total yards of fabric.

6. LoveQuilting.com is giving away a Fat Quarter Panel Set of Weekend Retreat. This includes the Weekend Retreat panel and 5 coordinating fat quarters from the Weekend Retreat collection by Benartex (Beach Balls Blue, Kites Yellow, Swirl Red, Swirl Blue, Swirl Yellow).

7. Southern Fabric is offering a $35 gift certificate for you to spend in the shop!

8. Cuts of Cotton is offering a fat quarter bundle of the Pearl Bracelet Metallics.

9. Pink Chalk Fabrics is giving away a $20 gift certificate to one lucky winner!

To enter to win, simply leave one comment at the end of this post. I’ll pick one will per shop on Thursday evening, April 10th. Good luck everyone!

+++ Closing comments to pick the winners! +++

Congratulations to the following winners! Thank you so much for all your comments – wow, almost 900! I think that is a new record. :)

589 – Kacey W
Fort Worth Fabric Studio – a half yard bundle of Riley Blake’s Hipster Pop (8 pieces)

465 – Ruthie W.
Custom Labels 4U is offering a winner their choice of one of the following: Free 36 labels of 1/2″ size woven name tapes (http://www.customlabels4u.com/nametapeslabels.shtml) – OR – Free 30 labels of 1″ size woven name tapes (http://www.customlabels4u.com/widenametapeslabels.shtml).

159 – Lee Ann L.
Fat Quarter Shop – a $25 gift certificate

615 – Dani
Fabric Spark – a Fresh Lemons Fat Quarter bundle

675 – Monica
Connecting Threads – a fat quarter sampler of their new collection, Hampton Hues. (5-1/2 total yards of fabric.)

74 – Dawn Hendrix
LoveQuilting.com – a Fat Quarter Panel Set of Weekend Retreat. This includes the Weekend Retreat panel and 5 coordinating fat quarters from the Weekend Retreat collection by Benartex (Beach Balls Blue, Kites Yellow, Swirl Red, Swirl Blue, Swirl Yellow).

697 – Patricia H
Southern Fabric – a $35 gift certificate

729 – Debra
Cuts of Cotton – a fat quarter bundle of the Pearl Bracelet Metallics.

726 – Jen
Pink Chalk Fabrics – a $20 gift certificate

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Fabric Bundles and Paper Piecing

It’s been a flurry in my house this week as we prepare for a bit of downtime next week for Spring Break. Between some quilt designing, laundry folding and errand running, not a ton of sewing got done. That’s ok, I did do a lot of prep work for my next project.

Isn’t that fabric up there pretty? That is a really fun Fat Quarter bundle I put together for Fabric Spark. (And yes, you can buy your own!) I’m so happy with how it turned out! I’m sort of picturing tiny wonky stars made out of those colors, but not totally sure yet.

I did cut all my fabric for my Shimmer blog hop project this week. And my paper piecing templates.

Next time I sit at the sewing machine, I should just fly through these blocks (hopefully!) These are pretty similar to the Arkansas Traveler blocks.

Things will be a bit quiet here over the next week while I take a little break with my family. I hope to be nice and relaxed when I return! :)

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Welcome LoveQuilting.com!

Today I’m very happy to share with you a new sponsor here on the blog – and a new shop to me – LoveQuilting.com! LoveQuilting.com is an online fabric shop started by owner Nancy Ottaviano. I am always completely interested in how those in the fabric and quilting industry got their start, so I asked Nancy to tell me a little bit about her history.

Nancy ~ “I started my career in the 1980’s in the construction industry, as one of very few women at the time. I proudly worked my way up to the role as Chief Estimator for a commercial metal stud framing and drywall contractor. Along the way, in the early 2000’s, I found my inner passion for quilting.

While I love the modern quilt movement, and I am inspired by contemporary art quilting, and I respect the traditional quilt style, I don’t classify myself one way or another. I consider my quilt style to be eclectic. What is eclectic, you ask? The adjective, eclectic, describes people who choose from different sources. In my case, I have found inspiration from all 3 of the above mentioned quilt styles.

I created this online quilt shop as a portal to share my passion for not just the luscious fabrics available today, but also for the process of creating wonderful quilt projects. Lovequilting.com carries only top quality quilt fabric to offer you an enjoyable shopping experience. If you have a special request, feel free to email me.”

I had a great time clicking around Nancy’s shop. She carries Fabric, Kits, Patterns and Accessories.

You cannot go wrong with blenders, perfect for building your stash…

Great bold designs…

Handy tools…

You can keep in touch with LoveQuilting.com through the following links:

Facebook
Twitter
Blog
Instagram and Connected Threadz as Lovequilting.com

Big welcome LoveQuilting.com!

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Milwaukee Saturday

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Another busy, busy weekend here – but I have a lot of photos to share! Saturday I woke up bright and early and headed north to Milwaukee. Lee and I had our third (and final) Pottery Barn Trunk Show scheduled, but before that began we visited the Milwaukee Art Museum. Lee and I were lucky enough to be invited to see their Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art special exhibit, featuring a few quilts from from Gee’s Bend, Alabama.

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Because I always leave for events ridiculously early, I was actually the first person inside the museum for the day! How cool is that? The space was so beautiful and full of light, right on Lake Michigan.

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Uncommon Folk exhibit had whimsical sculptures, paintings, quilts, photographs…all sorts of fun and funky things really.

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Of course, the five or six quilts especially caught our eye.

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Above, from left to right: “Lazy Gal” Quilt (1993) by Revil Mosley; Four Block Housetop Quilt (2000) by Rita Mae (“Rabbit”) Pettway; Work Clothes Quilt (1935) by Rachel Carey George.

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Four Block Housetop Quilt (2000) by Rita Mae (“Rabbit”) Pettway

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Crazy Quilt (1883) by Margaret A. Beattie

I captured Lee taking a detail shot of this beautiful quilt.

Milwaukee Art Museum : Fresh Lemons Quilts
“Star of Bethlehem” Quilt (1875), American

It was a really fun morning! After we finished up at the museum, we headed over to the mall to grab lunch and set up inside Pottery Barn.

Vintage Quilt Revival Pottery Barn Trunk Show : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This time we got to set up right up front. What an experience!

Vintage Quilt Revival Pottery Barn Trunk Show : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Vintage Quilt Revival Pottery Barn Trunk Show : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Vintage Quilt Revival Pottery Barn Trunk Show : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Lots of people stopped by and it was so fun to meet everyone. Many told us that seeing quilts in person is such a different experience than seeing them in a book – and I cannot agree more!

I also finished my big deadline quilt yesterday (woo hoo!) so now I’m hard at work cutting into my Shimmer fabric in preparation for a blog hop after Spring Break. I’ll be posting some updates as I go along ~ paper piecing, yay!

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