Summer Sparkle Quilt Along ~ Week 2

Summer Sparkle Quilt Along with Fresh Lemons Quilts

Just a friendly reminder that today is the second week of my Summer Sparkle Quilt Along over at Bernina’s We All Sew blog. Today you will start making your blocks.

Summer Sparkle Quilt Along with Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Summer Sparkle Quilt Along schedule is below:

June 2nd / Week 1Fabric Requirements and Cutting
June 9th / Week 2Block Assembly
June 16th / Week 3Quilt Top Assembly and Quilting

I hope you will come over and check it out!

Summer Sparkle Quilt Along ~ Week 1

Summer Sparkle Quilt Along with Fresh Lemons Quilts

I know, two posts in one day…crazy! :) But today marks the first week of my Summer Sparkle Quilt Along over at Bernina’s We All Sew blog. If you have ever wanted to make a 4th of July quilt…or even just love stars…this is your chance! The Summer Sparkle Quilt is a Sawtooth Star design that uses color gradients in a fun way. I used Color Block Ombre fabric from Vanessa Christenson of V & Co’s Color Me Happy line for Moda. Isn’t it great?

Summer Sparkle Quilt Along with Fresh Lemons Quilts

Each week directions will be on Bernina’s blog, but I will also post reminders over here. The Summer Sparkle Quilt Along will follow the below schedule:

June 2nd / Week 1Fabric Requirements and Cutting
June 9th / Week 2Block Assembly
June 16th / Week 3Quilt Top Assembly and Quilting

I hope you will join along!

** Someone emailed me to call to my attention that there are a few items that were left off/changed on the cutting instructions for my pattern. I’ve let Bernina know and they will correct, but hold off on cutting until I update this. (Feel free to go ahead and order your fabric though). :) ** Looks like everything is now up and correct over there!

Back and Busy!

Quilting Bloggers photo from Amy Smart
Photo from Amy Smart, Diary of a Quilter

Phew! What a busy past week! I was lucky enough to spend 3 days in Pittsburgh for Quilt Market and there was just so much to see. Besides the amazing new lines – which hopefully I will blog about soon! – it was great to just see friends in the industry. At one moment on Friday, several of us just happened to run into each other right outside Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew’s booth. If you read a lot of quilting blogs, you probably recognize many of these ladies. From left to right: Melissa (The Polka Dot Chair), Amy Smart (Diary of a Quilter), Angela Pingel (Cut to Pieces), Kaye Prince (Miss Print), Anna Graham (Noodlehead), Allison Harris (Cluck Cluck Sew) Ashley (Film in the Fridge, there with her ADORABLE daughter!), me :), Amanda Jean (Crazy Mom Quilts), and Lee Heinrich (Freshly Pieced). Such a great moment!


Image from Fat Quarter Shop Twitter Feed

Friday morning was the Vintage Quilt Revival book signing. It was so great to meet fellow quilters and shop owners who were excited about the book. The only think missing – and she was SO missed! – was our coauthor Katie who couldn’t be there due to her big news. She is expecting a baby in the fall, but quite sick and unable to travel.

It was so cold in Pittsburgh, but I arrived home Sunday to absolutely perfect weather. My daughter and her friend sat outside on the string quilt, and rainbow loomed. I love seeing that quilt being loved.

Faith Jones Fresh Lemons Quilts fabric bundle from Fat Quarter Shop

I also arrived home to this awesome bundle of fabrics! These are a custom collection of prints and solids I put together for Fat Quarter Shop. You can buy your own bundle in their shop!

And finally, over the last several days I’ve been sewing like a mad woman to get ready for a quilt along I’ll be hosting beginning June 2nd on Bernina’s We All Sew blog.

Summer Sparkle Quilt Along

I’ll be posting reminders along the way here too, so if you want to make sure you don’t miss anything, be sure to sign up to my email notifications on the right column of my blog by clicking on Email Subscribe.

Summer Sparkle Quilt Along

Ok, gotta run to Preschool Graduation!! Happy sewing everyone!

Lighthouse Quilt Along Week 4: Quilt Top Assembly

Lighthouse Quilt Along

This is the last “official” week of the Lighthouse Quilt Along, but do not worry if you are still working on piecing your blocks. I know I posted at a quick pace in order to have the information available to everyone as needed. I hope you have enjoyed making your blocks, maybe learning something new about design, color, calculating fabric requirements or paper piecing.

Lighthouse Quilt Top : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today we are going to focus on sewing your blocks together to make your quilt top. This is really very simple. I lay my quilt blocks out on the floor or a design wall. (Let’s be honest, usually the floor.) I start at the top and sew the blocks together row by row. The most important thing for me involves pressing the seams.

Lighthouse Quilt Top : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I like to press my seams in alternating directions per row. For example, I will press all my seams in the first row to the right. Then I will press all my seams in the second row to the left. Then continue, right – left – right – left. These alternating pressed seams become “locked” together when you sew your rows to each other, forming the finished quilt top.

Lighthouse Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

And that’s it! Finish your quilt as usual. I’d love to see pictures of your completed Lighthouse Quilts (or quilt tops), so feel free to post links in the comments as you finish your projects!