Rainchino Rails

Rainchino Front

Don’t worry, I did not just “whip up” a new quilt over the weekend. 🙂 Believe it or not, this quilt has been in the works since February! It was all the way back then when Tacha from Fat Quarterly emailed me to ask if I wanted to write some tips on sewing with double gauze for their July issue on working with alternative fabric, as well as maybe come up with a new pattern. I love Fat Quarterly so, of course I said yes right away!

Rainchino Corner

This quilt uses various Echino fabrics, from linen to double gauze. The name “Rainchino Rails” comes from a combination of “Echino” and “Rainbow”. Looking back six months ago, it was so dreary and snowy and cold, I am not surprised I came up with such a colorful quilt top.

Rainchino Front Back

The back of the quilt uses various left over fabric from the front as well as Kona Cerise. LOVE that color. I also used it for the binding. The quilting is straight lines, 1/4″ on each side of the vertical seams. The final size of the quilt is 70″ x 78″.

Rainchino Sneak Peek

You can find the complete pattern for this quilt as well as many others in Issue 6 of Fat Quarterly. I just received my copy over the weekend and it is amazing. This quilt in particular will probably end up in my shop.

Back Home Sewing


I’m so excited by your responses to the Summer Sampler Series quilt along! Whether you plan on making all 12 blocks, just a few or are watching from the sidelines (to be lured in later – HA!), I think we will have a great time together.

Beach Weekend

We spent a long (5 day) weekend up in northern Michigan for the holiday weekend.

Daddy Birthday

The 4th of July is not only Independence Day here in the USA, it is also Mr. Fresh Lemons birthday. There was lots of celebrating and fireworks.

The drive home Tuesday was long, lots of traffic on the road. I spent Wednesday recovering from the “weekend”, grocery shopping, unpacking, doing laundry. The glamourous side of being a stay at home mom. Today I just wanted to get back into the sewing room and work a little project. Feel like I accomplished something. Does anyone else have days like that? I decided to have fun pulling fabrics and make some bibs.

Patchwork Bib

I think both of these would be cute for a boy, don’t you? The Echino one is pretty gender neutral which is always nice.

Echino Bib

I’m not sure what I will do with them yet. My SIL is pregnant and finds out in a week whether it’s a girl or boy…might have to hold onto them a little while longer. Otherwise they will probably find their way to my Etsy shop.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!

Improv Special Delivery

Project Special Delivery

I created this block last night for the “secret mission” group, Project Improv. This is a result of randomly grabbing at fabrics and sewing them together with no real plan. I did excitedly throw in a little of the fabric I dyed last fall (the stripe). This block will join many others to become a really cool quilt for a special mom-to-be.

I’m also really happy to be joining efforts with several other modern quilters to raise money for survivors of the disaster in Japan. Please visit Modern Relief – Japan and stay tuned for more details very, very soon.

Echino Giveaway

Echino Giveaway

In celebration of the completion of my Echino Squared quilt, I have a beautiful stack of Echino fabrics to giveaway to a lucky reader! Each piece in this collection is 12″ x 18″ – lots of fun bright fabrics for a special project. So come out, come out wherever you are and enter!

You have {4} chances to enter this giveaway!

  1. Leave a comment about what you would do with these fabrics
  2. Add my RSS feed to your RSS reader and leave another comment that you did it
  3. Add Fresh Lemons Quilts blog to the sidebar of your blog (or ensure you don’t have my old site link) and leave another comment that you did it
  4. “Like” my new Fresh Lemons Quilt Facebook page and leave another comment that you did it

Echino Giveaway

I will leave comments open until Monday, February 14th sometime in the morning Chicago time. This giveaway is open to everyone – international included! Be sure to make sure you have your email address connected to your comment or in your comment so I can get in touch with you if you are the winner. Good luck everyone!


The winner is #125, Rachel of Stitched in Color!

Rachel said “I think something for my kids – like a bike basket. The dark colors would hide dirt.”

Sounds like a great idea! Congratulations Rachel – I’ll be contacting you for your address today. Thanks for commenting everyone!