Picnic by Melody Miller

Picnic by Melody Miller

I have the best friends. A few weeks ago during Quilt Market, Lee from Freshly Pieced picked up a fat quarter bundle for me that I’ve been drooling over since the sneak peeks were shown on Instagram. This is Picnic by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel.

Picnic by Melody Miller

As soon as I saw the red apples, I was sold on this line. I’m already planning teacher gifts for next year! Maybe some Noodlehead Divided Baskets or tote bags.

Picnic by Melody Miller

I also just love these picnic baskets. Two additional colors will be available in a cotton linen canvas.

Picnic by Melody Miller

For those that love collecting and sewing with selvedges, these have little ants and say “I sewed something pretty for you!” Adorable!

Picnic by Melody Miller

Picnic will be out this summer (I think around July). Perfect timing for summer sewing!

Great Big Giveaway Day ~ June 2015

Fresh Lemons Quilts

Welcome to the June edition of the Great Big Giveaway Day! Two days of school left here – eek! I’m busy stitching and running around, preparing for 11 weeks of kid filled days.

For this month, my sponsors have 5 wonderful giveaways for you to win! I will pick one winner per shop on Friday morning.

Reminder ~ Please check your email (including SPAM folders) or back to this post after I choose the winners on Friday. I want to make sure everyone gets connected to their prize.

   

      


1. Southern Fabric is offering one lucky winner a 10 fat quarter bundle of Winterberry.


2. Fat Quarter Shop is giving away the book Winter Wonderland by Sherri Falls!


3. Gotham Quilts is offering one winner a $25 gift certificate to pick out anything you’d like from their shop! I am in love with the new Charley Harper fabric!


4. Connecting Threads is giving away a Sunwashed Stashbuilder that contains 22 fat quarters of various Connecting Threads fabrics.


5. Dragonfly Fabrics is offering one lucky winner a $25 gift certificate to go shopping!

And for everyone reading, enjoy 25% all purchases through Wednesday, June 3rd with coupon code FreshLemons!


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

+++ Closing comments to pick the winners! +++

Congratulations to the following winners! I will be in touch to connect you with your prizes. Thank you so much for commenting and supporting my sponsors!

Southern Fabric – 10 fat quarter bundle of Winterberry
#335 – katybee

Fat Quarter Shop – Winter Wonderland book by Sherri Falls
#491 – Gail

Gotham Quilts – $25 gift certificate
#249 – Karen

Connecting Threads – Sunwashed Stashbuilder
#174 – Chris C

Dragonfly Fabrics – $25 gift certificate
#15 – Sharon Peddie

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!

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!