Sugarplum Medallion

Sugarplum Medallion Quilt at Fresh Lemons Quilts

We just wrapped up the Sugarplum Table Runner Quilt Along this week, but I’m not tired of those blocks just yet. I thought it would be fun to play around with them and see how they would look in a full quilt.

Sugarplum Medallion Quilt at Fresh Lemons Quilts

I couldn’t get the Modern Pine Trees block to work with my vision, but I think the rest of the blocks look pretty amazing in this medallion quilt. I started making my blocks and have the center (and the corners – just not pictured here) finished.

Sugarplum Medallion Quilt at Fresh Lemons Quilts

This is such a busy time of the year, but I’m enjoying finding little pockets of time to sit at the machine and work on this quilt. I will share more as I keep creating!

You can find links to the individual Sugarplum block patterns here.

Summer Sampler 2016 ~ A Finished Quilt!

Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Scrappy on Point Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The moment I’ve been waiting for all summer long is finally here! Today I’m sharing my finished Summer Sampler 2016 quilt. This Scrappy on Point quilt layout is one of three quilt pattern options that our quilt along subscribers received today. It features our 20 quilt along blocks on point and the negative space is full of low volume blocks and sashing.

Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Scrappy on Point Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Since the beginning, I knew I wanted my layout to have the same scrappy, low volume look as my quilt blocks. I also knew that this would mean a lot of extra work once my quilt blocks were finished. I think it was worth it though. This is now officially the biggest quilt I’ve ever made, finishing up at 100″ x 100″. I used a widescreen fabric by Angela Walters for the backing and binding ~ Whirlwind in White from her Drawn Wide line. It was amazing and meant no piecing the back.

I quilted this using a larger free motion meandering design on my BERNINA 770QE with no problems at all. I was so nervous, but the large throat space made quilting a breeze. This photo shows my quilt halfway finished and tons of room to spare on the machine.

Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Scrappy on Point Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

In fact, the hardest part of finishing this quilt was figuring out how to photograph it! I ended up laying it in my yard and taking the pictures from the elevated deck. This quilt has a super long drape on a queen sized bed and is just slightly not wide enough for a king. You could add a bit of extra width on both sides though if you want it even bigger.

Summer Sampler 2016 ~ Scrappy on Point Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Wow, what a great summer it has been! I feel like we’ve all learned a ton, accomplished so much…I’m feeling quite proud and I hope you are as well. Congratulations to everyone who quilted along!

Below you can find the Summer Sampler 2016 details, as well as custom shop fabric bundles for the quilt along. You can join at any time. If joining after Week 1, you will initially receive all the patterns up to the current date.

Special note: If you are having trouble and don’t see your pattern email, it has likely been marked as SPAM by your email service. Please email Lee at FreshlyPieced@gmail.com and she can resend your link.

Summer Sampler 2016 Kickoff Details
Link to Purchase / EU Link to Purchase (includes VAT)
#summersampler2016 Instagram Posts

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Growing Up ~ A New Quilt and Room

A Whole Cloth Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Funny thing about kids…they grow up on you. My daughter is about a month away from turning 10. This past year has seen a lot of changes. She is in that weird space between little kid and teenager. She has a desire to be older – wanting to be included in all conversations, craving independence in all things. But she still has the qualities I love from earlier years ~ playing with her dolls, wanting to be tucked in at night, holding my hand when we are out together. One thing she asked for earlier this year though, was an update to her room.

This was her old room.

Little girl's room : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Oh, how I loved that room. The light yellow, the bunting, the handmade quilt. But I could also see how she felt she had outgrown it. (I believe she was 2 when we decorated it!) Last winter we went to work picking new paint colors and collecting some wall art. Of course she wanted a stripe – new technique to me! The room looked great, but I still owed her a summer quilt for her bed.

A Whole Cloth Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The colors of her room were inspired by fabric (naturally!). She loved the Paparounes Crimson print from Skopelos by Katarina Roccella. We decided that it would make a great whole cloth quilt. I’ve never made one before and I’m not sure I realized what I was getting myself into with the seam matching on this fabric. There is a seam down the entire length of the quilt, right in the middle. I’m so proud of how it is matched – you can’t even tell! It was a work of patience though.

A Whole Cloth Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My daughter wanted the quilt to hang quite a bit down the sides of her bed, so I really was pushing the space limits in my house when basting.

A Whole Cloth Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Quilting on my BERNINA 770QE was no problem though, that large throat space made this quilt very doable on a home machine. I used the dual feed and quilted a 2″ grid pattern. This was the same as her previous bed quilt, and it always washed up great and was nice and flexible and cozy.

A Whole Cloth Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Usually I use Quilter’s Dream Request loft batting (lowest loft) but I opted for Select loft this time. It’s just slightly heavier – I’m hoping it helps prevent the quilt from falling off her bed all the time.

A Whole Cloth Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I think it’s the perfect finishing touch in her new, updated space.

Blue Squared ~ A Finished Quilt

Blue Squared : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Another school year has gone by, and I always find myself a mix of emotions. Proud of my kids for working their hardest, sad that they are growing up so fast, excited to have them all to myself for a couple months, a bit worried about how I will mix work and time with my kids while they are home, but ready to slow down, relax and enjoy the moment. May is always a crazy month ~ end of year presentations, celebrations, graduations, birthdays, camping, soccer tournaments… I admittedly don’t do so well with being over scheduled. But I did manage to find time to finish a gift for a teacher, with approximately one day to spare.

Blue Squared : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I think I mentioned in my last post that I asked my daughter what colors her teacher liked. She came up with blue and black. I sketched out a rough plan and used it as my base for this quilt. My daughter embroidered a label for the back (I erased the teacher’s name in the photo, but it is there in real life. 🙂 ) I think it’s a nice touch to have the kids work on a piece like that.

Blue Squared : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s quilted in a free motion meandering design. I forgot to measure it before I wrapped it up, but I believe it’s around 54″ x 60″. That was my plan anyway! The backing is Puff Porcelain by Rashida Colman-Hale for Cotton + Steel. One of my current favorites!

Blue Squared : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I am so grateful for all the work my kid’s teachers put into the year. They really are like a third parent. It is a hard job that takes a very special person. We are lucky!