Good Neighbors ~ A Pincushion Party and Pattern!

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Welcome to my turn celebrating Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilt’s new fabric collection for Connecting Threads, Good Neighbors!

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I was lucky enough to get an early peek at Good Neighbors (which is now available!) and it is really just a perfect collection for piecing and quilting. And pincushion making! There are a rainbow assortment of monochromatic prints, just my style.

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I received a charm pack for stitching up my pincushion. I decided to step into a time machine and go way back on my blog to 2011. I created a paper pieced spool quilt block, inspired by this mini quilt from 4 years ago.

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I arranged my fabric “thread” in a rainbow gradient. For the background I used a linen. The back of the pincushion is an awesome red and white dot print from Good Neighbors. I filled my pin cushion with crushed walnut shells, purchased at my local pet store in the reptile section. Yep, you never know what you are going to use when sewing.

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party : Fresh Lemons Quilts

If you’d like to make your own mini spool pincushion, I put together this paper piecing template for you! Just click on the image to download it. Be sure to print it at 100% or “Actual Size”, and check the scale icon before piecing. The pattern is charm pack friendly and finishes up at 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.

Spool Paper Piecing Template : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Follow along the below schedule all month to see more pincushions and be inspired!

9/1/2015 Amanda Jean – Crazy Mom Quilts
9/2/2015 Anna – Noodlehead
9/3/2015 Mary – Mary on Lake Pulaski
9/4/2015 Svetlana – Sotak Handmade
9/5/2015 Debbie – Esch House Quilts
9/6/2015 Holly – Bijou Lovely
9/7/2015 Carla – Grace and Favour
9/8/2015 Faith – Fresh Lemons Quilts – Me!
9/9/2015 Vanessa – V and Co.
9/10/2015 Anna – Thimbleanna
9/11/2015 Krista – Poppy Print Creates
9/12/2015 Erin – Why Not Sew
9/13/2015 Lee – May Chappell
9/14/2015 Alex – Tea Ginny Designs
9/15/2015 Cheryl – Nap Time Quilter
9/16/2015 Penny – Sew Take a Hike
9/17/2015 Amy – During Quiet Time
9/18/2015 Debbie – A Quilter’s Table
9/19/2015 Anne – Spring Leaf Studios
9/20/2015 Melissa Corry – Happy Quilting
9/21/2015 Amber – One Shabby Chick
9/22/2015 Nettie – A Quilt is Nice
9/23/2015 Adrianne – Little Bluebell
9/24/2015 Cindy – Live a Colorful Life
9/25/2015 Amy – Diary of a Quilter
9/26/2015 Chase – Quarter Inch Mark
9/27/2015 Rene – Rene Creates
9/28/2015 Erin – House on Hill Road
9/29/2015 Nicole – Modern Handcraft
9/30/2015 Teri – Connecting Threads

Scrappy Kaleidoscope ~ A Finished Quilt

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Sorry it’s been a bit quiet around here the last few days, but I promised myself I wouldn’t post again until I finished my Scrappy Kaleidoscope quilt. And it’s done! I love this quilt so much – it’s going to be a hard one to give away. But the recipient deserves much thanks for all her work and care over the last year, so I’m happy to have made something pretty for her.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The prints are scrappy and the background is FreeSpirit Solids Sand Dune (personal favorite). As I mentioned in a previous post, I made this quilt by paper piecing 12″ (finished) kaleidoscope blocks. I made a paper piecing template, and you can download it here. Be sure to print 4 copies at 100% or Actual Size to make your own 12″ block.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

There are 30 blocks in this quilt, and it measures 60″ x 72″. I quilted it in a meandering free motion design. The lighter colors just didn’t photograph well with the quilting texture last night, but it is oh-so-pretty in person and I wouldn’t change one piece of fabric.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Above is a nice shot from while I was getting ready to baste.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The backing and binding are Wordfind in Pink by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel, part of her Playful collection. I love it so much! I’ve also pieced in a specially embroidered label on the back, with To, From, and Date details. Sorry, no pics as I don’t want to spoil the surprise too much.

Scrappy Kaleidoscope : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Next up, basting and quilting the Cubs Quilt! I’m thinking straight lines for that one. My back is sore just thinking about it!

A Doll Quilt Finish

Kansas Dugout Quilt Block

A finish is a finish no matter how small, right? Confession: I am really, really bad about completing projects that I start in a class. But when I got home from Sewtopia and started unpacking, my daughter saw my Kansas Dugout quilt blocks that I intended to make as a doll quilt for her, and she asked me finish it up that night. So we went upstairs to my sewing room and I let her pick the backing and binding, and even the quilting style. She helped me pin baste, selected a meandering pattern, and watched as I finished it up.

Kansas Dugout Quilt Block

I was so incredibly slow making these blocks in class. It probably didn’t help that I was talking to friends the whole time. I only made 9, but I think they turned out cute! I even fussy cut the mermaids from my precious Mendocino scraps. I’m pretty sure the doll and my 8 year old are happy with the quilt!

Kansas Dugout Quilt Block

I’ve also made progress on my Scrappy Kaleidoscope Quilt this week. The top is finished! (The picture was before I sewed the rows together.)

Kansas Dugout Quilt Block

I mentioned before that this is one of two gifts that I need to get done before the end of the school year. Feeling pretty good to not have waited until the very last minute for once!

Piecing Kaleidoscopes

Kaleidoscope Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

With the kids back in school after a week of illness and a week of Spring Break, I’m finally spending some quality time back in my sewing room. I have two more gift quilts I need to get done before the end of May. Maybe you can all guess who will be the recipients? The first one I’m working on features a scrappy assortment of bright fabrics.

Kaleidoscope Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I started out with all the above colors, minus the green and white. But as I was making my initial blocks, I kept deciding the quilt needed more and more color. I just can’t help myself! I’m piecing 12″ kaleidoscope blocks. When I think of a classic, well loved quilt pattern, kaleidoscope is pretty high up on my list. You just can’t go wrong. I paper piece mine – I whipped up this template before starting. If anyone is interested you can download it here. Just be sure to print it out at 100% or Actual Size.

Kaleidoscope Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Although the white doesn’t seem to photograph that well in the quilt, it does look nice in real life. I’m using FreeSpirit Solids Sand Dune as my background. This is one of my favorite neutrals.

I need to make 30 blocks for a 60″ x 72″ quilt. Almost halfway there. They do go together rather quickly. I’ll post again when I am closer to the finish!