A Finished Quilt Top

Poinsettia Quilt Top : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Thank you all so much for your wonderful and kind comments on my poinsettia quilt so far. I was especially happy to read those that commented on the enjoyment of seeing this quilt come together step by step. This has been a newer goal of mine for the blog – not to just pop in with a finished quilt and say “Ta da! Another one finished!”

Poinsettia Quilt Top : Fresh Lemons Quilts

We all know what goes into making a quilt. Planning, cutting, stitching, more cutting, more stitching, basting, quilting, binding…. I think it’s important to show all these things, not only because each step is exciting and beautiful, but also so that we don’t set false expectations surrounding what goes into creating something handmade.

Poinsettia Quilt Top : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve finished the quilt top and backing. The backing fabric is one I bought several months ago. It is a print by Anna Maria Horner that was first available in Home Dec weight, but has since been rereleased in a quilting cotton. It is called Sketchbook in ivory and is part of her Hand Drawn Garden collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics. (I first used this print, in the home dec weight, on my Loulouthi Crosses quilt back in 2011.)

Poinsettia Quilt Top : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve also pretty much finished the pattern for this quilt. As I said in my earlier posts, this quilt is based off my Poinsettia Mini Quilt pattern, but with additional blocks. I can’t wait to release it! (Thinking next week – but don’t quote me on that!) Today is officially basting day, so I’d best get busy!

Stage 1 ~ Complete!

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This has been a pretty productive week. I’ve finished all the corner block components! I’ve been mentally thinking of this part as “Stage 1” and I’m happy to have it behind me.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Aren’t they all so pretty together? If I didn’t already have a plan for this quilt, I think I would leave them place just like this for a whole quilt top.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Although the “hard part” is now finished, I’m faced with the Stage 2 – cutting and stitching lots and lots of tiny squares. A bit less exciting and more tedious, but it will be fun to see it all start coming together.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today I’m taking a small break from this project to work on a tutorial I’m planning for Bernina’s We All Sew blog in January. It involves Essex linen, Liberty of London, and decorative stitching. Not a bad way to spend a Friday!

Restash

Fabric Stash : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Those of you following my latest work in progress (here and here) know I’ve dug deep into my Anna Maria Horner fabric stash, as well as my black and cream prints. I decided to do a little restashing from Anna Maria’s currently in print collections, Honor Roll, Pretty Potent, and Dowry. Although these prints won’t make it into the current quilt, they will definitely be welcome additions to my fabric stash.

Fabric Stash : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also ended up using a lot of my black/cream stash. I went to Fat Quarter Shop and did a search on “Black“, and several awesome black/cream prints came up. All but 2 of these are from that search.

Fabric Stash : Fresh Lemons Quilts

About half of these are from Sweetwater’s Elementary collection. So for those looking and wondering where to start, these are some great current prints that are readily available! If you are looking to do some fabric shopping – be sure to stop by Friday for a *lot* of deals from my sponsors. 😉

I hope all my readers in the United States have an awesome Thanksgiving tomorrow. I’m especially grateful for those around me, most of all my husband and children. I can’t wait to spend some quality time with them over the next few days!

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