Growing Up ~ A New Quilt and Room

A Whole Cloth Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Funny thing about kids…they grow up on you. My daughter is about a month away from turning 10. This past year has seen a lot of changes. She is in that weird space between little kid and teenager. She has a desire to be older – wanting to be included in all conversations, craving independence in all things. But she still has the qualities I love from earlier years ~ playing with her dolls, wanting to be tucked in at night, holding my hand when we are out together. One thing she asked for earlier this year though, was an update to her room.

This was her old room.

Little girl's room : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Oh, how I loved that room. The light yellow, the bunting, the handmade quilt. But I could also see how she felt she had outgrown it. (I believe she was 2 when we decorated it!) Last winter we went to work picking new paint colors and collecting some wall art. Of course she wanted a stripe – new technique to me! The room looked great, but I still owed her a summer quilt for her bed.

A Whole Cloth Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The colors of her room were inspired by fabric (naturally!). She loved the Paparounes Crimson print from Skopelos by Katarina Roccella. We decided that it would make a great whole cloth quilt. I’ve never made one before and I’m not sure I realized what I was getting myself into with the seam matching on this fabric. There is a seam down the entire length of the quilt, right in the middle. I’m so proud of how it is matched – you can’t even tell! It was a work of patience though.

A Whole Cloth Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My daughter wanted the quilt to hang quite a bit down the sides of her bed, so I really was pushing the space limits in my house when basting.

A Whole Cloth Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Quilting on my BERNINA 770QE was no problem though, that large throat space made this quilt very doable on a home machine. I used the dual feed and quilted a 2″ grid pattern. This was the same as her previous bed quilt, and it always washed up great and was nice and flexible and cozy.

A Whole Cloth Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Usually I use Quilter’s Dream Request loft batting (lowest loft) but I opted for Select loft this time. It’s just slightly heavier – I’m hoping it helps prevent the quilt from falling off her bed all the time.

A Whole Cloth Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I think it’s the perfect finishing touch in her new, updated space.

Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 15

Summer Sampler 2016

Today we have hit Week 15 of the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt along. 75% of the way through our blocks! It’s been awesome to see so many people quilting along in our Facebook group and on Instagram. Everyone’s quilts are turning out amazing!

This week’s block is called Sunbeam by one of my cohosts, Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced. This block has so many possibilities depending on where you place your colors.

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 15 / Sunbeam by Lee Heinrich

My design wall is looking pretty full. I actually rearranged and cleaned my sewing room this week, in anticipation of fitting another row of blocks on this wall and needing to have space to photograph them. 🙂 I’m so looking forward to the final five blocks, and then sharing final layouts!

Summer Sampler 2016 : Weeks 1 - 15

Below you can find the Summer Sampler 2016 details, as well as custom shop fabric bundles for the quilt along. You can join at any time. If joining after Week 1, you will initially receive all the patterns up to the current date.

Special note: If you are having trouble and don’t see your pattern email, it has likely been marked as SPAM by your email service. Please email Lee at FreshlyPieced@gmail.com and she can resend your link.

Summer Sampler 2016 Kickoff Details
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#summersampler2016 Instagram Posts

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Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 14

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

As we find ourselves on Week 14 of the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt along, I am feeling like we are in the homestretch. That doesn’t mean the blocks are getting easier though. This week’s block, Piccolo Park by one of my cohosts Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt, takes organization, precision and patience. But you are pleasantly rewarded in the end.

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 14 / Piccolo Park by Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt

I have a couple tips this week. First, read the directions all the way through first. This probably isn’t a block you want to tackle at 2am. 🙂 Second, when you cut out all your fabric, keep it organized in piles by the letter assigned to that cut in the directions. (I just wrote a letter on a piece of paper and put it on top of my fabric piles). Finally, take care when cutting and stitching – be exact. An accurate 1/4″ seam allowance is important. Stitch slower than usual if that helps, I did. You will be thankful when it’s time to match up all your seams and points.

Aren’t all the blocks looking pretty together? Soon I will have to zoom out my camera and you will see my machines and messy sewing room. 🙂

Summer Sampler 2016 : Weeks 1 thru 14 / Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts

Below you can find the Summer Sampler 2016 details, as well as custom shop fabric bundles for the quilt along. You can join at any time. If joining after Week 1, you will initially receive all the patterns up to the current date.

Special note: If you are having trouble and don’t see your pattern email, it has likely been marked as SPAM by your email service. Please email Lee at FreshlyPieced@gmail.com and she can resend your link.

Summer Sampler 2016 Kickoff Details
Link to Purchase / EU Link to Purchase (includes VAT)
#summersampler2016 Instagram Posts

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Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 13

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

We’ve arrived at lucky week 13 in the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt along. This also marks the last week of summer break around here. We are a mix of getting ready for school to start and enjoying our final days of sleeping in. I designed this week’s block, Diamond Ladder. It’s a skill builder, with a mix of flying geese and hourglass units.

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 13 / Diamond Ladder by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts

The scrappy mix of blocks is looking so fun all together!

Summer Sampler 2016 : Week 13 / Diamond Ladder by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts

Below you can find the Summer Sampler 2016 details, as well as custom shop fabric bundles for the quilt along. You can join at any time. If joining after Week 1, you will initially receive all the patterns up to the current date.

Special note: If you are having trouble and don’t see your pattern email, it has likely been marked as SPAM by your email service. Please email Lee at FreshlyPieced@gmail.com and she can resend your link.

Summer Sampler 2016 Kickoff Details
Link to Purchase / EU Link to Purchase (includes VAT)
#summersampler2016 Instagram Posts

Fabric Spark Fabric Kits
Simply Solids Fabric Kits