Stage 2 ~ Complete!

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m inching towards the finish line! A few posts back, I mentioned that I considered the paper piecing of the corner block components “Stage 1″ of making this quilt. In my mind, assembling those components into their final blocks was “Stage 2″. This week I wrapped up that task.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I seriously love chain piecing. It’s a bit mindless at times…but boy does it get the job done quickly and efficiently. I make all my blocks at once, dedicating a couple hours each morning to piecing specific sections together.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Now for “Stage 3″ ~ assembling those filler blocks that will pull the whole thing together.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You may notice that I unstitched a bit of the section I made 2 years ago. When I picked this project up again, I had additional fabrics I wanted to use – both in the cream/white prints and the colors. I didn’t want it to be totally obvious that those prints weren’t in that original section. So I decide to spread those blocks out a bit.

My goal was to finish this quilt by Christmas. That’s not going to happen. But I think after the holiday’s it should come together quickly and will be my first official finish of 2015.

A New View

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The view on my design wall is slowly changing. After taking a few days off to work on a tutorial for next month on Bernina’s We All Sew blog, I’ve found some time to sit and sew more on my Poinsettia quilt. These are the floating stars.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I hope you are enjoying reading and seeing the progress (slow as it may feel to me). It really motivates me to keep at it when I am able to share the journey in this space.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also managed to clean up my sewing room. There were fabric piles pretty much everywhere. All folded now and put away. If only the sun would come out here in Chicago, I miss the natural light!

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Back to work – more to sew, more to clean, and more to wrap!

On the Design Wall (Again!)

Fabrics by Anna Maria Horner : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Thank you all so much for your great feedback on my site redesign. I was so happy to hear your kind words and receive your emails. I already feel lighter and more excited to be in this space. I’ve had a really fun couple of days sewing this week. Once I finished my Rocket quilt, my design wall was officially empty of commitments. I went through a few of my work in progresses to see what I wanted to finish up first.

Fabrics by Anna Maria Horner : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I know, if you remember this quilt section you are probably thinking “suuuuure Faith is going to finally finish that one…” I am though. I promise this time! Look at all that empty space on the wall.

This quilt is a spin off of my Poinsettia Mini Quilt Pattern. I’ve added some additional sections and played with color a bit. But the block size and assembly of the main block is the same.

** Update for those asking for a specific pattern for this quilt, as there are some block additions: it will most likely happen in the future. **

Fabrics by Anna Maria Horner : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I dove into my collection of Anna Maria Horner fabrics. I really, really love her designs and colors. I started by cutting an equal number of warm and cool colored fabrics for balance. I also had to cut a lot of cream and black fabric for the background. I’m using up some of my favorite prints, but I think I’ll be happy to have them shine in this quilt.

Fabrics by Anna Maria Horner : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So far I’ve paper pieced half of my components. Only 184 to go! Then I imagine I’ll be spending a lot of quality time with the rotary cutter, trimming these down to the finished size. Hopefully you won’t get tired of this project as I share a lot of my work along the way. It helps motivate me. My goal is to be finished before Christmas!

Big Top Quilt ~ Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration Challenge

Big Top Quilt ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

Yay! I am finally posting finished pictures, inspiration, pattern and voting details for my Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration Challenge quilt! Last July, I was contacted by Free Spirit Fabrics and asked if I wanted to participate in a Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration Challenge. The rules were…

Make a 60 x 60 inch quilt with Denyse Schmidts’s Modern Solids Collection. In the spirit of Denyse’s book “Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration”, the design should be inspired by – or be your own interpretation of – a traditional quilt pattern.

Big Top Quilt ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

Well if you know me, you know I love Denyse Schmidt, I love solids, and I love modern traditionalism! So it was a no brainer. I sat down with my favorite block anthology books, including Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns. For those of you that are not familiar with this book, it is completely awesome. It is a hand drawn collection of hundreds (thousands?) of historic quilt blocks and their source. There are no directions for making the blocks, simply drawings of the blocks themselves.

I really was taken with Nancy Cabot’s Spring and Fall quilt block (block 216.27 in this photo).

Big Top Quilt Inspiration ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

I liked that it had the basic shape of flying geese blocks, not a 12″ square. I also liked that it included some unexpected details with the tiny half square triangles inside. They were a bit too much detail for my personal taste though – but I really wanted to incorporate that concept somehow. I went about “modernizing” the block by taking that space and changing it to chunks of solid color.

Big Top Quilt ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

I selected colors for each block from the Modern Solids fat quarter box color families, giving them a really nice, dynamic look. For the quilt top layout, I alternated the direction of the blocks throughout the quilt, and incorporated a lot of negative space. I think it really keeps your focus on the design, without it getting too cluttered.

Big Top Quilt ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve made a quilt pattern for this design, so far available only as a PDF download. I named it “Big Top” because they remind me of little tents. :) You can find the pattern in my shop.

Big Top Quilt ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

And now for voting details! You can vote for your favorite quilt now through October 14th in a few places:

FreeSpirit Facebook Album
FreeSpirit Blog
FreeSpirit Pinterest Board

I’ve said before, this was a VERY friendly challenge. All of us participating know and respect each other. Everyone’s quilts are so great! So go over and pick your favorite quilt that embodies the “Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration” goal. But trust me, it will be very hard to pick a favorite!