Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou

Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s been a whirlwind around here over the last several days. I spent the end of last week in Rockford, Illinois, visiting with the lovely Sinnissippi Quilters Guild. What a great group, I’m so happy to have had the chance to talk with them about modern quilting, modern traditionalism and improvisational piecing. I arrived home to a package of this beautiful fabric – Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I met Jennifer last fall at Quilt Market. (This is by far the best part of having the opportunity to travel to market – meeting SO many new people!) Jennifer had some little sample packs of her newest line and asked if I was interested in designing something with it for her blog hop. Working with metallics is something very new to me, so I jumped at the chance. I can’t wait to start cutting and share my design with you all.

Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This afternoon I’m heading to my daughter’s first grade class to talk quilts! I’m pretty excited to share why we make quilts, how we make quilts and then let them create their own quilt block design with fabric scraps, paper and a glue stick. Wish me luck!

February 11, 2014   29 Comments

Introducing ‘My Modern Quilt Shop’ ~ And a Coupon!

In Monday’s giveaway post, I mentioned I have a new sponsor here on the blog. Today I am very pleased to introduce you to My Modern Quilt Shop. My Modern Quilt Shop is part of owner Lisa’s lifelong love of sewing and quilting. I asked Lisa to tell us a bit about how she got started with her shop.

Lisa: “A self-taught first generation quilter, I got my first sewing machine at age 12 and proceeded to make a quilt for my first project. Years later I discovered rotary cutting, quilting with friends, and longarm quilting. But it wasn’t until the internet started buzzing about modern quilting that I felt I found my niche. I love to see what others are making and hear from my customers. If there’s a line of fabric you’d like to see in the shop, send an email to lisa@mymodernquiltshop.com.”

My Modern Quilt Shop has a great special offer for all our readers here — coupon code 15lemons for 15% off your order thru January 31st. Thanks Lisa!

I love checking out new shops. My Modern Quilt Shop stocks a good number of what they call “modern basics” such as Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets (my favorite!), Dear Stella Confetti Dots, and Pure Organic Solids. They often carry the entire line so you can find your favorite colors easily.

They also carry a number of designer collections. Jeni Baker’s Nordika – yum!

Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics – I’m working with this right now, it’s awesome!

Lisa also carries Liberty of London and Kaffe Fassett, such beautiful colors. You can also find notions and tools.

Besides visiting My Modern Quilt Shop’s website, you can keep up with the latest by joining the mailing list, following on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Lisa to the site and thank you so much for supporting my sponsors!

January 8, 2014   9 Comments

Briar Rose by Heather Ross

Briar Rose by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

Occasionally I’ll see a preview of an upcoming fabric line and instantly I am giddy with excitement. That’s how I felt when I first saw peeks of the latest by artist Heather Ross. This line, Briar Rose for Windham Fabrics, is so sweet – much like all the rest of Heather’s fabrics.

Briar Rose by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

I attempted to show some self restraint when shopping this time (do I really need clovers in 3 different greens? yes! no! someone hold me back!) So far I’ve only purchased the quilting cottons, but I do have plans to buy a bit of the knits for a skirt for my daughter.

Briar Rose by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

I did manage to convince myself to get three of the four strawberry prints. My excuse is my 6 year old. Those are pretty much made for her.

Briar Rose by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

The little bees are adorable.

Briar Rose by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

And I think this larger scene would make a great quilt back for girl or boy.

Briar Rose by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

Briar Rose is just arriving in shops now. You can find at many of my sponsors!

Pink Castle Fabrics
Fort Worth Fabric Studio
The Intrepid Thread
Fat Quarter Shop
Stash Fabric
Westwood Acres
Skye Reve Fabrics
Lark Cottons
Fresh Modern Fabric

July 20, 2013   9 Comments

A Weekend in Wisconsin

I just returned from such a fun weekend, sewing with friends, in Madison. Wisconsin has been a bit of an unexpected surprise for me. I live in Illinois, grew up in Ohio, have lived in Indiana. I’m used to seeing farms and cornfields. But something about the farms in Wisconsin, with the rolling hills…I really think it is so beautiful.

Plus, I love cheese. And there’s no shortage in Wisconsin!

So Friday night I drove up to this wonderful little log cabin for a weekend of sewing with Holly, Jeni, Deedee, Jacey and Anna. It is so nice to spend a weekend sewing and laughing with friends.

I’m really lucky to have a supportive husband who encourages me to take time away like this to relax.

Although we spent a lot of time in our little chalet sewing, we also spent Saturday afternoon checking out Madison. We got to see Jeni’s apartment (basically where all her amazing design happens!)

And we shopped (a lot) at The Sewcial Lounge!

Besides talking and eating all the delicious food Deedee made us, I spent the entire weekend working on a stack of 140 little blocks.

These are the fabrics I just received from Modern Yardage plus some extras from my fabric stash.

I highly recommend organizing a sewing weekend with friends. I’m so grateful for these wonderful people near me!

Also, just a quick note that today is the last day of my big pattern sale. If you were thinking about getting one, this is your last chance for the 50% off discount. Thanks everyone!

July 2, 2013   18 Comments