Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

His and Hers microMod Sew Along and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on Green Bee Design’s His and Hers microMod Sew Along! MicroMod is the premier fabric line from Cloud9 Fabrics designer Rob Bancroft. Also husband of designer and author Alexia Abegg – that’s one talented couple!

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

Today I’m going to share some cloth, appliqué napkins. These are a fun project that would be great not only for your home, but also as a housewarming or host/hostess gift for a friend.

In the spirit of setting a pretty table at meal time, I asked Rob and Alexia what sort of food they would cook the other for a special occasion.

Alexia: I love to cook and try new things, and thankfully so does Rob. But for a sweet surprise meal I think I would go with his favorites; I would make caesar salad, homemade gnocchi with a brown butter sauce, and then his favorite dessert, cheesecake.

Rob: Though this meal doesn’t necessarily promote amorous affection (high levels of garlic), I love to make and surprise Alexia with chicken piccata, sauteed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes, neatly plated and served on a restaurant inspired table setting, white table cloth and cloth napkins included.

I really love chicken piccata, so that made me hungry!

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

To make these napkins, all you need is a set of store bought cloth napkins (I bought a 4 pack of linen/cotton blend ones at Target for about $8.00), Heat n Bond Lite, and your favorite fabrics.

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

I decided to appliqué different designs onto the corner of each napkin. I simply applied the Heat n Bond Lite to the back of the fabric scraps (per the manufactures instructions), cut out my shapes, and then ironed them onto the napkins.

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

I wanted to keep my edges pretty raw, as I think a little fraying as they wash will give these a great look. So I sewed with a straight stitch a couple of times around each fabric shape. If you don’t like the frayed look, you could use a tighter zigzag stitch to finish your appliqué.

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

Don’t forget when sewing along with microMod, be sure to tag your photos with #microMod on Instagram. You can also post your pictures on the Green Bee Patterns Facebook page or add them to the microMod Flickr group.

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

And now for the giveaway! How would you like to win a full Fat Quarter bundle of microMod? Simply leave a comment and I will pick a winner on Friday, April 19th.

There are also prizes at the other Sew Along stops. And, for a grand finale, a huge prize package back at Alexia’s blog at the end of the hop: A fat quarter stack of microMod by Rob Bancroft from Cloud9 fabrics, the entire Green Bee Patterns collection, a microMod sewing bag, and a Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine! (Open to contiguous US residents only.) So be sure to follow and sew along. :)

April 2 – Alexia & Rob at Green Bee
April 3 – Kelly at Kelbysews
April 5 – Amanda at the Craft Junky
April 6 – Rachael at Imagine Gnats
April 8 – Heather at alamode
April 10 – Holly at Bijou lovely
April 13 – Alexia, Michelle & Rob Green Bee
April 17 – Me!
April 18 – Katie at Swim Bike Quilt
April 19 – Deborah at Whipstitch
April 20 – Jacey at Jaceycraft
April 24 – Jenny at the Southern Institute
April 25 – Amy from sukie don’t ya know
April 26 – Jen from Betty Crocker Ass
April 27 – Sara from Sew Sweetness
April 28 – Krista at Krista Withers Quilting
April 29 – Katy from I’m a Ginger Monkey
April 30 – Amber from One Shabby Chick
May 1 – Alexia & Rob Green Bee GRAND PRIZE

Happy sewing everyone!

++ Closing Comments to Pick a Winner! ++

The lucky winner is #113, Brynn! Congratulations and I will be contacting you for your address. Thank you everyone for entering and remember to continue keeping up with the microMod Sew Along. :)

April 17, 2013   324 Comments

Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang ~ The Mod Stack Placemat

Hello everyone! I’d like to start off today by thanking everyone for their kind comments on my last post about Vintage Quilt Revival. We are so excited about the book and can’t wait to share more as the year progresses. You guys are really the best!

Today I’m happy to share with you my last installment for the Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang, the Mod Stack Placemat.

Mod Stack Placemat Pattern by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

These placemats feature fabrics from three of Art Gallery Fabrics newest collections, Color Me Retro by designer Jeni Baker, Textures by designer Angela Walters and Carnaby Street by the wonderful Pat Bravo.

Mod Stack Placemat Pattern by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

This placemat pattern is great for beginners. I paired the fabrics with a classic linen. My backing happens to be my daughter’s favorite print from the Carnaby Street line, making the placemat reversible.

Mod Stack Placemat Pattern by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

You can find the link to my new pattern on the Art Gallery blog.

As a celebration of the release of this *free* pattern for all of you, Art Gallery Fabrics is giving away a fat quarter set of each of the prints used in this quilt.

Art Gallery Fabrics
TTop Row: CST-3101 King’s Road Fuchsia, CST-3210 Retro Pop Mint, TXR-8108
Crosshatch Lime, CST-3107 Ladylike Black Tea
Bottom Row: CST-3100 Brit Boutique Royal, CST-3104 Girl About Town Lime,
CST-3109 60s Waves Midnight, CMR-2101 Dulcette Azalea

To enter, you just have to do a couple things.

My rules:
• Leave a comment on this post

Art Gallery’s rules:
• Follow Art Gallery on your favorite social media platform (Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook) and Subscribe to the Art Gallery Fabrics blog.

I will pick a winner Friday evening, March 22nd.

And don’t forget to add photos of your finished quilt to the Fat Quarter Gang Flickr Group. Happy sewing everyone!

++ Closing comments to pick a winner! ++

The winner is #191, Rebecca! Congratulations!! I will be contacting you for your mailing address. Thank you so much everyone!

March 18, 2013   220 Comments

Solids Sneak Peek

Off-Centered Squares Solids

The beginning of my next quilt – and my first solids quilt! For some reason I have never made a quilt from all solids but it was one of the things on my list of goals for 2011. I’m using my Off-Centered Squares pattern which I used last month with Anna Maria Horner’s Innocent Crush line.

Eight of the solids used in this new quilt are from this Moda cross weave bundle at The Fabric Quarter. (Flamingo, Lipstick, Scarlet, Coral, Apple, Spearmint, Ocean, Sky.) The tan is Essex Linen in Sand, purchased from Keri at Sew Deerly Loved on Etsy. The white is Kona White. The colors are so fresh and the fabric is lightweight, I think this will be the perfect quilt for Spring.

My iron died this week which really put a damper on my ability to sew much of anything, but a new one has arrived so I am back in business. More to come soon!

March 16, 2011   6 Comments

New Pillows!

pillow detail

I think I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite things about know how to sew is being able to make something like pillows and change the look of a room in an afternoon. And for cheap.

A couple of weeks ago, I decided I needed a change and made a set of these pillows. The center fabric is Metro Living Circles in Chocolate. Then I used a couple Essex Linens (in Putty and Sand) for the first time. These are great fabrics and way easier to use than pure linen. I bought them on Etsy from Sew Deerly Loved. The third solid is Kona Charcoal and I also used that for the backing. The outer ring is from Laura Gunn’s Poppy collection. I quilted these in diagonal lines about 1/2″ spacing. I used my new Hera marker to make a line down the center and then quilted from there. It matches my house perfectly, love it!

New pillows

Speaking of Laura Gunn, have you seen her new Magnolia Lane line? *Very* pretty, I especially love the Magnolia Branch print. The painted canvas prints look like great basics.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I am working on some baby loveys this week for the shop, and also finishing up a charm pack quilt. Talk to you soon!

February 28, 2011   6 Comments