30 Quilts For 30 Years ~ Kona Cottons and Giveaway!

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today is my stop on the very inspiring Kona Cottons 30 Quilts for 30 Years blog tour! Several months ago, I was asked to participate in a celebration of 30 years of Kona Cotton Solids by Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Thirty quilt designers created quilts and patterns using this huge range of solid colors. The quilt I designed was my Spectrum quilt (digital and hardcopy patterns available here).

30 Quilts For 30 Years, Kona Cottons Lookbook: Fresh Lemons Quilts

Robert Kaufman Fabrics put all 30 of these quilts in one place – their 30 Quilts for 30 Years Lookbook! I know sometimes it can be hard to visualize a quilt or design in solids. Way back when I started quilting, I knew I wanted to work with solids, but I wasn’t really sure what colors to use, what manufacturer of fabrics to select, what designs would look good to solids… Now I can fully admit I was really over thinking it! Solid fabrics let your design standout and shine. As I was flipping through the lookbook, I once again fell in love with simple designs…

Quilt by Carolyn Friedlander : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Quilt by Carolyn Friedlander

And two color quilts.

Quilt by Anita Grossman Solomon of www.makeitsimpler.com: Fresh Lemons Quilts
Quilt by Anita Grossman Solomon of www.makeitsimpler.com

Apparently I also have a thing for quilts draped on beds outdoors!

In celebration of these 30 Years of Kona Cottons, Robert Kaufman Fabrics and I are doing a little giveaway! Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win a set of 5″ charm squares of the new 2014 Kona Cotton Solid colors, as well as a copy of my Spectrum quilt pattern.

Kona Cottons + Spectrum quilt pattern

The contest will be open around 24 hours and I will pick a winner tomorrow!

You can watch as more quilts are unveiled (and have more chances at giveaways) by following the below schedule:

Week 1:
Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko
Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane
Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks
Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs
Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts – Me!
Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon
Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts

Week 2:
Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny
Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman
Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez with Aurifil
Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts
Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced
Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts
Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer

Week 3:
Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman
Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting
Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy
Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells
Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments
Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl
Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs

Week 4:
Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing
Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine
Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color
Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine
Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander

Week 5:
Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy
Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks
Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman
Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!

++ Closing comments to pick a winner! If you have questions or comments on my Spectrum quilt, please visit this post. ++

The winner is #90 – Verena! I’ll be in touch with you Verena, to get your set up with your prizes. Thank you everyone and enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

Spectrum ~ A New Quilt Pattern

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

As promised, today I’m sharing my latest quilt finish, Spectrum. Several months ago, the folks at Robert Kaufman Fabrics asked me if I was interested in creating a pattern using their Kona solids. I have been sitting on this flying geese design for a bit, waiting for the right time to make the quilt. (Does anyone else do this?? I swear I have more quilt designs than I’ll ever be able to make!) I decided the Kona’s would be perfect for it.

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Spectrum quilt features flying geese in a variety of Kona colors: Valentine, Camellia, Carnation, Pink, Coral, Kumquat, Mango, Cheddar, Corn Yellow, Canary, Buttercup, Maize, Sour Apple, Pistachio, Pear, Honey Dew, Breakers, Pool, Bahama Blue, Aqua. The background happens to be one of my favorite neutrals, Kona Snow (I just bought a bolt of it!)

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

In this design, I took a classic quilting element (flying geese) and updated the design through use of negative space. By staggering the columns and leaving the tops and bottoms empty (piecing in the background fabric), a traditional concept now has a very modern feel.

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I quilted this using a free motion meandering design. I tried out the BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator) on my Bernina 750QE for the first time. (I have used the BSR on my Bernina 440QE). It worked great! I put my pressure foot setting down to 0 and found that to be the easiest for smoothly moving the quilt around while stitching.

Spectrum Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The quilt measures 54″ x 60″. The pattern is now available as a PDF Digital Download in my pattern shop. Hardcopies are on their way as well and will be listed as soon as they arrive.

Summer Sparkle Quilt Along ~ Week 2

Summer Sparkle Quilt Along with Fresh Lemons Quilts

Just a friendly reminder that today is the second week of my Summer Sparkle Quilt Along over at Bernina’s We All Sew blog. Today you will start making your blocks.

Summer Sparkle Quilt Along with Fresh Lemons Quilts

The Summer Sparkle Quilt Along schedule is below:

June 2nd / Week 1Fabric Requirements and Cutting
June 9th / Week 2Block Assembly
June 16th / Week 3Quilt Top Assembly and Quilting

I hope you will come over and check it out!

An Easter Dress

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

An Easter dress with a few days to spare! High five! Seriously though, I really waited until the last minute this year. Which is better than last year when I just bought a dress from Coscto. This time I knew I wanted to make my daughter’s dress. I’m not really sure how much longer she is going to want to wear things I sew for her, but I can tell you she is still very excited about it when I do.

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This pattern is the Geranium Dress by Made by Rae. My daughter is 7, but pretty tall for her age. I made a size 8 and it fits perfectly, with a little room to spare. I’m hoping we can get a lot of use out of it this summer!

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

We chose fabric from Anna Maria Horner’s Dowry line, Twill Bouquet in Black. I love, love, love it. For the bodice lining, I picked a solid from Michael Miller’s Cotton Coutures. They are so soft and smooth, I knew it’d be a perfect choice.

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The pattern was easy to make. It took about 2 hours. My daughter didn’t want the ruffle flutter sleeves, the pockets, or the notched neckline, so that sped things up! I made the pleated skirt option, rather than the gathered skirt.

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The buttons at the back were super easy with Bernina’s automatic buttonhole foot. Whenever I make something with buttons, I joke that I just sit back with my coffee while my machine does all the hard work for me.

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I have one very happy little girl who is now ready for Easter!

Geranium Dress, pattern by Made by Rae : Fresh Lemons Quilts