Community Giving ~ Quilts of Compassion

Community Giving : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Last Thursday we had some big storms develop here in Illinois. (And across many other areas of the country). After the kids went to bed, my husband and I turned on the television and saw video of a giant tornado moving across northern Illinois, about an hour west of where we live. I grew up in the Midwest so I suppose tornados aren’t a super rare occurrence (especially this time of year), but I am always pretty scared when I hear the “T” word. With this particular storm, nearby cities of Rochelle and Fairdale were hit hard. I immediately thought of the ladies and gentleman I met last year when I visited the Sinnissippi Quilters Guild in Rockford.

Quilts of Compassion is collecting finished quilts to send storm victims. You can find all information on their Facebook page and website. Their biggest need is quilts for women and men. If you have some quilts you would like to donate, please click on over and check them out. You can also find the links to this organization, as well as others, on my Community Giving page.

Scrap Plus ~ A Quilt Along at We All Sew

Scrap Plus Quilt Along : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Happy Friday everyone! Do you remember this quilt that I was working on for BERNINA’s We All Sew blog? I just received word that Week 1 of the Quilt Along went live today!

You can find the directions to make these Scrap Plus blocks over at We All Sew.

Scrap Plus Quilt Along : Fresh Lemons Quilts

These blocks are beginner friendly and would also be perfect for quilting bees. They finish up at 12″ x 12″. Next week there will be a post with instructions for the quilt top layout, resulting in a 56″ x 64″ quilt. I hope you enjoy the pattern and will consider making your own Scrap Plus quilt!

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!

++ Closing comments – will pick winners shortly! ++

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