Lemon Squares Quilt

I am in love with this quilt. It reminds me of a bowl of citrus, which I love. I have been wanting to make a quilt with oranges and yellows ever since I saw this beauty – Sunshine Squares by Susan Weinroth. It is such a happy quilt. I decided to add in pink and actually follow a plan for once. {Normally I tend to cut first and think later.}

After coming up with the piece sizes on paper, I tested each block out and verified my dimensions before cutting everything. It’s a good thing I did, because I had a few mistakes with my math. :) After a couple corrections, I was actually able to cut everything out and sew these in bulk. Wow, what a difference that makes! I was done with my squares a lot faster than usual.

I used a variety of fabrics from my stash to create a scrappy look. The usual suspects – Denyse Schmidt, Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Lizzy House, Heather Ross to name a few.

I’ve always loved the look of those patchwork backings, so I used several coordinating prints on the back. I just randomly laid them out and sewed them together.

The binding is one of my all time favorites prints, Amy Butler’s Pink Coriander. It is out of print and I had almost used all of mine up. I was pretty bummed out about it, when Megan over at Lucy & Norman sent me a hot tip about some at a little shop in the Pacific Northwest. I called and had them send me everything they had. Oh the shame! Now I’m set for a while. :)

The final size is about 51″ x 60″. I quilted it free motion with Quilters Dream Request Loft batting. I was debating whether or not to keep this one. For now, it’s available in the shop.

And as promised! The quilt pattern is available for free here. I hope you enjoy it!

Eye Candy

Echino Stack

There is nothing like coming home from a weekend away to this goodness. I finally bit the bullet and bought more Echino. I already have the scooters, and used that great Birdsong panel last week. That fabric is addicting.


I stocked up on some basics I’ve been wanting or had used up.



And hopefully I find time to use it all. Because I just scored this bench at the curb for *free* and am hoping to figure out how to refinish it for our front porch!


Seaside States

Seasides States

I am so excited to show you my completed quilt from the Sew New to Me Virtual Quilting Bee. I named this one Seaside States – “Seaside” because it really has a beachy feel to me, and “States” because it was made using the Map of the States technique by Elizabeth of Oh, Fransson. The blocks and binding were created using Amy Butler’s Daisy Chain collection.

Seaside States Top

We are having the most beautiful weather today for Mother’s Day, so we loaded the kids up in the stroller and took the quilt out for a spin in the neighborhood. I hope I didn’t appear to be too much of a stalker as we took some photos next to this house with a great little flower garden and vines. :)

Seaside States Back

I used 2 tones of blue for the back of the quilt. Both are Kona solids, Peacock and Bahama Blue. The blocks down the middle coordinate in style with the front, with slightly wonky sides. I quilted it free motion and the final size is a 60″ square.

Seaside States Folded Back

For those that aren’t familiar with virtual quilting bees, we have 12 people in our group. Every month someone sends fabric to the other 11 people and we sew blocks based on their instruction. The blocks are then mailed back and incorporated into a quilt. The very talented group of ladies created the blue and green blocks for me and I added in the blocks with white sashing. I am new to the online quilting community and this was just the best experience. I really hope to be involved in another bee once this once is finished. It is a great way to be challenged each month and work with a variety of fun fabrics!

I hope everyone out there is having a fabulous Mother’s Day and gets at least a little time of rest and relaxation in today!