Crosses and Losses ~ A Finished Quilt Top

Crosses and Losses : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This frigid weather has given me a perfect excuse to spend some quality time at my sewing machine. Earlier this week I finished my Crosses and Losses quilt top!

Crosses and Losses : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Chain piecing the remaining 24 quilt blocks was a good idea. I think it took me about three days to finish them – much faster than the first 18! These blocks finish at 8″ x 8″. I sort of wish I made 12″ versions for a slightly larger quilt. But since this is for my daughter, I suppose the smaller size is okay.

Crosses and Losses : Fresh Lemons Quilts

There were a lot of points to match up when I sewed the tops together. I took the extra time when I was pinning to make sure everything was aligned properly.

Crosses and Losses : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I braved the 5 degrees to get a few pictures in the snow. I love the pop of the brights against the low volume background (fabric and snow)! I think my daughter wants minky for the backing. That should make this quilt nice and warm for cuddling on the couch with her Nancy Drew.

Great Big Giveaway Day ~ January

Great Big Giveaway Day : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Well, it looks like winter has finally found us here in Chicago. It is cold outside! Let’s warm up with some giveaways, sound good? This month my lovely sponsors have offered four prizes for four lucky winners.

Reminder ~ Please check your email (including SPAM folders) or back to this post after I choose the winners on Friday. I want to make sure everyone gets connected to their prize.

     

     


1. Fabric Please! is offering one lucky winner two ColorWorks Solids charm packs. I love solids!

Colorworks Solids Charm Packs at Fabric Please!


2. Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a $50 gift certificate! Perfect timing, with so many awesome fabrics arriving right now. Personal favorite – Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander.

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3. Dinkydoo is offering one lucky winner a $25 gift certificate to go shopping! There is so much new fabric to choose from, including Moda Flow, Bread n Butter and Volume II that just arrived in their shop!

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4. Lark Cottons is giving away a $25 gift certificate, just in time for their January Designer Sale. Save 30% on fabric from Alexander Henry and 20% on Art Gallery, Andover, and American Made Brand. Discount applied automatically to cart.

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To enter to win, simply leave one comment on this post. I’ll select one winner per shop on Friday, January 15th. Good luck everyone!

++++ Closing comments to pick the lucky winners! ++++

Congratulations to the following winners! I will be in touch to connect you with your prize. :) Thank you for commenting everyone!

Fabric Please! ~ Two ColorWorks Solids charm packs
434 – Yitka

Fat Quarter Shop ~ $50 Gift Certificate
341 – Naomi Ruh

Dinky Doo ~ $25 Gift Certificate
487 – Elaine

Lark Cottons ~ $25 Gift Certificate
426 – bobbi dougherty

Modern Machine Quilting with Catherine Redford

Modern Machine Quilting with Catherine Redford : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Last month, I came home from a holiday trip to Michigan to some very fun mail. Quilter, teacher, and friend Catherine Redford sent me a copy of her newest Quilting Arts Workshop DVD, Modern Machine Quilting. With the kids back in school, I finally had a chance yesterday to pop it into my laptop and check it out.

Modern Machine Quilting with Catherine Redford : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Catherine and I live about 15 minutes away from each other, and I’ve had the chance to see her work in person many times. She is a very experienced and talented quilter, so I knew her expertise would show in this video. At the beginning of this 1 hour and 15 minute class, Catherine gives some information and her tips on batting, thread, needles, pressing, batting tape, feet, and stitch plates. All very important components to getting the best results with your machine quilting.

She moves on and discusses the importance of sketching out your plan and showing how to practice your designs on paper.

Modern Machine Quilting with Catherine Redford : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I love how before demonstrating each type of quilting in this video, Catherine is shown sketching out the design first.

Modern Machine Quilting with Catherine Redford : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Catherine covers a huge range of free motion quilting motifs, from stippling to swirls and loops, from filler designs (flowers, puzzle pieces, pebbles, clam shells, flames, snail trails) to borders. She even shows how to make those popular feathers and ferns.

Modern Machine Quilting with Catherine Redford : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Throughout the video, you also see finished mini quilts that incorporate a lot of the designs. And Catherine also gives great tips – my favorite is to remember to breathe while quilting! How many of us have found ourselves completely tense and holding our breath when quilting? I know I have.

Modern Machine Quilting with Catherine Redford : Fresh Lemons Quilts

In celebration of her new Modern Machine Quilting dvd release, Catherine is running a giveaway over on her blog. Simply go to her website and leave a comment. At the end of the blog hop listed below, she will pick 2 DVD winners and 1 grand prize winner who will receive a Stella task lamp (winner’s choice of color!) and a DVD as well.

++ Reminder: Comments posted here on my blog will not be included in the giveaway. ++

Modern Machine Quilting with Catherine Redford : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Thursday January 7th – Catherine Redford
Friday January 8th – Fresh Lemons Quilts – Me!
Saturday January 9th – Bonnie Hunter
Sunday January 10th – Svetlana Sotak
Monday January 11th – Kim Niedzwiecki (Aurifil)
Tuesday January 12th – Julia Wood
Wednesday January 13th – Susan Brubaker Knapp
Thursday January 14th – Jenny Lyon
Friday January 15th – Kathy Matthews
Saturday January 16th – Back to Catherine!

I hope you will check out Modern Machine Quilting (DVD or digital download) and add some new skills to your quilts in 2016!

Crosses and Losses into the New Year

Crosses and Losses Block Construction : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Last time I posted about my Crosses and Losses blocks, I mentioned I wasn’t chain piecing because I was eager to see some finished blocks come together. Well, I’m over that. :) Making a couple of blocks at a time is slow! In fact, the only thing slower is chain UNpiecing (ask me how I know – nothing worse that stitching together a mistake in bulk!)

Crosses and Losses Block Construction : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So yesterday I started chain piecing the bright blocks I had already cut. I now have 18 blocks. I’m planning on cutting out the rest of the brights this morning and then stitching the remaining quilt blocks together all at once.

Crosses and Losses Block Construction : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m loving how this quilt is coming together! It’s going to be so bright and happy. And I hope everyone isn’t over the low volume trend, because I still really enjoy how it looks.

Crosses and Losses Block Construction : Fresh Lemons Quilts

And finally…can I plug my awesome city for a minute? Yesterday I took my kids to my absolute favorite part of living here ~ The Art Institute of Chicago. We try to go a couple times throughout the year (but I’m a member now so we’re going to go a lot more!).

The Art Institute of Chicago : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It is so, so, so good! They recently had a huge new donation to the Modern wing, so we stopped there first.

The Art Institute of Chicago : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Yesterday we made an effort of spend time in areas we haven’t seen. We are usually sucked into the 3rd floor of the Modern wing and the Impressionism wing. Not one “new-to-us” room disappointed. Truly one of the best things to see if you ever have the chance to visit Chicago.

The Art Institute of Chicago : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My son still wanted to draw everything he saw. My daughter was more interested in taking pictures this time.

The Art Institute of Chicago : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I hope you get a chance to visit one day!