Fresh Lemons Modern Quilts http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing Mon, 24 Sep 2018 19:10:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Summer Sampler 2018 : Summer Road Trip ~ A Finished Quilt http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/summer-sampler-2018-summer-road-trip-a-finished-quilt/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/summer-sampler-2018-summer-road-trip-a-finished-quilt/#comments Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:22:29 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6610 Last week we marked the first day of fall here in Illinois, temperatures cooling down, and leaves just starting to change here and there.  And...

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Summer Sampler Series 2018 : Summer Road Trip

Last week we marked the first day of fall here in Illinois, temperatures cooling down, and leaves just starting to change here and there.  And for the last three years, another sign of fall’s arrival is sharing the finished Summer Sampler Series quilt.  I had so much fun this year.  I loved our Summer Road Trip theme.  I was so excited about the destination inspired blocks.  I was giddy over the original blocks that some of our quilt along members designed on their own, based on their own travels – check out just a few here, here, and here.  We had quilters repurpose some of our designs to reflect their own travel memories – here and here.  I think I am leaving this quilt along more inspired than any before.

I used the rainbow quilt mockup as my color inspiration.  I moved at least 2 blocks, due to fabric that I had available at the time.

Summer Sampler 2018 Quilt Along

Today we released our finishing instructions with directions to make the hourglass blocks and optional border.  I added the border to my quilt.  Lee finished hers without the border.  She used gray tones for her hourglass blocks.  Katie mixed rainbows with low volume prints.   And I opted for a selection of rainbow crosshatch fabrics by Carolyn Friedlander with a few Timeless Treasures Sketch fabrics mixed in to expand my color palette.

Summer Sampler Series 2018 : Summer Road Trip

I used anywhere from 1 – 3 shades of each crosshatch color for my hourglass blocks.  My biggest challenge was I was restricted to the colors offered in the crosshatch design, and how much fabric I had of each.  Some of the colors I used were out of print, so when they were gone, they were gone.  I’m really happy with how it turned out though and I think it bears a good resemblance to the inspiration graphic.

Summer Sampler Series 2018 : Summer Road Trip

I used a widescreen print by Carolyn Friedlander for my backing and binding.  It was great to be able to just lay out the backing and not have to piece it together.  I love widescreen!

I wanted to quickly mention as well, this is a large quilt (for me).  It finished at 80″ x 80″ with the optional borders.  I free motion quilted it easily on my home machine, a BERNINA 440QE.

Quilting Summer Sampler Series 2018 : Summer Road Trip

I hope you all enjoyed quilting along (or watching the quilt along) over the last 20 weeks. For those that are interested in making the quilt now or in the future, you can still buy it in Lee’s pattern shop. I am already planning my next projects – after I take a quick breather!  🙂  I can’t wait to see everyone’s finished quilts.  To those who joined in this year, thank you so much!!

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Fish Rack ~ Summer Sampler 2018 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/fish-rack-summer-sampler-2018/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/fish-rack-summer-sampler-2018/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:34:08 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6604 Welcome to Week 18 of the Summer Sampler Series 2018 : Summer Road Trip quilt along!  Our final block!  This week’s design is really interesting...

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Fish Rack ~ Summer Sampler Series 2018 quilt along

Welcome to Week 18 of the Summer Sampler Series 2018 : Summer Road Trip quilt along!  Our final block!  This week’s design is really interesting to me.  It comes to us from Norway.  I know next to nothing about Norway, except I’m pretty sure I’d love to go there to see the Northern Lights.  Designer Daisy Aschehoug of Warm Folk designed this block after a Norwegian rack for drying fish.

Summer Sampler Series 2018 quilt along

My tip for this week’s block involves the final step of squaring up your block after the half rectangle triangles are sewn to the sides of the paper pieced center unit.  Don’t forget to leave the 1/4″ seam allowance at the top point and bottom points of your block.  That way you won’t lose those points when you sew your quilt top together.

Fish Rack ~ Summer Sampler Series 2018

 

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Chrysler Building ~ Summer Sampler 2018 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/chrysler-building-summer-sampler-2018/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/chrysler-building-summer-sampler-2018/#comments Mon, 10 Sep 2018 13:44:47 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6603 Welcome to Week 17 of the Summer Sampler Series 2018 : Summer Road Trip quilt along!  We almost couldn’t have a trip around the world...

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Chrysler Building ~ Summer Sampler Series 2018 quilt along

Welcome to Week 17 of the Summer Sampler Series 2018 : Summer Road Trip quilt along!  We almost couldn’t have a trip around the world without visiting New York City.  Pattern and fabric designer Christopher Thompson of The Tattooed Quilter takes us there, inspired by the art deco glamour of the Chrysler Building.

Summer Sampler Series 2018 quilt along

I’ve been pretty excited to make this block.  Not only because I love the design, but also because I’m working on a rainbow gradient theme and this block ties in the yellows, greens and blues.  This design also showcases why I love foundation paper piecing so much.  It makes a complex looking block, easy!

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Moais ~ Summer Sampler 2018 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/moais-summer-sampler-2018/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/moais-summer-sampler-2018/#respond Mon, 03 Sep 2018 14:04:59 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6596 Welcome to Week 16 of the Summer Sampler Series 2018 : Summer Road Trip quilt along!  This week’s block, Moais, is designed by Carolina Oneto.  Carolina...

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Moais ~ Summer Sampler Series 2018 quilt along

Welcome to Week 16 of the Summer Sampler Series 2018 : Summer Road Trip quilt along!  This week’s block, Moais, is designed by Carolina Oneto.  Carolina was inspired by the Moais Isla de Pascua, or the Easter Island Heads, found on Isla de Pascua [Easter Island], a Chilean Island in the Southeastern Pacific Ocean.

I’m not sure if I am just noticing the Moais Isla de Pascua in the news because I knew we had this block coming up, or if there are a lot of things going on there right now…but in any case, it’s been fun to see a location pop up online and on tv that I knew we would be “visiting”!

Summer Sampler Series 2018 quilt along

This block comes together perfectly.  I laid out all my fabric in place before sewing.  Just remember to use that scant 1/4″ seam allowance as there are quite a few (long) seams in this block.

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Pantheon & Petra ~ Summer Sampler 2018 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/pantheon-petra-summer-sampler-2018/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/pantheon-petra-summer-sampler-2018/#respond Mon, 27 Aug 2018 13:47:10 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6592 Hello friends!  Well, I was so in the zone at my sewing machine last week that I completely missed posting my Summer Sampler Series quilt...

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Pantheon ~ Summer Sampler 2018 Quilt Along

Hello friends!  Well, I was so in the zone at my sewing machine last week that I completely missed posting my Summer Sampler Series quilt along block.  So today I am sharing two blocks!  First up, and last week’s block, is Pantheon.  Pantheon was designed by one of my quilt along cohosts, Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced.  Lee was inspired by the ceiling of the Pantheon in Rome, Italy.  Such amazing architectural details.

Petra ~ Summer Sampler 2018 Quilt Along

This week’s block was designed by my other Summer Sampler cohost, Katie Blakesley of Swim, Bike, Quilt.  Katie’s block, Petra, was inspired by the ancient buildings carved in rock that she saw during a college trip to Petra.

Summer Sampler Series 2018 Quilt Along : Summer Road Trip

I can’t believe there are only three blocks left!  I have so enjoyed seeing everyone’s blocks in the quilt along Facebook group.  Especially those of you who have created your own blocks from your own travels!  It’s really fun to see people step outside of their comfort zones to learn new techniques and even start designing blocks.

Happy sewing this week!

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Pisa ~ Summer Sampler 2018 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/pisa-summer-sampler-2018/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/pisa-summer-sampler-2018/#comments Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:18:18 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6589 This week marks the 13th block of the Summer Sampler Series 2018 Quilt Along!  This week we are just traveling a few hours from our...

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Pisa ~ Summer Sampler 2018 Quilt Along

This week marks the 13th block of the Summer Sampler Series 2018 Quilt Along!  This week we are just traveling a few hours from our last destination of Milan, Italy…to Pisa!

Pisa ~ Summer Sampler 2018 Quilt AlongI designed this block and was inspired by the detailing on the Leaning Tower of Pisa.  I simplified the innermost section of the stonework and focused on the outer points and inner diamond shape.  This block is foundation paper pieced and I think it would look awesome in a repeating pattern as a full quilt.

Source: Sébastien Bertrand (CC-By 2.0)

Photo Source: Sébastien Bertrand (CC-By 2.0)

I can’t wait to see your blocks!

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Milan ~ Summer Sampler 2018 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/milan-summer-sampler-2018/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/milan-summer-sampler-2018/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2018 14:19:57 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6583 Welcome to week 12 of the Summer Sampler Series 2018 : Summer Road Trip quilt along!  This week we are traveling to Milan, Italy.  Designer...

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Milan ~ Summer Sampler 2018 Quilt Along

Welcome to week 12 of the Summer Sampler Series 2018 : Summer Road Trip quilt along!  This week we are traveling to Milan, Italy.  Designer Debbie Jeske of A Quilter’s Table designed this beautiful block, inspired by the view looking down from the top of the Milan Cathedral.  Amazing!

Milan ~ Summer Sampler 2018 Quilt AlongWe are in the last full week of summer break here at the Fresh Lemons headquarters.  It has been such a fun and busy summer with the kids…but I’m ready to get back into a regular routine.  My daughter is uber excited to start junior high (eek!), I’m looking forward to some quality time in my sewing room…I think only my 9 year old son wants to stay home and laze around some more.  🙂  I have been working on some new designs over the last couple months  and can’t wait to start stitching them up and share them with you!

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