Fresh Lemons Modern Quilts http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:18:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 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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Under the Eiffel Tower ~ Summer Sampler 2018 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/under-the-eiffel-tower-summer-sampler-2018/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/under-the-eiffel-tower-summer-sampler-2018/#respond Mon, 30 Jul 2018 20:43:03 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6580 This week, for the 11th stop on our Summer Sampler Series 2018 ~ Summer Road Trip quilt along, we are traveling back to France!  Designer...

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Under the Eiffel Tower ~ Summer Sampler 2018 Quilt Along

This week, for the 11th stop on our Summer Sampler Series 2018 ~ Summer Road Trip quilt along, we are traveling back to France!  Designer Rebecca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts was inspired by the view from underneath the Eiffel Tower,  looking straight up.  This is a fun reminder that quilt pattern inspiration isn’t just on the floor around us…or on the walls…but also above our heads!

Summer Sampler 2018 Quilt Along

This block, like Points, is assembled using a combination of foundation paper piecing and sewing curves.  Lee and I both thought the curves seemed easier this time for some reason!  I’m curious what everyone else thinks.  Happy sewing everyone!

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Vatican ~ Summer Sampler 2018 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/vatican-summer-sampler-2018/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/vatican-summer-sampler-2018/#respond Tue, 24 Jul 2018 18:50:19 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6578 Welcome to Week 10 of the Summer Sampler 2018 ~ Summer Road Trip Quilt Along!  This week designer Melissa Mortenson of Polka Dot Chair takes us...

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Vatican ~ Summer Sampler 2018 Quilt Along

Welcome to Week 10 of the Summer Sampler 2018 ~ Summer Road Trip Quilt Along!  This week designer Melissa Mortenson of Polka Dot Chair takes us to the Vatican in Italy.  On a recent trip to the Vatican Museum, Melissa was inspired by all the tile work everywhere.  This block is based on some of the tile flooring.

Summer Sampler 2018 Quilt Along

This block was fun to make.  The most challenging part for me was the last step of sewing the larger piece of fabric to the pieced units.  I used my quilting ruler to mark a stitching line and make sure that line went through the seam intersections, for perfect points.

Vatican ~ Summer Sampler 2018 Quilt Along

I can’t wait to see your blocks!

 

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Pagoda ~ Summer Sampler 2018 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/pagoda-summer-sampler-2018/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/pagoda-summer-sampler-2018/#comments Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:59:46 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6569 We have reached week 9 – the half way point for our individual blocks in the Summer Sampler Series 2018 ~ Summer Road Trip quilt...

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Pagoda ~ Summer Sampler 2018

We have reached week 9 – the half way point for our individual blocks in the Summer Sampler Series 2018 ~ Summer Road Trip quilt along!  This week’s block, designed by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced, was inspired by the angular architecture of pagodas she visited during a trip to China.

This week’s block is traditionally pieced and Lee wrote a lot of great nesting seams into the pattern.  I love those because it makes getting those perfect points so easy.

I’m using mostly fabrics by Carolyn Friedlander for my blocks, but I wish I had gone into my stash for a lighter orange instead of that peach/white cross hatch.  I think it’s just a bit too close to the white of the background.  But oh well, live and learn!  I think it will be just fine when mixed in with the other 17 blocks.  I am loving seeing everyone’s blocks on Instagram and in the Facebook group!

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Half Timber & Castillo ~ Summer Sampler 2018 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/half-timber-castillo-summer-sampler-2018/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/half-timber-castillo-summer-sampler-2018/#comments Mon, 09 Jul 2018 14:20:20 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6564 Happy July everyone!  We are in the middle of summer here and today I have two blocks to share. Block 8 is called Castillo.  It...

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Castillo ~ Summer Sampler Series 2018

Happy July everyone!  We are in the middle of summer here and today I have two blocks to share. Block 8 is called Castillo.  It is inspired by the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida.  I designed this block after visiting over Spring Break and touring while my kids earned their Junior Ranger badges.  It is such an interesting structure, full of history.

The Castillo block is modeled after the aerial view of the fort.  This block is foundation paper pieced.  I found it especially helpful to write the colors down on the paper before starting the paper piecing process.

Our family spent the last week in northern Michigan celebrating my husband’s 40th birthday!  In the race to get ready to leave town (coupled with my role as mom-taxi, shuttling the kids to their various summer-fun activities) I didn’t get a chance to post about block 7.

Half Timber ~ Summer Sampler Series 2018

Half Timber was designed by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced.  Lee’s block design is inspired by German architecture.  I love this block and could see it repeating for an entire quilt.

Summer Sampler Series 2018

I am having so much fun with these travel inspired blocks. I love looking at the map to see all the places we have been.  There really is inspiration all around us!

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Versailles ~ Summer Sampler 2018 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/versailles-summer-sampler-2018/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/versailles-summer-sampler-2018/#comments Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:10:36 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6560 Sometimes after stitching up a very challenging block, it’s nice to sew a block that is…no less striking…but easier to create!  This week we are...

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Versailles ~ Summer Sampler 2018

Sometimes after stitching up a very challenging block, it’s nice to sew a block that is…no less striking…but easier to create!  This week we are traveling to the Chateau de Versailles in France.  Designer Karen Lee was inspired by the stunning marble courtyard at the entrance.

 

Versailles ~ Summer Sampler 2018

In her pattern, Karen provides some great pressing directions that create nested seams.  I love it when that happens!

I can’t wait to see everyone’s blocks!  Remember, it’s not too late to join in the fun.  For those that are starting now, feel free to jump right in at the current block, and then sew previous blocks in your free time.

 

 

 

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