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Improv Curves : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Finishing up my Picnic Point quilt motivated me to pick up another UFO ~ my improv curves quilt. I am following along with Sherri Lynn Wood’s beautiful book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. This quilt is obviously completely the opposite of my last finish, and I am so far outside my comfort zone.

Improv Curves : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Making the curved segments was actually easy and fun. Laying them all out and sewing them together has been a huge challenge for me. Thank goodness I know how to sew y-seams and partial seams!

Improv Curves : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Although I like sections of how this quilt is turning out, I’m not sure I’m crazy about how it is looking as a whole. But I’m going to keep on keeping on and finish it up. It’s possible that I will warm up to it a bit more after it’s quilted.

Picnic Point ~ A Finished Quilt

Picnic Point Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Finally, I have photos of my finished Picnic Point quilt! You have to dig pretty far back into my blog to find the beginnings of this one. Back when there were actually flowers in my yard! I pieced all the blocks when I was in New Glarus for a selfish sewing weekend. I love those.

Picnic Point Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s always a fun challenge to take half square triangles and play with color, layout, and negative space. (Notice I did not say it is fun to trim the actual HST units.) This quilt also uses blocks placed on point, which is another one of my favorite things to do when designing.

Picnic Point Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I didn’t want to buy fabric just for the back, so I pieced together several prints from my stash. It was a bit like Tetris, finding pieces large enough and making them fit. Of course when it came time to photograph the back, it was super windy here in Chicago! My poor husband.

Picnic Point Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Our local Arboretum is really pretty though, isn’t it?

Picnic Point Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I ended up getting a less attractive, but more informational, photo on my back deck. The finished quilt measures about 67″ x 84″. It’s a bit larger than I usually make but was definitely quilt-able on my home machine. I quilted it on my BERNINA 750QE using the Bernina Stitch Regulator and a meandering free motion design. It took about 2 mornings to complete. I really just can’t sit happily quilting longer than that ~ sore shoulders!

Picnic Point Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The binding is a scrappy assortment. Some of it actually comes from the extra backing I trimmed off the sides after quilting. Others from my stash. I think it’s a fun addition!

Picnic Point Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It feels good to check this UFO off my list – and to have the quilt ready for snuggling. I am putting the finishing touches up on the pattern and will update the blog when it is in the shop! This pattern is now available in the shop!

Quilting Away

Picnic Point Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Bonus points for anyone that remembers my poor, neglected Picnic Point quilt. What can I say? I have QCD ~ Quilt Completion Disorder. I actually love this quilt! I finished the top last August and basted it last November. I have no idea why I didn’t quilt it right away. Well, I have some idea – holidays, travel, and other distractions.

Picnic Point Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Forgotten no more! This week is dedicated to finishing up this lovely. I had a question recently about how I “fit” the quilt in the space to the right of the needle while I’m quilting. I thought I’d show just how great it fits in there, when you roll it up nicely from the end. Now, my BERNINA 750QE does have quite a bit of space to work with there (10″ right of the needle and great height). But using this method I’d quilted up to a large Full Sized quilt on my BERNINA 440QE (8″ right of the needle and less height than the 750). It did take patience, but I did it and the results looked wonderful.

Picnic Point Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My goal is to finish quilting today, bind tomorrow, and take pictures Thursday. So hopefully the next post you see here will be a completed Picnic Point quilt in all it’s glory.

Crosses and Losses ~ A Finished Quilt

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I finished my Crosses and Losses quilt yesterday (finally)! When I stitch on the last of the binding, I looked at the weather for the next day and saw that it was going to be 60 degrees…in February…in Chicago! Perfect for quilt photos, amiright? Of course I neglected to take into account the 25 mile per hour winds and the great snow melt, which meant sinking into an inch of mud. By some miracle, the quilt did *not* blow off the barn and into the messiness.

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt is for my daughter, and she chose a hot pink minky for the back. Pretty much, unless it’s a summertime bed quilt, my kids will pick a minky backing 100% of the time. My husband too. I get a lot of comments and emails about how to baste and quilt with minky. I know it can be stretchy and messy and slippery. I use the same basting technique (tutorial here) that I use with all my other quilts and have great success.

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I really love the low volume scrappy background paired with the bright colors. Cutting out the fabrics when I go this scrappy does take longer, but I think the effort is very well worth it in the end.

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The binding is a scrappy assortment of pinks. For the quilting, I decided on a wider spaced meandering than usual. I wanted the quilt to be super cozy and have a nice drape. The final quilt measures 56″ x 48″.

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Off to put it away in my daughter’s room and let her be surprised when she gets home from school!