Snowflake Quilt Along ~ We All Sew

Snowflake Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today I am very excited to share my newest quilt pattern and quilt along, Snowflake! Thank you for all your kind words as I provided sneak peeks of this quilt coming together here on my blog as well as on Instagram. When I designed this quilt, I wanted a pattern that was simple enough for relatively new quilters, but looked a bit more complicated. I played around with block layout and negative space and fell in love with this Snowflake design.

Snowflake Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The directions to make this quilt will be posted over at BERNINA’s We All Sew blog today through Wednesday. Obviously, you probably won’t be making this quilt in 3 days! ** I just found out it will now be posted over 3 weeks, on each Monday. **

But the directions will be waiting for you to create at your own pace. The schedule is as follows:

Week 1 – Cutting and Piecing
Week 2 – Quilt Top Assembly
Week 3 – Finishing your Quilt

Snowflake Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I hope you enjoy making your own Snowflake quilt as much as I did making mine!

Fresh Spool Series ~ Scrappy Spool Block Pattern

Fresh Spool Series : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Happy Monday everyone! Last month when I shared my spool pattern for the Good Neighbors Pincushion party, I started to get the itch to make more (and bigger) spool blocks. I get a lot of emails about my spool block mini quilt that I made back in 2011. At that time, I was just learning paper piecing and drew up the block patterns as a test for myself. I didn’t save them or plan on publishing them.

Fresh Spool Series : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I came up with some paper pieced block designs that I thought would be fun to share over the next 5 weeks. All of these blocks are 6″ x 6″ finished, so larger than the pincushion block I posted last month. They are all Foundation Paper Pieced. If you are new to the technique, I have a tutorial right here on my blog.

Fresh Spool Series, Scrappy Spool Quilt Block Pattern : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For week one, I’m revisiting the spool block from the Good Neighbors Pin Cushion party. I resized this block to finish out at a 6″ x 6″ square. I chose an essex linen for the background and a scrappy assortment of oranges for my spool.

Fresh Spool Series, Scrappy Spool Quilt Block Pattern : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It is a bit Halloweeny without even trying. 🙂

Fresh Spool Series, Scrappy Spool Quilt Block Pattern : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can download your own copy of the 6″ x 6″ Scrappy Spool Quilt Block Pattern by clicking on the image below, or this link. As with all paper piecing patterns, be sure to print this pattern at “100%” or “Actual Size”, and check the 1″ scale icon before starting.

Fresh Spool Series, Scrappy Spool Quilt Block Pattern : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I hope you enjoy piecing spool blocks with me over the next several weeks!

I also have a bit of sponsor news to share with you today. I’m sad to say that two of my wonderful sponsors are closing up shop due to other opportunities.

Dragonfly Fabrics – Store Closing Sale
LiMa Sews – Liquidation Sale

I hope you will check out the deals and wish them both the best with their future endeavors.

Quilting a Snowflake

Snowflake Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I dedicated a lot of quality time to my Snowflake quilt yesterday. I can’t wait to share it with you all! I quilted the entire thing from the moment the kids got on the school bus until lunch. As soon as I lay a quilt down on the carpet, my dog appears out of no where and lays on it. I call him my Quality Control Tester.

Snowflake Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I made some scrappy binding after lunch and then kicked my feet up on the couch by the big window and stitched it on. I love how Fall looks outside. The sky is just so distinct this time of year and the trees behind my house are changing colors. This is my absolute favorite season.

Snowflake Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Time to put some finishing touches up on the pattern and get it ready to share over at BERNINA – soon!

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