Holland Mills

Holland Mills

Sometimes I make a quilt and have to wait a bit of time to share it with you, due to publication schedules. Well, when I went on my computer to grab the photos for this post, I noticed they were taken almost a year ago to the day. It’s been a long wait! I’m pretty happy to share this quilt with you though, named Holland Mills, as I just found out it’s on the cover of Australians Quilter’s Companion’s new magazine, Quilts for Today.

Quilts for Today, Holland Mills

When I first designed this quilt, I knew I wanted to use fabric from Bonnie & Camille’s Happy Go Lucky collection. I used those colors as my base and added in a few coordinating prints outside the collection. I just love these colors!

Quilts for Today, Holland Mills

This quilt pattern uses paper pieced blocks placed on point and off centered. The finished quilt is 60″ x 70″. The backing is a beautiful yellow floral stripe, also from Happy Go Lucky. I kind of joke that this sort of design is great for when you want to make a quilt, but don’t want to make 100 blocks. 🙂 But you can also have a lot of fun with the negative space. The background fabric would look awesome as a dark solid, or how about a tiny dot?

Quilts for Today, Holland Mills

If you are super lucky and live in Australia, I believe this magazine is just arriving in shops. If you happen to live elsewhere and are interested in the magazine, you can buy a digital version online here (which I just tested out and was very easy).

** Note: Someone asked me where to find the paper piecing template once you download the magazine. Since it was a little tricky to find, I thought I’d share! On the “Contents” page at the beginning of the magazine, there is a box at the top that says “Pattern Sheets”. Click on the link in that box and it takes you to a website. From the black header bar on the website, click again on “Pattern Sheets” and select the magazine. There you can download the template. 🙂 **

Quilts for Today ~ Faith Jones

Oh, and there’s even a little profile article about me in the magazine…if anyone is interested in that sort of thing (like my mom – ha). I hope you will check out the new magazine though, it’s full of great patterns and profiles!

Fabulously Fast Quilts and Quilting Tips Blog Tour

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart Blog Tour

Today is my stop on the Fabulously Fast Quilts and Quilting Tips Blog Tour! Fabulously Fast Quilts is a new book written by talented quilt designer and super nice person(!) Amy Smart. You probably know her from her blog Diary of a Quilter. I was thrilled to get a look at Amy’s book and participate in her blog hop.

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart Blog Tour
Image by Martingale, and Photographer Brent Kane

Fabulously Fast Quilts is a great book for beginners on up. Amy starts off with few pages on basic quilting techniques and then jumps right into 12 clever patterns. The patterns are separated into four technique categories.

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart Blog Tour
Image by Martingale, and Photographer Brent Kane

I just love the punches of solid red on her Fast Four Patch quilt.

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart Blog Tour
Image by Martingale, and Photographer Brent Kane

And speaking of solids, check out this show stopper. This is Amy’s Crossing Guard quilt and I am in love!

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart Blog Tour
Image by Martingale, and Photographer Brent Kane

In celebration of Fabulously Fast Quilts, Amy has asked each of us on the tour to share a quilting tip. I decided to share more of a design tip, because design is the first step in making a quilt, right?

My tip revolves around pulling a perfect bundle of fabrics for your quilt. Often putting together fabrics for a quilt is the hardest part. If you are stuck, one trick is to base your bundle on a favorite print. This can be a piece of fabric or even a photo or painting.

Design Tip by Fresh Lemons Quilts

This is a print I absolutely adore from Bonnie & Camille’s April Showers line. I pulled fabrics from my stash that corresponded to all the colors in this particular piece of fabric. This works just as well in a fabric shop. Make your pile of bolts and create your own custom fat quarter set.

Design Tip by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Fabric designers just know what looks good together, right? And even if you don’t include the original inspiration fabric on the quilt top, it would make a perfect quilt backing!

Design Tip by Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can read more tips from other quilt bloggers all week long!

Monday April 28
Sachiko Aldous of Tea Rose Home
April Rosenthal of April Rosenthal Designs
Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane

Tuesday April 29
Jen Wilding Cardon of Stitch This! Martingale Blog
Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side
Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet

Wednesday April 30
Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts – Me!
Melissa Mortenson of PolkaDot Chair
Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock

Thursday May 1
Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced
Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts
Jeni Baker of In Color Order

Friday May 2
Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt
Lindsay Conner of Craft Buds
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

A Finished Quilt ~ Stardust

Stardust Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I may have set a record in amount of time to make a small wall hanging, but I’ve finally finished my Stardust quilt! This quilt is a small version (9 blocks) of the Stardust quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival. Several, several months ago, my aunt asked me to make a quilt to hang on the wall in her home. She gave me some size requirements and some colors she liked – golds, yellows, teals, browns. She loves flowers and nature. I didn’t really know of a lot of fabrics that fit those particular wishes until I saw Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics line at Fall Quilt Market. I sent her a few design ideas from my new book and she told me to surprise her. Well….surprise!

Stardust Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Normally I like to take my quilts outside for photos in natural light, but since this is a gift and I absolutely did not want it to get dirty…and outside is covered in snow, mud and sludge…I decided to duct tape the quilt to the wall in our guest room for photos. 🙂

Stardust Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

This quilt took me some time to put together, despite it’s small size. Since I knew this quilt would hang on a wall and people would probably look at it quite closely, I really worked hard to get things just perfect. I am so happy I took the time. These may be two of the harder blocks in the book but practice certainly makes perfect.

Stardust Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I wanted the design to pop and I also wanted this quilt to hang nicely (not too loosely), so I quilted a dense meandering design with thread to match the individual fabrics. I purchased Aurifil #2132, #4182, #2835, #1148 plus used the white I always use. This meant a lot of starting and stopping. I followed Amanda Jean’s great tutorial for burying knots during quilting.

I still need to attach a hanging sleeve, but this one will be off to it’s new home in the next week!

Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Shows at Pottery Barn

I have some very fun news to share with you today! Last December, just after Christmas, Katie, Lee and I received an email that was probably one of the most exciting things to land in my inbox in a very long time. Someone from Pottery Barn’s corporate office had seen Vintage Quilt Revival and wanted to know if we were interested in sharing our quilts in some local stores as an event. I think all three of us were in shock. Seriously, I thought maybe someone was pranking us! But it was true!

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share our quilts and ideas on design with a larger and potentially new-to-quilting audience. I really hope that if you live in the area, you will stop by. I also think this might be a great opportunity to introduce your friends to the world of quilting and handmade, in a familiar and comfortable atmosphere. Plus, the Chicago and Arlington events are serving wine – if that motivates anyone!

Lee and I will be sharing our quilts together in both the Chicago western suburbs and Milwaukee area on the following dates:

Saturday, March 8th 1:00-2:00 pm
Pottery Barn, Downtown Naperville – Naperville, IL
Phone: 630.369.4260

Saturday, March 8th 4:00-5:00 pm
Pottery Barn, Oakbrook Center – Oak Brook, IL
Phone: 630. 572.3307

Saturday, March 22nd 1:00-3:00 pm
Pottery Barn, Mayfair Mall – Wauwatosa, WI
Phone: 414.771.1402

Katie will be sharing her quilts in Arlington, Virginia on the following date:

Saturday, March 22nd 1:00-3:00 pm
Pottery Barn, Market Common at Clarendon – Arlington, VA
Phone: 703.465.9425

I hope to see some of you there! And I’d love for you to spread the word if you know of anyone in our area. 🙂