National Parks Birthday Club ~ Month 2

National Parks Birthday Club by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery : Fresh Lemons Quilts

As the daylight gets shorter and the weather cools down, I continue to have fun working on the National Parks Birthday Club by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I had a bit of a “oh no!” moment this month when I discovered I miscounted my top border by one. Yep, amateur hour over here! So far it hasn’t been a big deal though, I just moved a couple stitches around at the top of the Yellowstone and Hawaii scenes and I don’t think it takes away from the overall design.

National Parks Birthday Club by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery : Fresh Lemons Quilts

In my usual too-many-projects-going-at-once ways, I started two additional cross stitch patterns over the last month as well. Both are from Satsuma Street. I pretty much want to make everything in Jody’s shop. She also has some holiday sneak peeks on Instagram that are getting me excited.

Satsuma Street patterns : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I am starting out with the Washington, DC pattern from her Pretty Little City series and the Halloween Cat (my first time cross stitching on linen – eek!) I think my goal on the cat pattern will be to finish by Halloween….2017!

Union Square ~ Quilt Top

Union Square ~ Quilt Top

I spent much of the rainy day here yesterday at my sewing machine. I finished up my Union Square quilt blocks and then started playing with a layout. I mentioned earlier that I didn’t have a lot of the background fabric, so I wasn’t feeling very confident that I would come up with something I really liked.

Union Square ~ Quilt Top

After stitching the blocks together, I decided it needed a border to make it pop. And it turns out, I had the perfect print. The blue canvas border is from Rain Walk by Anna Graham of Noodlehead, called Ripple in Navy.

Union Square ~ Quilt Top

I cannot wait to show you how it looks all laid out. Sorry for the “sneak peeks”, but it’s such a great effect that I don’t want to spoil the final reveal. I plan on quilting it soon, although I just love it on the design wall right now.

Union Square in Progress and Pattern Shop

Union Square Quilt Block Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve spent a bit of time this week working on my Union Square quilt blocks. I really like this metallic linen I’m using for the background. I’m kicking myself for only buying a yard. When I got it, I figured I would use it on a bag, not a quilt. Oh well – I’m sure there are plenty of other awesome metallic linens out there, right?

Union Square Quilt Block Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I was in my happy place, chain paper piecing the corner segments for these blocks.

Union Square Quilt Block Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Now to assemble them. When sewing the corner components to the nine patch, I will admit it is a bit tricky getting everything lined up just right. I’m going to cut myself some slack and not worry if it’s a millimeter off.

I also wanted to let everyone know that my Picnic Point quilt pattern (PDF) is now in the shop! (It’s also available on Etsy and Craftsy.) I know a few of you have found it already. 🙂 Thank you!

A Snake Trail Quilt ~ by Lorellen Moore

Snake Trail Quilt by Lorellen Moore : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Last weekend, I went to Cincinnati to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday. It was a lot of fun – great weather, a visit to the Cincinnati Nature Center and a really, really delicious dinner at Sotto.

Family : Fresh Lemons Quilts

While I was there, I also was able to see my mom’s latest quilt finish in person ~ her Snake Trail Quilt.

Snake Trail Quilt by Lorellen Moore : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My mom is really a master at taking a pattern and changing it up to make it her own. This quilt uses blocks from the Snake Trail pattern in Denyse Schmidt’s book Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration.

Snake Denyse Schmidt Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My mom changed up the pattern in several ways. First, she altered the construction of the block. She used the pattern to determine the correct placement of the curves on the square, but rather than traditionally piecing the block, she converted the pattern to use foundation paper piecing. (See! We are so alike! She loves to paper piece too!)

Next, she reduced the block size 78%, to make it a bit smaller. The most obvious change however, is the layout. This is the pattern in the book.

Snake Denyse Schmidt Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The layout possibilities for this block are really endless. My mom used an assortment of colors of linen for the background. For the Snake Trail, she used a scrappy mix of Liberty of London (I believe some purchased from Sewn Studio in Cincinnati) and other prints in her fabric stash.

Snake Trail Quilt by Lorellen Moore : Fresh Lemons Quilts

She quilted it in the ditch of the block squares, and then about 1/2″ away from the curved seam lines. It just turned out amazing! I hope you are inspired by my mom, just like I am.