Shimmering Lanterns Quilt ~ Shimmer Blog Hop


Shimmer Blog Hop
Hello everyone! Welcome to my stop on Jennifer Sampou’s Shimmer blog hop. I first met Jennifer last Fall at Quilt Market – such a nice and talented woman! I was thrilled to have a chance to work with her latest line for Robert Kaufman, Shimmer.

Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

It was really fun to work with metallic fabrics. My biggest question was how they would react to my iron and quilting. I’m happy to report that I had no problem with either! Jennifer’s designs and colors are also so sophisticated. I’m very pleased with how this quilt turned out.

Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

This quilt is based off the Arkansas Traveler quilt block. You guys probably know I love that block by now! (If not, see herehere…AND here. lol) You can find the pattern for this block on Lee’s blog.

Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I made a few changes to the block. Rather than piece the center focus of the block with 4 diamonds, I used 2 triangles. I actually drew those into the paper piecing pattern and treated those as pieces 1 and 2.

Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I also placed the blocks on point. I love that rotating a block 45 degrees creates a completely different look. When I first designed this quilt, I was going to make the entire background white. But after I laid out the blocks, I decided to use the beautiful Shimmer prints for the border background half square triangles. I am so happy I made that change, because it really adds the wow factor that this quilt needed.

Shimmering Lanterns Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Who is interested in working with some Shimmer? Robert Kaufman has offered to give away a charm pack to a lucky reader. Just leave a comment after this post for a chance to win. I’ll pick a winner Sunday evening. Giveaway now closed

And be sure to keep up with the blog hop for more inspiration and chances to win charm packs. Jennifer will also be giving away a full fat-quarter bundle at the end of the party!

April 1: Robert Kaufman/Jennifer Sampou
April 2: Janice Ryan – Better off Thread
April 3: Alissa Haight Carlton – Handmade by Alissa
April 4: Julie Herman – JayBird Quilts
April 5: Natalie Barnes – Beyond the Reef
April 6: Stash Books – C&T Publishing
April 7: Amanda Jean Nyberg – Crazy Mom Quilts
April 8: Lee Heinrich – Freshly Pieced
April 9: Cheryl Arkinson – Naptime Quilter
April 10: Christina Cameli – A Few Scraps
April 11: Elizabeth Hartman – Oh Fransson
April 12: Faith Jones – Fresh Lemon Quilts Me!
April 13: Gemma Jackson – Pretty Bobbins
April 14: Katie Blakesley – Swim Bike Quilt
April 15: Amy Smart – Diary of a Quilter
April 16: Laura Nownes, Jennifer Rounds, Pati Fried, Darra Williamson – See How We Sew
April 17: Holly DeGroot – Bijou Lovely
April 18: Jennifer Sampou – Wrap Up

+++ Update +++

I’m picking a winner! I’ll leave comments open in case anyone has an additional comment/question on the quilt, but the giveaway is officially closed with comment 225. (4/14/14, 7:50am CDT)

The winner is #170 – Janet S.! Congratulations Janet – I will pass along your email to Robert Kaufman fabrics. They will be in touch to ship your prize.


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    Yvonne says

    I have not been a big fan of grey in quilts until recently and I love the use of it here and with all the metallic fabrics. The design is lovely and fresh.

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    Wow! That is quite a lovely quilt. Great design choice to add the extra bits on the edges only. Thanks for answering the question: how does it iron? I’ve wondered about that since I first saw this new line of pretty fabric.

  3. 19

    Lisa Marie says

    That’s just gorgeous! It’s been fun seeing all the different ways the various bloggers have used the Shimmer fabrics.

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    Oh my gosh, this came out great! I have enjoyed catching shimmery glimpses! You are right, the special border really gives the design an extra lift. I’d love to play with this fabric too!

  5. 25

    Janet Green says

    This is gorgeous and i hope I win!!!! I love the pattern too! i love stuff that has that sparkle it just sets off so many patterns. Good job honey.

  6. 26

    Margaret says

    Wow! I love this quilt! The way you played with shadow and light is just amazing. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  7. 27

    Susie J says

    After seeing the blocks you were going to use earlier on your blog, your finished quilt was ‘unexpected’ and inspiring me to be more free thinking when putting quilts together. you really hit the mark!

  8. 41

    Carolyn Armstrong says

    This is a beautiful quilt! So inspiring – I am totally impressed with the creativity I have seen via this blog hop….thank-you!

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    Absolutely love your quilt. I am not usually one for fancy fabric but I love this and will have it by hook or by crook! Thank you for being a part of this hop.

  10. 49

    Marti says

    Your quilt is stunning! Shimmer is such a fun line, and your use of it truly captures the beauty of the fabric and takes it to another level. Thank you for the chance to win.

  11. 51

    Sally from Sydney says

    Faith…..I am sooooo jealous of your wonderful work……with a young family…..where on earth to you find the time to do what you do and produce such stunning quilts???? This latest work shows how less is more, simply sophisticated sewing, brilliant Faith!

  12. 53

    Bekk says

    Your quilt looks great. I don’t usually like metallic fabrics but these are as you said quite sophisticated. I live the muted colour pallet.

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    I would love to win that prize! I also must try the Arkansas Travelers block seeing as I live in Arkansas it would be appropriate.

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    This is gorgeous, Faith! That’s funny that you were nervous about working with metallic fabrics — I had metallic fabrics in my very first quilt because they were pretty and I didn’t know enough to be afraid of them. It never occurred to me that they might be difficult to work with. Ignorance is bliss! Although, for frequently washed quilts, it’s important to know that the metallics fade away or wear off gradually over time. I still use them in my quilts; my husband says that if I was I fish I’d be a dead fish because I’m such a sucker for anything that sparkles or shimmers. 😉

  15. 68

    Lauren says

    This quilt is wonderful. One of your best. Would love to see this one in person as the shimmery fabrics are so interesting. It is a work of art! Just terrific.

  16. 70

    Patti says

    I love your quilt, makes me want to try working with triangles more. Thanks to the chance at the charm park. Patti

  17. 71

    Cindy G says

    I have been afraid to work with metallic fabric but you make it look so beautiful and easy! Gorgeous design and finished product!

  18. 72

    Michele says

    I like how you use the large dark triangles around the border. Makes the white center and piecing pop so nicely!

  19. 77

    Kristi says

    What a gorgeous quilt! Thanks for sharing your design options with us. k(dot)castanette(at)hotmail(dot)com

  20. 79

    Ellen says

    Love your quilt. Nice to know you had no problems with the shimmer fabric. If I don’t win I will have to buy some of the fabric.

  21. 88

    Alicia says

    Look your block and the sophisticated fabric! Have not tried metallics yet in my quilting and would love to try them now. So inspired.

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    Fantastic Faith–I agree that adding the prints around the outside completely brought it up a notch. It’s very eye catching.

  23. 95

    Carol N says

    Your quilt is gorgeous! The way you combined the fabrics with your design is outstanding. You are truly the Paper Piecing Queen!

  24. 97

    Sandy A in St. Louis says

    Your quilt is gorgeous! I love the way you set it on point with the darker fabrics on the outside. Thanks, too, for telling how the metallics and your iron got along. I was wondering the same thing!

  25. 98

    Alesha Klein says

    Absolutely beautiful fabric collection. Thank you for the opportunity to join in the giveaway. I would make a few beautiful throw pillows to match my living room. Good luck to everyone!

  26. 115

    Kate says

    I love the quilt that you made with those!! It looks so great. This is why I bought your book, I just love pretty much everything that you make!

  27. 116

    Mary says

    I love your quilt design and I need one just like the one you created. It is so me.

    Gorgeous quilt, gorgeous fabrics!

  28. 118

    D. Meredith says

    Good to know that the shimmer is not affected by ironing. Thanks for a chance to win the charm pack..

  29. 119

    Yolanda says

    Love the quilt! I am always excited to see what you have come up with next! Love your work. Thanks for the chance at the give a way.

  30. 120

    lyn lewis says

    Absolutely stunning what you’ve done with this striking fabric!
    Love the way you’ve placed the blocks on point : )

  31. 121

    Karen Seitz says

    I’ve been enjoying the blog hop and am intrigued by the fabrics. Thanks for the opportunity to win a sampling!

  32. 122

    Karen K says

    Looks like a great quilt! Excited to have a chance to win this Charm Pack and make something fun with it! Thanks

  33. 124

    Marie Chat says

    This fabric line looks like a lot of fun to sew with. Your quilt design is really striking. Lovely!

  34. 126

    Tina Short says

    Stunning…… everything I have seen that has been made with this fabric is fabulous. I really need some!

  35. 129

    Lori Morton says

    Your quilt is Phenomenal!!! BEAUTIFUL job!! Love it!!! These fabrics were so perfect for it too!! Way coooool!!

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    Barb M. says

    I’ve really been enjoying the Shimmer blog hop and your quilt was a wonderful edition! I’d never seen the Arkansas Traveler block before, but now I can’t wait to make one.

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    Marianne says

    Congratulations, Faith! I really like this wall hanging. Fabulous design and quilt work. Thank you for sharing!

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    Wow factor is right! This is just beautiful! I’m a fan of the Arkansas Traveler block as well, although I have yet to do it! Thanks for the chance to win this gorgeous fabric.

  39. 142

    Mary says

    Beautiful quilt. I usually don’t like sparkle, but this shimmer fabric looks subtle and elegant. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Diane says

    Faith, the quilt is absolutely beautiful, front and back:)
    Amazing pattern, and the quilting is a great compliment.
    Thank you for sharing the tip about your concern when ironing the Shimmer collection. Glad to know it’s flawless.

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    Denise W says

    Good choice of pattern to really accent the fabrics. And of course the quilting is stunning. Thanks for sharing!

  42. 147

    Marianne says

    It’s taken me a while to warm up to grays in fabric, but now it’s grown on me. Your quilt is very pretty!

  43. 149

    Linda Webster says

    I love the quilt you made with the Arkansas Traveler block. Shimmer is the perfect fabric for your design!

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    JoAnne A says

    What a nice way to see metallics. The mix of metallics and a contemporary traditional pattern are phenomenal.

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    Barb Leggett Carr says

    Love this design! I’m needing to make a large quilt as a wedding gift this summer and I think this design, and those fabrics, would be perfect!

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    Audrey says

    Beautiful quilt. The more I see of Shimmer the more I want to work with the collection. Thanks for the inspiration and the giveaway opportunity.

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    Sabra Kachelein says

    I am so stoked to find Shimmer & get going on a project. I don’t think it will be at my local fabric shops so will have to order online. Your quilt is fantastic. I’m not crazy about metallics but when Shimmer came out I couldn’t wait to get it.

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    Stacey says

    Your quilt showcases the fabric beautifully!! Perfect interpretation of the fabric. Thanks for the chance to win to give it a try myself!

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    Karen says

    Love the quilt, it is wonderful. I am curious about the shimmer fabrics. Would love to have a charm pack and make some special with them.

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    Jane B says

    I love that these fabrics don’t over do the metallic quality – they really do Shimmer! Lovely quilt. Arkansas Traveler is on my “must do” list.

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