Blocks, Thread and Patterns

Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I had one of those weekends where you barely have time to catch your breath – 3 soccer games, 1 wedding and 2 birthday parties. Sunday night I fell asleep at 8:45! It felt good Monday to get back into the routine. I spent quite a bit of time in my sewing space. On the wall, more blocks done for my Modern Solids Challenge.

Favorite Things by Jeni Baker for Aurifil Threads : Fresh Lemons Quilts

In the mail, I treated myself to one of Jeni Baker’s Aurifil set of threads. I love the collection of colors in this box, such a great variety to have on hand.

Favorite Things by Jeni Baker for Aurifil Threads : Fresh Lemons Quilts

And at the computer (as promised), I have been working on the pattern for the Modern Solids quilt I’m making.

Quilt Pattern Writing : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today I’m planning to spend some time trying my hand at a bit of appliqué using Corey Yoder’s new book Playful Petals. More on what I create later this week. Wish me luck!

Travel Home

Travel Home Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My first back-to-school finish! It only took almost 2 years. I’m so happy today to share with you my finished Arkansas Traveler quilt. I decided to rename it though, since really the blocks have been changed from the original Arkansas Traveler quilt block. I chose “Travel Home” because this quilt is destined to live at home with me, on my couch.

Travel Home Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt is the product of a lot of different inspiration sources combined. First, I’ve always been in love with historic two color quilts ~ red and white quilts, blue and white quilts, black and white quilts. There’s just something so striking about them.

Second, around two years ago I discovered Folk Fibers. I am really in awe of their quilts, the process that goes into making them, and then of course the natural colors.

And finally, last year I made an Arkansas Traveler quilt as a wedding gift and it was hard to give up! I knew I wanted to make some version of it again, this time for keeps.

Travel Home Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

When I started designing the Travel Home Quilt ever so long ago, I knew I wanted it to have the same overall look as my first Arkansas Traveler quilt. I liked the chain effect…but I didn’t really want to make a quilt that large again. Honestly, for lounging under the couch I just don’t need something bed sized. If I kept the blocks at 12″ finished squares, I would need to make another large quilt to create a nice looking design. I ended up shrinking the blocks to 8″ finished squares. That allowed me to have the chained look, but a smaller quilt. This one finished at 56″ x 72″.

Travel Home Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Another change I made to the Arkansas Traveler block was to eliminate the 4 diamonds that made up each quadrant of the block. Instead, I used just one fabric for that space. I did this for a couple of reasons. I did really love the effect of the 4 diamonds in my original quilt (gave a sort of shimmering effect). But since I was doing cream/black prints on this quilt, I thought it would be overly busy and/or not very noticeable. Second, as I shrunk the blocks, the diamonds also shrunk so I though one fabric was plenty for these spots.

Travel Home Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Nevermind my son running around like crazy!

The backing is a print from Melody Miller’s Mustang collection for Cotton + Steel. It’s quite different from the front, but I think complimentary. I quilted free motion meandering with a dark blue thread over the blue portions of the quilt, leaving the cream diamonds unquilted. I really wanted this quilt to have a nice, cozy drape after washing and it does! Now let’s see what I can finished next. :)

Flying Geese ~ Perfect Points

Flying Geese Paper Piecing Templates at Fresh Lemons Quilts

Happy Saturday! Yesterday when I posted my rainbow geese sneak peek, I had several people comment and email me about how to I got my perfect points. I think most people traditionally piece their flying geese (and I have instructions for how to do that on my Radiant Splendor block tutorial).

When I first started making flying geese, I made them using the traditionally pieced method. But like some of you, I was never totally pleased with the results. (I can be a perfectionist at times.) Once I learned to paper piece, I decided to try paper piecing my flying geese. And not surprisingly, just like everything else that comes from paper piecing, they were perfection.

At the bottom of my Patterns and Tutorials page, I provide links to download the templates I use in various sizes. But just to make it easier for you, I am linking to them here as well. All the sizes listed are finished sizes. The templates do include the 1/4″ seam allowance around each flying geese paper piecing unit.

1″ x 2″ 2″ x 4″ 2-1/2″ x 5″ 1-3/4″ x 3-1/2″

As with all templates online, be sure to print at 100% or “Actual Size”. If you have never paper pieced before, I do have a tutorial for getting started.

I hope you enjoy them!

Shimmering Lanterns Quilt ~ Shimmer Blog Hop

 

Shimmer Blog Hop
Hello everyone! Welcome to my stop on Jennifer Sampou’s Shimmer blog hop. I first met Jennifer last Fall at Quilt Market – such a nice and talented woman! I was thrilled to have a chance to work with her latest line for Robert Kaufman, Shimmer.

Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

It was really fun to work with metallic fabrics. My biggest question was how they would react to my iron and quilting. I’m happy to report that I had no problem with either! Jennifer’s designs and colors are also so sophisticated. I’m very pleased with how this quilt turned out.

Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

This quilt is based off the Arkansas Traveler quilt block. You guys probably know I love that block by now! (If not, see herehere…AND here. lol) You can find the pattern for this block on Lee’s blog.

Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I made a few changes to the block. Rather than piece the center focus of the block with 4 diamonds, I used 2 triangles. I actually drew those into the paper piecing pattern and treated those as pieces 1 and 2.

Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I also placed the blocks on point. I love that rotating a block 45 degrees creates a completely different look. When I first designed this quilt, I was going to make the entire background white. But after I laid out the blocks, I decided to use the beautiful Shimmer prints for the border background half square triangles. I am so happy I made that change, because it really adds the wow factor that this quilt needed.

Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Who is interested in working with some Shimmer? Robert Kaufman has offered to give away a charm pack to a lucky reader. Just leave a comment after this post for a chance to win. I’ll pick a winner Sunday evening. Giveaway now closed

And be sure to keep up with the blog hop for more inspiration and chances to win charm packs. Jennifer will also be giving away a full fat-quarter bundle at the end of the party!

April 1: Robert Kaufman/Jennifer Sampou
April 2: Janice Ryan – Better off Thread
April 3: Alissa Haight Carlton – Handmade by Alissa
April 4: Julie Herman – JayBird Quilts
April 5: Natalie Barnes – Beyond the Reef
April 6: Stash Books – C&T Publishing
April 7: Amanda Jean Nyberg – Crazy Mom Quilts
April 8: Lee Heinrich – Freshly Pieced
April 9: Cheryl Arkinson – Naptime Quilter
April 10: Christina Cameli – A Few Scraps
April 11: Elizabeth Hartman – Oh Fransson
April 12: Faith Jones – Fresh Lemon Quilts Me!
April 13: Gemma Jackson – Pretty Bobbins
April 14: Katie Blakesley – Swim Bike Quilt
April 15: Amy Smart – Diary of a Quilter
April 16: Laura Nownes, Jennifer Rounds, Pati Fried, Darra Williamson – See How We Sew
April 17: Holly DeGroot – Bijou Lovely
April 18: Jennifer Sampou – Wrap Up

+++ Update +++

I’m picking a winner! I’ll leave comments open in case anyone has an additional comment/question on the quilt, but the giveaway is officially closed with comment 225. (4/14/14, 7:50am CDT)

The winner is #170 – Janet S.! Congratulations Janet – I will pass along your email to Robert Kaufman fabrics. They will be in touch to ship your prize.