Stitching Quadrants and Monthly Sparks

Poinsettia Quilt Quadrants : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I think I overestimated the amount of work I would be getting done last week. It’s amazing how getting ready for a holiday and having the kids home can really take up all my sewing time. It was nice to relax though! All I managed to accomplish on my Poinsettia quilt was remove the paper from the foundation paper pieced components.

Poinsettia Quilt Quadrants : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things at the sewing machine and iron though. Chain piecing through the smaller components and stitching them together to form the corner block quadrants. If you look at the section of the quilt that was completed a couple of years ago, you’ll notice that although it is scrappy, I did follow certain “rules” with my fabric placement. Each quadrant is composed of two fabrics from the same color family. I’m working my way through color piles and making those corners now.

Poinsettia Quilt Quadrants : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Yellow and blue down, pink-purple-orange-red-and-green to go!

Scraps, Inc : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Just before Thanksgiving, I received a package with my Scraps, Inc contributor book copies. I know I already blogged about it, but it is such a beautiful book. It looks quite pretty with my latest fabric pull too. :)

Monthly Sparks and Fabric Spark : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today I also wanted to share with you a new fabric subscription club over at one of my sponsors, Fabric Spark. Monthly Sparks is a monthly fabric subscription program beginning in January 2015. Each month you receive 12 fat quarters of fabric, curated by one of the six bloggers you see above (including me!). It’s definitely a fun way to add a unique mix to your fabric stash each month. Also, not a bad gift idea for the holidays – hint hint!

Ok, back to sewing these quadrants together – wish me luck as I keep chugging along!

318 Patchwork Patterns Blog Hop ~ And Giveaway!

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I was in Ohio for a few days to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday. It was so much fun, and now I’m back catching up on grocery shopping, laundry, and my super-full Inbox. But before all of that, I’m here to share an awesome book with you this morning! Some of you may have heard of or seen people swooning over the book 318 Patchwork Patterns: Original Patchwork & Applique Designs by Kumiko Fujita. Until now, it’s one of those books that has been nearly impossible to get your hands on. And if you were one of the lucky few to have it, all the text inside was in Japanese. Which is perfect if you can read Japanese! :) But I can’t.

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This book has now been translated to English and republished! Yay! I was asked by the publisher to participate in a blog tour to celebrate. 318 Patchwork Patterns is a collection of crazy cute quilt blocks that can be made through freezer paper piecing, applique or foundation paper piecing. There are not directions per block. There are general patchwork template directions and applique directions. If you have never made blocks like this before, I’d highly recommend checking out the Very Kerry Berry blog for a little tutorial on how it is done.

The book is divided into block design categories by page. Just an example of the cute stuff inside…

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Everyone in the tour has selected a different set of patterns in the book, and made a project using them. I chose to make a project from the Vehicles page.

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This isn’t really my normal sewing subject matter, but my son hardly every gets anything made just for him…so I thought it was a great fit. I decided to focus my design on the rocket ship. I made a mini quilt that uses 3 rockets to make them appear that they are blasting off into space.

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I used a panel of fabric that I’ve had since I started quilting from Aunty Cookie in Australia for the heads of the astronauts. The background is an awesome (but sadly out of print) constellation fabric by Lizzy House. I placed wonky stars around the rockets.

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This was a really fun quilt to make. I foundation paper pieced the rockets. This was actually my test block (I ended up not cutting the rocket into so many piecings, and shrinking the block a couple inches for the final quilt). But you get the picture.

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The layout was entirely improvised. I made the 3 rockets, placing 2 of them at angles and stitching some background fabric around them to form a square. I made the stars all different sizes, added them to the design wall. Then I just started sewing all my blocks together, adding background fabric rectangles where needed.

318 Patchwork Patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The whole thing is only 24″ x 15″. It would be perfect for a wall hanging. My son is pretending it’s a full sized quilt though, and trying to lay on and under it. :) I quilted it with a free motion meandering design in just the background fabric. I am quite happy with how it turned out!

And now for the giveaway! The publisher for 318 Patchwork Patterns, World Book Media, has generously offered to send a copy to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment here and I will pick a winner tomorrow (November 11th).

And if you’d like to see more really fun projects from these blocks, check out the stops on this blog tour.

October 20: Kerry from http://verykerryberry.blogspot.com
October 22: Penny from http://sewtakeahike.typepad.com
October 24: Angela from http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com
October 27: Amy from http://nanacompany.typepad.com
October 29: Amber from http://oneshabbychick.typepad.com
October 31: Latifah from http://www.thequiltengineer.com
November 3: Charise from http://charisecreates.blogspot.com
November 5: Leila from http://wheretheorchidsgrow.blogspot.com
November 7: Amy from http://duringquiettime.com
November 10: Faith – Me!
November 12: Caroline from http://www.sewcanshe.com
November 14: Rashida from http://iheartlinen.typepad.com

++ Closing Comments to Pick a Winner! ++

The winner is #159 – Sabra! Congratulations! I’ll be contacting you for your mailing address to get you your new book. :) Thank you for the kind words everyone!

Imagine Quilts

Imagine Quilts by Dana Bolyard

Happy Monday everyone! As I type this, I’m sitting in a very quiet house. Last week, for the first time in almost 8 years, both kids went to school at the same time. Although I obviously knew it was coming, it’s so weird. So now I’m plotting and cleaning and stitching and beginning to think about this new chapter. (And the kids area absolutely loving school and their new teachers.)

Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today I’m excited to share with you a new quilting book, sent to me by Dana Bolyard of Old Red Barn, Co. ~ Imagine Quilts : 11 Patterns from Everyday Inspirations. Dana is a hugely talented quilter and as soon as I saw the beautiful quilt on the cover of her new book, I knew I needed to get my hands on it.

Imagine Quilts by Dana Bolyard

Imagine Quilts is 64 pages and contains 11 quilt patterns. The patterns are sorted into 4 sections: “be inspired by your stash”, “use techniques in new ways”, “look around”, and “break the rules”. There is a 1 page introduction and then Dana jumps into the patterns.

Imagine Quilts by Dana Bolyard

I love the idea of being inspired by your stash. Many of us are a bit of fabric collectors…sometimes even forgetting what we have buried under the piles. Dana talks about pulling fabric, making piles, and seeing where that leads you.

Imagine Quilts not only has very in depth patterns…

Imagine Quilts by Dana Bolyard

But also even shows alternative layouts with one of the blocks.

Imagine Quilts by Dana Bolyard

The “Zip It!” quilt is one of my favorites. I just look at it and think “how did she do that??”

Imagine Quilts by Dana Bolyard

I also love the “Princess Crowns” quilt and Dana’s ideas on working with Dresden Plates. This quilt would be fun in a huge range of colors.

Imagine Quilts by Dana Bolyard

Each pattern that requires templates has them printed in the book, to scale. All you need to do is make copies – I don’t believe I saw any that required enlarging (which is always nice!). The end of the book contains 6 pages of terms, tools and tips and tricks.

I hope you will check out Imagine Quilts and also be inspired by the patterns inside!

Fabulously Fast Quilts and Quilting Tips Blog Tour

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart Blog Tour

Today is my stop on the Fabulously Fast Quilts and Quilting Tips Blog Tour! Fabulously Fast Quilts is a new book written by talented quilt designer and super nice person(!) Amy Smart. You probably know her from her blog Diary of a Quilter. I was thrilled to get a look at Amy’s book and participate in her blog hop.

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart Blog Tour
Image by Martingale, and Photographer Brent Kane

Fabulously Fast Quilts is a great book for beginners on up. Amy starts off with few pages on basic quilting techniques and then jumps right into 12 clever patterns. The patterns are separated into four technique categories.

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart Blog Tour
Image by Martingale, and Photographer Brent Kane

I just love the punches of solid red on her Fast Four Patch quilt.

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart Blog Tour
Image by Martingale, and Photographer Brent Kane

And speaking of solids, check out this show stopper. This is Amy’s Crossing Guard quilt and I am in love!

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart Blog Tour
Image by Martingale, and Photographer Brent Kane

In celebration of Fabulously Fast Quilts, Amy has asked each of us on the tour to share a quilting tip. I decided to share more of a design tip, because design is the first step in making a quilt, right?

My tip revolves around pulling a perfect bundle of fabrics for your quilt. Often putting together fabrics for a quilt is the hardest part. If you are stuck, one trick is to base your bundle on a favorite print. This can be a piece of fabric or even a photo or painting.

Design Tip by Fresh Lemons Quilts

This is a print I absolutely adore from Bonnie & Camille’s April Showers line. I pulled fabrics from my stash that corresponded to all the colors in this particular piece of fabric. This works just as well in a fabric shop. Make your pile of bolts and create your own custom fat quarter set.

Design Tip by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Fabric designers just know what looks good together, right? And even if you don’t include the original inspiration fabric on the quilt top, it would make a perfect quilt backing!

Design Tip by Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can read more tips from other quilt bloggers all week long!

Monday April 28
Sachiko Aldous of Tea Rose Home
April Rosenthal of April Rosenthal Designs
Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane

Tuesday April 29
Jen Wilding Cardon of Stitch This! Martingale Blog
Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side
Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet

Wednesday April 30
Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts – Me!
Melissa Mortenson of PolkaDot Chair
Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock

Thursday May 1
Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced
Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts
Jeni Baker of In Color Order

Friday May 2
Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt
Lindsay Conner of Craft Buds
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life