Piecing Kaleidoscopes

Kaleidoscope Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

With the kids back in school after a week of illness and a week of Spring Break, I’m finally spending some quality time back in my sewing room. I have two more gift quilts I need to get done before the end of May. Maybe you can all guess who will be the recipients? The first one I’m working on features a scrappy assortment of bright fabrics.

Kaleidoscope Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I started out with all the above colors, minus the green and white. But as I was making my initial blocks, I kept deciding the quilt needed more and more color. I just can’t help myself! I’m piecing 12″ kaleidoscope blocks. When I think of a classic, well loved quilt pattern, kaleidoscope is pretty high up on my list. You just can’t go wrong. I paper piece mine – I whipped up this template before starting. If anyone is interested you can download it here. Just be sure to print it out at 100% or Actual Size.

Kaleidoscope Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Although the white doesn’t seem to photograph that well in the quilt, it does look nice in real life. I’m using FreeSpirit Solids Sand Dune as my background. This is one of my favorite neutrals.

I need to make 30 blocks for a 60″ x 72″ quilt. Almost halfway there. They do go together rather quickly. I’ll post again when I am closer to the finish!

Great Big Giveaway Day ~ April 2015

Great Big Giveaway Day ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

Happy April everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. We spent the morning at church and then did a little egg hunt for the kids. The rest of the day we worked in the yard with family, cleaning everything up for Spring. It was SO nice out, I just love days spent outside!

To kick off this month, I have six great giveaways from my wonderful sponsors. I will pick one winner per shop on Thursday.

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



1. Southern Fabric is offering one lucky winner a $30 gift certificate! Lots of fun new fabric in the shop too!

Southern Fabric New Arrivals

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.

Be sure to visit CustomLabels4U on Instagram for many photo examples of their beautiful labels!

3. Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a Sky Elizabeth Fat Quarter Bundle. I know quite a few quilters that have been waiting to get their hands on this new collection by Tula Pink!

4. Shabby Fabrics is giving away a 12 fat quarter set of Daysail by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics in the Aqua colorway! I pretty much love anything from Bonnie & Camille!

Shabby Fabrics

5. Connecting Threads is offering one lucky winner 2 yards of any fabric that of their choice from their shop! So many great prints, it will be hard to choose!

Connecting Threads

6. Lark Cottons is giving away a $25 gift certificate to shop! Tons of new fabric and great deals in the shop right now.

Save 10% on Denyse Schmidt’s newest collection Franklin, and 25% off all earlier releases. No coupon code necessary. Discount is applied automatically to the shopping cart.

Lark Cottons

To enter to win, simply leave one comment on this post. I’ll select the winners on Thursday, April 9th. Good luck everyone!

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April Winners at Fresh Lemons Quilts

Congratulations to the below winners! I will be in contact shortly to connect you with your prize. Thank you so much to everyone for commenting and supporting my sponsors.

Southern Fabric $30 Gift Certificate
336 – June

Custom Labels 4U – Custom Labels
350 – Bess

Fat Quarter Shop – Sky Elizabeth Fat Quarter Bundle
183 – jerri

Shabby Fabrics – 12 Fat Quarter Set of Daysail
343 – Barb H.

Connecting Threads – 2 Yards of Fabric of Your Choice
403 – Sherry B

Lark Cottons – $25 Gift Certificate
541 – Sandra

A Visit, a Quilt and a Week Off

International Quilt Festival

This week is Spring Break here in the Chicago suburbs. The kids and I have just been hanging out at home, playing outside during the few glorious days of sunshine. I’ve only spent a few stolen moments here and there at the sewing machine, starting work on teacher quilts. (I need to make TWO this year!)

International Quilt Festival

Last weekend my parents came to visit and we went to Quilt Festival in Chicago. I have been really out of the loop I guess, because I had no idea it moved from the Summer to Spring! Luckily my mom was on top of it and planned her visit accordingly. The quilts you see in the top photo of this post are of the Ruby Jubilee exhibit. If you are a regular reader here, you’ve heard me say I love, love, love red and white quilts. So this exhibit was a treat for me. Inspired by the Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts exhibit in New York City, these quilts are a collection of old and new, modern and traditional. All stunning.

Cog + Wheel adaptation by Lorellen Moore

My mom also brought her latest quilt finish to visit. (Hi Mom!) We took it over to my favorite local barn for photos. Isn’t it cool? This quilt was created using Denyse Schmidt’s Cog + Wheel pattern, obviously with some big modifications. She changed where the pattern has negative space and prints, created her own paper piecing template (sorry, I can’t share that as Cog + Wheel is for sale), made some half blocks, rearranged the layout, added a border…

Cog + Wheel adaptation by Lorellen Moore

The prints are mostly from Lotta Jansdotter’s new collection, Follie. You can prints from this collection at following shops:

Gotham Quilts
Harts Fabric
Sew Modern
Fat Quarter Shop
Fabric Spark

She also mixed in some large scale Japanese prints (those letters in the background).

Cog + Wheel adaptation by Lorellen Moore

My mom quilted this on her new BERNINA 750QE (yep, we are now machine twins!) using a wavy stitch. You can read more about creating that stitch here.

I love the quilt mom!

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

Last month while I was away at QuiltCon, a special package arrived on my front porch: The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman. Publisher Interweave was kind enough to send me a copy to review, but being a huge fan of Penny and her designs and blog, I was planning on buying this book anyway. Penny is a major paper piecing expert. She designs patterns that you look at and think “how is that even possible???” And they are beyond cute. I wasn’t surprised when I opened her new book and loved everything I saw.

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

The Paper Pieced Home is 136 pages and comes with a CD of paper piecing templates. It begins by listing necessary tools/supplies and then gets into the basic steps of paper piecing these designs. This is super important (to me anyway) because these patterns have several different sections that are paper pieced and then stitched together to make your finished blocks. Penny also spends time covering fabric selection (she has SUCH a good eye for this) and more advanced techniques such as fussy cutting, sewing y-seams, and adding embellishments to your projects.

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

The 40 blocks and 10 projects in The Paper Pieced Home are divided into six chapters: Kitschy Kitchen, Wear It!, Retro Home, Create & Organize, Playtime, and Get Outdoors! There are so many cute blocks in this book! A few of my favorites…

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

How great is this fruit bowl on a grocery tote? Although if my groceries leaked onto this bag I would probably cry!

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

Clawfoot tub bath mat! I want this tub in real life.

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

I actually made this retro couch block last week. I was so loopy with the flu that my fabric choices were absolutely horrific. I took the entire thing apart and fixed it. Which proves how delirious I actually was! I’m much happier with it now though.

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

It’s only a matter of time before I make this sewing machine for my sewing room. Penny’s class at QuiltCon made this block. Amazing!

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

You can buy The Paper Pieced Home on Amazon, directly from Interweave, or (hopefully) at your local quilt shop or bookstore!

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

If you enjoy paper piecing (or learning new techniques) and making super cute blocks, this book is for you.