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Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making in the mail. I finally had some time yesterday to sit down and look through the book…and I’m very excited by what I saw!

Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making is a collection of 10 “Workshops” (or chapters) that cover everything from Color to Curves to Improvisational Piecing to Quilting. Check out the chapter listing.

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

Each workshop begins with an expert spending between 4 and 12 pages talking about their subject.

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

These lessons are then followed by a pattern that is based on their topic. I love this quilt by Kari Vojtechovsky in her Principles of Color Design Workshop.

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

There are a lot of names I know and respect in this book – Jacquie Gering teaching The Alternate Grid…

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

Denyse Schmidt teaching Improvisational Patchwork…

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

Penny Layman teaching Paper Piecing…

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

Angela Walters teaching Modern Quilting…

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

The end of the book contains A Study of 50 Modern Quilts, starting off with one of my favorite examples of Modern Traditionalism by Victoria Findlay Woolfe, Double Edged Love.

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

Each page has a grouping of quilts, organized by design and color.

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

And the reason I received this book early, my This Way, That Way quilt was included!

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

Although I haven’t made any patterns from this book yet, I really enjoyed digging into it yesterday. I think Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making would be an awesome resource for quilt guild libraries, as well as home libraries. If you are interested in Modern Quilting techniques, I highly recommend checking it out.

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Great Big Giveaway Day ~ July Edition

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Welcome to the July edition of the Fresh Lemons Quilts Great Big Giveaway Day! This month I’m excited to share 5 great giveaways from my sponsors.

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 a $35 gift certificate so you can go shopping!

2. Fat Quarter Shop is offering a $25 gift certificate to their shop. There are so many great fabrics ~ including the new Cotton + Steel fabrics that will arrive sometime this month!

3. 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.

4. Connecting Threads is giving away fat quarter sampler of their beautiful Isle of Enchantment Fabrics.

Isle of Enchantment Fabrics at Connecting Threads

5. My Modern Quilt Shop is offering one lucky winner a $25 gift certificate to their shop. I just love the colors in this bundle!

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

++++ Closing comments to pick a winner! ++++

Congratulations to the below winners! I’ll be sending emails out shortly. :) Thank you all for visiting, commenting and supporting my sponsors!

315 – heidi anderson
Southern Fabric – $35 gift certificate

277 – Chris Cole
Fat Quarter Shop – $25 gift certificate

176 – Cathy Jo
Custom Labels 4U – choice of labels

21 – cynthia
Connecting Threads – fat quarter sampler of Isle of Enchantment

599 – Kimberley
My Modern Quilt Shop – $25 gift certificate

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Five Years and Counting

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It’s a funny thing, how quickly five years can fly by. Today is my blog’s 5th anniversary. I went back a couple days ago, to revisit that first post. (The image from the post lost in the shuffle during a blog transfer a few years ago.) I’m not sure how long I thought I’d be blogging back in 2009. But I’m happy to still be around and have all of you join me each week, reading and commenting and sharing tidbits and your projects with me. Thank you so much for spending a bit of your time here with me.

Much of the last two weeks has been devoted to designing and pattern writing. I can say there are some new, fun quilts and patterns coming down the pipeline. And while I can’t share those just yet, I thought I’d share some fabric and blocks and food.

Kona Cotton Solids : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m planning to use some Kona Cottons in an upcoming project. I totally copied everyone else who was cutting up their Kona Color Cards and placing them on book rings. So much easier to pull out colors and plan quilts!

Liberty of London from DuckaDilly : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also ordered an absolutely beautiful collection of Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabric, cut into a roll, from DuckaDilly.

And – total accident but they were sitting next to each other on my table – doesn’t the Kona look awesome with the Liberty?

Kona Cotton Solids and Liberty of London : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I love it when that happens!

Another project in the works is a pattern based on my Radiant Splendor block tutorial. Although this test block below looks the same, I did some unpicking after I took the photo as the pattern changes up the block a bit. I’m working on writing and testing and hopefully will get the new pattern finished sometime this Fall. For those that like bigger quilts, this one will be Queen sized (ok, well that’s big for me!)

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve also spent a bit of time in the kitchen lately. I’ve recently discovered America’s Test Kitchen and have fallen hard. (I know, I’m the last on the planet, right?) I have had success with pretty much everything I’ve made from both Cooking for Two and The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2014.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This Cinnamon Swirl Bread is in the latter, as well as online (and I saw them make it in an episode I recorded on PBS).

Cinnamon Swirl Bread : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It was *delicious*.

I hope those of you in the United States and Canada have a great holiday week. Yesterday was Canada Day and Friday is Independence Day here (and my husband’s birthday!) I plan on doing some relaxing and enjoying time with family. And hopefully fit at least some sewing (or more pattern writing in) too.

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Flutter Pillows

Flutter Pillows : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It seems I’m taking it a bit easy this summer (well, besides being chauffeur to my kids!), but I am happy to report I’ve finished a couple of pillows using the oh-so-cute Flutter fabric by Laura Gunn. Last time I shared this fabric, I mentioned I paired it with some of Laura’s Painter’s Canvas (which in case you are wondering, is quilting cotton, not actual canvas). She has a huge variety of colors but I selected a rainbow assortment.

Flutter Pillows : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I ended up adding piping to the butterfly pillow. I used a gray painters canvas I had on hand. I’m not exactly experienced with piping. I think the last time I made some was when I put together my Weekender. It turned out…ok. I know some people requested a tutorial and I’m sure there are much more experienced sources out there for that. :) I free motion quilted this pillow with some random loop-de-loops around the butterflies. I thought it gave a nice fluttering effect.

Flutter Pillows : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For my second pillow, I more or less fussy cut some little bugs out of the fabric. The different color bugs were all a bit different sizes, but I averaged them out to 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″. I then cut an assortment of the Painter’s Canvas the same size and made a little rectangular patchwork design. I decided to quilt this one using decorative stitch 301 on my Bernina 750QE, using my usual 50 weight Aurifil thread in white.

I love that this machine does even wider stitches than my “old” Bernina (not really old). If your machine has decorative stitches and you haven’t checked them out, I encourage you to do that! I’ve done this same technique on another pillow, using my Bernina 440QE and was thrilled with how that turned out as well.

Flutter Pillows : Fresh Lemons Quilts

One feature I tried out on my new machine this time was the “Start-Stop” button. See that green glowing button above? When I was ready to stitch, I pushed that button and it took off sewing without me using the foot pedal. I simply guided the fabric a bit. This was a nice feature considering how many lines I was stitching and let’s face it – repetitive decorative lines can feel a bit monotonous at times.

Flutter Pillows : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The backs of the pillows are more of the Flutter fabric. I’ve given these to my daughter for her bedroom and they are already happily being used for her dolls.

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