Scrappy Kaleidoscope ~ A Finished Quilt

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Sorry it’s been a bit quiet around here the last few days, but I promised myself I wouldn’t post again until I finished my Scrappy Kaleidoscope quilt. And it’s done! I love this quilt so much – it’s going to be a hard one to give away. But the recipient deserves much thanks for all her work and care over the last year, so I’m happy to have made something pretty for her.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The prints are scrappy and the background is FreeSpirit Solids Sand Dune (personal favorite). As I mentioned in a previous post, I made this quilt by paper piecing 12″ (finished) kaleidoscope blocks. I made a paper piecing template, and you can download it here. Be sure to print 4 copies at 100% or Actual Size to make your own 12″ block.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

There are 30 blocks in this quilt, and it measures 60″ x 72″. I quilted it in a meandering free motion design. The lighter colors just didn’t photograph well with the quilting texture last night, but it is oh-so-pretty in person and I wouldn’t change one piece of fabric.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Above is a nice shot from while I was getting ready to baste.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The backing and binding are Wordfind in Pink by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel, part of her Playful collection. I love it so much! I’ve also pieced in a specially embroidered label on the back, with To, From, and Date details. Sorry, no pics as I don’t want to spoil the surprise too much.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Next up, basting and quilting the Cubs Quilt! I’m thinking straight lines for that one. My back is sore just thinking about it!

Two Steps Forward…

Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve spent the week in a bit of a holding pattern. I have both gift quilt tops finished and have been waiting for my kids to embroider some labels for them. Only to realize I had no batting. I spent early this week on quilt backs and catching up on some other sewing commitments. Yesterday, I decided to work a bit on a quilt that I planned out just before Sewtopia.

I cut many, many tiny squares. I just love this palette, mainly inspired by Carolyn Friedlander’s fabric lines. The more I work with Carolyn’s fabrics, the more I am convinced she is a quiet design genius. The small scale and color of her prints…they just inspire me lately. There’s some Cotton + Steel basics and a few others from my stash mixed in there as well, coordinating nicely.

Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So I have this block planned out (which I’ll share later), and I thought I knew how I was going to assemble it. Well, you know the old saying “two steps forward, one step back” right?

While I was mindlessly stitching away, I glanced at my sample and realized there was a better (and easier!) way to accomplish it. Sometimes I just break things down to such a small level that I fail to stand back and look at the bigger picture. I stopped everything, made a new test block, and realized that yes, this was the new and better way to go. It’s a bit discouraging to know that I wasted all my time so far. I called it a day and let myself mope, but today I’m going to go back into the sewing room and start fresh.

Oh – and I now have one kiddie quilt label finished and batting ready, so I will also be basting and maybe wrapping up a quilt today. Wish me luck!

Petal Pusher

Petal Pusher Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s done! Yesterday I finished up the binding on my Petal Pusher quilt and took it over to the Morton Arboretum for some Fall photos. I found this really magical nook with TONS of leaves. I need to bring my kids over to the same spot and let them go crazy.

Petal Pusher Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt is a combination of Angela Pingel’s awesome Petal Pusher pattern from her book A Quilter’s Mixology, lots of Cotton + Steel fabrics, and one of my favorite gold bird designs from Violet Craft.

Petal Pusher Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The blocks in the Petal Pusher quilt are deceptively large – 24″ squares! This is a great pattern if you are looking for a lot of “WOW!” for your sewing time. Although there are curves (which scare me), there’s not a ton. And with the giant blocks, you only need to make 4 to make a nice sized quilt, 54″ square.

Petal Pusher Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I quilted with straight lines, all around 1/4″ apart from each other. I don’t mark my quilts typically, just use the edge of my foot, or some location on my foot, for a guide. When you look at the solid fabric backing, you can really see the texture that the straight lines give the quilt.

Petal Pusher Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The binding is a fun dot print from Cotton + Steel. I wasn’t really expecting to use this shade of green, but I just love how it finishes off the quilt!

Petal Pusher Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My daughter really wants this quilt, but she has sooooo many already. I think I’m going to donate this one and hopefully brighten someone special’s day.

Petal Pusher Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I definitely recommend this pattern and Angela’s book, A Quilter’s Mixology, whether you enjoy sewing curves or are intimidated (like me!) but want to give it a shot. I promise, the directions and tips are fantastics and it’s much easier than it looks.

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!