Modern Solids ~ Progress!

Fresh Lemons Quilts ~ Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt

The month of September has been dedicated to my Denyse Schmidt Modern Solids challenge for Free Spirit Fabrics. I think I’ve put a little too much pressure on myself for this one and designed no less than 5 quilts, trying to come up with the perfect project.

Fresh Lemons Quilts ~ Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt

In the end, I decided to stick with my original idea. You may remember these blocks? I’m using the solids from the Modern Solids Fat Quarter box and Free Spirit Designer Solids in Pearl for the background. I’ve been quite busy cutting and chain piecing, but I’m thrilled with how it is coming together. I can’t wait to share the final layout with you.

Fresh Lemons Quilts ~ Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt

I have a couple prints from Denyse Schmidt’s Ansonia collection planned for the backing.

Fresh Lemons Quilts ~ Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt

I’m hoping to have a very productive week at the machine, and finish the rest of the blocks for the top. Wish me luck!

A Quilter’s Mixology ~ And a New Quilt Start

This week I started cutting into some of my Cotton + Steel fabric for a new project. Next month I’m going to be participating in a blog hop celebrating Angela Pingel’s new book, A Quilter’s Mixology: Shaking Up Curved Piecing. I thought it would be fun today to show you a bit about her book, as well as the start of my project. You’ll have to wait about 5 weeks to see the finish!

A Quilter’s Mixology is a quilting book of 16 projects centered around the Drunkard’s Path Block. I think every quilter probably has his or her strengths, things that come easiest to them. For me, it’s Foundation Paper Piecing. It’s like second nature and I really find my rhythm when I’m sewing.

Curved piecing is not one of my strengths. I don’t really sew curves often, so when I do I have a bit of anxiety, worry about my cuts, worry about lining everything up properly. Stitch reeeeeaaaaalllly slowly. This is one of the reasons I was so excited to receive Angela’s book. The entire premise is challenging to me.

Angela starts off her book with a bit of history (yay!) on the Drunkard’s Path block (4 pages). She then spends 8 pages going over the important technique stuff – templates, cutting, stitching the curves, and then stitching the blocks together. She also reviews some common problems you may run into when sewing curves and how to fix them. To me, this was a “must read” chapter of the book. Next is 8 pages on color, fabric and thread with lots of really beautiful photo inspiration.

After that Angela jumps into the 16 projects. They range from pillows to 100″+ inch quilts. These patterns are not only beautiful, but have very detailed instructions. In fact, the first time I was flipping through this book, I was really shocked (in a good way!) at the amount of detail put into the directions.

I have some favorites of course!


Orange Twist Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology


Medallion Baby Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology

Arabian Nights Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology

Nine Patch Curves Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology

Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology

I’ve just started working on the pattern above, Angela’s Petal Pusher Quilt. When I first decided to make it, I didn’t really look at the finished size. (Mental note: Always look at the finished quilt size – ha!) It’s huge! 106″ x 106″ Each block is 24″.

I will probably make 4 blocks for my quilt. I’m using Cotton + Steel fabrics with a couple other prints mixed in where needed. Angela’s sample quilt in the pattern used directional prints, so I decided to try my hand at that as well.

These blocks are large but actually very easy to put together. I worked on this for 2 mornings (2 hours each) and 1 afternoon (also 2 hours), and cut out 4 blocks and pieced 2 together.

For the curves, the book comes with a fold out template sheet in the back. I just traced my templates onto some scrap paper – nothing fancy here! Works like a charm.

I can’t wait to share this one with you next month during the blog hop. And I hope you will check out A Quilter’s Mixology and try your hand at some modern interpretations of this classic block.

Spectrum ~ A New Quilt Pattern

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

As promised, today I’m sharing my latest quilt finish, Spectrum. Several months ago, the folks at Robert Kaufman Fabrics asked me if I was interested in creating a pattern using their Kona solids. I have been sitting on this flying geese design for a bit, waiting for the right time to make the quilt. (Does anyone else do this?? I swear I have more quilt designs than I’ll ever be able to make!) I decided the Kona’s would be perfect for it.

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Spectrum quilt features flying geese in a variety of Kona colors: Valentine, Camellia, Carnation, Pink, Coral, Kumquat, Mango, Cheddar, Corn Yellow, Canary, Buttercup, Maize, Sour Apple, Pistachio, Pear, Honey Dew, Breakers, Pool, Bahama Blue, Aqua. The background happens to be one of my favorite neutrals, Kona Snow (I just bought a bolt of it!)

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

In this design, I took a classic quilting element (flying geese) and updated the design through use of negative space. By staggering the columns and leaving the tops and bottoms empty (piecing in the background fabric), a traditional concept now has a very modern feel.

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I quilted this using a free motion meandering design. I tried out the BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator) on my Bernina 750QE for the first time. (I have used the BSR on my Bernina 440QE). It worked great! I put my pressure foot setting down to 0 and found that to be the easiest for smoothly moving the quilt around while stitching.

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The quilt measures 54″ x 60″. The pattern is now available as a PDF Digital Download in my pattern shop. Hardcopies are on their way as well and will be listed as soon as they arrive.

Color Block Quilt

I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve shared a finished quilt in this space. After many, many, many hours of quilting straight lines, this one is finally complete. This Color Block Quilt is based off my Rainchino Rails quilt.

I wrote this pattern back in 2011 for Fat Quarterly. For my Color Block version, I eliminated the white sashing and just increased the width of the strips by 1″. You can still buy the issue with the pattern on the Fat Quarterly website.

I debated between mixing up my fabrics or dividing them into sections, and I’m happy I ended up doing the latter. I just love color blocking! I mentioned in my last post about this quilt, I quilted straight lines using the edge of my foot as a guide. I used the dual feed on my Bernina 750QE for the entire thing – about 170 lines!

You may recall in my post on straight line quilting that I was getting “off” results from the walking foot – but I encourage you to check back at that post. It’s all working fabulously now, just tweaked my settings a bit.

The backing is a beautiful Fig Tree & Co print from their California Girl line. The binding is from Zen Chic’s Comma line. This quilt measures 60″ x 68″. It’s actually a gift, going to a very special home in the next few weeks. I can’t wait to send it off!