How to Pin Baste a Quilt ~ We All Sew

How to Pin Baste a Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Last week when I posted my Mayflower quilt, I mentioned I created it as the base for a new set of tutorials I wrote for BERNINA’s We All Sew blog. Today I’m happy to share the first with you, How to Pin Baste a Quilt.

How to Pin Baste a Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

If I’m being totally honest, I’m always a bit nervous to post technique tutorials. There are probably as many ways to baste as quilters, but I hope you enjoy seeing what works best for me. If you are new to quilting, it’s a great way to start down your journey. If you are an experienced quilter, you may see something new to try!

Great Big Giveaway Day ~ February

Great Big Giveaway Day : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Welcome to the February edition of the Great Big Giveaway Day! January flew by around here – one step closer to Spring! This month my sponsors have six awesome giveaways for you. To enter to win, simply leave one comment on this post. I’ll select one winner per shop on Thursday evening, February 11th. Good luck everyone!

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


1. Dinkydoo Fabrics is giving away a $25 gift card to one lucky winner! Perfect timing, as many new Moda collections have just arrived in the shop, including Little Miss Sunshine, Serenity, SummerFest and Valley.

2. Gotham Quilts is giving away a $25 gift certificate! They are also now teaching classes in their NYC studio. What fun!

3. LouLou’s Fabric Shop is offering one winner a $25 gift certificate to go shopping! I would definitely be checking out the Daily Deals!

4. Fabric Please! is giving away a 5 piece fat quarter bundle of Asami by Andover Makower UK. This lovely Japanese inspired line has sophisticated text prints with vibrant florals. Just the thing to get you thinking of spring!

Also check out Fabric Please! for their new Fabric Fun Boxes. Each box is a surprise, filled with an assortment of 24 fat quarter cuts from your favourite designers. If you have ever wanted to build your stash but just don’t know where to start, this is the box for you!

5. Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a Dare to Be Different Fat Quarter Bundle. Great colors for Spring!

6. Southern Fabric is giving away a fat quarter bundle of this month’s Sew-lebrity Stash! This bundle was put together by Lori Holt from Riley Blake. You can find out more details and learn how to join this monthly subscription by clicking here.

Once again, just leave one comment at the end of this post, and I will pick the six winners on Thursday evening!

++ Closing comments to pick the winners! ++

Congratulations to the following winners! I will be in touch to connect you with your prize. Thank you all for commenting and supporting my awesome sponsors!

DinkyDoo Fabrics – $25 Gift Certificate
264 – Chris

Gotham Quilts – $25 Gift Certificate
125 – Christina M

LouLou’s Fabric Shop – $25 Gift Certificate
368 – Reba

Fabric Please – 5 piece fat quarter bundle of Asami by Andover Makower UK
357 – Diane Beavers

Fat Quarter Shop – Dare to Be Different Fat Quarter Bundle
286 – Julie V

Southern Fabric – fat quarter bundle of this month’s Sew-lebrity Stash
293 – Amy


Mayflower Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Throughout the end of January, I spent some time working on this little quilt featuring the vintage Mayflower block. The Mayflower is one of the 20 blocks featured in Vintage Quilt Revival. I thought it was a great option to showcase those new Carolyn Friedlander fabrics that arrived last month. I combined the new Carkai fabrics with some from Carolyn’s previous lines, and one purple Denyse Schmidt print from her Chicopee collection.

Mayflower Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The background of this quilt is a mixture of two white-on-white prints from Cotton + Steel. That wasn’t my original plan, but I ran out of the first fabric so I had to improvise. I think it was a happy accident though!

Mayflower Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The quilt layout was inspired by another Vintage Quilt Revival pattern – my Geometric Slide quilt. I still enjoy the look of blocks slowly traveling down the quilt.

Mayflower Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My Mayflower quilt is 36″ x 36″, and it serves an important purpose. I created it as a base for a couple tutorials I have coming soon on BERNINA’s We All Sew Blog – basting and binding. I will post here when those go live! I think they are great for beginners, but also for experienced quilters who enjoy seeing how others work.

Loominous Pillow

Loominous Pillow

Do you ever just have an idea pop into your head and you need to go make it immediately? That happened here last month. For some reason, I couldn’t stop thinking about make a pillow with raw strips of fabric. Of course, it was during the Christmas holiday and there was no “just popping into my sewing space and making a pillow” happening. I finally had a chance a couple weeks ago though, and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

Loominous Pillow

I took all sorts of pictures while I was making this pillow, with the intention of sharing all the steps. Then I promptly reformatted my memory card a few days later, forgetting they were on there. Uggg! I’ll just have to talk you through it! My initial vision was bit different than how the pillow turned out, but you can make changes to make it a different size or shape.

I used Anna Maria Horner’s Loominous fabric, and cut strips 1″ x 21″. (This was just the length of my fat quarters, I would have made them 18″ if I had a half yard bundle).

I cut a quilting cotton fabric square and a batting fabric square, 21″ x 21″. (I ended up not needing it so big, but my original vision was a square pillow.) I laid my strips out in rainbow order, and starting with the bottom, sewed them onto the fabric-batting sandwich. I used about a 1/4″ seam when sewing the raw strips on. Every time I added a strip, I moved up the pillow 1/2″.

Loominous Pillow

Of course when I got to the end of my strips, my pillow was not big enough to be a square. I decided to make it into a lumbar pillow, rather than cut more strips and make it a square. I finished it up with Essex linen on the back, and just stuffed it will pillow filling.

Loominous Pillow

Obviously with the raw edges, this isn’t going to be a heavy use pillow that I hand down to my great grandchildren. 🙂 But it does make me happy and it’s a very fun addition to my sewing room.

Loominous Pillow

If I wanted to make it a little bigger and more sturdy, I would probably try cutting my strips at 3″ rather than 1″. I’d then iron them in half to 1-1/2″, so there is no raw edge at the bottom. That would also give me a taller pillow in the end. Another project for another day!

Loominous can be found at the following shops:

Sew Modern
Gotham Quilts