Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

Summer Sampler Series Complete!

Summer Sampler Series

It’s done! I finally finished up my Summer Sampler Series quilt. I am *so* happy with how it turned out.

Summer Sampler Series Detail 1

Honestly I never thought I would make a Sampler quilt. They are definitely beautiful and a lot of work goes into them…but I always thought they were too traditional to peak my interest. I guess that just goes to show that you should never say never. Although these blocks all have traditional roots, I feel like the fabrics and sashing give this quilt a distinctly modern feel. Even my husband likes it! (And that is saying something. :))

Summer Sampler Series Detail 2

For those that didn’t follow along, the solids I used for the quilt blocks were from Pat Bravo’s Pure Elements collection. I am very much in love with the fabric – the colors, the silkiness. I plan on keeping some permanently in my stash. The 2″ wide grey sashing is Free Spirit Designer Solids Nugray. I also am really happy with their solids and plan to order more. I need a swatch card!

Summer Sampler Series Back

For the backing I used a print from Tanya Whelan’s Dolce Fabric collection. I had been saving this fabric to make some clothing, but….well, that never happened! And in the spirit of using what I have, I decided it would make a great quilt backing. There is also a dark purple stripe which is from the Pat Bravo Pure Elements line that I used on the front.

Summer Sampler Series Detail 3

I decided to quilt this one in a free motion meandering style. There are a *lot* of seams on this quilt and I wanted to do some heavy quilting to make sure it all stays in place for a long time.

Summer Sampler Series Back Detail

The binding is Free Spirit Designer Solids Manatee. The final quilt measures around 44″ x 58″.

I have really enjoyed watching so many of these quilts come together in the Flickr group. If you haven’t checked it out, be sure to stop by and be inspired. Also, if you weren’t able to quilt along with us, don’t worry. The tutorials will be up indefinitely, so you can always make yours at a future date.

September 14, 2011   59 Comments

Wonky, Wonky, Little Star – Mini Quilt Monday

Mini Quilt Monday!

Today is our first Mini Quilt Monday and I am excited to share my first wonky star quilt. I’m not sure what took me so long to make these, they really came together quickly! I followed this tutorial on The Silly BooDilly. On this quilt, each section/square of the star is 3″ unfinished. I laid out my stars the same way as a plus quilt, starting in the middle and working my way out to the edges.

Mini Quilt Monday!

I don’t have much of Denyse Schmidt’s Flea Market Fancy, but I decided to go ahead and cut into some of my small stash. I’m really happy I did. Fabric is made to be used and enjoyed. I love the bright colors of this line, and am excited that Free Spirit will be rereleasing some of the prints this winter.

Mini Quilt Monday!

Initially I planned to use the solid color fabric for a scrappy binding. But once I had it laid out around the quilt, I thought it would really add a nice frame to the the quilt as an additional border.

Mini Quilt Monday!

I also tried something new with the quilting of this mini. I quilted around each star using my walking foot. I like the finished effect…but it was a lot of quilt turning. I definitely wouldn’t do it on something larger than this. It seemed like it took forever and honestly I didn’t really enjoy it.

Mini Quilt Monday!

This quilt measures 36″ x 36″ and is listed in the shop.

Besides the quilt, did you notice I updated my blog header? Also trying something new there. If you are reading this through Google Reader, come on over and check it out.

So let’s see what you’ve created this week! Link ‘em up and grab a badge! Don’t forget, it can be a work in progress. Just something new you are trying to challenge yourself!



September 5, 2011   34 Comments

Project Special Delivery

Project Special Delivery
Photo from Pam – Mama Spark

Several months ago I blogged about a secret project I was heading up, Project Special Delivery. The plan was to make surprise baby gifts for a secret, special mom to be. I was part of a team that made improv blocks for a quilt. We were each assigned a color, I was in the pink/purple group.

Project Special Delivery

Now that the quilt has been mailed and received, and the baby has been born, I can finally share the details! The gift was for Heather Ross. Heather’s fabric has been such an inspiration to so many of us. She also really connects personally to her fans with her weekend workshops and classes. Many people that participated in Project Special Delivery had also met Heather in real life and always talked about what a warm, kind person she is. We wanted to shower Heather with handmade gifts from the virtual world that she has become a part of.

Project Special Delivery
Photo from Pam – Mama Spark

I want to say we had about 35 people create this single quilt. This included blocks for the front, back, long arm quilting, a beautiful hand embroidered message and binding.

Project Special Delivery
Photo from Pam – Mama Spark

Pam collected all the blocks and coordinated the assembling, photos and mailing. She was such a HUGE help and we could not have pulled this off without her.

Project Special Delivery
Photo from Pam – Mama Spark

Heather was touched when she received the quilts and even created these beautiful thank you cards for us, a painting of the quilt. Talk about leaving us speechless.

Heather Ross Thank You Note

It was such a fun project and I had a great time working with so many talented and kind quilters. This quilt was just one of many gifts. Check out the Flickr group for photos of others.

September 2, 2011   15 Comments

Fresh Lemons Patterns in Action

I think one of the most exciting moments I have as a blogger is when I receive an email from a reader that made one of my patterns or tutorials. I LOVE seeing the photos and hearing the story behind the quilt. I thought I would feature a few here.

The first quilt in the above photo is by my friend Kelly. I can’t tell you how flattered I was when she cut into her Katie Jump Rope stash to make the Kaleidoscopic Kites Quilt Pattern.

The second quilt you see above was a really fun surprise.


Photo from Laura Gunn blog

Last May I received an email from Lynne Miller of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild. Fabric designer Laura Gunn asked the guild to make a quilt for Quilt Market using her new Painter’s Canvas line. Lynne chose my Lemon Squares pattern. She did such a great job, it is really stunning. And I was honored to even have a little tiny piece of me at Quilt Market…talk about exciting!

The third quilt in the top photo is by Shannon and is also the Kaleidoscopic Kites Quilt Pattern. This was Shannon’s first quilt where she followed a pattern from start to finish. Her fabric selection and quilting is just beautiful.


Photo from Shannon’s blog

Another reader, Mitzi of Love, Live, Quilt, created a quilt based on my Echino Squared (sorry, no pattern for this one!) But she is one smart cookie and figured it out herself. :)


Photo from Mitzi’s blog

Last but certainly not least are these twin beauties by Katie of Katie’s Corner.

Central Park Twins. Done!

Wow! She used my Lemon Squares pattern with Kate Spain’s Central Park fabric collection and I am totally loving the results. Katie added more blocks to make these twin sized. Beautiful Katie. :)

If you have made a quilt from one of my patterns, or do so in the future, I would love to see it.

August 14, 2011   16 Comments