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Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt ~ And a Giveaway for You!

Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Free Spirit Fabrics asking if I was interested in participating in a fun contest with a few other bloggers. We would all receive a fat quarter box of Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt, design and make a 60″ x 60″ square quilt using the fabric. The design was to be influenced by a traditional pattern/block/concept. Well, if you are a regular here in this space, it’s probably not news that I love Free Spirit Designer Solids…and I love Denyse Schmidt…and I LOVE modern traditionalism! What a dream come true!

Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The fabric arrived about a week ago. My breath actually caught when I opened the box and saw it. It is really a stunning collection of colors. I honestly think this would (A) be an *awesome* gift for any quilter **hint, hint** time to send links to loved ones! And (B) be a perfect way to start a collection of solids for those that have none and don’t know where to start.

Over the next 6 weeks I’ll be posting some updates on my quilt progress here on the blog. You can also follow on Instagram by searching the hashtag #modernsolidschallenge. At the end of September, the quilt bloggers participating will have their big reveal and then you guys can vote on your favorite.

You can find these Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt boxes at a few of my sponsors:

Pink Chalk Fabrics
The Intrepid Thread
Fat Quarter Shop – (looks like they are currently Sold Out)

And now for the giveaway! The Modern Solids were not the only goodie in the box from Free Spirit. They also included this Hadley by Denyse Schmidt fat quarter bundle! This fabric was just released and is only now arriving in shops.

Hadley by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit Fabrics : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Just leave a comment for a chance to win. I’d love to hear what you’d do with the fabric if it ends up in your home. I’ll pick a winner Friday, August 15th.

+++ Closing comments to pick a winner! +++

The winner is…

#364: Peggy Gibbs – “I’d use the fabric to make gifts for my charity group, World of Charity Stitching. Thanks.”

Awesome Peggy! I’m sure your quilts will be much loved. I will be emailing you for your mailing address. Thanks everyone for visiting and commenting!

August 12, 2014   753 Comments

An Easter Dress

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

An Easter dress with a few days to spare! High five! Seriously though, I really waited until the last minute this year. Which is better than last year when I just bought a dress from Coscto. This time I knew I wanted to make my daughter’s dress. I’m not really sure how much longer she is going to want to wear things I sew for her, but I can tell you she is still very excited about it when I do.

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This pattern is the Geranium Dress by Made by Rae. My daughter is 7, but pretty tall for her age. I made a size 8 and it fits perfectly, with a little room to spare. I’m hoping we can get a lot of use out of it this summer!

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

We chose fabric from Anna Maria Horner’s Dowry line, Twill Bouquet in Black. I love, love, love it. For the bodice lining, I picked a solid from Michael Miller’s Cotton Coutures. They are so soft and smooth, I knew it’d be a perfect choice.

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The pattern was easy to make. It took about 2 hours. My daughter didn’t want the ruffle flutter sleeves, the pockets, or the notched neckline, so that sped things up! I made the pleated skirt option, rather than the gathered skirt.

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The buttons at the back were super easy with Bernina’s automatic buttonhole foot. Whenever I make something with buttons, I joke that I just sit back with my coffee while my machine does all the hard work for me.

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I have one very happy little girl who is now ready for Easter!

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

April 18, 2014   27 Comments

Fabric Friday

True Colors by Anna Maria Horner : Fresh Lemons Quilts

A bit of eye candy for you this Friday! There have been a few bundles coming in over the last several weeks. One collection that I didn’t even know existed until Quilt Market was Anna Maria Horner’s True Colors. These are blenders designed by Anna Maria, made to coordinate with her fabrics. Which I love. So I had to buy these, really I had no choice!

True Colors by Anna Maria Horner : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I can’t wait to start working with them. I already have the quilt planned and ready – I’m just waiting for my neutral to arrive in the mail and then I will be off and cutting.

Below you’ll see Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics. I bought this fat quarter set at Quilt Market and am already planning on ordering more. I love how she worked a little gold into some of the prints. Yardage will be available in December.

Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I was also lucky enough to receive a fat eighth set of Oakshott Cottons in the Lakes colorway. (Thanks Oakshott!) I loved working with these fabrics the first time around on my Nightshade quilt. They have such a great sheen. Aren’t the blues pretty?

Oakshott Cottons in Lake : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can find many of these fabrics at my sponsors. Botanics yardage is coming soon, but some shops do have precuts and preordering available.

True Colors by Anna Maria Horner
I Don’t Do Dishes
The Intrepid Thread
Stash Modern Fabric

Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander
Lark Cottons
The Intrepid Thread
Stash Modern Fabric
Fat Quarter Shop

Oakshott Cottons
Contemporary Cloth

November 15, 2013   7 Comments

Houston Quilt Market

Vintage Quilt Revival Schoolhouse : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Vintage Quilt Revival schoolhouse session
Photo courtesy of Tracy Mooney/Generation Q Magazine

I’ve been back from Quilt Market a few weeks now, but it seems like just days. Things have been crazy busy at home and I’ve finally had a chance to go through my photos. (All on my phone, I just had no more room to pack my nice camera.) I wanted to share a bit about my trip. Mostly photos, but everyone likes new-fabric-eye candy, right?

This was my first trip to Quilt Market (trade show). I’ve been to several Quilt Festivals (open to public show), so I wasn’t completely flying blind, but it was pretty exciting to see the “business” side of things. Katie, Lee and I were there to promote our upcoming book, Vintage Quilt Revival. A huge surprise arrived at our doorsteps just a couple days before we left – a real, life, actual copy of the book!

Vintage Quilt Revival : Fresh Lemons Quilts

We knew we’d be getting one advance copy about a month before the first big shipment arrived at the publisher, but we weren’t expecting for several more weeks. To say we were excited would be an understatement. And also, to have the book in person and be able to show it to people in Houston was awesome.

We arrived Thursday evening and had our Schoolhouse presentation Friday afternoon. For those that haven’t been to Quilt Market, Schoolhouses are timed sessions where you get a chance to present your product (fabric line, notion, book, etc) to a group of people (shop owners, press, etc). There are tons of Schoolhouses going on at any given time, in rooms all over the convention center. I was quite nervous because 1) I’d never been to a Schoolhouse before and 2) what if no one showed up to ours?? We spent the morning visiting other Schoolhouses and I started to get more comfortable. Everyone in the audiences was so kind and all the other presenters said they were nervous too. It was just one of those times where you realize everyone there is human and wants to see each other succeed.

Vintage Quilt Revival : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So Friday afternoon we had our Schoolhouse session and it went really well! We were able to share our book, how it’s broken down, and probably 80% of the projects. We had a great response! After that was over we were able to officially relax and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

I went into Quilt Market thinking there weren’t a ton of upcoming fabric lines that I just needed. Boy was I wrong! Haha I think there were 2 lines that excited me the most. First, Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander.

Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This line follows Carolyn’s hugely popular Architextures line. Carolyn uses the same small scale style, but this time the line is inspired by the organic world. She works a bit of gold into some of the prints in a really, really amazing way. This was the only line I actually spent money on over the weekend, coming home with a Fat Quarter set.

Quilt Market Booth by Carolyn Friedlander : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The next collection that really excited me was by Anna Maria Horner (of course, would you expect anyone else?!)

Anna Maria Horner Quilt Market : Fresh Lemons Quilts

FreeSpirit Fabrics has coordinated new collections by various designers called True Colors. These are fabrics that can be used as blenders and will be available for longer periods of time. I love Anna Maria’s fabrics so much, her sense of color is always right up my alley.

Anna Maria Horner Quilt Market : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Her booth showcased both her True Colors collection and her new line, Dowry.

Probably the biggest surprise and talk of market was Cotton + Steel: the new collaboration between RJR Fabrics and Melody Miller, along with designers Rashida Coleman-Hale, Alexia Abegg, Kim Kight, and Sarah Watts.

Cotton + Steel at Quilt Market : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My head is kind of exploding at the amount of talent in this group and I cannot wait to see what they have to show us later in 2014.

Cotton + Steel at Quilt Market : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I think what I love most about this group is their willingness to think big and take chances. That’s not something that comes naturally to me and I have so much awe and respect for people that can do that. They’ve shown they have a great mix of artistic talent and business savvy and I think that is a rare (and powerful) combination. If you haven’t had a chance to watch their video, be sure to check it out.

It was fun to just walk the show and see friends and celebrate their success.

Jeni Baker with her bright and happy new line, Dreamin’ Vintage. I predict this line is going to fly off the shelves.

Dreamin' Vintage by Jeni Baker at Quilt Market : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Vanessa Christenson’s new Color Me Happy line. I even got my hands on her new pillow patterns – you’ll be seeing more of them later!

Color Me Happy by V and Co. at Quilt Market : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Designer Marcia Derse and I, holding up my Lighthouse Quilt that I made for her Quilt Market booth! Featuring her upcoming Palette fabric line.

Marcia Derse - Lighthouse Quilt : Fresh Lemons QUilts

I seriously have a million pictures. :)

It was great to meet designers in person whom I have admired their work so much. Camille Roskelley of Bonnie and Camille.

Camille Roskelley at Quilt Market : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Leah Duncan with her second line for Art Gallery Fabrics. LOVE her artwork!

Leah Duncan at Quilt Market : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Leah Duncan at Quilt Market : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Sarah Jane with her adorable new line Wee Wander – and her new baby! Check out in the teepee on the right!

Lots of new solids are coming out, including Modern Solids by Alissa Haight Carlton, which are a really cool looking crossweave…

Modern Solids by Alissa Haight Carlton at Quilt Market : Fresh Lemons Quilts

and another by Denyse Schmidt for FreeSpirit Fabrics.

Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt at Quilt Market : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Ok, I could go on and on. I think I already have! It was a great time, I’m finally not exhausted anymore and really just inspired to get back at the sewing machine. I hope you enjoyed the photos!

November 11, 2013   11 Comments