Big Top Quilt ~ Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration Challenge

Big Top Quilt ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

Yay! I am finally posting finished pictures, inspiration, pattern and voting details for my Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration Challenge quilt! Last July, I was contacted by Free Spirit Fabrics and asked if I wanted to participate in a Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration Challenge. The rules were…

Make a 60 x 60 inch quilt with Denyse Schmidts’s Modern Solids Collection. In the spirit of Denyse’s book “Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration”, the design should be inspired by – or be your own interpretation of – a traditional quilt pattern.

Big Top Quilt ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

Well if you know me, you know I love Denyse Schmidt, I love solids, and I love modern traditionalism! So it was a no brainer. I sat down with my favorite block anthology books, including Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns. For those of you that are not familiar with this book, it is completely awesome. It is a hand drawn collection of hundreds (thousands?) of historic quilt blocks and their source. There are no directions for making the blocks, simply drawings of the blocks themselves.

I really was taken with Nancy Cabot’s Spring and Fall quilt block (block 216.27 in this photo).

Big Top Quilt Inspiration ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

I liked that it had the basic shape of flying geese blocks, not a 12″ square. I also liked that it included some unexpected details with the tiny half square triangles inside. They were a bit too much detail for my personal taste though – but I really wanted to incorporate that concept somehow. I went about “modernizing” the block by taking that space and changing it to chunks of solid color.

Big Top Quilt ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

I selected colors for each block from the Modern Solids fat quarter box color families, giving them a really nice, dynamic look. For the quilt top layout, I alternated the direction of the blocks throughout the quilt, and incorporated a lot of negative space. I think it really keeps your focus on the design, without it getting too cluttered.

Big Top Quilt ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve made a quilt pattern for this design, so far available only as a PDF download. I named it “Big Top” because they remind me of little tents. :) You can find the pattern in my shop.

Big Top Quilt ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

And now for voting details! You can vote for your favorite quilt now through October 14th in a few places:

FreeSpirit Facebook Album
FreeSpirit Blog
FreeSpirit Pinterest Board

I’ve said before, this was a VERY friendly challenge. All of us participating know and respect each other. Everyone’s quilts are so great! So go over and pick your favorite quilt that embodies the “Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration” goal. But trust me, it will be very hard to pick a favorite!

Welcome Gotham Quilts ~ and a Discount!

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a brand new fabric shop that was interested in sponsoring this blog. I went on over to check out Gotham Quilts (such a cool name) and was so excited! A beautiful new shop full of beautiful new fabrics! Gotham Quilts was started just this year by fabric and quilt lovers Andrea and Ivete. They live in Manhattan and plan to open a brick and mortar storefront next year.

I did some poking around their shop – so easy to navigate. You can shop fabric by Category, Designer, Manufacturer, and Color. They carry a ton of the new American Made Brand solids. I haven’t used these but they are on my list! Love the idea of supporting fabric manufacturing in my home country.

Ivete is a huge Tula Pink fan, and Gotham Quilts carries her latest collection Moon Shine.

I loved Far, Far Away by Heather Ross the first time around (when it was on double gauze), but I was even more thrilled when it was reprinted on quilting cotton!

If you love bundles or are looking for holiday gift ideas for a quilter, Gotham Quilts offers precuts and kits as well.

Now for the discount! If you sign up for the Gotham Fabrics newsletter, you will receive a coupon for 10% off your order of full priced fabrics. You can find the sign up on the very bottom right of their shop, under “NEWSLETTER SIGNUP”. You can also keep in touch with them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Welcome Gotham Fabrics!

Great Big Giveaway Day ~ October Edition

October! How did that happen? It snowed here over the weekend! Ok, just light flurries but it was pretty depressing. I’m not ready for winter! Anyway! :) Today is the Great Big Giveaway Day and my sponsors have 7 really awesome prizes for you to win!

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. 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.

2. Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a $50 gift certificate so you can go pick out exactly what you like from their shop!

3. Discover Fabric is offering one lucky winner a $20.00 gift certificate to go shopping! New items in shop include Play Date by David Walker for Free Spirit Fabrics and Woodwinked by Dear Stella.

4. Shabby Fabrics is giving away a beautiful Fat Quarter Set of Voilet Craft’s newest collection, Brambleberry Ridge.

5. Cuts of Cotton is offering a Christmas Fat Quarter Bundle – remember when I said it snowed here over the weekend? Time to start holiday sewing!

6. Lovequilting.com is giving away a $20 gift certificate to one lucky winner! During Think Pink October, all pink fabric is on sale along with orange and black fabric for Halloween. Many free downloadable patterns are also available.

7. Fresh Modern Fabric is giving away a Fat Quarter Bundle of Suzuko Koseki (love!!) Show Window, 4 Pieces.

To enter to win, simply leave one comment at the end of this post. I’ll pick one will per shop on Thursday, October 9th. Good luck everyone!

+++ Closing comments and will pick the winners soon! +++

Congratulations to the below winners! I will be emailing you now to connect you with your prizes. Thank you everyone for commenting! :)

132 / Ellen – Custom Labels 4U – 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.

484 / LeeAnn – Fat Quarter Shop – $50 gift certificate

111 / SoozeM – Discover Fabric – $20.00 gift certificate

178 / Marilyn – Shabby Fabrics – Fat Quarter Set of Brambleberry Ridge.

438 / Sally – Cuts of Cotton – Christmas Fat Quarter Bundle

319 / Linda – Lovequilting.com – $20 gift certificate

113 / Bethany – Fresh Modern Fabric – Fat Quarter Bundle of Suzuko Koseki Show Window, 4 Pieces

New Fabrics and Bundles

Fort Worth Fabric Studio - Fresh Lemons Quilts Birthday Bundle

So, the good news is, I’m done with the Modern Solids Challenge quilt! WooHoo! I finished up over the weekend and got some pictures earlier this week. I still don’t have the voting/contest information. So I’m going to wait and post the quilt once I can get you all a link. In the meantime…there’s a little peek on Instagram. :)

While we wait, I have some pretty new fabrics to show you. Last month, Fort Worth Fabric Studio asked me to put together a “Birthday Bundle” for my birthday month (which just happens to be October). I think playing with fabric just might make getting older more bearable. The fabrics in the bundle are pictured in the top photo of this post, and you can buy them at their shop. I happened to receive them the same day as some Cotton + Steel arrived as well. Don’t they look great with this pink? Happy accident!

Fort Worth Fabric Studio - Fresh Lemons Quilts Birthday Bundle + Cotton and Steel

I also recently bought some of Elizabeth Olwen’s new Wildwood collection for Cloud 9 Fabrics. I paired it with some prints from Bonnie Christine’s Winged collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. Don’t they look awesome together?

Wildwood + Winged ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today is my daughter’s birthday. She is just such a sweet, special girl. I’m really so lucky to be her mom! I think I’m going to spend the day working on her Halloween costume. Maybe I’ll even come close to finishing it!