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!

Nautical Quilt Blocks

Nautical Quilt in Progress, Pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

We are now on the 5th day of school…and my 1st grader is home with a fever. Poor guy! Secretly, I have missed him a lot during the transition back, so I don’t mind the extra cuddles. (And he seems to be brightening up too!)

I was pretty productive in those first few days of school though. I bought Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew’s Nautical quilt pattern. I was looking for a quilt design with Nautical flags and was very excited to see she had one in her shop. She always has great directions and this pattern is no exception. I breezed through making 50 blocks in 3 days while catching up on some tv.

Nautical Quilt in Progress, Pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I am using the same color scheme as the cover quilt. I noticed I didn’t have a lot of blues in that shade, so I’ll be on the hunt to work on my stash in that area. Anyone have suggestions for the backing? Once I get these blocks together, I will have two quilts to baste! I see some quilting in my future. 🙂