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!



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    September 16, 2014

    Have a great week!

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    September 16, 2014

    Hi! Your NEW pattern looks fantastic and I love always your colours with white! x Teje

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    Diana Nelson

    September 16, 2014

    The thread is beautiful and is perfect with your new pattern.

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    September 16, 2014

    So wish I had your talent…..

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      Lyn mcCarty

      September 16, 2014


      I teach teachers at university level and have been an instructional leader in secondary schools for a long time. My thought, from doing that and hearing the “I so wish for talent…” lament: just keep doing. The skill that develops with trial and error and practice is the heart of talent. I believe it takes more perseverance and reflection on practice than anything we might be born with. Go for it!

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        September 16, 2014

        Yes! I agree with Lyn! I’ve been living and breathing this stuff for over 5 years. I think anyone can do anything they put their mind to – just takes time and practice. 🙂

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    September 16, 2014

    Loving your solids project and that thread – wow. Those boxes are just so inspiring aren’t they?

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    September 16, 2014

    Can’t wait for your Modern Challenge pattern to debut! Love the colors!!!🎨

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    September 16, 2014

    wondering what software you use to author your patterns….Ive been looking into Q7 but I haven’t found many other alternatives to it.

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      September 16, 2014

      Hi there! I use Adobe Photoshop for my mockups/graphics and Adobe InDesign for my patterns. I have a lot of experience with Photoshop – 15 years. But InDesign was new to me and I learned a lot with the help of the Internet and watching videos on the Adobe website.

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    Kathleen McCormick

    September 16, 2014

    I, too, was wondering what software you are using. I am a pc girl about to go mac (and never back I hear) but it may be awhile until I do.

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    September 16, 2014

    Can’t wait to see this quilt, it looks lovely.

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    Sarah Lahrman

    September 16, 2014

    Loving this pattern!

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    September 16, 2014

    Faith, those V-blocks look fabulous! Awaiting the pattern…

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    September 16, 2014

    that is a busy weekend! woah! Love that quilt and can’t wait to see the pattern. 🙂

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    September 16, 2014

    This quilt is going to be lovely, the colours are realy nice and those threads are lovely

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    September 16, 2014

    I LOVE where you’re going with this solids project. Where did you get the inspiration for these blocks?

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      September 16, 2014

      Thanks Ann! I plan on giving the history surrounding the inspiration block in my final reveal. It’s actually quite different than where I ended up, but I’ll for sure share how/why I made my changes. 🙂

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    Connie w

    September 16, 2014

    Hi Faith

    I really like the way the quilt is coming together. I am excited to see the finshed quilt. I wll be very interested to see how you quilt it. I find it difficult to pick a thead color and for a modern quilt

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    Karen Shackleford

    September 16, 2014

    Oh my, Faith. What a weekend schedule. Your Modern Solids blocks are so very interesting. Looking forward to seeing the whole top!

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    Karen Lawson

    September 17, 2014

    I am looking forward to this pattern! I enjoy your blog and am so glad you answer questions by replying right here on this post! That way everyone benefits from your replies!
    Keep up the good work!

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    Laura @ Prairie Sewn Studios

    September 22, 2014

    Love how that solids quilt is looking. Can’t wait to see the finished thing!