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!

Palete Cleansing

Palete Cleansing : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m back! Those of you that follow me on Instagram know that I just spent ten wonderful days in Ireland with my husband to celebrate our 10th anniversary. It was a great break, a beautiful country with just the nicest people. I missed my kids a lot though – it was the longest I’ve ever been away from them (by far!) I’m happy to be home, getting back into the routine of soccer and sewing on scout patches.

Ireland : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I always feel slightly lost when I return to my sewing machine after a break. I feel like I need a bit of a project cleanse before tackling something large. There’s just something about simple squares that helps calm my mind.

Palete Cleansing : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I pulled some Fall inspired colors, mostly from Leah Duncan, and paired them with an Essex linen. I can’t get enough of using a textured neutral lately.

Palete Cleansing : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This probably won’t be a large quilt. Maybe a large pillow? I’m going to enjoy piecing it together this week.

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!

A Spring Mix

Spring Mix Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

When it comes to the weather outside, this time of year always feels like two steps forward, one step back. Last week we had a great day with temperatures in the 50’s, only to be followed by a day of wet, heavy snow.

Cardinal : Fresh Lemons Quilts

When that latest layer of snow melted and I just felt defeated by Winter, I looked out by our woods and saw these.

Cardinal : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The daffodil bulbs I planted last Fall, starting to pop up. I am telling you, this mess of mud and leaves and tiny bits of green has been so good for my soul.

I’ve been trying to make sure the kids get some outside time on those warmer days. Between that and a sewing deadline that I can’t share right now, I don’t have a finished project to show you this week. But I have accumulated some new fabrics recently and they inspired me to take a little break and build a project pile from my stash.

Spring Mix Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My inspiration for this stack was a print from Leah Duncan’s newest fabric line for Art Gallery Fabrics, Meadow. I love the soft colors.

Spring Mix Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I pulled some coordinating prints from my stash, including some new fabrics from Lotta Jansdotter’s Mormor, Skinny Laminx’s Up, Up & Away, Eloise Renouf’s Bark & Branch, and Violet Craft’s Waterfront Park.

I made a block from my Off-Centered Squares quilt pattern. I’m thinking of using one color family per block…we shall see!

Off-Centered Squares Quilt Pattern : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Back to work on deadlines! And fingers crossed for a warmer week!