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!

Kits + Quilting

Moda Fabrics Modern Building Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

With the kids in school, it’s been a remarkably productive couple of days over here. The house is clean, dinner has been planned ahead each night, I’ve actually gone to the gym (shocking!!) and I’ve even spent busy chunks of time in my sewing room.

Moda Fabrics Modern Building Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This week I also received a great package in the mail. Last week I ordered Moda Fabric’s Modern Building Blocks pattern and kit. I remember seeing this quilt at market and it was one of those stop-you-in-your-tracks moments for me. I love Moda’s Bella Solids and the colors in this quilt, along with the layout of the blocks, really spoke to me. I cannot wait to make this (even if it will have to wait in line a bit until I’m done with other commitments).

Moda Fabrics Modern Building Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Also, I love the packaging of this kit. I was joking on Instagram that whoever came up with it deserves a promotion! Wouldn’t this make a beautiful birthday or Christmas gift for a quilter? (Husbands…hint hint!)

Moda Fabrics Modern Building Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The inside has all the fabrics, layout and assembly directions, as well as this handy set of double sided cards with all the block patterns.

Moda Fabrics Modern Building Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can buy this kit at a few of my sponsors:

Pink Chalk Fabrics (pattern only, no fabric)
The Loopy Ewe (fabric kit with pattern)
Fat Quarter Shop (fabric kit with pattern)
Fat Quarter Shop (fabric kit with pattern – PREORDER if link above sold out)
Fat Quarter Shop (pattern only, no fabric)
Lark Cottons

So, besides drooling over this kit for the last few days, I’ve also been working on my sadly neglected Arkansas Traveler quilt! I basted it yesterday while watching Call the Midwife on Netflix. Wow, what a great show (even if it does make me cry at every episode!).

Arkansas Traveler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I started quilting in the blue fabric areas using a coordinating blue thread I had on hand – Aurifil’s Color Me Happy by V & Co’s set. It’s #2775 in a 50wt (orange spool). I’m still debating whether or not to quilt the cream fabrics (with an off white thread) or leave them unquilted, giving it a slightly poofy look.

Arkansas Traveler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m using my Bernina Stitch Regulator (BSR) which I just realized I’ve been using for 5 years! Obviously I’ve had a lot of time to practice with it. I’ve had some people ask for tips on using it.

• I don’t go too slow or too fast. I try to find a nice, middle of the road speed and stick to it. It might help to get some music (not too crazy now!) with a consistent rhythm and play that while you sew, to get in a nice groove.

• I use Bernina’s single hole stitch plate when stitching straight lines.

• For a while I found that when I was stopping stitching (like to remove a pin), I was taking my foot off the pedal while still moving the fabric slightly. Not good, this leads to messed up stitches. Stop completely before taking your foot off the pedal. When you stop moving the fabric, the stitching will stop as well. (At least does when I use BSR 2).

• If you are feeling like your fabric is getting stuck and you have to pull it (leading to messed up stitches), lessen your pressure foot setting. I’ve had to do this with some fabrics that just didn’t seem to slide well under my foot. Other’s swear by using something called the Supreme Slider on their machine. I don’t have one though.

• And then just practice, practice, practice. When I first sat down to use the BSR I thought I would turn my machine on and suddenly my quilting would be perfect. Um, it wasn’t. lol I needed to still practice. If you still aren’t getting the results you think you should be getting, ask if you can bring your machine into your dealer and have them watch you quilt on your machine. I’m sure they will have tips as well.

Arkansas Traveler : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m halfway finished with the blue and about to go upstairs and get cracking again. I can’t wait to (finally!) share this completed quilt with you soon!