A New Beginning ~ Splendor Quilt

Splendor Quilt Fabric : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Well, I’ve taken a bit of time off to focus on things away from the sewing machine. Basking in the joy of finishing the Poinsettia Quilt I suppose. I spent the last week thinking about what I wanted to work on next. The big winner is another new quilt/pattern called the Splendor Quilt. This one is an adaptation of the Radiant Splendor block tutorial that I posted last March.

Splendor Quilt Beginnings : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I designed this quilt over the summer and made 2 blocks. Then it sat while other projects jumped in front of it. Now it’s on the design wall, looking a bit lonely at the moment.

Splendor Quilt Beginnings : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Not for long though. I have the pattern written and am testing along the way. This is going to be a large Queen Sized quilt. I’m already throwing around the idea of having it long armed. It would be my first time sending a quilt out!

I hope you enjoy watching the process of this quilt coming together over the next several weeks.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing ~ Giveaway

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

Oh boy, curved piecing. Is everyone already shaking in fear in front of your screens? Whenever I mention sewing curves, I feel like I get the same reaction as when I mention paper piecing: “Oh no no no no, there is no way I could do that! Looks so pretty though…sigh…”

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

I’ll come clean. That was basically my reaction when I thought about attempting to sew curves. After some research and practice though, I’m feeling more confident. And I owe much of that to my dear friend Angela Pingel’s book A Quilter’s Mixology. You might remember me blogging about the book last year, and even making a quilt from her Petal Pusher pattern.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

Angela has just released a companion video through Interweave called Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing: Basics and Beyond (DVD and Video Download). Today I’m here to share a bit about it with you.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

I am a visual learner – I love LOTS of pictures or learning a technique straight from the expert. I love this video. Angela walks us through examples of Modern, Traditional, and Improvisational curved piecing.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

She starts off talking about cutting your curved pieces. The only downfall of this part is I guarantee you will instantly want to go out and buy an Accuquilt Die Cutter and a new collection of Bloc Loc rulers. I know they are now on my wish list!

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

Angela spends time going over how to pin the various types of curves you will encounter in quilting, and then shows the process of sewing the curves on the machine. Seeing this in action is a serious confidence booster.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

She makes blocks, stitches together larger sections, and then shows the finished quilt or project.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

I love seeing how different a quilt can look based on block size and color placement. The next two pictures below are the same block:

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

For those of you that love Improvisational Curved Piecing but don’t know where to start, Angela walks you through the steps to create really stunning pieces as well.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

There is a LOT of information packed into this video. It was so enjoyable and helpful, I hope you will check it out!

Feb 1: Lynne Goldsworthy http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com/
Feb 2: Jennifer Mathis http://ellisonlane.com/
Feb 3: Faith Jones http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/ – Me!
Feb 4: Amy Gibson http://www.stitcherydickorydock.com/
Feb 5: Lee Heinrich http://www.freshlypieced.com/
Feb 6: Amy Smart http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/

Angela and Interweave are giving away one copy of the DVD to a lucky winner. This giveaway is open to USA only (sorry international readers!). To enter to win a copy, leave a comment on this post. I’ll pick a winner Thursday, along with the winners of my February Great Big Giveaway Day. It’s a busy week here on the blog! :)

++ Closing comments and will pick the winner shortly! ++

The winner is #210, Erin Lillibridge. Congratulations Erin! I will be in contact to set you up with your prize. :)

Great Big Giveaway Day ~ February 2015

Happy February everyone! We kicked off the month with a super snow storm here in Chicago. Over a foot of snow and some VERY happy kids!

This month I have 6 giveaways for you from my awesome 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. Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a $25 gift certificate so you can go shopping!

2. Southern Fabric is offering one lucky winner a $30 gift certificate! Lots of fun new fabric in the shop too!

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. Sew Modern is giving away a $25 gift certificate to their shop. Check out the amazing finds in their SALE section at 20-40% off!

5. Connecting Threads is offering a $50 gift certificate to their shop!

6. Lovequilting.com is giving away a $20 e-gift certificate to one of my lucky winners! A unique code will be emailed to the winner.

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

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

Congratulations to the below winners! I will be in touch with each of you to connect you to your prizes. Thank you so much everyone for visiting and commenting!

Fat Quarter Shop $25 Gift Certificate:
9 – Helen in the UK

Southern Fabric $30 Gift Certificate:
105 – Amanda

Custom Labels 4U – Custom designed labels
286 – Jessica

Sew Modern $25 Gift Certificate
500 – Cassie

Connecting Threads $50 Gift Certificate
191 – Pat J

LoveQuilting.com $20 Gift Certificate
3 – Bettina

Poinsettia ~ A Finished Quilt and Pattern

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s finished! After a few days of quilting, yesterday I stitched on the last bit of binding. I’m so very happy with how it turned out. Hopefully you all are as excited as I am – if for any reason, because you don’t have to hear about this one anymore. Ha!

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I know I’ve said so much about this quilt already, but I’ll touch on the main details again because I always have questions in the comments. I started this quilt over 2 years ago at a retreat put on by Pink Castle Fabrics (formerly known as Quilt Camp, now known as Camp Stitchalot). I was teaching a session on paper piecing and we were making the larger Poinsettia Star components as part of a small mini quilt pattern. I had already made the mini quilt, so I decided to play around with a new layout for all of my sample blocks.

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m sure a lot of you know how it goes – life gets busy and your UFO pile grows and grows. The original quilt section was put aside while I waited for the right time to pick it up again. That time proved to be last November.

A little more than 2 months later, the finished quilt measures 62″ x 75″. There are 99 quilt blocks…2,610 tiny pieces of fabric. But who’s counting. ;) Despite those seemingly overwhelming numbers, if you followed along on the progress you saw how this quilt was pretty achievable to assemble when broken down into steps.

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Almost every piece of bright fabric in this quilt is from my stash of fabrics by Anna Maria Horner. (I can only think of 1 piece, from the original section 2 years ago, that isn’t hers.) I could gush all day about Anna Maria’s talent. Her collections just sing together. The colors, the designs…they are perfect for patchwork. The black/cream fabric is also from my stash. Half yards I’ve collected here and there. I used a lot up for this quilt, but I certainly don’t regret it. Much is from various Moda designers. A lot from Sweetwater, Lu Summers, Zen Chic. If I see it, I buy it, because Moda does not reprint fabric once it’s gone. Some are text, some are shapes and lines. Together, it just works.

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For the backing, I used a print from Anna Maria Horner’s Hand Drawn Garden collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics called Sketchbook in ivory. The binding is a scrappy mix of black prints I used within the quilt. I think it provides a nice finishing frame. By some truly accidental piece of luck, when I cut the this large piece of fabric in half to sew together for the backing…the design matched up perfectly. You can’t really even tell where the seam is (it’s in the middle of the above photo, down the middle of the black hand drawn birds.)

I quilted using straight lines, just organically measuring – not marking. They are about 1/4 to 1/2 apart.

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

And…for the moment many of you have been waiting for…a quilt pattern! This pattern is now available in my shop as a PDF instant download. I have a few new PDF patterns that I haven’t announced formally, so be sure to check them out. There’s the Poinsettia Quilt, Big Top Quilt and Holland Mills Quilt. I plan on sending all 3 to the printer this week for hard copy pattern booklets (if you prefer that to an instant download PDF file). Those should be available in about 2 to 3 weeks.

Now it’s time for me to go cuddle under that quilt. This one is for keeps.