Crosses and Losses ~ A Finished Quilt

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I finished my Crosses and Losses quilt yesterday (finally)! When I stitch on the last of the binding, I looked at the weather for the next day and saw that it was going to be 60 degrees…in February…in Chicago! Perfect for quilt photos, amiright? Of course I neglected to take into account the 25 mile per hour winds and the great snow melt, which meant sinking into an inch of mud. By some miracle, the quilt did *not* blow off the barn and into the messiness.

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt is for my daughter, and she chose a hot pink minky for the back. Pretty much, unless it’s a summertime bed quilt, my kids will pick a minky backing 100% of the time. My husband too. I get a lot of comments and emails about how to baste and quilt with minky. I know it can be stretchy and messy and slippery. I use the same basting technique (tutorial here) that I use with all my other quilts and have great success.

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I really love the low volume scrappy background paired with the bright colors. Cutting out the fabrics when I go this scrappy does take longer, but I think the effort is very well worth it in the end.

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The binding is a scrappy assortment of pinks. For the quilting, I decided on a wider spaced meandering than usual. I wanted the quilt to be super cozy and have a nice drape. The final quilt measures 56″ x 48″.

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Off to put it away in my daughter’s room and let her be surprised when she gets home from school!

Scrap Plus Week 2 ~ A Quilt Along at We All Sew

Scrap Plus Quilt Along : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For those of you following my Scrap Plus Quilt Along/Tutorial over at BERNINA’s We All Sew (Week 1 and Week 2), I hope you have been enjoying digging through your scraps and making some blocks. This week I’m talking about the quilt top assembly and quilting.

Scrap Plus Quilt Along : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I mentioned last week that these are 12″ finished blocks. Scrappy blocks are always great for quilting bees and group charity quilts.

Another fun and creative quilt idea for using the layout…since these blocks are a standard size, you can easily swap them out and use nine of your own 12″ block designs. I’m such a fan of stars and modern samplers, I think this layout would make a beautiful sampler with some of the blocks from the Solstice Stars Series and Summer Sampler Series.

Scrap Plus Quilt Along : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I hope you will go check it out at BERNINA’s We All Sew! I’d love to see what you make.

Simply Triangles ~ A Finished Quilt

Simply Triangles by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

The super hot and humid weather this week gave me a good excuse to stay inside and finish up my latest quilt, Simply Triangles. I’ve been working on this quilt here and there, while I was on breaks from other commitments. It’s fun to have something new and original that I can show you right when it’s finished!

Simply Triangles by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

The prints in this quilt are all from Vanessa of V and Co‘s fabric lines, Simply Color and Simply Style. As I mentioned in my last post about this quilt, this wasn’t my original plan when I started cutting into the fabric. But I’m really glad I played with the triangles once they were created and came up with something fresh.

Simply Triangles by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Each “diamond” is made up of 8 triangles. The triangles are a combination of 2 prints. I actually just cut strips from the layer cake, sewed those together, and cut my equilateral triangles from the strips. I *think* the strips were something like 1.75″ and 2″, but don’t hold me to that. They were all sized wrong once I started sewing them together in rows (because I changed my design idea midway through), so I had to trim them all after the fact. Which…is why there will probably not be a pattern for this quilt! I really made it up as I went along.

Simply Triangles by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

One new thing I tried for this quilt was using Heat n Bond Batting Tape to fuse two pieces of batting together. (Supplied by the kind folks at ThermoWeb). I was a bit nervous, but I planned it so the seam was behind the color section of the quilt top and it turned out great! You can’t tell at all that it isn’t one piece of batting. And you can’t see the batting seam through the quilt.

Simply Triangles by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I quilted this one in a free motion meandering style. I think it will crinkle up really nice in the wash. The binding is white, just like the negative space. The finished quilt measures 55″ x 70″.

Simply Triangles by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

For the back, I decided to do some scrappy piecing. The prints are from Denyse Schmidt’s first line for JoAnns and the other two fabrics are just solids from my stash. Overall, a very happy quilt!

A Quilt for a Teacher

My daughter finished Kindergarten last week. I know everyone says it, but time goes by so fast! I feel like she was just a baby, and here she is, done with her first year of school. I guess there is no stopping the growing up.

She had such an amazing year at school. We were blessed with just the best teacher. She made school fun and constantly challenged the kids. I am blown away as I sit next to my daughter reading chapter books, when she really couldn’t read much at all only 9 months ago! I really wanted to make something special as a “thank you” for being a hugely important part of my daughter’s life over the last school year.

I completely copied Kelly’s quilt idea this time. The only difference is that instead of cutting 4.5″ squares for the corners of the blocks, I used 5″ charm packs. So this quilt top was made from 1 layer cake and 2 solid charm packs. The fabric is Kate Spain’s Honey Honey. My daughter said her teacher likes orange. That’s all the direction I was able to dig out of her. haha

The backing is a gorgeous floral print from the same line. The binding is an aqua print from Bonnie and Camille’s Vintage Modern line. I quilted a meandering free motion design. I ended up washing it after taking the pictures and it came out nice and crinkly.

It was a fun quilt to make. I’m so thankful to all the hardworking teachers out there. Onward and upward to 1st grade!