A New OttLite + Giveaway!

OttLite Giveaway at Fresh Lemons Quilts

Winter is just around the corner and in my neck of the woods, that means we see a lot less of sun for a few months. My sewing space is up on the third floor of our house, and there are definitely some dark corners where the roof slopes down. Proper lighting is a must-have in those areas, especially considering it’s where I have my cutting table.

OttLite Giveaway at Fresh Lemons Quilts

Recently, OttLite contacted me and asked if I’d like to try out a new lamp – and also offered up the same lamp for one of you! They sent me an LED Crane Lamp (Amazon affiliate link / OttLite link), and I’ve been testing it out for the last month or so.

OttLite Giveaway at Fresh Lemons Quilts

This lamp is a bit different than my other two Ottlites. They are shorter and more compact – which I do love. I have the Slimline Task Lamp by a sewing machine and a Folding Task Lamp that I gave to my daughter for her bedroom desk. This LED Crane Lamp is tall, slim, and adjusts like crazy.

OttLite Giveaway at Fresh Lemons Quilts

It has a heavy/solid base to sit on the table, or you can take that piece off and attach a clamp, to clamp it to the edge of a table top and not use any of your working space for the base. Great flexibility!

I turned all the lights off in my sewing room and closed the blinds, and took a picture to show just how bright this lamp is. You can place the lamp high to spread the light around, or angle it to direct the light where you’d like it to shine.

OttLite Giveaway at Fresh Lemons Quilts

OttLite has generously offered to send one of these LED Crane Lamps to one of you! How is that for a holiday gift? Just leave a comment to enter and I will pick a winner next Tuesday, November 29th. If you’d like to purchase an OttLite as a gift for a fellow crafter, you can find lots of styles on the OttLite website (looks like they are having a Black Friday sale too!), your local craft store, or Amazon (affilite link). Good luck everyone!

++ Closing comments to pick the lucky winner! ++

Congratulations to our lucky winner, #257, Sabra Kachelein. I will be in contact! Thank you all for commenting – it appears we all need good lighting! I hope you will consider putting an OttLite on your wish list this year.

A Giveaway from Lark Cottons

Today we are kicking off October (and a very Fall feeling weekend here in Chicago!) with a giveaway from longtime sponsor Lark Cottons. This month marks four years that Heather and her shop have supported my blog – so awesome!

This month, Lark Cottons is giving away a $25 gift certificate to one lucky winner. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment. What would you buy from her shop? There are some great sales going on this month!

Save 35% on Fig Tree Quilts, Julie Comstock, Oliver + S, and Sweetwater. Discount applied automatically to the shopping cart page. (I’m always asked where I buy my text prints – Sweetwater makes a lot of them!)

It’s shops like Lark Cottons that allow me to provide so many patterns and tutorials to all of you out there. Thank you so much for supporting my sponsors!

I will pick a winner this Friday, October 9th. Good luck everyone!

++ Closing comments to pick a winner! ++

Congratulations to the lucky winner, #43, Jacqui! I will be in touch to connect you with your prize.

Thank you so much to everyone for commenting!

30 Quilts For 30 Years ~ Kona Cottons and Giveaway!

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today is my stop on the very inspiring Kona Cottons 30 Quilts for 30 Years blog tour! Several months ago, I was asked to participate in a celebration of 30 years of Kona Cotton Solids by Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Thirty quilt designers created quilts and patterns using this huge range of solid colors. The quilt I designed was my Spectrum quilt (digital and hardcopy patterns available here).

30 Quilts For 30 Years, Kona Cottons Lookbook: Fresh Lemons Quilts

Robert Kaufman Fabrics put all 30 of these quilts in one place – their 30 Quilts for 30 Years Lookbook! I know sometimes it can be hard to visualize a quilt or design in solids. Way back when I started quilting, I knew I wanted to work with solids, but I wasn’t really sure what colors to use, what manufacturer of fabrics to select, what designs would look good to solids… Now I can fully admit I was really over thinking it! Solid fabrics let your design standout and shine. As I was flipping through the lookbook, I once again fell in love with simple designs…

Quilt by Carolyn Friedlander : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Quilt by Carolyn Friedlander

And two color quilts.

Quilt by Anita Grossman Solomon of www.makeitsimpler.com: Fresh Lemons Quilts
Quilt by Anita Grossman Solomon of www.makeitsimpler.com

Apparently I also have a thing for quilts draped on beds outdoors!

In celebration of these 30 Years of Kona Cottons, Robert Kaufman Fabrics and I are doing a little giveaway! Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win a set of 5″ charm squares of the new 2014 Kona Cotton Solid colors, as well as a copy of my Spectrum quilt pattern.

Kona Cottons + Spectrum quilt pattern

The contest will be open around 24 hours and I will pick a winner tomorrow!

You can watch as more quilts are unveiled (and have more chances at giveaways) by following the below schedule:

Week 1:
Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko
Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane
Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks
Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs
Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts – Me!
Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon
Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts

Week 2:
Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny
Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman
Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez with Aurifil
Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts
Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced
Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts
Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer

Week 3:
Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman
Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting
Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy
Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells
Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments
Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl
Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs

Week 4:
Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing
Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine
Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color
Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine
Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander

Week 5:
Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy
Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks
Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman
Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!

++ Closing comments to pick a winner! If you have questions or comments on my Spectrum quilt, please visit this post. ++

The winner is #90 – Verena! I’ll be in touch with you Verena, to get your set up with your prizes. Thank you everyone and enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

The Great Big Giveaway Day ~ January Edition

I’m going to try something new this year on the blog! Each month I have invited my wonderful sponsors to participate in a Great Big Giveaway Day. Lots of shops, lots of prizes, and lots of winners! These will probably run the first Monday of each month and have a variety of great stuff to win from the shops that support this blog.

This month several sponsors have donated some really great prizes for you to win.


1. Christa at ChristaQuilts is giving one lucky reader 2 yards of any Pearl Bracelets fabric of their choice (a $22 value). Christa offers free shipping on all US orders and just $10 international.

If you haven’t used the special Fresh Lemons discount yet, be sure to enter the code G12FRLQ at checkout get a 5% discount on your first order (and then an automatic discount on every order after that, once you use the code 1 time).


2. Brenda at Pink Castle Fabrics. Brenda is giving away {2} Random Fat Eighth bundles – the equivalent of 2 yards of fabric.


3. Natasha at Skye Reve Fabrics is giving away one of these adorable Girlfriends Half Yard bundles!


4. Sondra at Contemporary Cloth is giving away a set of 42, 10″ squares from Robert Kaufman’s Kona Silent Film pack – 2.5 yards equivalent.


5. Heather at Lark Cottons is giving away a $20 gift certificate to her shop so you can buy any amazing fabric you want!


6. Aubrey at Southern Fabric is giving away 2 patterns of your choice by designer Olive Ann Designs.

Southern Fabric also has a brand new sale going on for Good Fortune by Kate Spain. All yardage is 30% off. This week select charms will be 40% off: Monday- Sakura Park, Tuesday- Get a Clue, Wednesday- Posy, Thursday – Ticklish, Friday- Cherry On Top, Saturday- Paris Flea Market, Sunday- Eat Your Fruits N’ Veggies.


7. Brooke from the Surly Sheep is giving away one of her custom, January Fat Eighth bundles. Each month the Surly Sheep offers a limited edition bundle and the January bundle revolves around violets, grays and a touch of citron and lime.


8. Jodie at Fort Worth Fabric Studio is giving away a beautiful REFRESH bundle This is a soothing 12-piece Fat Quarter bundle in the “ahhh” colors of blue, aqua, and lime.


Eight great prizes for eight lucky winners! To enter, just leave one comment. There will be one winner per shop. I will randomly pick the winners Friday evening, January 11th. Good luck everyone!

***** And thank you so much for supporting my sponsors! *****

+++ Closing Comments to Pick the Winners! +++

Here are our 8 winners!

1. #716 – Jessamie
Christa Quilts – 2 yards of Pearl Bracelets of your choice

2. #781 – Shawn
Pink Castle Fabrics – 2 Random Fat Eighth Bundles

3. #351 – Cynthia Brunz Designs
Skye Reve Fabrics – Girlfriends Half Yard Bundle

4. #806 – Phoebe
Contemporary Cloth – Robert Kaufman Kona Silent Film 10″ Fabric Pack

5. #387 – Christine Sherman
Lark Cottons – $20 Gift Certificate

6. #749 – Gene Black
Southern Fabric – 2 Olive Ann Designs Patterns of your Choice

7. #440 – Carolyn
Surly Sheep – January Fat Eighth Bundle

8. #1139 – Jan Canyon
Fort Worth Fabric Studio – Refresh Fat Quarter Bundle

I will be emailing you over the next day to collect your addresses. Thank you for entering everyone!