Not Your Mama’s Bee ~ June

Last April when I was at Sewtopia, a few of us started talking about how fun it would be to start a quilting bee for our kids. We have finally hit those awesome childhood years. The ones where the kids are more self sufficient, but still think we are the coolest and want to hang out with us. :) My 8 year old daughter can even use the sewing machine unassisted! (Being the overprotective mom that I am, I still handle the rotary cutting and iron.)

This month was the first month of our bee, cleverly named by Jen, Not Your Mama’s Bee. Each month, one child in the bee gets to pick a general design or theme, and the other kids make and send a block using their parents stash and limited assistance. Lee’s youngest daughter was lucky enough to be assigned month one, and everyone is making her rainbow log cabin blocks that feature kitty fabric.

I pulled out my scrap buckets, and some larger cuts of my only fabric that would qualify as having cats, from Alexa Abegg’s Hatbox collection for Cotton + Steel. (I think technically they are tigers.) The kids got to work designing. We tried to focus on one ring at a time. (This was very hard for a certain excited 6 year old boy).

My daughter was able to stitch on her own, while my son sat in my lap and was in charge of guiding the fabric while I worked the foot pedal.

They loved sewing and the final results so much, they both wanted to keep them. :) Don’t worry, they didn’t!

This was such a fun afternoon. Sometimes I am so busy trying to get “business” related sewing done, that I forget what it’s like to sit and enjoy the moment. I am really excited that we will have a chance to spend time creating together each month over the next year.

Four Square ~ Quilt Top and Blocks

Four Square Quilt Blocks at Fresh Lemons Quilts

Thank you all for the kind comments and emails from my last Four Square post. I really enjoyed finishing the blocks and assembling the quilt top, in the final quiet moments before school was let out for the summer.

For those that have asked, I did write a pattern for this quilt. The PDF version will be available as soon as the quilt is finished and photographed. Although I love the cleanness of this quilt and fabric choices, I also think it would look great with a scrappy background. I believe the block-based construction will allow for this quite easily.

Four Square Quilt Blocks at Fresh Lemons Quilts

The biggest challenge for this quilt has been ensuring I stitch consistent 1/4″ seams. I like to sew fast. :) I forced myself to take it slow and easy.

Four Square Quilt Blocks at Fresh Lemons Quilts

The kids are officially out of school but I do hope to work some time in at the sewing machine each day. Keep an eye out for the finished Four Square quilt soon!

Picnic by Melody Miller

Picnic by Melody Miller

I have the best friends. A few weeks ago during Quilt Market, Lee from Freshly Pieced picked up a fat quarter bundle for me that I’ve been drooling over since the sneak peeks were shown on Instagram. This is Picnic by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel.

Picnic by Melody Miller

As soon as I saw the red apples, I was sold on this line. I’m already planning teacher gifts for next year! Maybe some Noodlehead Divided Baskets or tote bags.

Picnic by Melody Miller

I also just love these picnic baskets. Two additional colors will be available in a cotton linen canvas.

Picnic by Melody Miller

For those that love collecting and sewing with selvedges, these have little ants and say “I sewed something pretty for you!” Adorable!

Picnic by Melody Miller

Picnic will be out this summer (I think around July). Perfect timing for summer sewing!

Great Big Giveaway Day ~ June 2015

Fresh Lemons Quilts

Welcome to the June edition of the Great Big Giveaway Day! Two days of school left here – eek! I’m busy stitching and running around, preparing for 11 weeks of kid filled days.

For this month, my sponsors have 5 wonderful giveaways for you to win! 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. Southern Fabric is offering one lucky winner a 10 fat quarter bundle of Winterberry.

2. Fat Quarter Shop is giving away the book Winter Wonderland by Sherri Falls!

3. Gotham Quilts is offering one winner a $25 gift certificate to pick out anything you’d like from their shop! I am in love with the new Charley Harper fabric!

4. Connecting Threads is giving away a Sunwashed Stashbuilder that contains 22 fat quarters of various Connecting Threads fabrics.

5. Dragonfly Fabrics is offering one lucky winner a $25 gift certificate to go shopping!

And for everyone reading, enjoy 25% all purchases through Wednesday, June 3rd with coupon code FreshLemons!

To enter to win, simply leave one comment on this post. I’ll select the winners on Friday, June 5th. Good luck everyone!

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

Congratulations to the following winners! I will be in touch to connect you with your prizes. Thank you so much for commenting and supporting my sponsors!

Southern Fabric – 10 fat quarter bundle of Winterberry
#335 – katybee

Fat Quarter Shop – Winter Wonderland book by Sherri Falls
#491 – Gail

Gotham Quilts – $25 gift certificate
#249 – Karen

Connecting Threads – Sunwashed Stashbuilder
#174 – Chris C

Dragonfly Fabrics – $25 gift certificate
#15 – Sharon Peddie