Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

Olive the Ostrich ~ A Skye Reve Fabrics Sponsored Giveaway

We are going to start this Thanksgiving week off right with a giveaway from Skye Reve Fabrics. Natasha is offering a half yard bundle of Laurie Wisbrun’s Olive the Ostrich fabric to one of you! I love this line! I’m already thinking I need to get some for some Valentine’s Day projects.

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment. If you’d like an additional entry, either “Like” Skye Reve Fabrics on Facebook or sign up for their newsletter on the bottom right hand side of their website and leave an additional comment that you did. I will pick a winner Wednesday evening (11/21)! Good luck everyone!

++ Closing Comments to Pick a Winner ++
The original winner unfortunately didn’t leave a working email address. I’m selecting a new winner…#218 – Julie!

Congratulations Julie! I’ll email you for your address. Thank you for commenting everyone!

November 19, 2012   330 Comments

Roughing It by Laurie Wisbrun ~ A Giveaway

Roughing It by Laurie Wisbrun for Robert Kaufman

Last month I posted some pictures of Laurie Wisbrun‘s upcoming line, Roughing It (available in December).

I shared some piles of fabric I pulled from my stash…and used one of those to make my Triangle Brights quilt.

Triangle Brights

Now is your chance to win some of this fabric! Laurie and Robert Kaufman Fabrics were kind enough to send me an extra Fat Quarter Bundle for one of you. :) All you need to do to enter is leave a comment. What would you make with these? A gift for the holidays? Would you pair some fabrics from your stash or let them shine on their own?

I’ll pick a winner on the evening of Wednesday, October 31st. Halloween! Good luck everyone!

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

The winner is #127 Billie Gunther! Billie said “Love the trees,camper….. on the fabric. A great throw for camping would be most fitting!”

Thanks for commenting everyone and have a Happy Halloween! Stay safe out there!

October 29, 2012   417 Comments

Triangle Brights

Triangle Brights

It’s finally here! The day I leave for the Sewing Summit. I am finishing up my packing today and will be catching a late flight this evening. Just in time, I finished up this final class sample last night. This quilt is a little example of what you can make with equilateral triangles.

Triangle Brights

I combined fabrics from my stash with some of Laurie Wisbrun’s upcoming Roughing It line. My son tells me the red camper print is his favorite (mine too!).

Triangle Brights

I quilted this one with straight lines on 1/4″ of each side of the seams. Then I bound it in white (an attempt to give the illusion of the colors floating down the middle).

Triangle Brights

This will probably be my last blog post until I return after the weekend. If you happen to follow me on Twitter or Instagram (@freshlemonsquilts), I will try to post weekend updates as I go along. For those that are joining me in Salt Lake City, I will see you soon!

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A little taste of Fall before I leave :)

October 10, 2012   15 Comments

A Quilt for Her Bed

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This is a quilt I’ve been wanting to make for a long time. I wasn’t sure what the design would end up being, what fabric I would use…but I knew I wanted to make a quilt for my little girl’s bed. I feel a tad bit guilty that although I’m a quilter, the quilts on my kid’s beds are store bought. Well now at least one is handmade by mommy.

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I started this quilt earlier this summer and planned to make a couple blocks a week. I sized each block at 17.5″ x 17.5″ unfinished so I would only need to make 20 for a twin sized quilt. My block progress stalled for awhile but when I went up to Holly’s for the weekend in July I finished them up.

Sarah Jane Children at Play - Twin for Avery's bed

Of course it took me a bit longer to make the back, baste and quilt. But I’m really happy with the results! The quilt is centered around Sarah Jane Studios’ Children at Play fabric line (one of my all time favorites).

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I incorporated a lot of blenders from my stash. There’s really a little bit of everything in here – Patty Young’s Lush Running Stitch, Lizzy House’s Pearl Bracelets, Laurie Wisbrun’s Modern Whimsy circles, some Art Gallery Oval Elements, dots from Heather Ross Lightening Bugs, some of the new stripes from Cloud 9’s Simpatico, some of the yellow Henna Garden by Sandi Henderson, a yellow print from Maude Asbury’s Kitchy Kitchen…plus some of the Children at Play blenders.

Children at Play

I didn’t follow a pattern for the blocks. I just started cutting the center squares and then pulled fabric and worked my way out from the center using different widths for each ring until I reached my goal size. I tried to follow a few rules for my blocks, such as each uses either 3 or 4 fabrics, no more, no less.

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One of my favorite parts of this quilt is the back. I decided to incorporate the Parade print from Children at Play. I wanted the print to show across the quilt when it was folded down on her bed.

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My poor husband, this quilt was SO big to hold up!

That meant the print needed to be upside down on the back. I added a bit of patchwork above and below. The solid pink is Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Blossom – SO wonderful.

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I wanted this quilt to be nice and soft so I quilted it in a grid with horizontal and vertical lines, about 2″ apart.

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I love how the quilt compliments her room. She clearly loves it as well!

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I know there will be a time in the future (probably way too soon!) where she outgrows this quilt and doesn’t want it on her bed anymore. But I’m hoping it will always hold a special place in her heart and she will maybe even let her own little girls cuddle under it one day.

September 24, 2012   72 Comments