Scrappy Kaleidoscope ~ A Finished Quilt

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Sorry it’s been a bit quiet around here the last few days, but I promised myself I wouldn’t post again until I finished my Scrappy Kaleidoscope quilt. And it’s done! I love this quilt so much – it’s going to be a hard one to give away. But the recipient deserves much thanks for all her work and care over the last year, so I’m happy to have made something pretty for her.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The prints are scrappy and the background is FreeSpirit Solids Sand Dune (personal favorite). As I mentioned in a previous post, I made this quilt by paper piecing 12″ (finished) kaleidoscope blocks. I made a paper piecing template, and you can download it here. Be sure to print 4 copies at 100% or Actual Size to make your own 12″ block.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

There are 30 blocks in this quilt, and it measures 60″ x 72″. I quilted it in a meandering free motion design. The lighter colors just didn’t photograph well with the quilting texture last night, but it is oh-so-pretty in person and I wouldn’t change one piece of fabric.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Above is a nice shot from while I was getting ready to baste.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The backing and binding are Wordfind in Pink by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel, part of her Playful collection. I love it so much! I’ve also pieced in a specially embroidered label on the back, with To, From, and Date details. Sorry, no pics as I don’t want to spoil the surprise too much.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Next up, basting and quilting the Cubs Quilt! I’m thinking straight lines for that one. My back is sore just thinking about it!

A Doll Quilt Finish

Kansas Dugout Quilt Block

A finish is a finish no matter how small, right? Confession: I am really, really bad about completing projects that I start in a class. But when I got home from Sewtopia and started unpacking, my daughter saw my Kansas Dugout quilt blocks that I intended to make as a doll quilt for her, and she asked me finish it up that night. So we went upstairs to my sewing room and I let her pick the backing and binding, and even the quilting style. She helped me pin baste, selected a meandering pattern, and watched as I finished it up.

Kansas Dugout Quilt Block

I was so incredibly slow making these blocks in class. It probably didn’t help that I was talking to friends the whole time. I only made 9, but I think they turned out cute! I even fussy cut the mermaids from my precious Mendocino scraps. I’m pretty sure the doll and my 8 year old are happy with the quilt!

Kansas Dugout Quilt Block

I’ve also made progress on my Scrappy Kaleidoscope Quilt this week. The top is finished! (The picture was before I sewed the rows together.)

Kansas Dugout Quilt Block

I mentioned before that this is one of two gifts that I need to get done before the end of the school year. Feeling pretty good to not have waited until the very last minute for once!

Piecing Kaleidoscopes

Kaleidoscope Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

With the kids back in school after a week of illness and a week of Spring Break, I’m finally spending some quality time back in my sewing room. I have two more gift quilts I need to get done before the end of May. Maybe you can all guess who will be the recipients? The first one I’m working on features a scrappy assortment of bright fabrics.

Kaleidoscope Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I started out with all the above colors, minus the green and white. But as I was making my initial blocks, I kept deciding the quilt needed more and more color. I just can’t help myself! I’m piecing 12″ kaleidoscope blocks. When I think of a classic, well loved quilt pattern, kaleidoscope is pretty high up on my list. You just can’t go wrong. I paper piece mine – I whipped up this template before starting. If anyone is interested you can download it here. Just be sure to print it out at 100% or Actual Size.

Kaleidoscope Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Although the white doesn’t seem to photograph that well in the quilt, it does look nice in real life. I’m using FreeSpirit Solids Sand Dune as my background. This is one of my favorite neutrals.

I need to make 30 blocks for a 60″ x 72″ quilt. Almost halfway there. They do go together rather quickly. I’ll post again when I am closer to the finish!

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

Last month while I was away at QuiltCon, a special package arrived on my front porch: The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman. Publisher Interweave was kind enough to send me a copy to review, but being a huge fan of Penny and her designs and blog, I was planning on buying this book anyway. Penny is a major paper piecing expert. She designs patterns that you look at and think “how is that even possible???” And they are beyond cute. I wasn’t surprised when I opened her new book and loved everything I saw.

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

The Paper Pieced Home is 136 pages and comes with a CD of paper piecing templates. It begins by listing necessary tools/supplies and then gets into the basic steps of paper piecing these designs. This is super important (to me anyway) because these patterns have several different sections that are paper pieced and then stitched together to make your finished blocks. Penny also spends time covering fabric selection (she has SUCH a good eye for this) and more advanced techniques such as fussy cutting, sewing y-seams, and adding embellishments to your projects.

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

The 40 blocks and 10 projects in The Paper Pieced Home are divided into six chapters: Kitschy Kitchen, Wear It!, Retro Home, Create & Organize, Playtime, and Get Outdoors! There are so many cute blocks in this book! A few of my favorites…

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

How great is this fruit bowl on a grocery tote? Although if my groceries leaked onto this bag I would probably cry!

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

Clawfoot tub bath mat! I want this tub in real life.

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

I actually made this retro couch block last week. I was so loopy with the flu that my fabric choices were absolutely horrific. I took the entire thing apart and fixed it. Which proves how delirious I actually was! I’m much happier with it now though.

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

It’s only a matter of time before I make this sewing machine for my sewing room. Penny’s class at QuiltCon made this block. Amazing!

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

You can buy The Paper Pieced Home on Amazon, directly from Interweave, or (hopefully) at your local quilt shop or bookstore!

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

If you enjoy paper piecing (or learning new techniques) and making super cute blocks, this book is for you.