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.

His and Hers microMod Sew Along and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on Green Bee Design’s His and Hers microMod Sew Along! MicroMod is the premier fabric line from Cloud9 Fabrics designer Rob Bancroft. Also husband of designer and author Alexia Abegg – that’s one talented couple!

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

Today I’m going to share some cloth, appliqué napkins. These are a fun project that would be great not only for your home, but also as a housewarming or host/hostess gift for a friend.

In the spirit of setting a pretty table at meal time, I asked Rob and Alexia what sort of food they would cook the other for a special occasion.

Alexia: I love to cook and try new things, and thankfully so does Rob. But for a sweet surprise meal I think I would go with his favorites; I would make caesar salad, homemade gnocchi with a brown butter sauce, and then his favorite dessert, cheesecake.

Rob: Though this meal doesn’t necessarily promote amorous affection (high levels of garlic), I love to make and surprise Alexia with chicken piccata, sauteed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes, neatly plated and served on a restaurant inspired table setting, white table cloth and cloth napkins included.

I really love chicken piccata, so that made me hungry!

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

To make these napkins, all you need is a set of store bought cloth napkins (I bought a 4 pack of linen/cotton blend ones at Target for about $8.00), Heat n Bond Lite, and your favorite fabrics.

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

I decided to appliqué different designs onto the corner of each napkin. I simply applied the Heat n Bond Lite to the back of the fabric scraps (per the manufactures instructions), cut out my shapes, and then ironed them onto the napkins.

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

I wanted to keep my edges pretty raw, as I think a little fraying as they wash will give these a great look. So I sewed with a straight stitch a couple of times around each fabric shape. If you don’t like the frayed look, you could use a tighter zigzag stitch to finish your appliqué.

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

Don’t forget when sewing along with microMod, be sure to tag your photos with #microMod on Instagram. You can also post your pictures on the Green Bee Patterns Facebook page or add them to the microMod Flickr group.

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

And now for the giveaway! How would you like to win a full Fat Quarter bundle of microMod? Simply leave a comment and I will pick a winner on Friday, April 19th.

There are also prizes at the other Sew Along stops. And, for a grand finale, a huge prize package back at Alexia’s blog at the end of the hop: A fat quarter stack of microMod by Rob Bancroft from Cloud9 fabrics, the entire Green Bee Patterns collection, a microMod sewing bag, and a Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine! (Open to contiguous US residents only.) So be sure to follow and sew along. 🙂

April 2 – Alexia & Rob at Green Bee
April 3 – Kelly at Kelbysews
April 5 – Amanda at the Craft Junky
April 6 – Rachael at Imagine Gnats
April 8 – Heather at alamode
April 10 – Holly at Bijou lovely
April 13 – Alexia, Michelle & Rob Green Bee
April 17 – Me!
April 18 – Katie at Swim Bike Quilt
April 19 – Deborah at Whipstitch
April 20 – Jacey at Jaceycraft
April 24 – Jenny at the Southern Institute
April 25 – Amy from sukie don’t ya know
April 26 – Jen from Betty Crocker Ass
April 27 – Sara from Sew Sweetness
April 28 – Krista at Krista Withers Quilting
April 29 – Katy from I’m a Ginger Monkey
April 30 – Amber from One Shabby Chick
May 1 – Alexia & Rob Green Bee GRAND PRIZE

Happy sewing everyone!

++ Closing Comments to Pick a Winner! ++

The lucky winner is #113, Brynn! Congratulations and I will be contacting you for your address. Thank you everyone for entering and remember to continue keeping up with the microMod Sew Along. 🙂