Splash of Color ~ Blog Hop

Splash of Color Blog Hop : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Welcome everyone! Today is my stop on the blog hop, celebrating designer and quilter Jackie Kunkel’s new book, Splash of Color. Jackie is known throughout the quilting community as a master foundation paper piecer and excellent teacher – check out her YouTube channel!

Splash of Color is filled with 12 quilted projects that each echo the title, created with bright colors and exciting patterns. There are a variety of stunning designs, ranging from curves to patchwork squares to foundation paper piecing.

Splash of Color Blog Hop : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Jumpin’ Jax by Jackie Kunkel

I am such a sucker for rainbows and rainbow gradients. And stars! I’m naturally drawn to quilts with any or all of these design elements.

For several quilts in the book, Jackie shares how her patterns look in alternate colorways. I find this so helpful when planning to make a quilt my own.

Splash of Color Blog Hop : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Twirling by Jackie Kunkel

Splash of Color is 80 pages and contains all the templates you need to complete the projects. Jackie also provides an explanation of curved piecing.

Splash of Color Blog Hop : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Seeing Spots by Jackie Kunkel

If you would like to try to win an e-copy of Splash of Color, simply leave a comment. I will pick a winner on October 5th!

Splash of Color Blog Hop : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Keep up with the rest of the book tour by visiting the sites below.

Wednesday, September 23:
Jackie Kunkel – Canton Village Quilt Works
Kate Colleran – Seams Like a Dream
Pat Sloan – Pat Sloan Blog

Thursday, September 24:
Sherri McConnell – A Quilting Life
Shelly Pagliai – Prairie Moon Quilts
Margaret Solomon Gunn – Quilts Of Love

Friday, September 25:
Faith Jones – Fresh Lemons Quilts – Me!
Jenny Wilding Cardon – Martingale

Saturday, September 26:
Vicki Welsh – Field Trips In Fiber
Pam Viera- McGinnis – Pam Kitty Morning

Sunday, September 27:
Pat Wys – Silver Thimble Quilt Co.
Sharon McConnell – Color Girl Quilts

Monday, September 28:
Julie Sefton – Me and My Quilts – Exploring the Possibilities
Victoria Findlay Wolfe – Bumblebeans/Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts

Tuesday, September 29:
Caroline Critchfield – Sew Can She
Amy Ellis – Amy’s Creative Side

++ Closing Comments ++

Whoops – just getting around to picking the winner!

Congratulations to #101, Katie B! Splash of Color publisher Martingale will be in touch to email you to your eCopy of the book. Thank you so much to everyone for commenting!

Improv ala Sherri Lynn Wood

Improv ala Sherri Lynn Wood : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve managed to find a bit of free time over the last week (why is Summer always busier than I anticipate?), and I used it to finally crack into Sherri Lynn Wood’s Improv Handbook. It seems like forever ago that I was relaxing at the pool flipping through this book after QuiltCon…only 4 months though.

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously by Sherri Lynn Wood : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters is on my all-time-favorite-most-beautifully-photographed-books list. There is just so much content (174 pages!) and fuel for creativity in here. I’ll be honest, I’m a picture person and I usually don’t read everything in a quilting book. But I sat down with this one and it’s been so interesting. I actually keep it on my coffee table!

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously by Sherri Lynn Wood : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I knew the first project I wanted to try to tackle in this book was one of the curve quilts. I went through a bit of color-paralysis but decided on some monochromatic segments. Mostly solids with a few coordinating, low volume prints mixed in.

Improv ala Sherri Lynn Wood : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It was a somewhat messy, but totally freeing process. VERY fun. It did not take too many hours to finish these segments.

Improv ala Sherri Lynn Wood : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I need to make more. Should I add more colors? Stick with this palette? Now is when I begin to over think it. I’m a bit nervous about how it’s all going to go together, but the instructions have over 10 pictures so I think it should go well. I’ll share more as I create!

+++ Update! +++

There are a couple supplemental resources for those of you working with this awesome book. First, the Test Quilt Galleries ~ 165 quilts made by testers during the book writing process. Amazing!

Second, the Improv Handbook Facebook page. This is a space where Sherri Lynn Wood and other quilters actively share their process.

I hope you are inspired!

For Keeps: Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living

For Keeps : Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

A few weeks ago, I received Amy Gibson’s new book in the mail, For Keeps: Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living. You might know Amy from her blog Stitchery Dickory Dock or maybe her Craftsy classes. I’m not entirely sure when we first met, but I’m guessing we go back to Sewing Summit I or II. It’s been fun to get to know her and watch her accomplish so many things, including writing a book!

For Keeps : Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For Keeps is a beautifully photographed quilting book divided into 3 main sections: A Patchwork Primer, Memory Makers and Memory Keepers. The first section, A Patchwork Primer, is a 28 page crash course in quilting. Amy covers everything from supplies to piecing, binding to appliquΓ©, quilting to foundation paper piecing, and finally quilt finishing.

For Keeps : Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

There are a ton of a photos. This is great for visual learners like me.

For Keeps : Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The second section, Memory Makers, is full of projects that focus on spending quality time with your loved ones.

For Keeps : Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

There are nine different patterns, including cuddle quilts, picnic quilts, playmats, and story book holders.

For Keeps : Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The third section, Memory Keepers, are projects associated with preserving memories. The seven projects include a new spin on a family tree quilt, a silhouette project, and a photo quilt.

For Keeps : Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Amy has a great For Keeps website with some fun extras for you. She is encouraging all of us to take some time to think about why we sew and who we sew for. She has a fun “For Keeps Pledge” you can take – read more about it here!

For Keeps : Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living by Amy Gibson : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Amy also has a free pattern for a quilt block on her site – for you to make for yourself and/or for a community charity quilt.

I hope you are inspired to check out For Keeps, as well as visit Amy’s website and learn more about the “For Keeps Pledge“.

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today I’m pleased to share with you a newly released book by Melissa Corry, Irish Chain Quilts. It never really occurred to me just how many awesome ways there were to make an Irish chain quilt. When Melissa sent me her new book to check out, I was really inspired by the variety of designs inside. Irish Chain Quilts contains 15 quilt patterns – from traditional…

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Photography of quilts courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

to modern…

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons QuiltsPhotography of quilts courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

to improvisational…

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons QuiltsPhotography of quilts courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

to appliquΓ©.

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons QuiltsPhotography of quilts courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

In celebration of Melissa’s new book, several of us made a block from a pattern to be combined into one future charity quilt. My block happened to be from the cover quilt, End of the Rainbow.

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons QuiltsPhotography of quilts courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

These blocks are improvisational and great for scraps. I had a lot of fun just letting go, piecing without over thinking it. My background is low volume (as requested) and my focal fabrics are all shades of green. Melissa’s directions were very easy to follow, so even if you haven’t improvisationally pieced before, don’t be worried. πŸ™‚

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can pick up your own copy of Irish Chain Quilts in a few places:
·  Personalized and Autographed Copies from Melissa
·  Your Local Quilt Shop
·  Martingale (get a free E-copy with your order)
·  Amazon

If you want to check out more blocks from bloggers, as well as peeks from inside the book, be sure to follow along on the blog hop below.

Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry

June 8th – Happy Quilting – Blog Hop Intro
June 9th – Moda Lissa – Lissa Alexander & Fat Quarter Shop – Jocelyn Ueng
June 10th – Piece N Quilt – Natalia Bonner & In Color Order – Jeni Baker
June 11th – Amy’s Creative Side – Amy Ellis & Sew Kind of Wonderful – Jenny Pedigo
June 12th – Quilt Story – Megan Jimenez & Diary of a Quilter – Amy Smart
June 15th – Freshly Pieced – Lee Heinrich & Christa Quilts – Christa Watson
June 16th – Moda Cutting Table – Carrie Nelson & Little Miss Shabby – Corey Yoder
June 17th – Fresh Lemons – Me! πŸ™‚ & V and Co. – Vanessa Christenson
June 18th – A Quilting Life – Sherri McConnell & Stitch This! – Jenny Wilding Cardon
June 19th – Happy Quilting – Wrap Up & Grand Prizes

Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop Prizes

Also don’t forget to stop over at Melissa’s blog for more Irish Chain Quilt inspiration and the chance to win some celebratory prizes!