Fresh Lemons Modern Quilts http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing Thu, 01 Feb 2018 15:04:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/southwest-modern-kristi-schroeder/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/southwest-modern-kristi-schroeder/#comments Thu, 01 Feb 2018 15:04:48 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6450 Today I’m happy to share a new book I recently received, Southwest Modern / From Marfa to New Mexico: 18 Travel-Inspired Quilts by Kristi Schroeder. Southwest...

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Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder

Today I’m happy to share a new book I recently received, Southwest Modern / From Marfa to New Mexico: 18 Travel-Inspired Quilts by Kristi SchroederSouthwest Modern is a collection of 18 quilt patterns, along with a southwest travel guide.  I love a beautiful book, and Southwest Modern is absolutely stunning.  As soon as I opened it, I wanted to not only get creating at my sewing machine, but also take a vacation out west!

Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder

Within the quilt patterns, Kristi weaves stories of each location, how they inspired her, and her favorite places to shop, eat, and explore.

Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder

Our family absolutely loves the National Parks, but we haven’t visited any out west in the desert yet.  I think it’s time!  And maybe make an inspired quilt as well!

Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder

I also really love Kristi’s color palette and use of solids in her quilts.  They really allow her bold designs to shine and coordinate with the naturally beautiful landscape.

Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder

Southwest Modern is 144 beautiful pages with 18 quilt patterns.  Besides the stunning photography, there are over 70 detailed and easy to read pattern illustrations.  I’m a visual sewer, so this really helps me! I hope you will take a moment to check out this gorgeous new book.

I received a copy of Southwest Modern / From Marfa to New Mexico: 18 Travel-Inspired Quilts by Kristi Schroeder, courtesy of Lucky Spool Media.  This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

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Teeny-Tiny Half Square Triangle Pillow http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/teeny-tiny-half-square-triangle-pillow/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/teeny-tiny-half-square-triangle-pillow/#comments Fri, 26 Jan 2018 15:26:32 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6442 I believe the last time I checked in with everyone, I was bragging about how my kids were finally back in school after a two...

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Tiny Half Square Triangle Pillow
I believe the last time I checked in with everyone, I was bragging about how my kids were finally back in school after a two week break.  Well.  I should have known better!  Just as fast as they returned to class, they were back at home (one after the other), sick with a virus.  Luckily (?) they didn’t overlap.  My daughter for the first week and my son for the second.  I am happy that I am fortunate enough to stay home and be able to take care of them…although it did slow down the progress in the sewing room!

Tiny Half Square Triangles

Everyone is now healthy again (knock on wood) and I was finally able to finish this 20″ x 20″ pillow with 169, 1-1/2″ half square triangles (HST).

Tiny Half Square Triangles

I really do love HSTs, but there is no way I would make 1-1/2″ units without a shortcut.  Unfortunately, I’m just not that patient or precise.  My good friend Lee of Freshly Pieced came out with these Perfect HST templates, and it was SO easy to make these in bulk with no squaring up.  I think I made 11 sheets worth for this pillow.  I love that I could print them at home and there were lots of size options in the template packet.

Tiny Half Square Triangle Pillow

For the fabric, I used a bundle I put together for Fabric Spark’s monthly bundles.  I thought it was nice and wintery.  I originally was going to give the pillow to my daughter, but doesn’t it look nice on the couch in my sewing room? 🙂

Tiny Half Square Triangle Pillow

I used a 20″ pillow insert, and made the pillow slightly smaller (probably finished around 19″ x 19″) so it would look nice and full.

Tiny Half Square Triangle Pillow
I quilted it with diagonal straight lines about 1/4″ on each side of the diagonal seams.  It’s nice and soft and a perfect addition to my sewing space!

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Kismet Medallion ~ A Finished Quilt and Pattern http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/kismet-medallion-finished-quilt-pattern/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/kismet-medallion-finished-quilt-pattern/#comments Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:46:36 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6400 Finally!  I’m so happy to share this finished quilt and pattern, Kismet Medallion.  I had posted some sneak peeks here and on Instagram as I...

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Kismet Medallion by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Finally!  I’m so happy to share this finished quilt and pattern, Kismet Medallion.  I had posted some sneak peeks here and on Instagram as I was working on it.  I finished about a week before Christmas…just enough time to wash it, package it up, and ship it off to it’s new home!  I made this quilt as a gift for my husband’s aunt, who is so caring, kind, and generous.  She loves red and appreciates the handmade.  I loved making it for her!

Kismet Medallion by Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt was so fun to design.  I love stars and the layout was exciting to play around with.  I wanted something based on a medallion, but without all the typical borders.  (Although – I love quilts with those too – maybe that will be next for me!)  I’ve been itching to make a red and white quilt, and this one certainly won’t be my last.  I used a scrappy mix of red prints.  Some I had in my stash (such as a great red print from Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis), and some I ordered (several designs from French General’s Madame Rouge line for Moda).  For the background, I used Moda Bella Solids in Porcelain, which I felt had a bit of an antiquey look to it.

Kismet Medallion by Fresh Lemons Quilts

The backing is also from French General’s Madame Rouge line, I just love it!  This fabric is out of print, but if you search “Madame Rouge” on Quilt Shops, you can still find a bit of it left out there in shops.

Kismet Medallion by Fresh Lemons Quilts

I used my BERNINA’s BSR foot and quilted in a free motion meandering design.  I love how the quilt ends up cozy after washing!  Normally I don’t wash my quilts before gifting, but with all the red fabric in this one (even after prewashing some), I was a bit scared of bleeding.  I threw it in on cold with about five Shout Color Catchers and held my breath. lol  No bleeding on the white fabric!  The color catchers were light pink when the wash was finished, so I’m glad I used them.

Kismet Medallion by Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Kismet Medallion quilt measures 72″ x 72″ and the pattern is now available in my shop (EU quilters, please use my Etsy shop for VAT purposes).  It is entirely traditionally pieced.  So if you have a few quilts under your belt, you should be ready to sew!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!

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A Red and White December http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/red-white-december/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/red-white-december/#comments Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:38:47 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6388 We are now officially in the Christmas season!  Our house is fully decorated and the kids were lucky enough to visit with Santa over the...

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A Red and White Christmas at Fresh Lemons Quilts

We are now officially in the Christmas season!  Our house is fully decorated and the kids were lucky enough to visit with Santa over the weekend.  Never mind that it was 60 degrees…in Chicago!  Cold weather returned today and it’s feeling a lot more holiday like (no snow though).  I am really enjoying spending this season working on a new red and white star medallion quilt.

A Red and White Christmas at Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt will be my next pattern…it’s working name is Kismet Medallion.  It’s one of those quilts that looks harder than it is – my favorite type! 🙂  I have always loved red and white quilts. For the background fabric of this one, I chose an off white from Moda Bella Solids called Porcelain. I think has an antique look to it.  For the red I’m using a scrappy mix of prints, ranging from French General to Karen Lewis.  I can’t wait to share more soon!

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Cyber Monday PDF Pattern Sale ~ Today Only! http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/cyber-monday-pdf-pattern-sale-today/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/cyber-monday-pdf-pattern-sale-today/#comments Mon, 27 Nov 2017 06:01:49 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6383 Hello friends!  I hope all my USA visitors had a great Thanksgiving holiday.  We spent some time up in northwestern Michigan with family – always...

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Holiday Pattern Sale at Fresh Lemons Quilts

Hello friends!  I hope all my USA visitors had a great Thanksgiving holiday.  We spent some time up in northwestern Michigan with family – always pretty!

Today is Cyber Monday and I thought I’d run a fun sale for all of you.  Today only, all PDF patterns in my shop are 25% off with coupon code CYBER25  (EU customers, please use my Etsy shop, it handles all the VAT requirements).  This sale ends tonight at midnight Central time.

My Vintage Quilt Revival and Summer Sampler Series partners Katie Blakesley of Swim, Bike, Quilt and Pattern Drop, and Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced, are also holding pattern sales for Cyber Monday.  Be sure to check out their blogs for details!

These sales *include* all Summer Sampler Series patterns in Lee’s shop.  If you have been thinking about joining the Mega Quilt Along…this is a great opportunity!

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Radiant Splendor Supersized Quilt Along ~ Week 3 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/radiant-splendor-supersized-quilt-along-week-3/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/radiant-splendor-supersized-quilt-along-week-3/#comments Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:44:09 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6382 Welcome back to Week 3 of the Radiant Splendor Supersized quilt along over on BERNINA’s We All Sew blog.  This is the final week of...

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Radiant Splendor Supersized_Finished Back

Welcome back to Week 3 of the Radiant Splendor Supersized quilt along over on BERNINA’s We All Sew blog.  This is the final week of the quilt along, and we will be assembling the quilt top and finishing up the quilt!

Radiant Splendor Supersized Quilting Progress

As a reminder, the Radiant Splendor Supersized Quilt Along will follow the below schedule:

Week 1 : Fabric Selection, Requirements, Cutting
Week 2: Piecing Block Units
Week 3: Quilt Top Assembly, Quilting, Finishing Up

I hope you have enjoyed making your own Radiant Splendor Supersized quilt.  I’d love to see your finishes!

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Introducing Pattern Drop + 2 Months Free http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/introducing-pattern-drop-2-months-free/ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/introducing-pattern-drop-2-months-free/#comments Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:04:42 +0000 http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=6376 I love making quilts.  There is something fun, creative and relaxing about spending time in my sewing space.  Finding high quality, modern (well if you...

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Pattern Drop

I love making quilts.  There is something fun, creative and relaxing about spending time in my sewing space.  Finding high quality, modern (well if you know me, modern traditional) patterns can be a tricky.  That’s where Pattern Drop comes in!  Pattern Drop is a new curated, digital quilt pattern subscription service, created by my Summer Sampler Series co-creator and Vintage Quilt Revival co-author, Katie Clark Blakesley.

Pattern Drop

Besides offering monthly digital quilt patterns, Pattern Drop also has monthly partners who offer exclusive discounts, a Facebook group/community for annual subscribers (to answer questions, interact with quilters and designers, and offer inspiration), quarterly quilt alongs, and more!

Pattern Drop

The Pattern Drop website has tons of information (and pricing).  You can also keep up with upcoming pattern releases, special offers, and exclusive features on Instagram ~ @patterndrop ~ use hashtag #patterndrop (if they repost your photo, you get a free month added to your subscription), and Facebook.

Use coupon code 2FREEFRESHLEMONS for 2 free months when you sign up for an Annual Membership. When you choose an annual membership, you already get 2 free months, so that is actually 4 free months!  It is also a forever discount, meaning each year you renew, you get the same, low, introductory rate. This offer expires on December 5 (the day before the launch), and won’t be repeated again.

I hope you will stop on over to Pattern Drop, and check them out.  With the holiday’s around the corner, it makes a great gift as well!  Just send this blog post with the coupon code over to the gift-buyer in the family…well, if your family is like mine, that means a self-gift! 🙂

 

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