Good Neighbors ~ A Pincushion Party and Pattern!

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Welcome to my turn celebrating Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilt’s new fabric collection for Connecting Threads, Good Neighbors!

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I was lucky enough to get an early peek at Good Neighbors (which is now available!) and it is really just a perfect collection for piecing and quilting. And pincushion making! There are a rainbow assortment of monochromatic prints, just my style.

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I received a charm pack for stitching up my pincushion. I decided to step into a time machine and go way back on my blog to 2011. I created a paper pieced spool quilt block, inspired by this mini quilt from 4 years ago.

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I arranged my fabric “thread” in a rainbow gradient. For the background I used a linen. The back of the pincushion is an awesome red and white dot print from Good Neighbors. I filled my pin cushion with crushed walnut shells, purchased at my local pet store in the reptile section. Yep, you never know what you are going to use when sewing.

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party : Fresh Lemons Quilts

If you’d like to make your own mini spool pincushion, I put together this paper piecing template for you! Just click on the image to download it. Be sure to print it at 100% or “Actual Size”, and check the scale icon before piecing. The pattern is charm pack friendly and finishes up at 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.

Spool Paper Piecing Template : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Follow along the below schedule all month to see more pincushions and be inspired!

9/1/2015 Amanda Jean – Crazy Mom Quilts
9/2/2015 Anna – Noodlehead
9/3/2015 Mary – Mary on Lake Pulaski
9/4/2015 Svetlana – Sotak Handmade
9/5/2015 Debbie – Esch House Quilts
9/6/2015 Holly – Bijou Lovely
9/7/2015 Carla – Grace and Favour
9/8/2015 Faith – Fresh Lemons Quilts – Me!
9/9/2015 Vanessa – V and Co.
9/10/2015 Anna – Thimbleanna
9/11/2015 Krista – Poppy Print Creates
9/12/2015 Erin – Why Not Sew
9/13/2015 Lee – May Chappell
9/14/2015 Alex – Tea Ginny Designs
9/15/2015 Cheryl – Nap Time Quilter
9/16/2015 Penny – Sew Take a Hike
9/17/2015 Amy – During Quiet Time
9/18/2015 Debbie – A Quilter’s Table
9/19/2015 Anne – Spring Leaf Studios
9/20/2015 Melissa Corry – Happy Quilting
9/21/2015 Amber – One Shabby Chick
9/22/2015 Nettie – A Quilt is Nice
9/23/2015 Adrianne – Little Bluebell
9/24/2015 Cindy – Live a Colorful Life
9/25/2015 Amy – Diary of a Quilter
9/26/2015 Chase – Quarter Inch Mark
9/27/2015 Rene – Rene Creates
9/28/2015 Erin – House on Hill Road
9/29/2015 Nicole – Modern Handcraft
9/30/2015 Teri – Connecting Threads

Nautical Quilt Blocks

Nautical Quilt in Progress, Pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

We are now on the 5th day of school…and my 1st grader is home with a fever. Poor guy! Secretly, I have missed him a lot during the transition back, so I don’t mind the extra cuddles. (And he seems to be brightening up too!)

I was pretty productive in those first few days of school though. I bought Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew’s Nautical quilt pattern. I was looking for a quilt design with Nautical flags and was very excited to see she had one in her shop. She always has great directions and this pattern is no exception. I breezed through making 50 blocks in 3 days while catching up on some tv.

Nautical Quilt in Progress, Pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I am using the same color scheme as the cover quilt. I noticed I didn’t have a lot of blues in that shade, so I’ll be on the hunt to work on my stash in that area. Anyone have suggestions for the backing? Once I get these blocks together, I will have two quilts to baste! I see some quilting in my future. :)

Not Your Mama’s Bee ~ July

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July was the second month for my kid’s Not Your Mama’s Bee. If you happened to miss June’s post, a group of friends have put together a quilting bee for our kids! We have ages 5 to 9, boys and girls. And I think the parents are learning as much as the kids.

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This month happened to be my daughter’s month to request blocks. Recently we have been talking about giving her bedroom a little makeover. I decorated it back when she was 2, and although I think it still works great for an 8 year old, she is ready for a change. I can’t really argue too much with her, as I change things here and there all the time.

She really likes the idea of a navy, pink, turquoise and gold room, so she requested Star Quilt Blocks of any size in those colors. She made a wonky star herself, and my 6 year old son made a sawtooth star. Not sure I’d recommend making flying geese with a 6 year old again, but we survived! :)

The kids are doing great with the sewing machines. I have my daughter using my BERNINA 440QE and she can now pretty much sew independently on it. My son is sewing with my help on my BERNINA Ambassador machine (the 750QE). He loves to push the thread cutting button when we are done stitching. This month I started letting him push the foot pedal, but I still help guide his hands as he guides the fabric. To say he’s accident prone would be an understatement! Much to their dismay, I am still keeping the speed turned way down on both machines.

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So far she’s received 9 of her blocks. Above you’ll see the 6 we had back when we took the photos. She is talking about doing a random layout with blocks of solids/prints mixed in. (Similar to my Starfall Quilt).

And now we are already into August, and ready to sew a new block for a new friend!

Weekend in Wisconsin

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Last weekend, I drove up to New Glarus, Wisconsin for a little relaxation and creative recharging with some of my favorite Iowa, Wisconsin, and Upper Peninsula Michigan quilty friends (and a couple of Houston and Nashville ladies thrown in for good measure). Somehow, I have no pictures with any of them! I suppose we were having too much fun. We rented the house you see above, about 5 miles outside the downtown New Glarus area. I had no clue that New Glarus was like a mini Switzerland, so you can imagine my surprise when I rolled into town. Lucky for me, this meant cheese fondue was on the menu and yes, I indulged.

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The weekend was just perfect. I love Wisconsin with the rolling hills and beautiful farms. On the way up from my home in the Chicago suburbs, I saw lots of corn, lots of black and white cows, a huge sunflower field, and at least 15 quilt barns.

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Our house even had sheep! I’m pretty convinced I need to move somewhere with sheep now.

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I spent quite a bit of my two days there sewing, and managed to finished all the blocks for my current quilt. Jeni came up with the perfect name too – Picnic Point. I’m so thankful that I trimmed up all the HSTs before leaving. Everything went together easily.

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I threw the blocks up on the design wall for a quick photo before packing up to leave. I’m hoping to sew the blocks together this week and start basting!