Echino Squared

Echino Squared

I think my hands are finally defrosted enough to write this post. Just when I thought Mother Nature couldn’t make it any harder to take quilt photos, she threw us 2+ feet of snow (3+ foot drifts!) and I’m pretty sure it’s about 10 degrees outside right now. And I seem to have misplaced my gloves. But of course that wasn’t about to stop me from braving the elements and getting a picture of this great new quilt. I know I looked hilarious out there, dragging a clothes line, clothes pins, my camera and a quilt through all that snow in my backyard, practically falling every other step.

Echino Squared

I bought this Echino fabric a loooooong time ago. I was scared to use it on the wrong project. It’s just a *tad* pricier than regular quilting cotton. Finally one day I was sketching out ideas and came up with a design I thought would feature the large scale designs and bright colors perfectly.

Echino Squared

Each block is 9″, making the final quilt 54″ x 72″. I quilted this one with straight lines 1/4″ on each side of the vertical and horizontal seams with a 3.5 stitch length. My initial plan was also to do diagonals through all the blocks, but I did one and wasn’t feeling it. I picked those stitches out and called it a day.

Echino Squared

The binding is a Kona cotton with a bit of Echino pieced in on the top left. The back is a selection of Kona solids mixed with large blocks of Echino prints taken from the front. The white used on the front and back is actually Kona Snow – a softer white.

Echino Squared

Call it cabin fever, but I just picture the kids and me lounging on this quilt in the sun when it’s about 75 degrees outside.

And to celebrate finally using some of my Echino stash, I plan to have an Echino giveaway on my blog later this week. Be sure to check back to enter!

French Botanical Field Trip

French Botanicals Quilt

I finished my mom’s French Botanical Quilt last week and decided to take it with me on a little field trip this past weekend. We went to northwestern Michigan where my husbands family has a home. It is absolutely beautiful up there.

It was a weekend of golfing…

apple eating…

local dining…
Local Eats

and just taking in the amazing fall colors.
Crystal Lake

It was my longest trip away from my kids (2 nights), which I guess is kind of sad when you think about it considering my daughter is 4! And although I was in desperate need of a mommy break, I was really itching to get home to them by Sunday and felt a lot of relief when we pulled into the driveway. We are lucky to have the grandparents only a couple of miles away to watch them.

French Botanicals Detail

But back to the quilt! As I mentioned before, this decorative quilt is for my mom’s birthday. The focal point in the center of each square is a french botanical print from Japan. My mom is a quilter and has a lot of quilts. I wanted to make her something that was my style – to make it a more personal gift from me. And also I wanted to make her something that she wouldn’t necessarily just make herself. I chose several prints from my stash that coordinated, but were not part of a single collection. I think that makes the quilt more unique.

French Botanicals Quilt Back

The back is Kona Snow with a strip of the french botanical print framed by prints used in the front. The binding is Kona Espresso or Chocolate…I wish I marked these when I bought them! It measures about 38″ square and is quilted free motion.

The quilt will be off to my mom later today along with a few other goodies. I hope you like it mom!


Far, Far Away II

I finished the Far, Far Away II quilt on Saturday. Yesterday my husband was a trooper and we packed up the kids, dog, and quilt to go take pictures in the rain. Luckily it was pretty wooded so we didn’t get too incredibly wet!

I’m pretty excited about how this one turned out. This quilt consists of three types of simple blocks. One set with 3″ centers, one set with 4.5″ centers and one set with 5.5″ centers. There are 42 in total, 14 squares from each of designer Heather Ross’s colorways.

The fabric is a linen blend so it is a bit heavier in weight than quilting cotton. I think this makes for a perfect fall quilt. I have visions of draping it over the kids on wagon rides once the temperatures cool off.

I wanted the back to be a soft palate and let the designs really be the main focus. After much deliberation, I settled on Kona Peach, Butter and Ash. The binding is Kona Ash as well.

Since the linen is not as soft as the fabric I normally work with, I decided to loosely quilt this with diagonal lines. Can you believe I’ve never done diagonal quilting (I think…)? I really like the look and will definitely be quilting more that way.

The final size is 42″ x 50″. I used Dream Cotton Request Loft batting, my usual.

Lemon Squares Quilt Pattern

The Lemon Squares Quilt Pattern is a squares-in-squares quilt that is made out of only 6 types of blocks. See the blog post about this finished quilt here. I chose to make this quilt look scrappy by using a wide variety of fabric from my stash. You could also use solids and have a classic, cleaner look.

I used 5 sets of fabric colors for my quilt and that is reflected in the mockup: Light pink, dark pink, light orange, dark orange, and yellow.

1. Cut out the fabric for your squares. Below are the piece sizes for each of the 6 types of blocks. My quilt consisted of 7 rows. Each row had one of each of the 6 types of blocks. So, if you wanted to create a quilt of the same size and look, you would need to cut out 7 of each of these blocks.

Update: I receive a lot of emails asking if so-and-so is enough fabric for this quilt. I made my quilt from scraps, so I never had made cutting diagrams. I have updated this pattern to include a pdf of suggested fabric amounts/cuts.

Lemons Squares Quilt Pattern Cutting Diagrams

PLEASE NOTE: The cutting diagram contains fabric amounts to create THREE of each block, for a total of 18 blocks. You will need to multiply these fabric amounts by the number of blocks you want for your quilt. For example, if you want 6 of each block for a total of 36 squares, you will need two times the amount of fabric used in the above cutting diagrams.

Block A Pattern Color
Center Block Cut 1 4.5” x 4.5” Yellow
Ring 1 Cut 2 4.5” x 1.5” White
Ring 1 Cut 2 6.5” x 1.5” White
Ring 2 Cut 2 6.5“ x 2.25” Light Orange
Ring 2 Cut 2 10” x 2.25” Light Orange
Block B Pattern Color
Center Block Cut 1 3.5″ x 3.5″ Dark Pink
Ring 1 Cut 2 3.5” x 3.75” White
Ring 1 Cut 2 10” x 3.75” White
Block C Pattern Color
Center Block Cut 1 3.5″ x 3.5″ Light Pink
Ring 1 Cut 2 3.5″ x 1.75″ White
Ring 1 Cut 2 6″ x 1.75″ White
Ring 2 Cut 2 6″ x 2.5″ Dark Orange
Ring 2 Cut 2 10″ x 2.5″ Dark Orange
Block D Pattern Color
Center Block Cut 1 3.5″ x 3.5″ Dark Pink
Ring 1 Cut 2 3.5″ x 1.75″ Yellow
Ring 1 Cut 2 6″ x 1.75″ Yellow
Ring 2 Cut 2 6″ x 2.5″ White
Ring 2 Cut 2 10″ x 2.5″ White
Block E Pattern Color
Center Block Cut 1 2.5″ x 2.5″ Light Orange
Ring 1 Cut 2 2.5″ x 2.5″ White
Ring 1 Cut 2 6.5″ x 2.5″ White
Ring 2 Cut 2 6.5″ x 2.25″ Light Pink
Ring 2 Cut 2 10″ x 2.25″ Light Pink
Block F Pattern Color
Center Block Cut 1 7.5″ x 7.5″ Yellow
Ring 1 Cut 2 7.5″ x 1.75″ White
Ring 1 Cut 2 10″ x 1.75″ White

2. Sew squares together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. This should leave you with an approximate 10″ square.

3. Square your blocks to 9.5″.

4. Arrange your blocks randomly for the finished quilt and sew together.

5. Create your backing, baste, quilt and bind! Enjoy your fresh Lemon Squares!

Here is alternate view of the quilt, mocked up in cool tones.

Pattern is for personal use only. Please do not copy the pattern, resell pattern or post copied text and/or sizes on your blog. Feel free to link as much as you want though! There will be a permanent link at the top of this blog. Thanks for understanding! :)

I hope you enjoy the pattern and I’d love to see what you make!