Cherry Blossom Inspiration

Cherry Blossom Inspiration

I spent the last week in Washington, DC with my family, enjoying our Spring Break. And what a Spring Break it was – so much in bloom and blue sunny skies. We landed on March 26th, right at the cherry blossom peak.

Cherry Blossom Inspiration

It was absolutely beautiful weather…and a Saturday…and we enjoyed walking the Tidal Basin with what felt like millions of our closest friends. 🙂

Cherry Blossom Inspiration

When I downloaded my photos off my camera yesterday, I decided I just had to make a cherry blossom fabric pull. The whites, delicate pinks, touch of green and orange, mixed with the blue skies. This would be perfect for a spring quilt.

Cherry Blossom Inspiration

My kids were at a great age to explode Washington, DC. They earned 3 more Junior Ranger badges (National Mall and Memorial Parks, Ford’s Theater, and a special Cherry Blossom badge). They absolutely loved learning about our nation’s past and government, and seeing buildings and monuments that they had only read about in books.

Cherry Blossom Inspiration

It was a *lot* of walking but I am really proud of how well everyone did! I really think everyone should take at least one trip to Washington, DC. (Maybe not during Spring Break, unless you love crowds!) The flowers are hard to resist though.

Cherry Blossom Inspiration

I’m happy to be back home and in our routine again. The house is quiet, the kids are in school.

Cherry Blossom Inspiration

If you emailed me or placed and order, thank you for your patience while I was away. I’m working on getting all caught up and back stitching at the machine.

Not Your Mama’s Bee ~ Triple Block Updates

Not Your Mama's Bee

This week is Spring Break in our school district. I thought it would be an appropriate week to catch everyone up on our Not Your Mama’s Bee quilt blocks. I continue to have fun (and frustration) helping my kids sew their monthly bee blocks.

Not Your Mama's Bee

For my son’s month, he requested some improv blocks. His inspiration was this Sunshine Quilt on the Deux Petites Souris Quilting with Intention blog. These blocks look possibly inspired by some of Denyse Schmidt’s patterns. He requested blue fabric, white background, and pops of orange.

Not Your Mama's Bee

After the improv blocks, the bee jumped into pattern following. Lee’s daughter requested flowers from Michelle Engel Benskoif’s Amsterdam Quilt. If anyone thinks following a pattern with kids is easier than winging it, you think wrong. Haha 🙂 It probably would have been easier if I had made this block before. They were a bit impatient as I was reading the pattern to figure out the next steps. But we were successful and the kids really enjoyed planning out the color and placements of fabrics.

Not Your Mama's Bee

Our latest bee blocks were for Jemellia’s daughter. We had more fun with improvisation, using bright solids and black background fabric. These blocks are from Nydia Kehnle’s Framework quilt pattern. In my son’s words, “this block is AWESOME!”

Not Your Mama's Bee

As usual, the design phase was their favorite.

Not Your Mama's Bee

I think this one exhausted my daughter. She sews pretty much independently, but that means there is more seam ripping than when I used to help her. She gets frustrated faster when things aren’t going smoothly – and it was just *one of those days* where the fabric was sliding and she was accidentally pulling the thread from the needle before starting. We persevered though! And I think the blocks turned out great!

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!