Five Years and Counting

Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s a funny thing, how quickly five years can fly by. Today is my blog’s 5th anniversary. I went back a couple days ago, to revisit that first post. (The image from the post lost in the shuffle during a blog transfer a few years ago.) I’m not sure how long I thought I’d be blogging back in 2009. But I’m happy to still be around and have all of you join me each week, reading and commenting and sharing tidbits and your projects with me. Thank you so much for spending a bit of your time here with me.

Much of the last two weeks has been devoted to designing and pattern writing. I can say there are some new, fun quilts and patterns coming down the pipeline. And while I can’t share those just yet, I thought I’d share some fabric and blocks and food.

Kona Cotton Solids : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m planning to use some Kona Cottons in an upcoming project. I totally copied everyone else who was cutting up their Kona Color Cards and placing them on book rings. So much easier to pull out colors and plan quilts!

Liberty of London from DuckaDilly : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also ordered an absolutely beautiful collection of Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabric, cut into a roll, from DuckaDilly.

And – total accident but they were sitting next to each other on my table – doesn’t the Kona look awesome with the Liberty?

Kona Cotton Solids and Liberty of London : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I love it when that happens!

Another project in the works is a pattern based on my Radiant Splendor block tutorial. Although this test block below looks the same, I did some unpicking after I took the photo as the pattern changes up the block a bit. I’m working on writing and testing and hopefully will get the new pattern finished sometime this Fall. For those that like bigger quilts, this one will be Queen sized (ok, well that’s big for me!)

Radiant Splendor Quilt Block : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve also spent a bit of time in the kitchen lately. I’ve recently discovered America’s Test Kitchen and have fallen hard. (I know, I’m the last on the planet, right?) I have had success with pretty much everything I’ve made from both Cooking for Two and The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2014.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This Cinnamon Swirl Bread is in the latter, as well as online (and I saw them make it in an episode I recorded on PBS).

Cinnamon Swirl Bread : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It was *delicious*.

I hope those of you in the United States and Canada have a great holiday week. Yesterday was Canada Day and Friday is Independence Day here (and my husband’s birthday!) I plan on doing some relaxing and enjoying time with family. And hopefully fit at least some sewing (or more pattern writing in) too.



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    July 2, 2014

    I love reading and seeing your blogs . Happy 5th!

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    July 2, 2014

    Today is a good time to tell you that I always enjoy your blog as well as your patterns. Happy 5th anniversary, and Happy Independence Day!

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    July 2, 2014

    Happy bloggy birthday!

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    Lorna McMahon

    July 2, 2014

    So much yummy goodness in this post. Congratulations on 5 wonderful blogging years, Faith! Here’s to many more yet to come!

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    July 2, 2014

    Happy 5th anniversary! Love your blog and your work. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    July 2, 2014

    Do you recommend cutting binding for a square quilt on the straight or bias grain of fabric?

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      July 2, 2014

      Hi Lyn – I tend to cut mine straight when making binding for a square/rectangular quilt. If it has curved corners, then I will go ahead and cut on the bias.

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    carla bynum

    July 2, 2014

    Hi!!!! Congrats on five years!!!! I very much enjoy your blog and get lots of inspiration from you!!! Thank You

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    July 2, 2014

    Congrats on 5 years! I love your blog and I have your book too. Radiant Splendor on my list, so I’ll be glad to try out your update when it’s done 😀

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    July 2, 2014

    Love America’s test kitchen and Cook’s Illustrated. Try the Peruvian Roast Chicken recipe. It’s a ‘must’ in our house. ;p

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    Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge

    July 2, 2014

    Happy blogaversary! I still haven’t jumped on the bandwagon and cut up my colour card, but I am tempted. So tempted!

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    July 2, 2014

    Happy Blog B-day! I like America’s Test Kitchen, too!

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    Anne Beier

    July 2, 2014

    Hi Faith,
    Happy Blogaversary!! That you for all the great patterns, ideas, help, answers to questions and knowledge you share with us. You are so inspirational, and I look forward to reading your blog.

    All The Best,

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    July 2, 2014

    America’s Test Kitchen is pretty much the most amazing place for recipes ever! I haven’t made a single thing out of the 6 cookbooks I own that we haven’t LOVED!

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    Toni A.

    July 2, 2014

    Thanks so much for 5 years of blogging. Enjoy reading it and learning from you. Here’s to many more blogging years.

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    July 2, 2014

    Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and Passion with us!

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    July 2, 2014

    Congratulations Faith. Yours was the first quilting blog I found and I loved it so much that I got into quilting 🙂

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    July 2, 2014

    Happy anniversary Faith! I enjoy your blog and love your work! Those solid cards look delicious and beautiful with Liberties! x Teje

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    July 2, 2014

    Congrats on 5 years! You sure have inspired me over that time! And btw that cinnamon bread looks delish!

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    Linda in Maryville

    July 2, 2014

    5 Years! Great quilts, great colors and it is a joy to follow along!

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    July 2, 2014

    Happy Blogiversary! Congrats on 5 years and here’s to many, many more to come.

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    July 2, 2014

    Happy 5th anniversary and more to come.Thanks for sharing your tips and projects!!

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    Kathleen Dalecio

    July 2, 2014

    Congratulations, Faith! What an accomplishment! Thanks for sharing your inspiration and talents with us.

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    July 2, 2014

    Happy 5th anniversary!! I enjoy your tutorials and seeing all the projects you’re working on 🙂

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    Amy in Va

    July 2, 2014

    Mazel tov! The photos of Kona are going to make me break my shopping hiatus. Gorgeous. And amen on the Americas Test Kitchen, my kids eat the recipes!

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    Quilting Tangent

    July 2, 2014

    Congratulations on 5 years!

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    July 2, 2014

    I love the pastel solids you have chosen. I need to start using my solids more.

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    July 2, 2014

    Thanks for advice, Faith. I’ll use straight grain as I have in the past. I saw a reference to bias cut binding in a book I just bought and it gave me pause. It’s great to have you and others out there to talk to about quilting. I sure appreciate the effort you put into maintaining a fun informative blog. Happy 5 year celebrating!

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    July 2, 2014

    Congratulations on 5 years! About a year and a half ago, while researching a new sewing machine, I discovered you, modern quilting, and blogging. I haven’t looked back! I’m grateful for your outstanding tutorials, photographs, and inspiration. I used your lighthouse block (my favorite) to learn paper piecing and my quilt was chosen as a finalist in a fabric challenge! (I credited you.) THANK YOU for all the time you put into this blog!

    PS I think that Liberty would look beautiful with anything!

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    Sarah Lahrman

    July 2, 2014

    Congrats Faith, on 5 years! I recently discovered your blog this past year and have been a faithful follower since. I am always inspired by your quilty goodness and I cheer you on from the neighbor state, Indiana (Lafayette)! I can’t wait to see what you continue to create over the years. Blessings to you!

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    July 2, 2014

    Happy anniversary Faith! I love checking in every few days to see the new things you have posted. Always one of the highlights of my week!

    Look for the english muffin bread recipe from america’s test kitchen. SO easy and SO delicious! Mom and I saw it on an episode a few months ago, and went right out to the store to get the necessary ingredients. If you like english muffins, you will love that bread. After seeing your post today, I’ll have to find the recipe for that bread and try it!

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    Betsy M

    July 2, 2014

    You have really accomplished an amazing amount in five years. Yours is the first blog I began reading when I started quilting and it remains my favorite. You go, Girl!

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    July 2, 2014

    First off Happy Blogaversy! Second don’t be ashamed to discover America’s Test Kitchen late. Its a good show! I often take a lot of tips and techniques from off the show and apply them to my own cooking. I also love the product testing as well. Oh, if you want to know another good cooking show, check out the Chew.

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    Esther F

    July 3, 2014

    Happy blogaversary!!!
    Hip Hip Hooray!

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    Audrey M

    July 3, 2014

    Congrats on 5 years and all of your successes! I LOVE your blog and all the inspiration. <3

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    July 3, 2014

    Happy 5th Blogaversary. Found your blog a couple of years ago and signed up to follow because I like what I saw. I still do.

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    Dorothy Schreyer

    July 3, 2014

    Just found your blog a couple weeks ago, but happy birthday! I want to make that bread, going to find the recipe now!

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    July 3, 2014

    Love ur Blog. Congratulations on ur 5 yr anniversary

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    Yolanda in Cali

    July 3, 2014

    Happy anniversary! I love your blog.i love your quilting! Keep up the great work. You are so inspiring. I can see my own quilting blossoming from learning techniques from your blog. Congrats! Many blessings to you and your family.

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    July 4, 2014

    Congrats on 5 yrs! Found your blog just around a year ago. Thanks for the inspiration and variety in your posts. Here’s to the next 5!

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    Barbara Hill

    July 4, 2014

    I too wish you a happy 5th anniversary. Did you know that America’s test kitchen also has an area that you can be a food tester for some of their recipes. Some have hard to find ingredients, and some have ways around them. You might enjoy it. Your Cinnamon bread looks good. I make a killer bunch of cinnamon rolls–everyone at church makes short work of a couple of dozen when I take them in.

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    Lori C.

    July 4, 2014

    Happy anniversary Faith! You have come a long way these past five years and I have enjoyed watching you blossom and shine. Best wishes for the years to come. P.S. I love America’s Test Kitchen too….yummy…

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    July 5, 2014

    Happy anniversary! I know it’s hard to imagine how fast these five years have gone away.

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    Pam S

    July 6, 2014

    Happy blogaversary and thanks for all the inspiration!

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    Lucy Daniel

    July 7, 2014

    Congratulations on your 5th year blog anniversary! Look forward to continuing learning, being inspired, and challenged by your creations.

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    July 7, 2014

    Love your quilts so much! Thanks for the beautiful inspiration!