Two Steps Forward…

Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve spent the week in a bit of a holding pattern. I have both gift quilt tops finished and have been waiting for my kids to embroider some labels for them. Only to realize I had no batting. I spent early this week on quilt backs and catching up on some other sewing commitments. Yesterday, I decided to work a bit on a quilt that I planned out just before Sewtopia.

I cut many, many tiny squares. I just love this palette, mainly inspired by Carolyn Friedlander’s fabric lines. The more I work with Carolyn’s fabrics, the more I am convinced she is a quiet design genius. The small scale and color of her prints…they just inspire me lately. There’s some Cotton + Steel basics and a few others from my stash mixed in there as well, coordinating nicely.

Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So I have this block planned out (which I’ll share later), and I thought I knew how I was going to assemble it. Well, you know the old saying “two steps forward, one step back” right?

While I was mindlessly stitching away, I glanced at my sample and realized there was a better (and easier!) way to accomplish it. Sometimes I just break things down to such a small level that I fail to stand back and look at the bigger picture. I stopped everything, made a new test block, and realized that yes, this was the new and better way to go. It’s a bit discouraging to know that I wasted all my time so far. I called it a day and let myself mope, but today I’m going to go back into the sewing room and start fresh.

Oh – and I now have one kiddie quilt label finished and batting ready, so I will also be basting and maybe wrapping up a quilt today. Wish me luck!

Great Big Giveaway Day ~ May 2015

Great Big Giveaway Day ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

Welcome to the May edition of the Great Big Giveaway Day! We had a great weekend here, enjoying lots of time outside in the glorious Chicago weather. Now I’m ready to spend a few rainy days in the sewing room. :)

I’m kicking off the month with five awesome giveaways from my amazing sponsors. I will pick one winner per shop on Friday morning.

Reminder ~ Please check your email (including SPAM folders) or back to this post after I choose the winners on Friday. I want to make sure everyone gets connected to their prize.



1. Shabby Fabrics is giving away one of the new Watercolors Bali Pops from Hoffman Fabrics in the “Sea Glass” colorway. This is a package of 40 beautiful fabrics that measure 2.5” x 43” just like a Jelly Roll and is valued at $39.00.

Watercolors Bali Pops from Hoffman Fabrics at Shabby Fabrics

2. Southern Fabric is offering one lucky winner a Fox and the Houndstooth fat quarter bundle!

Fox and Houndstooth at Southern Fabric

3.Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a Jolly Bar precut of the winners choice!

4. Connecting Threads is giving away a bundle of their upcoming collection, Line Dried. This collection won’t be available until Tuesday, so this is a “win it before you can buy it” prize!

5. Fanciful Fabrics is offering one lucky winner a $25 gift certificate to go shopping! Fanciful Fabrics also offers free shipping every day for orders over $40 delivered to U.S. addresses with the code SHIPFREE.

Fanciful Fabrics

To enter to win, simply leave one comment on this post. I’ll select the winners on Friday, May 8th. Good luck everyone!

++ Closing Comments to Pick the Winners! ++

I’m back with the winners! Congratulations to those below. I will be in touch to connect you to your shop. Thank you so much to everyone for entering and supporting my sponsors!

Shabby Fabrics – Watercolors Bali Pops from Hoffman Fabrics
563 – Diann Bottrell

Southern Fabric – Fox and the Houndstooth fat quarter bundle
451 – Mrs. Plum

Fat Quarter Shop – Jolly Bar precut of the winners choice
640 – Susanvv

Connecting Threads – Line Dried fabric bundle
497 – Eva Patterson

Fanciful Fabrics – $25 gift certificate
627 – Vicki in MN


Vignette by Laura Gunn : Fresh Lemons Quilts

A few weeks ago I received a special package in the mail from Laura Gunn ~ Vignette, her latest collection for Michael Miller Fabrics. I’m a huge fan of Laura, from her fabric to her paintings and prints.

Vignette is a collection of beautiful floral artwork. I decided to make drunkards path blocks from my bundle, using the 3-1/2 quarter circle templates I bought awhile back from my friend Jen. So handy!

Vignette by Laura Gunn : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I selected nine of the prints and kept my background low volume scrappy. I played around a bit with the layout, finally deciding to place my blocks on point.

Vignette by Laura Gunn : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I quilted straight lines, using my BERNINA walking foot edge as my spacing guide.

Vignette by Laura Gunn : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The quilt turned out about the size of a wall hanging. I love the neutral background against the floral prints.

Vignette by Laura Gunn : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For the backing, I went scrappy with the remnants of the fat quarter bundle.

Vignette by Laura Gunn : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can find Vignette popping up in shops now. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Spidey Quilt

Spidey Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Oh, what a weekend. Our house was hit hard with the flu. Happy first day of Spring, right? I was actually hoping to finish this Spiderman quilt on Saturday but that didn’t happen.

Spidey Quilt Fabric : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I jokingly posted this photo of fabric on Instagram and captioned it “the things we do for kids”. I can honestly say I never thought I’d make a quilt with Spiderman fabric but as many people pointed out, these are pretty great designs as far as licensed fabric goes. And I must agree, especially the two on the left. Others commented that their little (or even big!) superhero loving son/daughter/grandson/granddaughter/wife/husband would be thrilled with something made from Spiderman fabric. So a lot of us are in the same boat. :)

These Spiderman prints are by Camelot Fabrics. You can find them at Fat Quarter Shop and Harts Fabric. I tried to pick prints that I could see being combined with modern fabrics from my stash.

Spidey Quilt Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I do have the top all sewn together and the minky all set for the back. I’m using the same pattern as my son’s Aye Aye Captain quilt. It’s a great simple layout for showcasing a variety of prints and colors. Fingers crossed I am able to baste it and get quilting today!