Quilting Away

Picnic Point Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Bonus points for anyone that remembers my poor, neglected Picnic Point quilt. What can I say? I have QCD ~ Quilt Completion Disorder. I actually love this quilt! I finished the top last August and basted it last November. I have no idea why I didn’t quilt it right away. Well, I have some idea – holidays, travel, and other distractions.

Picnic Point Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Forgotten no more! This week is dedicated to finishing up this lovely. I had a question recently about how I “fit” the quilt in the space to the right of the needle while I’m quilting. I thought I’d show just how great it fits in there, when you roll it up nicely from the end. Now, my BERNINA 750QE does have quite a bit of space to work with there (10″ right of the needle and great height). But using this method I’d quilted up to a large Full Sized quilt on my BERNINA 440QE (8″ right of the needle and less height than the 750). It did take patience, but I did it and the results looked wonderful.

Picnic Point Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My goal is to finish quilting today, bind tomorrow, and take pictures Thursday. So hopefully the next post you see here will be a completed Picnic Point quilt in all it’s glory.

Crosses and Losses ~ A Block Tutorial

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Thank you for all the kind words on my finished Crosses and Losses quilt! I have had a few requests for a pattern or tutorial for this vintage block. I thought I’d whip one up and share it with you today.

Crosses and Losses is a quilt block from the late 1800s and was published in the Ladies Art Company quilt pattern booklets.

Crosses and Losses
Quilt Block Tutorial

Finished Size : 8″ x 8″

Notes: All seam allowances are 1/4″; HST = Half Square Triangle

Step 1. Cut your fabric.

Focal/Print Fabric:
Cut (2) 3″ x 3″ squares; then cut diagonally resulting in (4) HSTs
Cut (1) 5″ x 5″ square; then cut diagonally resulting in (2) HSTs

Background Fabric:
Cut (2) 3″ x 3″ squares; then cut diagonally resulting in (4) HSTs
Cut (4) 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ squares
Cut (1) 5″ x 5″ square; then cut diagonally resulting in (2) HSTs

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 2. Pair each of your 3″ print HSTs with a 3″ background HSTs. Stitch together down the diagonal edge of the fabric. Press your seams as desired. I pressed mine open.

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 3. Trim your resulting blocks to 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″.

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 4. Pair each of your 5″ print HSTs with a 5″ background HSTs. Stitch together down the diagonal edge of the fabric. Press your seams as desired. I pressed mine open.

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 5. Trim your resulting blocks to 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 6. Lay out your trimmed squares and your (4) 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ background squares, as shown.

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 7. Stitch the 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ squares into rows, resulting in 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ rectangles as shown. Press your seams towards the background squares.

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 8. Stitch your 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ rectangles together, as shown. Press your seams as desired. I pressed mine open.

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 9. Stitch your top (2) block segments together, resulting in (2) large rectangles.

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 10. Stitch your (2) large rectangles together.

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Congratulations! You’ve made your Crosses and Losses block!

The Murder Mystery Quilt

Whipstitch Murder Mystery Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Last week one of my quilty friends Deborah Moebes of Whipstitch Modern Sewing emailed me and asked if I was interested in checking out her new Murder Mystery Quilt project and sharing it with all of you. If any of you have met Deborah in person, you know she is pretty high energy, hilarious, and just has a very infectious personality. So I kinda figured that whatever she had up her sleeve, it was going to be awesome.

The Murder Mystery Quilt is a year long (month by month) quilt along. Each month you receive not only a quilt block with complete directions, but a mystery chapter to read. The blocks might have a new-to-you technique, ranging from half square triangles to curves to applique. There are full directions and tips so you can successfully meet each challenge.

Each month there are clues to help you solve the whodunnit. The final quilt is also a mystery. You will not know the layout of the blocks and how they all fit together until the end. As time goes on, you have a chance to solve the mystery and be entered in a chance to win a prize basket.

I just think this is the most creative and fun idea! I have always loved reading mysteries and solving problems. You can find out more about this quilt along on the Whipstitch Blog. If you are ready to jump into the fun and put your detective hat on, you can subscribe in Deborah’s shop. Registration ends on February 29th ~ so don’t think too long!

Crosses and Losses ~ A Finished Quilt

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I finished my Crosses and Losses quilt yesterday (finally)! When I stitch on the last of the binding, I looked at the weather for the next day and saw that it was going to be 60 degrees…in February…in Chicago! Perfect for quilt photos, amiright? Of course I neglected to take into account the 25 mile per hour winds and the great snow melt, which meant sinking into an inch of mud. By some miracle, the quilt did *not* blow off the barn and into the messiness.

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt is for my daughter, and she chose a hot pink minky for the back. Pretty much, unless it’s a summertime bed quilt, my kids will pick a minky backing 100% of the time. My husband too. I get a lot of comments and emails about how to baste and quilt with minky. I know it can be stretchy and messy and slippery. I use the same basting technique (tutorial here) that I use with all my other quilts and have great success.

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I really love the low volume scrappy background paired with the bright colors. Cutting out the fabrics when I go this scrappy does take longer, but I think the effort is very well worth it in the end.

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The binding is a scrappy assortment of pinks. For the quilting, I decided on a wider spaced meandering than usual. I wanted the quilt to be super cozy and have a nice drape. The final quilt measures 56″ x 48″.

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Off to put it away in my daughter’s room and let her be surprised when she gets home from school!