Fluttering

Flutter and Painter's Canvas by Laura Gunn; Fresh Lemons Quilts

Remember that awesome fabric I showed you before I left for Quilt Market? Well I cut into it today. I was really inspired to make something with the butterflies from Flutter first. I cut a couple of rows of them out, and then some 1-1/2″ strips of Laura Gunn’s Painter’s Canvas. My plan was to make a pillow from a bunch of log cabins with the butterflies in the middle.

Flutter and Painter's Canvas by Laura Gunn; Fresh Lemons Quilts

But something about Laura’s fabric always makes me want to appliqué. I say that sort of as a joke, but I think the last time I appliquéd something was also with her fabric! Hmmmm, something magical in those threads I think…

Once I completely changed my plan for this fabric, I recut fabric strips to 2″ and sewed those together in a rainbow gradient. I fused Heat n Bond Ultra on the back of the butterflies and cut those out as well.

Flutter and Painter's Canvas by Laura Gunn; Fresh Lemons Quilts

I spray basted the rainbow stripes, batting and backing. Then I placed the butterflies on the pillow top and ironed them down (final step of the Heat n Bond). I used my Blindstitch Bernina Foot #5 to follow the edge of the butterfly, and moved the needle to the left a bit to stitch the butterfly down.

Flutter and Painter's Canvas by Laura Gunn; Fresh Lemons Quilts

I didn’t worry too much about it being perfect because 1) I love the frayed looked of raw edge appliqué, 2) this is a decorative pillow that won’t get hard use, and 3) I used Heat n Bond Ultra for the fusing. After stitching around the butterflies, I started quilting in a loop de loop design.

It’s not finished – almost! But I wanted to share my progress. I’m trying to decide if I should add piping around the pillow. What do you think? Hopefully I’ll have more time to work on it tomorrow!

Meet the “Vintage Quilt Revival” Quilts: Star Bright

Star Bright Quilt ~ Pattern from book Vintage Quilt Revival

Happy Day-After-Thanksgiving for my American readers! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed some time off with your families. I’m sure many of you are out shopping today – maybe even you’ve been up since midnight. But for those spending time at home today, I’m very happy to share my next quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival with you, the Star Bright Quilt.

But before I get to the quilt, something really, really exciting arrived on my doorstep Tuesday afternoon. My copies of the book! And this is awesome news because it means the books are all in the warehouse here in the United States now and being shipped out to retailers. So you should start seeing it soon in shops and if you ordered it online already, chances are you will be getting it sooner than expected! Woohoo!

Vintage Quilt Revival

I also have a few copies available in my shop ready to ship. Those are signed by all 3 of us authors. If you happened to purchase a copy from somewhere else, you can get signed bookplates in my shop as well (The $1 cost for those just covers the shipping and paypal fees).

Back to today’s quilt share! This the my Star Bright quilt and definitely one of my favorites. Maybe because it combines a few of my favorite things: paper piecing, stars and fabrics from Anna Maria Horner.

Star Bright Quilt ~ Pattern from book Vintage Quilt Revival

It’s lap sized and quilted with straight lines.

Star Bright Quilt ~ Pattern from book Vintage Quilt Revival

I’m not sure if I mentioned this in my last post, but something I love about this book is that many of the projects use 12″ x 12″ finished blocks. This makes the quilt patterns really flexible. If you like a layout, but want to switch out the blocks, it’s really easy. Just pick one (or more) of the other 19 blocks in the book (or another block you happen to know and love). Make your blocks and plug them into the pattern.

I was motivated last week to do a bit of Christmas sewing for the house. I used the block from this quilt to make a new pillow for my couch.

Star Bright Quilts ~ Pattern from book Vintage Quilt Revival

I sashed the block in my favorite text print by Violet Craft‘s Madrona Road line. The backing is an awesome red crosshatch by Lucie Summers.

Star Bright Quilts ~ Pattern from book Vintage Quilt Revival

I did some light free motion meandering quilting in the negative space and then assembled using Katie’s invisible zipper tutorial that I love so much.

Star Bright Quilts ~ Pattern from book Vintage Quilt Revival

I think it matches the Christmas quilt I made last year quite well!

Grove Pillows

Grove Pillows by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

When I was in Madison last month, my big purchase at The Sewcial Lounge was fabric for new pillows for my family room. They had beautiful rolls of The Grove Organic Home Dec fabrics by Birch Fabrics.

The Grove Home Dec by Blend Fabrics

As usual I couldn’t narrow down what colors I wanted to use, so I picked pretty much them all (except the brown, it would blend too much into my couch).

Grove Pillows by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Seeing Anna finish her pillows motivated me to get going on mine. I’d been hesitating because I always dread installing the invisible zipper. But she actually linked to a great tutorial on Sew Katie Did’s blog and guess what? I’m not scared anymore! It was so easy!

Grove Pillows by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

The two blue pillows are 20″ x 20″ and the red and yellow pillows are 18″ x 18″. I bought my down inserts at Crate and Barrel.

Since these fabrics are a Home Dec weight, I think they will hold up nicely to the abuse that comes at the hands of a 4 and 6 year old.

Grove Pillows by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Overall, I’m quite pleased with how they turned out!

Timber & Leaf for the House

Timber & Leaf String Pillow

New pillows for the couch have been on my to-do list since the beginning of Winter. I love my Autumn pillows, but I was ready to put them away until next year. When I saw Sarah Watt‘s Timber & Leaf collection for Blend Fabrics, I knew the natural designs and soft colors were perfect for my house. I mixed in Free Spirit Designer Solids in Pearl and Dogwood.

Timber & Leaf by Sarah Watts

These two are my favorites!

Timber & Leaf by Sarah Watts

I was inspired by Amy’s Indie Vibrations quilt. I really liked how her string blocks were paper pieced so they would line up, but still be different widths of fabric strips. I made two paper piecing templates, each are 6-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ unfinished. I used 3 of each template to form the 18″ square pillow.

Timber & Leaf String Pillow

You can buy the pattern for Amy’s Indie Vibrations quilt in her pattern shop.

Timber & Leaf by Sarah Watts

I quilted the pillow with straight lines, about 1/2″ apart. The back is a simple envelope enclosure.

Timber & Leaf String Pillow

You can find Timber & Leaf at Moona Fabrics. Now to make another one for the other side of the couch!