Blue Squared ~ A Finished Quilt

Blue Squared : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Another school year has gone by, and I always find myself a mix of emotions. Proud of my kids for working their hardest, sad that they are growing up so fast, excited to have them all to myself for a couple months, a bit worried about how I will mix work and time with my kids while they are home, but ready to slow down, relax and enjoy the moment. May is always a crazy month ~ end of year presentations, celebrations, graduations, birthdays, camping, soccer tournaments… I admittedly don’t do so well with being over scheduled. But I did manage to find time to finish a gift for a teacher, with approximately one day to spare.

Blue Squared : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I think I mentioned in my last post that I asked my daughter what colors her teacher liked. She came up with blue and black. I sketched out a rough plan and used it as my base for this quilt. My daughter embroidered a label for the back (I erased the teacher’s name in the photo, but it is there in real life. 🙂 ) I think it’s a nice touch to have the kids work on a piece like that.

Blue Squared : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s quilted in a free motion meandering design. I forgot to measure it before I wrapped it up, but I believe it’s around 54″ x 60″. That was my plan anyway! The backing is Puff Porcelain by Rashida Colman-Hale for Cotton + Steel. One of my current favorites!

Blue Squared : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I am so grateful for all the work my kid’s teachers put into the year. They really are like a third parent. It is a hard job that takes a very special person. We are lucky!

Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Week 2

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

Today marks Week 2 of the Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along! This week’s block is named Summer Slice and was designed by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew. This block can look completely different based on fabric choices and layout.

I went super scrappy with mine. Maybe too scrappy!

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along : Week 2

I’m not 100% sure I won’t remake mine a bit calmer, but I’m going to wait until further along in the quilt along. Sometimes one block can look a bit off on it’s own, but fit well into a group of twenty.

Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt Along

I can’t wait to see all of your blocks this week!

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.

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

Union Square ~ A Finished Quilt

Union Square ~ A Finished Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I have been trying to get a picture of this quilt for several days. This morning I decided that I was done waiting for the perfect time and weather, and went out in the clouds and drizzle. This quilt was based on Nancy Cabot’s vintage block, Union Square. You can read more about the history of the block in this blog post.

Union Square ~ A Finished Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The weather made photographing this one a bit hard, but I did take a picture of the full top on my design wall inside before I quilted it.

Union Square ~ A Finished Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Basting and quilting this one was super fast because of it’s small size. I quilted it in a meandering, free motion design. I do love using my BERNINA stitch regulator (BSR).

Union Square ~ A Finished Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I really love how this quilt turned out. The border finishes it off nicely. The fabric is from Rainwalk by Anna Graham of Noodlehead, for Cloud9.

Union Square ~ A Finished Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For my backing and binding, I used Petite Plus by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel. The quilt ended up measuring in at 34″ x 43″. I plan on hanging it up in my sewing space. Blue is my favorite color afterall!

Union Square ~ A Finished Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Next up, I need to finish my daughter’s teacher’s quilt. I am ready and just waiting for her to finish the embroidered label for the back. School is out in 2-1/2 weeks! Eek!

Blue Squared

Blue Squared Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It is now officially that moment of the year where I look at the calendar and freak out that I only have one month to make teacher gifts. Throughout the year I ask my kids to try to get hints as to what color quilt their teacher might like. Yes, I even go so far as to suggest they ask what color their family room is painted. I am always met with a look of horror by my children, so I am left guessing which fabric to use. This year my daughter provided me with “she wears blue, black and white a lot.”

Blue Squared Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So. I present to you a blue, black and white quilt!

Blue Squared Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I have been wanting to make a quilt of big scrappy squares for quite some time. Although I came up with this on the fly, you could achieve the same look by using my Starfall pattern layout diagram, and simply using large squares of fabric in place of piecing the stars.

Blue Squared Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Bonus ~ I was able to cut and piece this quilt in one day! And most of the time I didn’t even sit down.

Blue Squared Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I am very excited with how this quilt top turned out. My daughter wants to embroider the tag for the back, just like she did with her teacher’s quilt last year. That should give me just enough time to decide on the main fabric for the backing and then I will finish it up!