Cookbook Sampler

Cookbook Sampler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I finished my Cookbook Sampler this week! I am really in love with this little quilt. The colors are so cheerful, but I must admit the fabric pull was a challenge for me this time. I had a vision in my mind but (despite my fabric stash) didn’t have a lot of the exact shades of colors I was looking to use. I think I need to put a little more thought into my future fabric purchases.

Cookbook Sampler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt uses nine blocks from The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson. I tried to choose blocks that I felt worked well together, many with a sort of star look to them.

Cookbook Sampler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I had plans to complete this quilt last week, but I decided to wait and order fabric for the backing. I chose Writings on Walls from the Chalk & Paint collection by Sew Caroline. I love the light green text with the hand lettering feel. The binding is a favorite by Lizzy House, Chasing Butterflies in Backyard.

Cookbook Sampler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt finished up about 50″ x 50″. I quilted it with straight lines, about 3/8″ apart, using the dual feed on my BERNINA 770QE. I forgot how long straight line quilting takes! I do love how it looks. (My body is sore from a long day at the machine though.)

Cookbook Sampler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I am thinking about hanging this one up in my sewing room to get me through winter. What do you think?



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    Anne Beier

    October 26, 2016

    Perfect for getting you through the winter!!

    Would love to read a post by you about how you go about “making your future fabric choices.” You’re really good at that.

    Beautiful quilt. Congratulations on a lovely finish.

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    October 26, 2016

    It looks beautiful! I love the color palette that you used 😀

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    October 26, 2016

    Display that beautiful quilt! I don’t think I’d ever get tired of looking at it!

    I have finally been destashing my fabric that is ‘muddy’ or fake ‘antiquey’. I love your clear, fresh colors and would love some advise on how to make better fabric purchases. I just realized the name of your blog describes your style perfectly! :>)

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    October 26, 2016

    I love this colorful quilt!

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    Lori Morton

    October 26, 2016

    GORGEOUS!!!! This book is on my Wish List already…now reallllly “neeeeeed: it!! giggle Your Color choices & all are perfect! YES!!!! hang it up in your Sewing Room!! 🙂

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    October 26, 2016

    A gorgeous finish! Congrats ♥

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    October 26, 2016

    Lovely lovely quilt! Your choices of blocks and of colors are fabulous. Ditto to previous comments asking for your thinking on fabric purchases.
    By all means you should hang it up in your sewing room — unless the rest of the family will feel deprived that they won’t see it as much as you will.

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    Clara Chandler

    October 26, 2016

    Beautiful color in this quilt! Thanks for the overview of the “cookbook” by Amy. I’ve added the book to my shopping list.

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    Karen L

    October 26, 2016

    your color choices are beautiful, as is the quilt, and it should be hung in your sewing room. the “cookbook” you used for patterns any problems with the written directions? I haven’t seen book in any local shops in my area of the Northwest, would be purchasing without viewing first. thank you for any input regarding book.

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    October 26, 2016

    I love this, you have done such a good job. This book is on my Christmas wish list and I m even more sure that I want it after seeing your beautiful creation x

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    October 26, 2016

    This is one BEAUTIFUl quilt!! I love your color choice as well as your block choice. The back is also great!

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    Chery C

    October 26, 2016

    Nice to see this book come alive! Perhaps at some point you could talk more about how you choose color….as we all know this can make or break the look. Lovely quilt.

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    SHARON Parcel

    October 26, 2016

    Love the colors! It turned out beautiful!

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    October 26, 2016

    I love this quilt! So bright and cheerful. I checked this book out of the library and was pleasantly surprised by it!

    I tend to buy the same colors and styles of fabrics over and over. I’ve actually started buying bundles (the Stash Stack Club bundles from Pink Castle are the best) and scrap packs of fabrics more, just because then I end up with some that I wouldn’t necessarily pick out for myself. They round out my fabric stash really well, and I am often reaching for them! I also sometimes have my kids pick out fabrics for me, a fat quarter here and there. 🙂

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    Gayla Nuss

    October 27, 2016

    What a beautiful, cheery quilt! I would either hang in my sewing room to keep my moods ‘perky’ or use on my favorite chair to snuggle on these cool days.

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    Amy DeCesare

    October 27, 2016

    Very very lovely! I have this book and am wondering what to make from it. Your quilt is inspiring me…so I’m sure it will do you a world of good over the winter months.

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    October 27, 2016

    Such a happy, colorful quilt! Yes, this one would definitely be a plus in any room during the winter! Love your fabric selections.

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    Danette Stankovich

    October 28, 2016

    Just gorgeous! I think it will get you through the winter. I just finished a “summery-type” quilt because I don’t finish them in the season they were meant to be in.

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    Warm Quilts

    October 30, 2016

    Everything blends so well together. You did a great job choosing compatible blocks.Yes, display and enjoy it!


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