FQS Bella Parade – Lime!

Today is my second day of the week to select the “Expert Picks” for Shruti’s FQS Bella Parade. Today’s color is Lime. I like this color, it was fun to match fabrics and really packs a punch.

For coordinating solids, I selected Magenta, Caribbean, Etchings Slate. Doesn’t it remind you of being out on the beach?

For a few prints that coordinated with Lime, I selected Isabelle Christmas Blue Candy Stripe (really like this one), Kaffe Classics Red Roman Glass, and Sanctuary Seafoam Orchid Feng Shui.

I have reacquainted myself with my sewing machine today and spent some of the morning working on my DS Quilts blocks. Hopefully I will have more to show you later this week!

FQS Bella Parade

Fat Quarter Shop Bella Parade

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be asked by Shruti of 13 Woodhouse Road to help her out with a fun month long project on her blog, the Fat Quarter Shop Bella Parade. Every day is represented by a different Bella solid fabric. She posts photos of quilts and other inspiration based on that color. Readers are invited to join in the fun and post photos in the Flickr group that correspond to the day’s color. There are all sorts of prizes!

Each week there is a fellow blogger that picks 3 solids and 3 prints that coordinate with the color of the day. Well, this week that blogger is me!

Today the color of the day is Dill.

A few solid coordinates…

Umber, Horizon Blue, and Etchings Stone

A few prints that look well with Dill…

Sew Cherry White Large Floral, DeLovely Yellow Allover Tulips, and Fruit Punch Organic Multi Apples and Pears

I hope you continue to check back this week and see what else I’ve come up with but also, don’t forget to go over the Shruti’s blog to get started winning some prizes!

Sew New to Me VQB – July

July was Gretchen’s month for the Sew New to Me Virtual Quilting Bee. This was a great month because the design of the blocks was left completely up to us. Gretchen only told us that these blocks were for a beach quilt, so to make them “beachy”. Up to our interpretation. At first I had no clue what to do. But inspiration struck and I decided to do a miniature version of the New Wave Quilt from Oh, Fransson!

All was going great at first. Rather than pieces that are 6″x9″, I cut 2″ x 3″, with 1″ wide white stripes in between. Some of you probably already know this, but when you are dealing with such small pieces, that leaves little room for error. Especially with this many seams and points.

Originally this block had 6 columns of waves. But the squaring up process required me to remove 2 of them. I think it still works though, and I love how the green and blue sashing turned out. I hope Gretchen likes her block, it was a blast to make!

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!