Piecing Kaleidoscopes

Kaleidoscope Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

With the kids back in school after a week of illness and a week of Spring Break, I’m finally spending some quality time back in my sewing room. I have two more gift quilts I need to get done before the end of May. Maybe you can all guess who will be the recipients? The first one I’m working on features a scrappy assortment of bright fabrics.

Kaleidoscope Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I started out with all the above colors, minus the green and white. But as I was making my initial blocks, I kept deciding the quilt needed more and more color. I just can’t help myself! I’m piecing 12″ kaleidoscope blocks. When I think of a classic, well loved quilt pattern, kaleidoscope is pretty high up on my list. You just can’t go wrong. I paper piece mine – I whipped up this template before starting. If anyone is interested you can download it here. Just be sure to print it out at 100% or Actual Size.

Kaleidoscope Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Although the white doesn’t seem to photograph that well in the quilt, it does look nice in real life. I’m using FreeSpirit Solids Sand Dune as my background. This is one of my favorite neutrals.

I need to make 30 blocks for a 60″ x 72″ quilt. Almost halfway there. They do go together rather quickly. I’ll post again when I am closer to the finish!

An Interview, New Fabric and Sewing Progress

Fabric Stack by Fresh Lemons Quilts

A bit of this-and-that for you today. First, I wanted to share that I did a little interview over at Hudson Valley Quilts. There is a pattern giveaway in the post, so be sure to go check it out and enter. :)

Arkansas Traveler Progress by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve still been busy working on my Arkansas Traveler quilt, but I did manage to finish the paper piecing and trimming. What a relief! I’m hoping to get the blocks sewn together this week, but I’m leaving for Quilt Market on Thursday so I’m not sure there will be time. I’ll share if I do though!

As much as I love this quilt I’m working on, and I really think the finished product will be perfect in my house, I do miss sewing with a big variety of colors. So much so that I put together a bundle for whatever is next (the photo at the top of this post). It started with ordering some fabrics and then I added from my stash. The new fabrics in the stack are from October Afternoon’s Sidewalks line and Joel Dewberry’s Bungalow line and are currently available in shops. You may also recognize some of Violet Craft’s Waterfront Park in there. She put such great stash builders into her latest line – must haves!

If any shop owners are heading to Houston this week for Quilt Market, we will be doing a Schoolhouse Session on Friday at 3:05 to show off Vintage Quilt Revival. I hope you will come check it out!

Nightshade ~ A Finished Quilt

I’m back with my finished Halloween quilt! This turned out to be a fun quilt to put together and even though it’s not October yet, I’ve already set it out in the family room.

I mentioned in my last post that I used my Prism pattern for this quilt. I did shrink the blocks down a bit…not sure why – ha! That’s what happens when I finish a quilt a year after I start it. It probably has something to do with the limited amount of fabric I had (only fat quarters of the Nightshade prints and only fat 1/8ths of the Oakshott cottons). These blocks ended up 6″ finished. The quilt measures about 48″ x 54″.

I quilted with a meandering free motion design. I did a pretty wide spaced meandering, hoping it will wash up a bit less stiff than a tighter quilting pattern.

The backing is two of my favorite prints from the Nightshade line. The binding is the left over from one of the backing prints.

Overall I think this is a great quilt for Halloween without screaming “Orange and Black!”

Cutting Edge

Cutting Edge Quilt

I was lucky enough this year to have the opportunity to make two quilts for display at Spring Quilt Market. I designed the first quilt to showcase Free Spirits Essentials line. You may remember this fabric photo? Well that stack of fabric became this quilt.

Cutting Edge Quilt

The Cutting Edge quilt is made up of six columns of staggered flying geese, each displaying various shades and prints of one of the colors in the rainbow. I created a paper piecing template for this quilt so everything would match up perfectly. I never thought I’d say it, but I do love paper piecing!

Cutting Edge Paper Pieced Blocks

I took some photos while the quilt was in progress…basting…

Cutting Edge Basting

The quilting is straight lines which echo the flying geese. The turning of the quilt at the points was kind of a pain, but worth the effort.

Cutting Edge Backing

The quilt measure 54″ x 54″ and the backing and binding is a black and white Houndstooth.

I didn’t go to Quilt Market this time but my good friend Lee did and she took a picture for me! I also wrote a pattern for this quilt that was handed out at Quilt Market, but I haven’t seen it available online yet. If and when it does appear, I will update this post with a link. :)