Pottery Barn Trunk Show Weekend

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

What a weekend! Between the two Pottery Barn quilting trunk shows on Saturday, my son’s 5th birthday party on Sunday (at Chuck E Cheese’s no less), and daylight savings time, I’m pretty much running on fumes. But oh, what a great time we had on Saturday. I thought I’d share some photos from the trunk shows. I didn’t bring my “real” camera, just my iPhone. I thought it’d just be too hard to manage keeping track of the good camera – and that was the right call because we were busy – but I do wish I had brought someone with me to take nice photos. Live and learn!

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

When we arrived at Pottery Barn in Naperville, this sign was out front with balloons! Really exciting! We met the store manager who was just exceptionally nice and welcoming, it really put my nerves at ease! We decided that we’d have more room to set up on the second floor and brought all our things up.

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

There were these awesome railings that overlooked to the first floor. We were able to drape all our quilts on them – you could see them from below as soon as you walked into the store.

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

We treated the event as a meet and greet. It was so much fun to talk to everyone one on one, answer questions, let people come and touch the quilts. Lots of quilters visited, some planned and some just happened to be in the store without knowing about the event. We met people from all experience levels – from expert long armers to women who sewed but were looking to learn to quilt. The hour flew by – it was just such a great time!

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

We packed up the quilts, loaded up the car, and drove to the Oakbrook Pottery Barn to set up for round two. This store was one floor (so no railing) and really long with different nooks and sectioned off areas. We were placed in a side bedding area, so deciding how to display the quilts was harder. But luckily they had a Visual Stylist (fancy!) who came over to help us. He was an expert quilt hanger.

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

If anyone is looking to display quilts like this at home, it was really a great set up. They had installed a nice, solid curtain rod. The stylist took the quilt by the corner and folded that over the back of the curtain rod. Then he used super heavy duty clamps to clamp the corner to the back of the draped quilt.

I am guessing you could get the clamps at a hardware store. Lee had a hard time even opening them when we took stuff down, so they were pretty strong. We also hung some quilts on a coat rack!

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

We met even more quilters at this stop, and again we were able to talk to everyone one on one. I know I’ve gushed this entire post, but I really can’t stress enough how fun it was to get to share our quilts with a new audience and in this setting. And look, they let us each take home a sign! You better believe that’s now hanging up in my sewing room.

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

I just want to thank everyone who came out to visit as well as Pottery Barn for inviting us to share our quilts at their shops. We have 2 more trunk shows planned – Lee and I in the Milwaukee area and Katie in Arlington, VA on March 22nd. If you happen to live around those cities, I hope you will come!

Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!

Happy New Year! Every January I spend a little time reflecting on the previous 12 months. What I accomplished…what I didn’t finish up…and my goals for the upcoming year. Last January, my biggest goal was to take it a bit easier. By the end of 2012 I had just submitted the projects and manuscript for the book and I was exhausted. I think I did a pretty good job this year of slowing down. I thought it’d be fun to do a little summary here. (Fun for me anyway! lol)

The biggest accomplishment of 2013 was the release of my first book – Vintage Quilt Revival. We’ve had an awesome response to it so far, and I thank you (THANK YOU!) so much!

I made a lot of quilts this year – some shown above. Probably not as many as previous years, but I’m really happy with what I finished. I have several additional tops that need wrapping up as well. That should probably be one of my first goals for 2014.

I hosted the Lighthouse Quilt Along and was excited to see several of your finished quilts and hear success stories from first time paper piecers.

I visited several quilt guilds to speak and teach, and was lucky enough to attend Quilt Con and Fall Quilt Market. Unfortunately, all the traveling and time away (even just evenings and weekends) got to be a bit too hard for our family, so this year I’m wrapping up my calendar and only attending a few events. I’m sure there will be more time for additional traveling once my kids are a bit older and don’t think I’m cool to hang out with anymore. 😉

I added a new page to my blog, Community Giving, to highlight current ways to help those in need. (Details on the page if you’d like your organization listed.)

And I hosted monthly Great Big Giveaway Days from my awesome sponsors! They were so popular that I’m going to host those again throughout 2014 (yay)!

For 2014, I have a few quilting and blogging related goals:

1 ~ Create more charity quilts
2 ~ Create more gift quilts
3 ~ Spend more time teaching my daughter to sew (and be more patient in the process)
3 ~ Finish some of my quilt tops (at least my Arkansas Traveler one!)
4 ~ Sew with fabric lines less and scrappy prints more
5 ~ Continue to write patterns
6 ~ Work more on improving my photography
7 ~ Destash all the fabric that’s been sitting in a destash pile here for 4 months!

Here’s to a wonderful and creative year for everyone out there!

A New Picnic Quilt

Better late than never, I’ve finally finished my family’s new picnic quilt. I started this one as part of a blog hop last May. That’s May of 2012. I ended up spending a lot of the summer working on book stuff and then I wasn’t motivated to work on a picnic quilt in the winter, and well, you know how it goes. (right??) So the quilt top sat and sat until a day before our trip up to the lake for the 4th of July.

This quilt is a simple 16 patch, with the individual squares measuring 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ cut. The fabric is a mix of Maude Asbury’s Crabtastic line and fabrics from my stash.

The quilt ended up pretty big (for me) at 80″ x 80″. I really wanted to use fabric from my stash for the backing and binding, so I chose a black floral from Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee for the backing and a text from Architextures for the binding. I’m hoping those will both hide the dirt a bit as we take this quilt out for some serious use at the beach and park. I quilted it loosely with wavy lines about every 2 inches.

We already tested it out while watching the fireworks over Lake Michigan on Thursday evening, and it was just perfect for the job. I can’t wait to take it along for the rest of Summer!

Confetti Logs

Confetti Logs Front
Look how great my 6 year old holds a quilt!

This month the Naperville Modern Quilt Guild had a log cabin challenge. We were all asked to make a 36″ x 36″ quilt with log cabin(s) in a modern way. Last night was the meeting and everyone came up with such great designs! Really, no two were alike. It was a lot of fun seeing everyone’s quilts and the thought that went into all of them.

Confetti Logs

I decided to make all white log cabins with tiny strips of bright fabrics randomly incorporated into the logs. The logs are various widths, from 1-1/2″ to 1/2″ finished.

Confetti Logs Detail

This quilt was pretty improvisational. Although I had a plan for the blocks in my head, I wasn’t really sure about how to put them together. At first I was thinking about 1 giant block. Then it changed to multiple blocks. Then I decided I needed some separation to define the blocks. Ideas floated around from using neutral tan to narrow strips of color, stacked. But in the end I decided on larger color blocks.

Confetti Logs Quilting

I quilted this in straight lines, about 1/2″ apart.

Confetti Logs Back

The backing is one of my favorite prints from designer Anna Maria Horner.

Confetti Logs Binding

The binding was also something that changed at the last minute. I was planning on doing bright scrappy binding, but after it was cut it just seemed like too much. So I went looking through my stash and my eyes were drawn to one of my favorites from Violet Craft’s Madrona Road – the black text print. I worked in a couple spots of bright strips just to echo the design of the blocks.

And in an Arkansas Traveler update…I finished the quilt top! It looks great and the backing just arrived. I am still deciding on the quilting, but that will be the next large project to tackle on my list.