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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!

October 9, 2014   32 Comments

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!

September 16, 2014   22 Comments

Spectrum ~ A New Quilt Pattern

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

As promised, today I’m sharing my latest quilt finish, Spectrum. Several months ago, the folks at Robert Kaufman Fabrics asked me if I was interested in creating a pattern using their Kona solids. I have been sitting on this flying geese design for a bit, waiting for the right time to make the quilt. (Does anyone else do this?? I swear I have more quilt designs than I’ll ever be able to make!) I decided the Kona’s would be perfect for it.

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Spectrum quilt features flying geese in a variety of Kona colors: Valentine, Camellia, Carnation, Pink, Coral, Kumquat, Mango, Cheddar, Corn Yellow, Canary, Buttercup, Maize, Sour Apple, Pistachio, Pear, Honey Dew, Breakers, Pool, Bahama Blue, Aqua. The background happens to be one of my favorite neutrals, Kona Snow (I just bought a bolt of it!)

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

In this design, I took a classic quilting element (flying geese) and updated the design through use of negative space. By staggering the columns and leaving the tops and bottoms empty (piecing in the background fabric), a traditional concept now has a very modern feel.

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I quilted this using a free motion meandering design. I tried out the BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator) on my Bernina 750QE for the first time. (I have used the BSR on my Bernina 440QE). It worked great! I put my pressure foot setting down to 0 and found that to be the easiest for smoothly moving the quilt around while stitching.

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The quilt measures 54″ x 60″. The pattern is now available as a PDF Digital Download in my pattern shop. Hardcopies are on their way as well and will be listed as soon as they arrive.

July 29, 2014   32 Comments

Safari Moon Blog Hop and Saddle Up Quilt Pattern

 

Safari Moon Blog Hop

Welcome everyone, to the first stop of the Safari Moon Blog Hop!

Saddle Up Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Safari Moon is the absolutely gorgeous new fabric line by designer Frances Newcombe for Art Gallery Fabrics. I was beyond excited when Frances contacted me to see if I wanted to make something with her new line. I couldn’t say yes fast enough! As soon as the fabric arrived in the mail, my daughter took one look and told me “I want to go sew something with those!” She knows a good thing when she sees it!

Saddle Up Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen peeks here and there of this project as it has come together. I’m so happy to share the finished quilt with you today, along with some information for those that are interested in making the quilt themselves. When I first saw the colors and designs of the Safari Moon line, I knew I had the perfect project for it. This design has been stuck in my mind since last summer ~ July 10th, 2013 to be exact. That’s the date when I received this email from Country Outfitters in my inbox:

Saddle Up Inspiration : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I think we can all agree that is a nice looking couple and pretty cool boots…but it was the quilt that caught my eye. After asking around, I was pointed in the direction of Around the World quilt patterns to recreate this look. But I had a few design elements I wanted to work in – which usually equals more work, right? Those included the squares being on point and also, no squares cut in half (HSTs) at the edge of each “block”. I also wanted extra large, super sized blocks. So in the end, I decided to just lay out the entire quilt in diagonal strips and then stitch those together. You may remember this photo of the project, half finished, on my design wall.

Saddle Up by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m so happy with how it turned out! I think the large, on point “blocks” and the bright colors give this quilt a totally dramatic look. And if you squint, doesn’t this picture look like the quilt is on the beach instead of snow?

Saddle Up by Fresh Lemons Quilts

For the back I combined the Animalia Splendor print with some solids from my fabric stash. I love those Zebras!

Saddle Up by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I had a few requests for the pattern for this quilt. I’m sure there are a million ways to put it together, but I thought I’d share the fabric requirements I came up with when I was planning. I basically printed out a picture of my quilt mock up, sewed the diagonal strips together one at a time, and then used a marker to black them off my print out as I went.

Saddle Up Quilt Pattern by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Here was my mock up I made using Photoshop, before beginning the quilt. The quilt is 68″ x 68″.

Saddle Up Quilt Pattern by Fresh Lemons Quilts

And if you are interested in just the number of cut squares needed to make each “block”, here you go!

Saddle Up Quilt Pattern by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I hope this helps those of you looking to make this quilt! You can find Safari Moon at my following Sponsor’s shops:

Fat Quarter Shop
Stash Modern Fabrics
Fabric Spark

The Safari Moon blog hop will be continuing today through March 12th.

Safari Moon Blog Hop

Don’t forget to visit the talented bloggers below for fresh inspiration each day!

February 24: Faith Jones at Fresh Lemons Quilts
February 25: Lindsay Conner at Lindsaysews/Craft Buds
February 26: Sara Lawson at Sew Sweetness
February 27: Cristy Fincher at Cristy Creates
February 28: Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter
March 3: Lee Heinrich at Freshly Pieced
March 4: Teri Harlan at Sew Fantastic
March 5: Jane Davidson at Quilt Jane
March 6: Lynne Goldsworthy at Lilys Quilts
March 7: Sandy Whitelaw at Upstairs Hobby Room
March 10: Katy Jones at ImAGingerMonkey
March 11: Victoria Findlay Wolfe at Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts
March 12: Megan Bohr at Canoe Ridge Creations

Host Frances Newcombe Designer with Art Gallery Fabrics – Belly Buttons Boutique

February 24, 2014   54 Comments