Snowflake in October

Snowflake Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Things have been very busy here over the last week. I’ve completed my Snowflake quilt top! These blocks went together quite quickly. I think I spent one morning cutting and then one day piecing. However, once I had all the blocks laid out, I decided that some of my fabric choices weren’t the best suited for the design. Basically anything too “busy” and with too much contrast really took away the focus. So I ended up remaking about 8 blocks (which is always a bit of a downer when you think you are done!).

Snowflake Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It only took a morning to sew the blocks together to form the quilt top. We were on the go a lot the weekend, so it was nice to spend Monday relaxing and stitching away.

Snowflake Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today I’m planning on basting and getting started on my quilting! I can’t wait to share this pattern with you all soon. As I mentioned last week, I’ll be posting directions as a 3 week quilt along over at BERNINA’s We All Sew blog. If you want to be notified of when the posts are going up, you can always subscribe to my email notifications here.

Not Your Mama's Bee : Fresh Lemons Quilts

In quilting bee updates, my kids had off school last Thursday and Friday so we took advantage and whipped up their October blocks for Not Your Mama’s Bee. (Yes, my son keeps me on my toes. 🙂 ) These blocks are for Katie of Swim Bike Quilt’s daughter. She requested 9 patch plus blocks using fabric with dots. The squares are cut at 5″ x 5″. We were all assigned a color so that her quilt will have a great variety. This month I decided not to tackle sewing with both kids at the same time. It was much less stressful going with a one-on-one plan. Lessons learned every month!

A New Holiday Beginning

Snowflake Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This week I am pattern testing a soon-to-be quilt along that I have designed for BERNINA’s We All Sew. I thought it’d be fun to offer some peeks here along the way. I know, it’s only October! But making a holiday quilt isn’t exactly something you save for December, am I right?

Snowflake Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I pulled some reds and aquas from my stash, and even picked up some of Cotton + Steel’s holiday line, Tinsel. I love those retro snow globes.

Snowflake Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I have big plans for the backing, splurging on this Notes to Santa print.

The quilt design reminds me of a snowflake, so I believe that will be it’s name. I hope you will check back often to see more peeks as I create this quilt!

Nautical ~ A Finished Baby Quilt

Nautical Quilt, pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This week I checked off my first quilt finish of the school year. It’s also my first quilt pieced on my Featherweight! I started this Nautical quilt the week the kids went back to school. The Nautical quilt pattern is by Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew, and was a breeze to make. There are 10 different blocks, and I made each set of blocks in groups, scrappy style.

Nautical Quilt, pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It was fun to work in these primary colors. Usually I get tempted into including the entire rainbow – it’s a weakness! I forget how much I enjoy quilts made from limited palettes.

Nautical Quilt, pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I quilted this one in a diagonal crosshatch using my walking foot and my BERNINA 750QE. The lines are maybe a bit over an inch apart. I used the metal guide that can go through the back hole of the walking foot to maintain a consistent width.

Nautical Quilt, pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

When I quilt straight lines, I always start in the middle and work my way to the right. Once the first half of the quilt is finished, I turn it around and then start again in the middle, working my way to the right again. On this quilt, I stitched all my lines in the first diagonal direction, then all my lines in the opposite diagonal direction. No puckering or folding – so I think it was a successful plan!

Nautical Quilt, pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For the backing I used a whale print from the Message in a Bottle collection. Aren’t they so cute? The finished crib quilt measures 42″ x 56″, perfect for a baby or playmat!

A Nautical Quilt Top and New Bag Progress

Nautical Quilt Top, pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I finished my Nautical quilt top! As I mentioned in my last post, this is a pattern by Allison over at Cluck Cluck Sew. There are lots of sizing options, but this is for a child and I chose the crib quilt. Thanks for all your suggestions on backing fabric! I ended up ordering some adorable whales from the Message in a Bottle collection, recommended by Kimber. Hopefully it arrives in the next couple of days and I can get basting!

Cargo Duffle pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve also started making the Cargo Duffle pattern by Anna of Noodlehead. I was looking at the pattern and planning my fabrics, when my daughter sat down next to me. After about 30 seconds, I was roped into making a second duffle. Then my son notices what’s going on. Yep, a third duffle. So I hope you like this bag, because you will probably be seeing a few of them come together on the blog!

Cargo Duffle pattern by Noodlehead : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I am using a print called Bare Nopal in Gloom from Morning Walk by Leah Duncan as my feature fabric, Essex linen in natural for my solid, and a print called Raspberry Jam from Basic Grey‘s PB&J collection for my pockets. I have a few zippers coming in the mail in the next few days, so once that arrives I will be able to finish up the first duffle. Can’t wait to share more soon!