Fresh Spool Series ~ Scrappy Spool Block Pattern

Fresh Spool Series : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Happy Monday everyone! Last month when I shared my spool pattern for the Good Neighbors Pincushion party, I started to get the itch to make more (and bigger) spool blocks. I get a lot of emails about my spool block mini quilt that I made back in 2011. At that time, I was just learning paper piecing and drew up the block patterns as a test for myself. I didn’t save them or plan on publishing them.

Fresh Spool Series : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I came up with some paper pieced block designs that I thought would be fun to share over the next 5 weeks. All of these blocks are 6″ x 6″ finished, so larger than the pincushion block I posted last month. They are all Foundation Paper Pieced. If you are new to the technique, I have a tutorial right here on my blog.

Fresh Spool Series, Scrappy Spool Quilt Block Pattern : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For week one, I’m revisiting the spool block from the Good Neighbors Pin Cushion party. I resized this block to finish out at a 6″ x 6″ square. I chose an essex linen for the background and a scrappy assortment of oranges for my spool.

Fresh Spool Series, Scrappy Spool Quilt Block Pattern : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It is a bit Halloweeny without even trying. :)

Fresh Spool Series, Scrappy Spool Quilt Block Pattern : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can download your own copy of the 6″ x 6″ Scrappy Spool Quilt Block Pattern by clicking on the image below, or this link. As with all paper piecing patterns, be sure to print this pattern at “100%” or “Actual Size”, and check the 1″ scale icon before starting.

Fresh Spool Series, Scrappy Spool Quilt Block Pattern : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I hope you enjoy piecing spool blocks with me over the next several weeks!

I also have a bit of sponsor news to share with you today. I’m sad to say that two of my wonderful sponsors are closing up shop due to other opportunities.

Dragonfly Fabrics – Store Closing Sale
LiMa Sews – Liquidation Sale

I hope you will check out the deals and wish them both the best with their future endeavors.

Snowflake in October

Snowflake Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Things have been very busy here over the last week. I’ve completed my Snowflake quilt top! These blocks went together quite quickly. I think I spent one morning cutting and then one day piecing. However, once I had all the blocks laid out, I decided that some of my fabric choices weren’t the best suited for the design. Basically anything too “busy” and with too much contrast really took away the focus. So I ended up remaking about 8 blocks (which is always a bit of a downer when you think you are done!).

Snowflake Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It only took a morning to sew the blocks together to form the quilt top. We were on the go a lot the weekend, so it was nice to spend Monday relaxing and stitching away.

Snowflake Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today I’m planning on basting and getting started on my quilting! I can’t wait to share this pattern with you all soon. As I mentioned last week, I’ll be posting directions as a 3 week quilt along over at BERNINA’s We All Sew blog. If you want to be notified of when the posts are going up, you can always subscribe to my email notifications here.

Not Your Mama's Bee : Fresh Lemons Quilts

In quilting bee updates, my kids had off school last Thursday and Friday so we took advantage and whipped up their October blocks for Not Your Mama’s Bee. (Yes, my son keeps me on my toes. :) ) These blocks are for Katie of Swim Bike Quilt’s daughter. She requested 9 patch plus blocks using fabric with dots. The squares are cut at 5″ x 5″. We were all assigned a color so that her quilt will have a great variety. This month I decided not to tackle sewing with both kids at the same time. It was much less stressful going with a one-on-one plan. Lessons learned every month!

A New Holiday Beginning

Snowflake Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This week I am pattern testing a soon-to-be quilt along that I have designed for BERNINA’s We All Sew. I thought it’d be fun to offer some peeks here along the way. I know, it’s only October! But making a holiday quilt isn’t exactly something you save for December, am I right?

Snowflake Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I pulled some reds and aquas from my stash, and even picked up some of Cotton + Steel’s holiday line, Tinsel. I love those retro snow globes.

Snowflake Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I have big plans for the backing, splurging on this Notes to Santa print.

The quilt design reminds me of a snowflake, so I believe that will be it’s name. I hope you will check back often to see more peeks as I create this quilt!

A Fall Mini and Bee Blocks

Fall Mini Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My Fall Mini Quilt is complete. Thank you so much for your advice on the quilting. I ended up just keeping the quilting in one direction. I love how it looks draped on my sewing room couch, and I’m happy to have had a little project to work on last week as I prepped for my daughter’s birthday this weekend.

Fall Mini Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I cut my squares 3″ x 3″ for this quilt and placed them on point. All the prints except one yellow are from Leah Duncan’s fabric lines. The solid is an Essex linen (very easy to work with!).

Not Your Mama's Bee : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My kids and I also wrapped up their September bee blocks for Not Your Mama’s Bee. Yes, I somehow manage to spend hours at the sewing machine with that crazy character up there. :)

This month we sewed blocks for Jen’s daughter. She requested string blocks from Ashley’s tutorial, using navy, aqua, lime and purple. I think we nailed it! (My son’s block looks smaller but that’s just an optical illusion. They are both 12″.)

I’m very excited for next week. I’m going to be making a quilt and writing a pattern for a quilt along that will be appearing on BERNINA’s blog We All Sew sometime near the end of the month. I’ll give sneak peeks along the way!