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Headed to Market

Flutter by Laura Gunn

This afternoon I head to Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. If you are attending, I hope you will stop by the F+W booth Friday at 11:45. I’ll be there signing copies of Vintage Quilt Revival! For those of you not able to go, I thought I’d post some pretty fabric here for you today. :)

Flutter by Laura Gunn

I received this fabric last week from designer Laura Gunn – her latest line Flutter for Michael Miller Fabrics. Last Winter I bought some of Laura’s bird prints from her Etsy Shop. I used them to decorate my guest room, so she knew I was going to be excited when I saw her new line. I can’t wait to use these to make some coordinating pillows!

Flutter by Laura Gunn

I am planning on pairing them with some of Laura’s Painter’s Canvas that I have on hand. Most likely I’ll keep in simple with either log cabins or just squares.

I also wanted to share that I officially have two more patterns available in print.

Patterns by Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can find those in my pattern shop, along with PDF downloads. Any printed patterns purchased this week will ship once I’m back from market on Monday. If you are a shop and would like wholesale information, just email me!

Creativebug : Basic Line Drawing class

Finally, I started Lisa Congdon’s Creativebug class this week. I decided it would be fun to do some drawing with my 7 year old daughter. That’s hers up top with all the colors. She is loving it! I’m not sure she has ever spent so much time on one picture. And I am not someone comfortable with drawing, but Lisa really breaks it down into simple idea and shapes. I highly recommend it!

See you all next week!

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Color Block Quilt

I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve shared a finished quilt in this space. After many, many, many hours of quilting straight lines, this one is finally complete. This Color Block Quilt is based off my Rainchino Rails quilt.

I wrote this pattern back in 2011 for Fat Quarterly. For my Color Block version, I eliminated the white sashing and just increased the width of the strips by 1″. You can still buy the issue with the pattern on the Fat Quarterly website.

I debated between mixing up my fabrics or dividing them into sections, and I’m happy I ended up doing the latter. I just love color blocking! I mentioned in my last post about this quilt, I quilted straight lines using the edge of my foot as a guide. I used the dual feed on my Bernina 750QE for the entire thing – about 170 lines!

You may recall in my post on straight line quilting that I was getting “off” results from the walking foot – but I encourage you to check back at that post. It’s all working fabulously now, just tweaked my settings a bit.

The backing is a beautiful Fig Tree & Co print from their California Girl line. The binding is from Zen Chic’s Comma line. This quilt measures 60″ x 68″. It’s actually a gift, going to a very special home in the next few weeks. I can’t wait to send it off!

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Creativebug: Log Cabin Quilting with Susan Beal

Creativebug: Log Cabin Quilting with Susan Beal

One of the best things about the Internet is being able to learn at any time, and at any pace. I know a lot of you are like me, with young kids (or school, work, other commitments), and it can be hard to find time to even make an appointment to go to the doctor, let alone sign up for a class to learn a new hobby. Creativebug is a subscription based website that allows you to take classes where experts in all sorts of crafts teach you a new skill.

Creativebug: Log Cabin Quilting with Susan Beal

I’m really happy to be able to share with you a new class launching today by my friend and fellow quilter Susan Beal – Log Cabin Quilting. You may know Susan through her blog West Coast Crafty, or her books which include Modern Log Cabin Quilting and Sewing for All Seasons. (I have both!)

Creativebug: Log Cabin Quilting with Susan Beal

I first met Susan during an online fabric swap over a year ago, but went on to have the chance to spend time with her in person at Quilt Con and Fall Quilt Market last year. She is such a talented, genuine person and I really think her personality shows in the introduction video for her class on Creativebug.

Creativebug: Log Cabin Quilting with Susan Beal

The log cabin is a very versatile block. You can change the whole look of a quilt depending on fabric placement, cut angles and block size. More than once I’ve seen an awesome log cabin quilt without realizing they actually were log cabins!

Creativebug: Log Cabin Quilting with Susan Beal

As I mentioned before, Creativebug is subscription based. You sign up for a monthly fee and then have access to all the classes on their website. And there are a lot! You will see tons of names you know in the instructor list, like Anna Maria Horner, Heather Baily, Gretchen Hirsch, Amy Bulter, Joel Dewberry, and Kaffe Fassett.

I’m going to check out Susan’s class as well as Lisa Congdon’s Basic Line Drawing class. Oh! And there is an iPad app so you can learn on the go. I hope you will go check it out!

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Great Big Giveaway Day ~ May Edition

Great Big Giveaway Day May 2014 ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

Welcome to the May edition of the Fresh Lemons Quilts Great Big Giveaway Day! I’m very excited about this month’s giveaways, all nine (!!) of them!

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. Fabric Spark is giving away 6 fat quarters from Tula Pink’s Fox Field collection.

2. Fort Worth Fabric Studio is giving away an 8 piece Fat Quarter Bundle called Tiny Town, a FWFS exclusive!

3. Connecting Threads is giving away a set of their beautiful variegated threads.

4. 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.

5. Southern Fabric is offering a $30 gift certificate so you can go shopping!

6. Love Quilting if offering a $20 gift certificate – lots of great choices in the shop!

7. Stash Fabrics is giving away a fat quarter bundle of Waterfront Park Domino Dots. And they have a new website so go check it out! You can find these in the clearance section of the new shop along with a bunch of other great prints from your favorite designers!

8. Fat Quarter Shop is offering a $25 gift certificate for you to spend in their shop!

9. Quilt Dots is giving away 3 Quilt Dots Collections of Your Choice with a Jewelry Base (necklace, bracelet or key chain/zipper pull). Collections may be pins, magnets or bookmarks. A $75 value.

To enter to win, simply leave one comment at the end of this post. I’ll pick one will per shop on Thursday evening, May 8th. Good luck everyone!

+++ Closing Comments to Pick the Winners! +++

I’m back with the winners!

761: Nancy Freeman
Fabric Spark – 6 fat quarters from Tula Pink’s Fox Field collection

388: Jan
Fort Worth Fabric Studio – 8 piece Fat Quarter Bundle called Tiny Town

768: Melissa
Connecting Threads – variegated threads

486: Barbara
Custom Labels 4U – free labels

422: Carmen Christian
Southern Fabric – $30 gift certificate

570: JoAnne A
Love Quilting – $20 gift certificate

634: Kathy G
Stash Fabrics – fat quarter bundle of Waterfront Park Domino Dots.

197: Loretta
Fat Quarter Shop – $25 gift certificate

316: Jayne
Quilt Dots – 3 Quilt Dots Collections of Your Choice with a Jewelry Base (necklace, bracelet or key chain/zipper pull). Collections may be pins, magnets or bookmarks.

Congratulations and thank you everyone for visiting, commenting and supporting my sponsors. :)

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