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. 🙂

A Nautical Divided Basket

Nautical Divided Basket, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You may be sensing a theme here. Several weeks ago, before I started the Nautical Baby Quilt, I made this nautical divided basket. It has now been officially gifted along with the quilt (I’m an aunt again!), so I’m finally sharing.

Nautical Divided Basket, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This basket is a pattern by Anna over at Noodlehead. I always give myself a little pat on the back after I make something in 3D, and this is no exception!

Nautical Divided Basket, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The fabric is all from the Daysail line by Bonnie & Camille. How cute are those sailboats at the text print? I have to apologize, as I have no idea where I got my webbing for my handles! It has been sitting in my stash for years, and I was so excited to finally have the perfect project for it.

Nautical Divided Basket, pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This basket fits a lot. I loved how Anna used it as a baby shower/welcoming gift and I did the same. I included diapers, diaper cream, nose spray, a bath toy, burp cloths and swaddling blankets. It’s a pretty handy size. I could see it being used on a changing table, or even stored in a family room for easy diaper changing access. I definitely plan on making more of these divided baskets in the future!

Stage 1 ~ Complete!

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This has been a pretty productive week. I’ve finished all the corner block components! I’ve been mentally thinking of this part as “Stage 1” and I’m happy to have it behind me.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Aren’t they all so pretty together? If I didn’t already have a plan for this quilt, I think I would leave them place just like this for a whole quilt top.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Although the “hard part” is now finished, I’m faced with the Stage 2 – cutting and stitching lots and lots of tiny squares. A bit less exciting and more tedious, but it will be fun to see it all start coming together.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today I’m taking a small break from this project to work on a tutorial I’m planning for Bernina’s We All Sew blog in January. It involves Essex linen, Liberty of London, and decorative stitching. Not a bad way to spend a Friday!

Restash

Fabric Stash : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Those of you following my latest work in progress (here and here) know I’ve dug deep into my Anna Maria Horner fabric stash, as well as my black and cream prints. I decided to do a little restashing from Anna Maria’s currently in print collections, Honor Roll, Pretty Potent, and Dowry. Although these prints won’t make it into the current quilt, they will definitely be welcome additions to my fabric stash.

Fabric Stash : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also ended up using a lot of my black/cream stash. I went to Fat Quarter Shop and did a search on “Black“, and several awesome black/cream prints came up. All but 2 of these are from that search.

Fabric Stash : Fresh Lemons Quilts

About half of these are from Sweetwater’s Elementary collection. So for those looking and wondering where to start, these are some great current prints that are readily available! If you are looking to do some fabric shopping – be sure to stop by Friday for a *lot* of deals from my sponsors. 😉

I hope all my readers in the United States have an awesome Thanksgiving tomorrow. I’m especially grateful for those around me, most of all my husband and children. I can’t wait to spend some quality time with them over the next few days!