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Lighthouse Quilt Along Week 1: Quilt Top Design

Welcome everyone to the first day of the Lighthouse Quilt Along! I’m so excited to share the process of making this fun and beautiful quilt with you. And finally share my finished quilt photos with you as well!

Lighthouse Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I’m really pleased with how the quilt turned out. I enjoyed working with the new Palette line by Marcia Derse so much. (More on the exact fabrics I used later in the post.)

Lighthouse Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

So let’s get started!


Lighthouse QAL Week 1: Quilt Top Design

This week we are going to start out the quilt along by focusing on Quilt Top Design. This is when you are going to make 2 very important decisions:

1. Size of the quilt you’d like to make.
2. Color of your quilt blocks/top.

The blocks in the Lighthouse quilt are 8” x 8” finished. My quilt is 5 blocks x 5 blocks, meaning my quilt measure 40” x 40” finished. This is a baby size or wall hanging size. Some of you may want to make this quilt larger.

Type Blocks Finished Size
Baby 5 blocks by 5 blocks = 25 blocks 40″ x 40″
Lap 7 blocks by 9 blocks = 63 blocks 56″ x 72″
Twin 8 blocks by 11 blocks = 88 blocks 64″ x 88″
Queen 11 blocks by 12 blocks = 132 blocks 88″ x 96″
King 13 blocks by 12 blocks = 156 blocks 104″ x 96″

Tip: Keep in mind, each finished block is going to require paper piecing 8 templates. (Easy templates, but still 8 each). So if you are new to quilting, you *may* not want to jump right into a King Sized quilt with 156 blocks, which equates to 1248 paper pieced templates. I’m sure it would be stunning though!

Once you decide on what size you’d like to make, it’s time to plan your colors.

Below I’ve provided PDF download links to coloring page worksheets. Simply download the size quilt you’d like to make, grab some colored pencils and start designing.

Baby PDFLap PDFTwin PDFQueen PDFKing PDF

I’ve shaded in the background with a light grey – but this can be any color you’d like to use as the background of your blocks. (Please understand I am not able to provide all possible combinations of quilt block layouts as PDF coloring pages. If you’d like a different size quilt, you can cut and tape the templates.)

And just to get those creative juices flowing….here are some ideas. You could make a complete rainbow gradient quilt just like mine.

Lighthouse Quilt Along Design by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Or have a common color component that appears consistently throughout the quilt blocks and ties them all together.

Lighthouse Quilt Along Design by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

And maybe that common color is really several shades of a color (in this case, brown).

Lighthouse Quilt Along Design by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Or maybe you just have a fabric collection that you want to use in a scrappy way as the focal fabrics in the quilt. That’s great too!

For those interested in making a quilt like mine, I used Marcia Derse’s Palette Fabric line. I just found out that the release date was pushed back a little to January 2014. If you happen to want to wait until then, or stumbled across this quilt along at a later date, do not worry. These posts and directions will live on my blog for as long as my blog is around.

Palette by Marcia Derse for Windham Fabrics

The following are the exact fabrics I used in my quilt (baby sized) and I did have fabric left over. All fabrics are from Marcia Derse – Palette for Windham Fabrics, January 2014.

Quilt Top:
1-1/2 yards of 37098-12 Chalk
1/4 yard each of: 37098-6 Mustard, 37098-13 Saffron, 37098-14 Duckling, 37098-15 Salmon, 37098-16 Cherry, 37098-17 Papaya, 37098-19 Pumpkin, 37098-21 Wine, 37098-20 Cranberry, 37098-22 Cardinal, 37098-25 Concord Grape, 37098-26 Lavender, 37098-27 Blueberry, 37098-28 Dark Teal, 37098-29 Curacao, 37098-30 Mediterranean, 37098-31 Caribbean, 37098-33 Ocean, 37098-34 Spruce, 37098-35 Mint, 37098-36 Grass, 37098-37 Olive, 37098-38 Everglade, 37098-40 Chartreuse
Backing: 2 yards of 37098-98 Taupe
Binding: 2/3 yard of 37098-10 Burnt Umber

NOTE: We will talk more in depth about fabric requirements next week.

As you can tell based on the amount of information and time put into this post, I feel very strongly that good planning going into a project will lead to a beautiful and successful end quilt. I hope you all will enjoy your week of planning and designing.

Next Wednesday we will be making a test block so that we know exactly how much fabric we will need for the paper piecing of the quilt.

October 30, 2013   32 Comments

A Quilt By My Mom

Quilt by Lorellen Moore, mom of Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts

I thought it’d be fun today to share a quilt my mom just finished up. This quilt is based on a pattern in the book Once Upon A Seasonby authors Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins of Piece O’Cake Designs. My mom reworked the pattern to eliminate the center circle and sewed buttons to the centers instead, using her Bernina to make quick work of sewing them on. She also added more blocks to make the quilt a rectangle.

Quilt by Lorellen Moore, mom of Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts

Other inspiration for the quilt was from Timna Tarr’s Quilt Catena as shown in Quilters Newsletter magazine, December/January 2013 issue. We saw her quilt displayed in the International Quilt Show in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2013.

Quilt by Lorellen Moore, mom of Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts

The backing is a variety of scrappy pieced prints. I spy some Sweetwater!

Quilt by Lorellen Moore, mom of Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts

Isn’t it lovely? :) Thanks for letting me share it mom!

October 1, 2013   44 Comments

Swoon

Swoon Quilt Block : Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

What’s better than starting one new project this week? Starting two! Yes, I’m *finally* jumping on the Swoon bandwagon. I’ve wanted to make one ever since I saw Angela’s Good Folks Swoon quilt. I knew the blocks were big. But I don’t think anything prepares you for the size until you actually make one.

I only get my yardstick out for 3 things:
   1. Measuring those big Chicago snow storms.
   2. Reaching toys the kids throw under our King sized bed.
   3. Showing people how big a Swoon quilt block is. 24-1/2″!

Swoon Quilt Block : Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I’m planning on mixing some prints from Avalon by Fig Tree & Co. with others from my stash. I actually haven’t picked all my fabrics yet, so there still may be a bit more ordering. I am using Kona Snow for my background. I’m not going to stress too much over a timeline for this one, but can’t wait to make more blocks and share my progress along the way.

September 20, 2013   35 Comments

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!”

September 13, 2013   27 Comments