Union Square in Progress and Pattern Shop

Union Square Quilt Block Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve spent a bit of time this week working on my Union Square quilt blocks. I really like this metallic linen I’m using for the background. I’m kicking myself for only buying a yard. When I got it, I figured I would use it on a bag, not a quilt. Oh well – I’m sure there are plenty of other awesome metallic linens out there, right?

Union Square Quilt Block Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I was in my happy place, chain paper piecing the corner segments for these blocks.

Union Square Quilt Block Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Now to assemble them. When sewing the corner components to the nine patch, I will admit it is a bit tricky getting everything lined up just right. I’m going to cut myself some slack and not worry if it’s a millimeter off.

I also wanted to let everyone know that my Picnic Point quilt pattern (PDF) is now in the shop! (It’s also available on Etsy and Craftsy.) I know a few of you have found it already. 🙂 Thank you!

Union Square

Union Square Quilt Block : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I spent a bit of time over the last few days researching, sketching up, and testing design ideas. I found a quilt block that I thought would be pretty with my blue fabric stack. This is a vintage pattern called Union Square, designed in 1937 by Nancy Cabot.

If you are a regular visitor around here, you probably know I’m a big fan of many of Nancy Cabot’s block designs. Nancy Cabot is actually a pen name for Loretta Leitner Rising. She wrote a column in the Chicago Tribune in the 1930’s with quilt block patterns. Recently, I discovered you could search the Chicago Tribune archives online – and find Nancy’s blocks in their original newsprint format! Sometimes technology is just great, right?


Image from Chicago Tribune Archives

(Side note: These archives are also fun to check out with kids. My daughter and I searched famous dates in history – or the day after – and she was able to see news stories of events as they happened. She also loved seeing different advertisements from 70+ years ago.)

Union Square Quilt Block : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For my background, I pulled out a yard of a special Nani Iro fabric I’ve been saving for a while. This is Pierre Pocho canvas in silver. It is described as a cotton, linen, canvas (a bit of everything in there). It seems like an accurate description. It’s a bit heavy (but not like home dec). It is a bit stretchy too, like linen. The whiteish spots you see are really a silver metallic design on the fabric. It’s pretty special and I love it with the blue fabrics. I only have a yard, so that will definitely limit the size of this quilt. One block down, 11 to go!

A Moody Palette

Moody Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I have a bit of new fabric in the studio this week. While I was perusing pictures from the last Quilt Market, I really fell in love with the Bluebird collection over at Cotton + Steel. No real surprise, as blue has been my favorite color for as long as I can remember. I ordered a few of the prints, along with a great black and white design by Karen Lewis. Her Blueberry Park line has the best stash builders! I’m just a little paralyzed when it comes to picking my favorite colors and prints.

Moody Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I combined these new fabrics with some from my stash. I love the moodiness of this pull. I’m not entirely sure what to make with it yet. Simple patchwork squares would be nice, but I’ve done that a lot and wonder if I should come up with something different. Whatever I land on, I feel as if I can’t go wrong with this combination.

You can find Cotton + Steel Bluebird at the following shops:

Fabric Spark
Fat Quarter Shop
Lark Cottons
Gotham Quilts

You can find Karen Lewis Blueberry Park at the following shops:

Sew Modern
Fabric Spark
Fat Quarter Shop

Comfort Zone

Improv Curves : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Finishing up my Picnic Point quilt motivated me to pick up another UFO ~ my improv curves quilt. I am following along with Sherri Lynn Wood’s beautiful book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. This quilt is obviously completely the opposite of my last finish, and I am so far outside my comfort zone.

Improv Curves : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Making the curved segments was actually easy and fun. Laying them all out and sewing them together has been a huge challenge for me. Thank goodness I know how to sew y-seams and partial seams!

Improv Curves : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Although I like sections of how this quilt is turning out, I’m not sure I’m crazy about how it is looking as a whole. But I’m going to keep on keeping on and finish it up. It’s possible that I will warm up to it a bit more after it’s quilted.