Crosses and Losses into the New Year

Crosses and Losses Block Construction : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Last time I posted about my Crosses and Losses blocks, I mentioned I wasn’t chain piecing because I was eager to see some finished blocks come together. Well, I’m over that. 🙂 Making a couple of blocks at a time is slow! In fact, the only thing slower is chain UNpiecing (ask me how I know – nothing worse that stitching together a mistake in bulk!)

Crosses and Losses Block Construction : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So yesterday I started chain piecing the bright blocks I had already cut. I now have 18 blocks. I’m planning on cutting out the rest of the brights this morning and then stitching the remaining quilt blocks together all at once.

Crosses and Losses Block Construction : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m loving how this quilt is coming together! It’s going to be so bright and happy. And I hope everyone isn’t over the low volume trend, because I still really enjoy how it looks.

Crosses and Losses Block Construction : Fresh Lemons Quilts

And finally…can I plug my awesome city for a minute? Yesterday I took my kids to my absolute favorite part of living here ~ The Art Institute of Chicago. We try to go a couple times throughout the year (but I’m a member now so we’re going to go a lot more!).

The Art Institute of Chicago : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It is so, so, so good! They recently had a huge new donation to the Modern wing, so we stopped there first.

The Art Institute of Chicago : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Yesterday we made an effort of spend time in areas we haven’t seen. We are usually sucked into the 3rd floor of the Modern wing and the Impressionism wing. Not one “new-to-us” room disappointed. Truly one of the best things to see if you ever have the chance to visit Chicago.

The Art Institute of Chicago : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My son still wanted to draw everything he saw. My daughter was more interested in taking pictures this time.

The Art Institute of Chicago : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I hope you get a chance to visit one day!

Four

Crosses and Losses Quilt Blocks

And then there were four. I spent more time yesterday cutting out background pieces for my Crosses and Losses blocks. Slow going to be sure! Usually I’m a huge planner and would do all my cutting, then all my piecing of segments (in this case, half square triangles), all my trimming, then all my final block assembly. I guess I’m feeling a bit antsy to see immediate progress because I have decided to focus my efforts on making a handful of blocks at a time.

Crosses and Losses Quilt Blocks

I cut my next twelve bright fabrics and started chain piecing those. I promise it’s more than it looks in this pile. Because these blocks finish up at 8″, some of the HSTs are on the smaller side. I hope to get some time between errands today to get these trimmed up and pieced into more Crosses and Losses quilt blocks. Stay tuned!

Weekend in Wisconsin

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Last weekend, I drove up to New Glarus, Wisconsin for a little relaxation and creative recharging with some of my favorite Iowa, Wisconsin, and Upper Peninsula Michigan quilty friends (and a couple of Houston and Nashville ladies thrown in for good measure). Somehow, I have no pictures with any of them! I suppose we were having too much fun. We rented the house you see above, about 5 miles outside the downtown New Glarus area. I had no clue that New Glarus was like a mini Switzerland, so you can imagine my surprise when I rolled into town. Lucky for me, this meant cheese fondue was on the menu and yes, I indulged.

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The weekend was just perfect. I love Wisconsin with the rolling hills and beautiful farms. On the way up from my home in the Chicago suburbs, I saw lots of corn, lots of black and white cows, a huge sunflower field, and at least 15 quilt barns.

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Our house even had sheep! I’m pretty convinced I need to move somewhere with sheep now.

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I spent quite a bit of my two days there sewing, and managed to finished all the blocks for my current quilt. Jeni came up with the perfect name too – Picnic Point. I’m so thankful that I trimmed up all the HSTs before leaving. Everything went together easily.

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I threw the blocks up on the design wall for a quick photo before packing up to leave. I’m hoping to sew the blocks together this week and start basting!

A New Beginning ~ Splendor Quilt

Splendor Quilt Fabric : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Well, I’ve taken a bit of time off to focus on things away from the sewing machine. Basking in the joy of finishing the Poinsettia Quilt I suppose. I spent the last week thinking about what I wanted to work on next. The big winner is another new quilt/pattern called the Splendor Quilt. This one is an adaptation of the Radiant Splendor block tutorial that I posted last March.

Splendor Quilt Beginnings : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I designed this quilt over the summer and made 2 blocks. Then it sat while other projects jumped in front of it. Now it’s on the design wall, looking a bit lonely at the moment.

Splendor Quilt Beginnings : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Not for long though. I have the pattern written and am testing along the way. This is going to be a large Queen Sized quilt. I’m already throwing around the idea of having it long armed. It would be my first time sending a quilt out!

I hope you enjoy watching the process of this quilt coming together over the next several weeks.