Spectrum ~ A New Quilt Pattern

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

As promised, today I’m sharing my latest quilt finish, Spectrum. Several months ago, the folks at Robert Kaufman Fabrics asked me if I was interested in creating a pattern using their Kona solids. I have been sitting on this flying geese design for a bit, waiting for the right time to make the quilt. (Does anyone else do this?? I swear I have more quilt designs than I’ll ever be able to make!) I decided the Kona’s would be perfect for it.

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Spectrum quilt features flying geese in a variety of Kona colors: Valentine, Camellia, Carnation, Pink, Coral, Kumquat, Mango, Cheddar, Corn Yellow, Canary, Buttercup, Maize, Sour Apple, Pistachio, Pear, Honey Dew, Breakers, Pool, Bahama Blue, Aqua. The background happens to be one of my favorite neutrals, Kona Snow (I just bought a bolt of it!)

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

In this design, I took a classic quilting element (flying geese) and updated the design through use of negative space. By staggering the columns and leaving the tops and bottoms empty (piecing in the background fabric), a traditional concept now has a very modern feel.

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I quilted this using a free motion meandering design. I tried out the BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator) on my Bernina 750QE for the first time. (I have used the BSR on my Bernina 440QE). It worked great! I put my pressure foot setting down to 0 and found that to be the easiest for smoothly moving the quilt around while stitching.

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The quilt measures 54″ x 60″. The pattern is now available as a PDF Digital Download in my pattern shop. Hardcopies are on their way as well and will be listed as soon as they arrive.


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    Beth T. says

    What a vibrant, cheerful quilt! A perfect quilt to make for someone who is heading out in a new direction–I’m thinking of my new graduate niece who has a whole spectrum of possibilities ahead of her. A lovely design, Faith.

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    Pat says

    Your spectrum quilt is lovely. The flying geese pattern has never looked so good. The colors are wonderful and the variation given to the length of each row makes this such a happy quilt! Congratulations!

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    Kim Lambertz says

    Beautiful quilt! I recently made one with a lot of negative (white) space and loved the result! Do you find machine quilting is easily done and has very regular stitches with the BSR? Someday I will have to try it to see if I really want to get it….my Bernina doesn’t take the BSR I don’t think (Activa 240). You really did a beautiful job on the color arrangement!

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      I love the BSR and have had great results with even stitches. That said, it’s almost all I know. I bought my first Bernina (that had a BSR) 1 year into quilting, so I’ve really grown with the machine. I would guess that as with anything, if you are used to using something else there would be a bit of a learning curve. But once you get into the rhythm, you’d be successful.

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    gigi voegeli says

    I love the new quilt. I like how you surround your designs with lots of negative space. Modern, easy on the eye, beautiful!

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    Dyan says

    I really love this! Flying geese are my absolute favorite and I love this fresh new modern take on them. I’ll be adding this pattern to my list of to-do’s!!

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    Vicki Lou says

    I love the simple, clean design. The lineal arrangement of Kona solids in various shades of a color is playful and attractive. Perfect!

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    Sarah Lahrman says

    A beautiful quilt Faith! Bright and cheerful 🙂 I can’t wait to add this to the long list of quilts I want to make!

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    Sara says

    Love it….I will for sure be getting this pattern..Put it on list of many to make…Clean and fresh…FUN

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    I love the colours of this quilt, and the pattern is so much fun! I have a baby quilt to make for a friend’s daughter (who wants modern, and not too baby-ish!) so I’ll be buying your PDF downloadable version and starting a fabric pull. The timing couldn’t be better! Thanks for another beautiful design!

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    Liz Huntoon says

    Ditto about the Kona snow. I used it with blue and red indigos but not before I’d auditioned lots of other backgrounds. I now start with Kona snow. It’s habit forming.

    A beautiful quilt!

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    Karen says

    Just the quilt I’ve been waiting for! Can this quilting newbie who has sewn all her life pull this off–or should I make potholders first?

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      Hi Ellen – I wanted to make the pattern achievable for all quilters, so it is not paper pieced. It contains directions for traditionally piecing your flying geese. If you are a paper piecing lover like myself, you can easy make your flying geese by paper piecing and I provide free templates on my Patterns & Tutorials page (at the bottom). http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?page_id=609

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        Ellen says

        Thank you.. I am a paper piecing lover and will look over your free templates. Thank you for all your inspiration!

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    Betsy M says

    You’ve done it again, Faith! You have such an eye for color; no wonder Kona asked you to design a quilt. Do you list the Kona colors you used on the pattern?

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      Hi Betsy – They are not listed in the actual pattern (although I could add them!) but they are listed above in this blog post.

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    A beautiful quilt! I don’t really enjoy making flying geese, but may have to get over that to make a spectrum quilt. I just bought the Bernina 750QE. The goal is to actually learn how to free motion quilt with the BSR. Thanks for sharing your quilt!

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