Fresh Lemons Modern Quilts http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing Fri, 25 May 2018 15:22:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Rainbow Confetti ~ A Finished Quilt http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/rainbow-confetti-a-finished-quilt/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/rainbow-confetti-a-finished-quilt/#comments Wed, 23 May 2018 16:27:33 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6515 In the middle of end-of-school-year-madness, I managed to finish my Rainbow Confetti quilt.  This string quilt was foundation paper pieced and uses Vanessa Christenson’s awesome...

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Rainbow Confetti by Fresh Lemons Quilts

In the middle of end-of-school-year-madness, I managed to finish my Rainbow Confetti quilt.  This string quilt was foundation paper pieced and uses Vanessa Christenson’s awesome Ombre Confetti Metallic fabric for Moda.

Rainbow Confetti by Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt is a gift for a very special teacher.  I thought I was way ahead of the game this year.  I pieced it in April and had plans to quilt it right away, and then sit back and relax my way through May.  Well, you know what they say about the best-laid plans?  After I finished the quilt top, the kids and I had the stomach flu, one after the other after the other.  Once we were all better, it took a couple of weeks to get back to this project.  Well…I finished with 4 days to spare this time!

Rainbow Confetti by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I mentioned this is a foundation paper pieced quilt.  I created my own template  with 3 strings of color per side and white in the middle.  The squares are 8″ x 8″ finished and the quilt is 7 blocks by 8 blocks, or 56″ x 64″.  I don’t have a pattern for sale for this particular quilt, but you could get a similar look using Vanessa’s ombre fabrics with my Prism quilt pattern.

Rainbow Confetti by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Ombre fabrics are so fun.  So many shades of color in each fat quarter!  For the backing, I used Cotton+Steel’s Sprinkle fabric.  I love the neutral base for the pops of color on the front.

Rainbow Confetti by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I quilted this using my BERNINA’s BSR foot, in a meandering free motion pattern using Aurifil 50wt white thread.  Definitely my go-to quilting design.

We have been so lucky to have amazing teachers again this year at school.  My daughter is wrapping up her final days of elementary school, and I’m getting surprisingly sentimental over it!  It’s exciting to watch them grow and become their own people, but hard at the same time.

Here’s the to start of a fun summer!

 

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Shenzhen ~ Summer Sampler 2018 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/shenzhen-summer-sampler-2018/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/shenzhen-summer-sampler-2018/#comments Mon, 21 May 2018 13:00:36 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6506 Welcome to Week 2 of the Summer Sampler 2018 : Summer Road Trip quilt along!  This week’s block comes to you from author and pattern...

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Shenzhen block by Angela Pingel for Summer Sampler 2018

Welcome to Week 2 of the Summer Sampler 2018 : Summer Road Trip quilt along!  This week’s block comes to you from author and pattern and fabric designer, Angela Pingel. Angela’s block is inspired by the architecture and design elements of China.

Summer Sampler 2018 - Shenzhen

This block was super fun to make.  This week’s tip is to follow the press-to-the-side directions in the quilt pattern, and you will end up with some great nesting seams in your final block assembly.

Just a reminder, you can sign up for this quilt along at any time.  When you sign up after the start date, you will get all the patterns that we’ve release to-date.  You can catch up on past blocks on your own schedule and continue quilting along with the group as we release weekly block patterns.

Happy sewing everyone!

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Water Well ~ Summer Sampler 2018 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/water-well-summer-sampler-2018/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/water-well-summer-sampler-2018/#comments Mon, 14 May 2018 13:09:53 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6501 Today we mark the first week of the Summer Sampler 2018 : Summer Road Trip Quilt Along!  We are kicking off this summer quilt along...

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Water Well block by Katie Blakesley for Summer Sampler 2018

Today we mark the first week of the Summer Sampler 2018 : Summer Road Trip Quilt Along!  We are kicking off this summer quilt along with a block designed by Katie Blakesley of Swim, Bike, Quilt.  This block is inspired by a 15th Century Water Well in India.

Summer Sampler 2018 - India

I decided to pull from my stash for this year’s quilt along.  I am planning on basically following the rainbow layout.  I pulled fabrics from my Carolyn Friedlander stash, and then added in some pinks/purples from other designers.  (I think mainly Karen Lewis and Cotton+Steel.)

Summer Sampler 2018 Fabric Pull

It’s not too late to sign up for this quilt along.  When you sign up after the start date, you will get all the patterns that we’ve release to-date.  You can catch up on past blocks on your own schedule and continue quilting along with the group (550+ quilters!) as we release weekly block patterns.

I’m so excited to see everyone’s quilts take shape over the next few months!  Happy sewing everyone!

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How to Supersize Quilt Blocks http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/supersize-quilt-blocks/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/supersize-quilt-blocks/#comments Thu, 10 May 2018 19:44:22 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6493 Have you noticed the trend of supersizing quilt blocks?  One quilt block, enlarged, can make a huge statement as an entire quilt top.  Today on...

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How to Supersize a Quilt Block at Fresh Lemons Quilts

Have you noticed the trend of supersizing quilt blocks?  One quilt block, enlarged, can make a huge statement as an entire quilt top.  Today on BERNINA’s We All Sew blog, I walk you through the process of how I supersize my own blocks.  All you need is some graph paper!  Stop on over and learn how to design your next quilt.

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A Spectacle Quilt Pattern for Project Linus http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/spectacle-quilt-pattern-project-linus/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/spectacle-quilt-pattern-project-linus/#comments Mon, 30 Apr 2018 12:53:08 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6489 Happy Monday everyone!  Today I am sharing with you a very happy quilt and pattern that I hope you will use to make a comfort...

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A Spectacle Quilt Pattern for Project Linus : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Happy Monday everyone!  Today I am sharing with you a very happy quilt and pattern that I hope you will use to make a comfort quilt for someone in need.  Please head on over to BERNINA’s We All Sew blog for all the details and the free pattern for my Spectacle quilt.

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Summer Sampler 2018 Reveal ~ Summer Road Trip http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/summer-sampler-2018-reveal-summer-road-trip/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/summer-sampler-2018-reveal-summer-road-trip/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:06:52 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6482 Today is the day of the big design reveal ~ Summer Sampler 2018 : Summer Road Trip!  Eighteen fabulous blocks from thirteen talented designers.  Katie,...

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Summer Sampler 2018

Today is the day of the big design reveal ~ Summer Sampler 2018 : Summer Road Trip!  Eighteen fabulous blocks from thirteen talented designers.  Katie, Lee, and I have had so much fun over past summers quilting along with you all.  I’ve loved the pace of one block per week and having something truly amazing to show for it at by the start of fall.  I hope you love this year’s planned quilt as much as we do.

Summer Sampler 2018 Quilt Along

This year’s quilt along is travel inspired.  Beginning May 14th, each week we will share a quilt block inspired by a different global destination.  While I was working on my blocks, I pretty much decided this is how I want to design everything from now on!  There is so much beauty and inspiration around us!

Each year I’m honored to be able to work with such amazing designers, and this year is no exception.

Summer Sampler 2018 Designers

 

We’ve mocked up the Summer Sampler 2018 quilt along in three different colorways – warm, cool, and rainbow.  You can buy a limited number of kits at for the quilt top at Sewtopia and Mad About Patchwork (coming soon).

The finished quilt measures 80″ x 80″.  Block construction is a mix of techniques from traditional piecing to foundation paper piecing.  The best feedback we’ve heard year after year is that the quilt along was a huge skill and confidence builder.

The complete cost for all the block patterns (1 per week starting May 14th) and the assembly instructions is on sale now through May 13th at $24.99.  That’s $5 off the normal price.  I’ve had questions in the past about whether or not this is a monthly subscription fee.  Nope!  One purchase gets you set up for the entire summer with us. 🙂

You can find out all the dates and more details over in Lee’s shop.  (EU quilters, please use Lee’s Etsy shop due to VAT regulations.)

So which palette are you most excited about?  Or do you plan to create your own?  I hope you will join us this summer!

Summer Sampler 2018 Quilt Along

Summer Sampler 2018 includes:
• Fully-tested instructions for a new 12″ (finished) block each week, beginning May 14 and running through September 17
• Complete finishing instructions (delivered September 24)
• All fabric requirements and suggested Kona Solids colors (a limited number of fabric kits will be available from www.sewtopia.com)
• Quilt mock-up coloring sheet for planning
• Weekly Summer Sampler newsletter email subscription with information about our inspiration, tips for sewing that week’s block, and other bonus content
• Access to a subscriber-only Facebook group to interact with other quilters and the designers

The first block pattern will be sent the week of May 14. Purchase now and automatically receive all files as they are released each week.

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Summer Sampler 2018 and Pre-Sale Discount! http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/summer-sampler-2018-pre-sale-discount/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/summer-sampler-2018-pre-sale-discount/#comments Mon, 02 Apr 2018 14:34:30 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6472 I’m back from a little vacation in Florida and feeling very refreshed.  We don’t always go away for Spring Break (staycation anyone?), but this year...

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Summer Sampler 2018

I’m back from a little vacation in Florida and feeling very refreshed.  We don’t always go away for Spring Break (staycation anyone?), but this year we headed south to visit family and it was such a great break.  Everyone wants to see a few pictures before we talk about this year’s Summer Sampler, right?  lol

Fresh Lemons Quilts in Florida

Here we have the very rare, complete family photo.  I’m usually behind the camera, so it’s nice to occasionally get a picture with all four of us in it!  Being at the beach doesn’t hurt either.

Fresh Lemons Quilts Florida Spring Break

We were staying with family in Ponte Verde, Florida which is about halfway between Jacksonville and St. Augustine.  Besides the obvious beach and pool time, we went to visit the Castillo de San Marcos where the kids earned another Junior Ranger badge.  We also saw tons of alligators at the Alligator Farm.  But the *coolest* part of the week was just pure luck.  During a storm Monday night, a shipwreck from the 1800’s (they think – likely had been buried in sand preserving it) washed ashore about 10 minutes from where we were staying!  We followed some clues in the photos of the wreck on the news…and found it!  Super amazing to see.  You can read more about the discovery here and here.

Thanks for humoring me and looking at my vacation photos.  🙂  And now for the real announcement!  Spring means one thing around this blog…a new Summer Sampler Quilt Along is in the works!

The Summer Sampler 2018 theme this year is travel inspired.  How many times have you been on a trip and seen something and thought “that would make a great quilt block”?  Katie, Lee, and I, along with a group of amazing designers, are creating blocks inspired by different cities, monuments, or architecture.  (These will not be literal pictorial blocks of locations.)

For a limited time, we’re offering it for a special pre-sale price of only $24.99—and as an extra enticement, blog readers can get an ADDITIONAL $3 off right now by using coupon code “EARLYSUMMER”. The coupon code is only good until April 6.

Summer Sampler 2018 includes:
• Fully-tested instructions for a new 12″ (finished) block each week, beginning May 14 and running through September 17, with a break/catch-up week the week of July 2-8
• Complete finishing instructions (delivered September 24)
• All fabric requirements and suggested Kona Solids colors (a limited number of fabric kits will be available from www.sewtopia.com)
• Quilt mock-up coloring sheet for planning
• Weekly Summer Sampler newsletter email subscription with stories about our inspiration, tips for sewing that week’s block, and other bonus content
• Access to a subscriber-only Facebook group to interact with other quilters and the designers

Subscribers will receive a mock-up of the completed quilt the week of April 23, along with complete fabric requirements, social media information, designer info, and much more.

If you have never quilted along with us, check out the previous 3 Summer Samplers : 2011, 2016, and 2017.

I hope you will consider joining us again this summer!  I am very excited about this theme and the opportunity to learn about different parts of the world, as well as look a little closer at the details that make this world so beautiful.

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