A Fall Mini and Bee Blocks

Fall Mini Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My Fall Mini Quilt is complete. Thank you so much for your advice on the quilting. I ended up just keeping the quilting in one direction. I love how it looks draped on my sewing room couch, and I’m happy to have had a little project to work on last week as I prepped for my daughter’s birthday this weekend.

Fall Mini Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I cut my squares 3″ x 3″ for this quilt and placed them on point. All the prints except one yellow are from Leah Duncan’s fabric lines. The solid is an Essex linen (very easy to work with!).

Not Your Mama's Bee : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My kids and I also wrapped up their September bee blocks for Not Your Mama’s Bee. Yes, I somehow manage to spend hours at the sewing machine with that crazy character up there. :)

This month we sewed blocks for Jen’s daughter. She requested string blocks from Ashley’s tutorial, using navy, aqua, lime and purple. I think we nailed it! (My son’s block looks smaller but that’s just an optical illusion. They are both 12″.)

I’m very excited for next week. I’m going to be making a quilt and writing a pattern for a quilt along that will be appearing on BERNINA’s blog We All Sew sometime near the end of the month. I’ll give sneak peeks along the way!

Cargo Duffle ~ A Finished Weekend Bag

Cargo Duffle, Pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I finished my Cargo Duffle over the weekend! As I mentioned last week, the Cargo Duffle is a free pattern by Anna over at Noodlehead. I just love Anna’s bag patterns. They always have a store-bought look to them.

For my bag, I used Bare Nopal in Gloom from Morning Walk by Leah Duncan as my feature fabric, Essex linen in natural for my solid, Raspberry Jam from Basic Grey’s PB&J collection for my pockets and Miniflores in Sunbathed from Morning Walk by Leah Duncan for my lining (more on the lining later).

Cargo Duffle, Pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This pattern was released 2 years ago, but there are benefits to being late to the party! A lot of people have made this duffle bag. Doing a quick Google search, I was able to see quite of few modifications and work some of them into my bag. The biggest change I made was widening the bag. What can I say? I travel with a lot of stuff. I used the wider dimensions over at Coconut Robot for my duffle. It was a pretty simple change and I’m happy with the increased space.

Cargo Duffle, Pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The other major change I made was lining my bag, rather than using bias tape on the inner seams. I chose an orange print by Leah Duncan that really pops! You can find tips on making the lining over at Skirt as Top. I hand-stitched my lining in along the zipper as well as the seams that connects the top of the duffle to the sides.

Cargo Duffle, Pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Finally, I made just a couple other minor changes…I added fabric zipper covers to the ends of my zipper (not sure what those are called) and leather to the zipper pulls.

Cargo Duffle, Pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m so happy with how this bag turned out! My kids have told me they want this same size for their cargo duffles. It took me about a week to make this one (working here and there) – quilt as you go can take a bit of time. I expect theirs to go faster though, as now I know what I’m going. They have both chosen some fabric by Lizzy House, and I can’t wait to share them with you once they are finished.

Cargo Duffle, Pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Overall, this was a great pattern for experienced bag makers. If you have a few bags under your belt, you shouldn’t run into any trouble. And be sure to look online for some great inspiration as many others have made this cargo duffle over the last two years!

Posy Strip Pillow Tutorial ~ Bernina’s We All Sew Blog

Just popping in quickly today to let you know that my latest tutorial for Bernina USA’s We All Sew blog is up on their site! New pillows are a great way to refresh a space, right? I made the Posy Strip Pillow with Robert Kaufman Essex linen, Liberty of London Tana Lawn prints from DuckaDilly Fabrics, Aurifil thread and a handful of beautiful decorative stitches from my Bernina 750QE.

I hope you will head over to Bernina’s We All Sew blog to check it out. In the tutorial, I also link to an awesome video that shows how to install an invisible zipper with Bernina’s invisible zipper foot (#35) – LOVE that thing!

Oakshott Mini

Oakshott Mini by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Between snowball fights, taking the kids ice skating, preschool holiday programs and baking cookies, I managed to finish something this week! (I know, pretty amazing). A couple of weeks ago I shared this photo…

Becoming a Confident Quilter + Oakshott Cottons : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I decided to make four blocks from a pattern in Elizabeth Dackson’s Becoming a Confident Quilter book and turn them into a mini quilt. Not too mini, as the blocks are 17″ squares. I paired the Oakshott Cottons with some linen. Because I wanted to keep things interesting, I made one block with the Essex Linen black background.

Oakshott Mini by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I really love these colors. They remind me of the Amish community. For the backing I used strips of additional Oakshotts and Essex linen. I quilted this with straight lines, that radiate in a “V” shape on each side. It was my first time quilting this pattern, so I am trying not to be overly critical of myself. I did get better as I went.

Oakshott Mini by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I also wanted the binding to blend with the front, so I matched the binding color to the background color in each block.

It was great working with Oakshotts again. I know they are a bit pricey but they are definitely something special. Elizabeth’s pattern was also wonderful. Perfect for beginners on up and I love the modern-traditional look of the design.

Update! You can find Oakshott cottons in the US at Contemporary Cloth.