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A New Quilt Beginning

Arkansas Traveler by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Remember the last Arkansas Traveler quilt I made and gifted? I’ve known since I sent that one away that I wanted to make one for myself. So as a bit of a reward to finishing up some UFOs and deadlines, I decided to start this week.

Arkansas Traveler Fabric Choices by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

For the last several months, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about making a quilt where the background was a nice, dark blue and the focal fabrics were cream with black accents. (Many of those here are from Sweetwater, Summersville, Comma and Collage.) I spent a bit of time last week with my solid color cards and decided to go with Moda Bella Solids Admiral Blue for this quilt.

Arkansas Traveler Fabric Choices by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I changed up the Arkansas Traveler block a bit. I reduced the size some to make an 8″ finished block. I also decided with this smaller size, I would just use one fabric for the diamonds (rather than piecing in 4 smaller diamonds to make a larger diamond). I’ve started and finished cutting the fabrics for the quilt yesterday and am ready to start my chain paper piecing. Can’t wait to share more!

I also wanted to let you know today that one of my sponsors, Christa Quilts, is starting a new quilt along on September 25th called Modern Trees. It uses scraps to create a fun Christmas themed quilt from “Tri-Recs” trees. Make your trees solid or improv – the choice is up to you. Visit Christa’s blog for the complete quilt along schedule!

September 18, 2013   19 Comments

Birds, Bees and Butterfly Strands ~ A Quilt Block Tutorial

Butterfly Strands Header

I received some beautiful fabric in the mail this week – The Birds and the Bees by designer Tula Pink. This fabric was sent to me generously by one of my sponsors, Westwood Acres (you can see all their The Birds and the Bees bundles here). Amanda asked if I wanted to play around with some of this new line and I didn’t really have to think very long before saying yes!

Birds and the Bees

From the first time I saw this fabric online, I thought it would be perfect for a string quilt. I decided for a bit of a less traditional string quilt however. Yesterday I started making blocks that had random amounts of strings on them and I thought I would share a little tutorial for how I made these blocks. They look like butterfly wings to me so….here is my Butterfly Strands Quilt Block tutorial!

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Butterfly Strands Quilt Block

Cutting Directions
Background – Cut squares from your background fabric. These can be any size, as long as you are consistent for all your blocks. We will be trimming the blocks down a bit to square them up, so cut a bit larger than you’d like your final block. I cut mine to 8.5″ x 8.5″ and squared to 8.25″ x 8.25″.

Strings/Strips – Cut random size strips from your fabric, measuring from 1.5″ to 2.25″.

Block Assembly

1. Take your background square and cut a 45 degree angle (diagonal) from the square, using either the 45 degree line on your cutting mat or your quilting ruler. Each block should have the diagonal cut in a slightly different location, cutting more off some blocks and less off other blocks.

This is what your block should now look like:

2. Layout your stripes for your block. Don’t trim these yet, just get an idea of what colors you want to use for your block.

3. Right sides together, sew your first strip to the 45 degree diagonal of your background fabric.

Press your seams.

4. Using your quilting ruler, trim the ends of your strip.

5. Repeat with your remaining strips.

6. Square your block. As I said in the cutting directions, I squared my blocks to 8.25″ x 8.25″.

You’re done! Layout your blocks as below by alternating the direction of the string sections.

Butterfly Strands

July 19, 2012   29 Comments

Loulouthi Crosses

Loulouthi Crosses Front

I’m so excited to share my latest quilt with you, Loulouthi Crosses. This quilt is made up entirely of Greek Cross blocks from the Summer Sampler Series. I love that you can take one unsuspecting little quilt block and make such an interesting quilt from it.

For the quilt front, I used about a fat quarter of each of Anna Maria Horner’s Loulouthi fabric in the Isabela palette. I used Moda’s Bella Solids Stone for the sashing. Not to be confused with Kona Stone. Which I did confuse when reordering after I ran out. Twice. That was not a cheap mistake.

Loulouthi Crosses Back

I am pretty excited about the back. Do you have any fabric that you bought a long time ago with no immediate intention of using, but just loved too much to pass it by? That was me with the Anna Maria Horner Drawing Room fabric you see at the bottom of the back. Originally I thought I would wrap canvas with it and hang it on the wall, but my wall has been filled with other handmade items. So it sat, waiting for the right project. I just love that AMH’s fabric collections continue to coordinate.

The top fabric on the back is an out of print Amy Butler piece, Pink Coriander. I had stocked up on that awhile back and I think I’m finally down to my last yard.

Loulouthi Crosses Drape

The binding is another Anna Maria Horner fabric, this time from her Good Folks line. That one I am almost out of, and boy will I be sad when I use my last piece.

Loulouthi Crosses Quilting Detail

I quilted this in a free motion meandering style. I had some tension problems on the back that I discovered once I was finished that required me to spend a lot of time with the seam ripper. I’m hoping some of you can relate.

All in all, I really love how this one turned out. It measures 48″ x 60″ and is listed in the shop!

July 28, 2011   40 Comments

Greek Cross – Loulouthi Style

When I was working on my tutorial for the Greek Cross block last week, I kept thinking how great this block would be for an entire quilt. And clearly I am not alone, a few people mentioned in the comments of my last post that they are working on quilts made entirely of this block as well.

I pulled out my Loulouthi fabric, paired it with Kona StoneBella Stone (Not the same thing! …learned the hard way after reordering), and set to work. I am really loving the results.

Loulouthi - Isabela Palette

I hope this inspires you, even if you aren’t involved in the Summer Sampler Series, to look at the individual blocks we are creating and see how they would work in repetition for an entire quilt.

July 14, 2011   33 Comments