Fabulously Fast Quilts and Quilting Tips Blog Tour

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart Blog Tour

Today is my stop on the Fabulously Fast Quilts and Quilting Tips Blog Tour! Fabulously Fast Quilts is a new book written by talented quilt designer and super nice person(!) Amy Smart. You probably know her from her blog Diary of a Quilter. I was thrilled to get a look at Amy’s book and participate in her blog hop.

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart Blog Tour
Image by Martingale, and Photographer Brent Kane

Fabulously Fast Quilts is a great book for beginners on up. Amy starts off with few pages on basic quilting techniques and then jumps right into 12 clever patterns. The patterns are separated into four technique categories.

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart Blog Tour
Image by Martingale, and Photographer Brent Kane

I just love the punches of solid red on her Fast Four Patch quilt.

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart Blog Tour
Image by Martingale, and Photographer Brent Kane

And speaking of solids, check out this show stopper. This is Amy’s Crossing Guard quilt and I am in love!

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart Blog Tour
Image by Martingale, and Photographer Brent Kane

In celebration of Fabulously Fast Quilts, Amy has asked each of us on the tour to share a quilting tip. I decided to share more of a design tip, because design is the first step in making a quilt, right?

My tip revolves around pulling a perfect bundle of fabrics for your quilt. Often putting together fabrics for a quilt is the hardest part. If you are stuck, one trick is to base your bundle on a favorite print. This can be a piece of fabric or even a photo or painting.

Design Tip by Fresh Lemons Quilts

This is a print I absolutely adore from Bonnie & Camille’s April Showers line. I pulled fabrics from my stash that corresponded to all the colors in this particular piece of fabric. This works just as well in a fabric shop. Make your pile of bolts and create your own custom fat quarter set.

Design Tip by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Fabric designers just know what looks good together, right? And even if you don’t include the original inspiration fabric on the quilt top, it would make a perfect quilt backing!

Design Tip by Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can read more tips from other quilt bloggers all week long!

Monday April 28
Sachiko Aldous of Tea Rose Home
April Rosenthal of April Rosenthal Designs
Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane

Tuesday April 29
Jen Wilding Cardon of Stitch This! Martingale Blog
Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side
Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet

Wednesday April 30
Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts – Me!
Melissa Mortenson of PolkaDot Chair
Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock

Thursday May 1
Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced
Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts
Jeni Baker of In Color Order

Friday May 2
Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt
Lindsay Conner of Craft Buds
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life



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    Rebecca Grace

    April 30, 2014

    Faith, I’m so glad you included a DESIGN tip! There are a lot of quilters out there who can rock quarter inch seams, Y seams, curved seams, you name it — but they stick to kits and copying the colors/prints used by pattern designers because they don’t feel confident enough about how to go about creating a successful alternative color scheme on their own. And we all know that it’s a LOT of work to make a quilt from start to finish, even one that is supposed to be “fast” or “easy” (I know this because I agreed to “whip up” a “fast and easy” quilt for a school fundraiser and it’s KILLING ME!!!). Honestly, I think that the color and fabric selection is the MOST important part of quilting, because that’s what everyone notices first, what grabs the viewer’s attention and makes them say WOW. You can have an unbelievably complex quilt, with totally precise piecing, with an unfortunate color scheme that didn’t work and everyone will walk right past without ever looking closely enough to see how masterfully it was put together.

    My own personal goal for 2014 is to make some (relatively) fast and easy quilts for a change, because I have developed an uneven skill set and I need practice on things like layering, basting, and developing free-motion quilting skills to where I don’t feel like I’m ruining my quilt tops. Amy’s book looks like a great place to start!

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    April 30, 2014

    Great post Faith thanks. I agree with Rebecca, choosing the right fabrics is probably the most important stage of making a quilt. (And may reflect my bias as a fabric seller!)

    I’ve noticed something about your fabric choices when you’re not using designer bundles. You tend to opt for designs that are individually monochromatic or have two colours at most. Not the original inspirational fabric which is more complex, but the others you end up using for the bulk of the quilt. Is that something you do intentionally or does it just work out that way? I had noticed it before when I was choosing one of your patterns and meant to ask.

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      April 30, 2014

      Great observation Daryl! Yes, if you look at my fabric stash, it is probably 95% monochromatic. Those are the prints I am drawn to and I think they work really well in quilts (especially scrappy quilts). Easy to mix and match and a bit calming, allowing you to focus on the design of the quilt rather than competing, complex prints.

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    Maxine R.

    April 30, 2014

    Like you, I loved the Crossing Guard pattern. I enjoy your blog.

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    April 30, 2014

    Thanks so much for your great website and the design tips. Love following you as I learn so much. I really struggle with color selection, so I am going to try this tip on my next quilt.

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    Jo Ann Rust

    April 30, 2014

    Beautiful website. Very colorful.

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    April 30, 2014

    Love the cover quilt! The fabrics you coordinated are great too. I agree that this is the most important part of making the quilt – and for me, one of the best parts – selecting the just right fabrics for the design in mind. I absolutely LOVE doing this! Makes me want to head to my studio right now, in fact . . .

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    April 30, 2014

    Choosing fabric is definitely the hardest part of the process for me. I’m never confident that I’ve made the right choice until the quilt is completely finished.

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    Connie w

    May 1, 2014

    I love the color choices. It can make or break the quilt.
    You always leave me inspired!
    Connie W

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    Toni Anne

    May 1, 2014

    I seem to be color challenged. Quilting is so much easier with all the pre cuts out there. Color was my biggest hurdle, thanks for the tip. Wonderful blog hop so many tips, I can use all the help I can get. I love all the new to me ideas, thank you. ;-> Toni Anne

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    Lori Morton

    May 3, 2014

    Loooove the Fabrics…. Thanks for tips for designing,,,am fairly new to quilting…and am thankful for all help/tips I can get, 🙂 I find it hard to pick colors & prints for a quilt, so I usually try to buy a Bundle..as in Layer Cake, or Fat Quarters.