Sugarplum Table Runner Quilt Along ~ Week 2

Sugarplum Table Runner Blocks by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today marks Week 2 of the Sugarplum Table Runner Quilt Along that I am hosting over at BERNINA’s We All Sew blog. Last Monday, I went over the fabric requirements and cutting instructions. This week we will piece our first blocks – and they are foundation paper pieced! Don’t be nervous though. I took tons of pictures so you can easily follow along and be successful.

Sugarplum Table Runner Blocks by Fresh Lemons Quilts

For those of you stitching along, remember to print out your paper piecing templates at “100%” or “Actual Size”. This is a setting in your printer’s dialog box that pops up when you print. The exact location of the setting depends on your brand and model of printer, but it’s usually on the first screen. Check the scale icon on the template when it prints to make sure it measures at 1″.

I can’t wait to see everyone’s blocks!

Sugarplum Table Runner Quilt Along ~ Week 1

Sugarplum Table Runner by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today is Week 1 of my Sugarplum Table Runner Quilt Along over at BERNINA’s We All Sew blog. This will be a four week series running through November. You will make four different modern-traditional block patterns. (Two each of the first three blocks and one of the final center block).

Sugarplum Table Runner by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Head on over to We All Sew today to see the fabric requirements and cutting instructions for your fabric.

Sugarplum Table Runner Supplies by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Next Monday we will jump into the first two blocks!

Holiday Seasons and Looking Ahead

Holiday Quilt Along

Yes, that is Christmas fabric. I know, Thanksgiving first, right? But I also know that we need to get started now if we want to enjoy our holiday decor during the actual holiday season.

Case in point…I did not finish my Halloween cross stitch in time this year. But there is always 2017!

Holiday Quilt Along

The holiday fabric – Good Cheer in Coal from Juniper Berry by Basic Gray for Moda Fabrics – and Kona solid swatches at the top are part of a project I’ve been finalizing over the last week. Starting Monday, I will be hosting a month long holiday quilt along over at BERNINA’s We All Sew. It’s not a quilt, but a quilted table runner with four awesome, modern, holiday block patterns. (And hey, there is nothing stopping you from using those blocks in a quilt!) I’m so very excited to share! Until then…I’ll be at my machine and computer if you need me. 🙂

Sewing for All Seasons and Giveaway

Sewing for All Seasons Garland, Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Last week I received a copy of the latest book by crafter Susan Beal, Sewing for All Seasons. I first “met” (online) Susan when she participated in the Kokka Layer Cake Swap that I hosted last winter. Funny story…when Susan joined the swap I must have been kind of spaced out and didn’t realize she was the author of one of the most beautiful quilting books in my library, Modern Log Cabin Quilting.

I remember sitting at my computer printing out tons of shipping labels, and seeing her name. Susan Beal. In my head I’m thinking “wait a minute. THE Susan Beal??” I ran over to her book and it clicked and I felt like such a dork (and completely star struck that she was in the swap!) A few days later, I was lucky enough to meet her in real life at Quilt Con. She is just the sweetest, most talented person!

Sewing for All Seasons, Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Susan’s latest book is simply beautiful. First off, it’s hardcover, which I think just feels really nice and solid in my hands.

Sewing for All Seasons by Susan Beal

The photography alone is inspiring.

Sewing for All Seasons by Susan Beal

The book is separated into sections by season, although really you could sew any of these at anytime. The projects are all things I would make, especially as gifts. Lots of ideas that would be great for a handmade holiday – Apron, tea cozy, scarf, nesting baskets, tote bag, sun glass holder and more.

Sewing for All Seasons by Susan Beal

I decided I needed to make the garland for my mantel. (My husband installed a mantel for me after last Christmas and I love decorating it!

Sewing for All Seasons by Susan Beal

The garland was simple to make. I used my Sizzix die cutter for the circles but you don’t need one to be successful – there’s templates in the back of the book.

Sewing for All Seasons Garland, Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

How cute is this? I am going to make more for Fall and have layers of them hanging up. And then more for Christmas too. Don’t you think this would also look adorable in a baby nursery?

Sewing for All Seasons Garland, Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

If you happen to be in NYC, Susan is going to be at Brooklyn Craft Company this Saturday making garlands with people who stop to visit and craft. How fun is that?

Sewing for All Seasons Garland, Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

If you are not lucky enough to be there, you can find a link to this project on the Chronicle Books website for free.

Would you like to win a copy of Sewing for All Seasons? Simply leave a comment and I will pick a winner Sunday evening, October 27th. Good luck everyone!

++ Closing comments and picking a winner! ++


The winner is #255, heatherly! I hope you enjoy the book as much as I do!

Thank you all for commenting and I hope you will go check out the book at your local bookshop or online. 🙂